Tag Archives: Long Distance Walks

Mar 12 2017

Stage 2: Orito to Sax 29km


Stage 2: Orito to Sax 29km

Walked from Orito 8km to Novelda where we met Pedro, the self appointed ambassador of the town, and a very hospitable hospitalero. He took us for coffee and showed us the town’s highlights, including the flat that is the Albergue – where hardly anyone stays because it’s mid stage in the guide book. After Novelda we walked with Pedro along the river passing a castle (the only triangular tower in the world.. said our guide) and a Santuario, where he sent us on with a ‘buen camino’ through the travertine flooring capital of Spain, from mountain blasting to cut & polish. Worth mentioning.. in Elda we were pointed by a couple of locals towards a cafe for lunch, close to the church, called Santa Anna’s (pretty sure) great food, 3 courses plus a drink and coffee – 5.75€. A must! Last night we were given beds in a chilly monastery, tonight we have no choice but to book into a swish hotel in Sax for 40€, overlooked by the town’s imposing castle. Pilgrim’s on holiday! Oh, got rid of my reading book.. bought it on iBooks instead. First of the heavy stuff to be jettisoned.

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Mar 03 2017

Hooked on Camino


Hooked on Camino

Having walked the Camino Frances (St John Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela) in 2013, the Via de la Plata (Seville to SdC) 2015, and Camino del Ebro (Barcelona to Monserrat to SdC), 2016 – I can safely say that me and my husband Simon are hooked on Spain’s long distance adventures. You meet people like us regularly on the various routes, who, once introduced to Spain’s many caminos, can’t stop walking. This year we’ve decided to begin our journey in Alicante, in part because we can fly cheaply from Bristol, and follow the Sureste path, joining the Sanabres, towards Santiago, approx 1100km in 40 days. There we plan to meet 4 of our children in early April during semana santa, and spend a leisurely week walking 120km to Muxía and Finisterre, on the coastline west of Santiago. We ended our walk from Seville at Finisterre, and have since wanted to revisit the bar at the end of the golden sands littered with pink scallop shells – a beer in this place is a fitting end to all caminos’.

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