Tag Archives: walking

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 10 2017

Stage 1: Alicante to Orito 23.9km


Stage 1: Alicante to Orito 23.9km

Leaving from the Basilica de Santa Maria, following the well marked path out of town, we walked through scenery reminiscent of a Wild West set, and a mountain biker’s playground. We climbed 400m to Saint Pascual’s cave and chapel – the cut flowers in that place were amazing! Then a steep decent over rocks, picking out the path, down to Orito and a bar, situated close to the Santuario and albergue where we were warmly welcomed by the Franciscan brothers. One of the albergues that are open along this route in February.

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Mar 09 2017

Alicante Reservations


Alicante Reservations

I admit to having had a few reservations about Alicante. As is usual with unfounded preconceptions, they were blown away when seeing the place first hand, while being tourists for a day, wine tasting and eating tapas. A beautiful old town beneath blue skies, overlooked by Castillo de Santa Barbara – worth a visit, offering the opportunity of a warm up for the walk ahead. We got our credentials and latest guide book from a welcoming ‘Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Alicante’ – office: Calle de Serrano, 5, 03080 Alicante. Open Tues 17.00-19.00 and Fridays 11.00-13.00. The Basilica de Santa Maria is the starting point on the first day of 44 stages. Follow the yellow arrows, ‘flechas amarillas’. The Sureste is well sign posted.

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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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Feb 25 2013

Paris to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port


Paris to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Arrived in a frozen Paris late last night and found our way to the (cheap) hotel, booked the day before and chosen for its proximity to Gare Montparnasse. Apart from the fact that it boasted a 5 minute walk to the station, and possibly the cheerful young man at reception, it had nothing going for it.

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