Camino de Santiago

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I had been thinking about walking the ‘Camino’ to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia in Northern Spain, for a very long time. In fact, 29 years have passed now since the urge to go to Santiago pressed me for the first time.

Well, I finally succumbed to this calling and embarked on a most extraordinary journey. And I am pleased to say that despite my relatively advanced age and my totally untrained physical condition I not only started the ‘Camino’ on 1 April of this year but I also managed to complete it by arriving at the steps of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela after 34 days and some 850 kms of walking.

My very own ‘Camino’ started in Larrabetzu (43° 15′ 35″, 0° 53′ 30″) in the Basque province of Bizkaia and continued through the Northern Spanish provinces of Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.

I took the following route: Larrabetzu, Lezama, SONDIKA, BILBAO, Muskiz, POBEÑA, Castro Urdiales, Islares, EL PONTARRON DE GUZIERO, Laredo, Santoña, GAMA, Castillo, GÜEMES, Somo, SANTANDER, Santa Cruz de Bezana, Boó de Piélagos, Mar, POLANCO, Santillana del Mar, COBRECES, Comillas, El Tejo, SAN VICENTE DE LA BARQUERA, Muñorrodero, Pesués, Unquera, Bustio, COLOMBRES, Buelna, Pendueles, Andrin, Cue, LLANES, Pancar, Llanes, Poo, Celoriu, Piñeres de Pria, Belmonte, Toriello, RIBADESELLA, SAN ESTEBAN, Berbes, LA ISLA, Colunga, Priesca, SEBRAYU, Villaviciosa, Peón, ARREOS, Gijón, Veriña, Trasona, AVILES, Piedras Blancas, Soto del Barco, Muros del Nalón, PUERTO DE SAN ESTEBAN, Cudillero, SOTO DE LUIÑA, Valdredo, Novellana, Ballota, CADAVEDO, Villademoros, Querúas, Barcia, Almuña, Luarca, ALMUÑA, Luarca, Otur, Villapedre, PIÑERA, Navia, Jarrio, Cartavio, La Caridad, Salave, TAPIA DE CASARIEGO, Santa Gadea, Villamil, RIBADEO, Vilela, Vilamartín, Pequeño, GONDÁN, San Xusto de Cabarcos, Vilanova de Lourenzá, O Grove, MONDOÑEDO, Lousada, Chao de Aldea, Gontán, Abadin, Goiriz, VILALBA, Alba, Ínsua, Saá, SANTIAGO DE BAAMONDE, Santa Leocadia, Seixón, MIRAZ, Roxiba, Mesón, SOBRADO DOS MONXES, Corredoiras, Boimorto, O Castro, ARZÚA, Salceda, Santa Isabel, A Rúa, Pedrouzo, Amenal, San Paio, Labacallo, Villamaior, MONTE DO GOZO, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (place names in capital letters denote overnight stays).

 

Take the photo above (taken 1 April between Larrabetzu and Bilbao) as some kind of evidence of my ‘Camino’.

‘Ondo ibili’. That’s Basque for ‘Have a good journey’, or ‘Buen camino’.

 

More details about my Camino in due course.

2 responses to “Camino de Santiago

  1. What a pleasure hearing about friend foreiners enjoing the gratest way in history. Hope you will come back and visit us in San Esteban de Pravia (Muros de Nalón).

  2. Reblogged this on Nueva Colonia de Muros de Nalón and commented:
    Nunca está de más agradecer a los amigos del Camino de Santiago su paso por San Esteban de Pravia ( Muros de Nalón).

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