One of my favourite ways to welcome Spring, the season of emergence and renewal, is by visiting the Tulips of the Valley Festival that takes place just East of Agassiz, British Columbia. If you time your visit right, you will have an amazing experience. However, having the ultimate visit takes a bit of luck and planning. Not only do you want the fields at their peak blooming period, but you want to be there before the flowers are harvested. Of course, weather plays an important part in your visit as late April can range from warm and sunny, to cold and stormy. I would recommend not going on a rainy day, but check the forecast for Agassiz as it could differ than the one for Vancouver.

This was on a cloudy day when the fields were beautiful with brilliant colours. If you’re lucky to have a clear, sunny day you will get to see…

hakuun Tulips Valley Festival Agassiz BC

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I arrived at Zumaia exhausted in the late afternoon. I had already walked 29.5 kilometers from San Sebastián with two good climbs and countless ups and downs. Ahead was 15 kilometers and about 500 meters of cumulative elevation gain. As in Getaria, I looked at my map and said “I can do this,” but must admit, this time, I was a little less confident!

As with many of the towns on the Camino del Norte, I knew little about Zumaia. It’s located in a beautiful spot on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea, and at the confluence of the Narrondo and Urola Rivers. To be expected, Zumaia has a lot of waterfront that you’ll soon see. I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Getaria to Zumaia, overlooking Zumaia. Now let’s continue with this view of the cliffs and the Cantabrian Sea before…

Cantabrian coastline Zumaia Spain Camino del norte

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If you’re near sea level on the Camino del Norte, you can be assured that you won’t be there for long. Vice versa, if you’re at the height of land along a ridge or on top of a hill or mountain, a drop in elevation, often to the sea, is likely coming soon. It was in Getaria, in the middle of a warm afternoon, I looked at my map and elevation profile, and said to myself, “I can do this!” It was wishful thinking, but a little foolish considering my fitness. Ahead of me was 18 kilometers of ups and downs, including two strenuous climbs to Deba.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zarautz to Getaria, facing Monument Juan Sebastian Elcano. Let’s turn around and look at the roundabout, highlighted by this open boat. After a short break, I had a quick walk around the town and rejoined the Camino del Norte.

boat Getaria Basque Spain Camino del norte

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Go to Amadeus.net and click on “sign up” at the top. Add your email and a password, and “sign up.” I would add some information about yourself by hovering the cursor over your user name and clicking on “My profile.” Once you add your name, your user name will change. You can even add your photo.

Let’s create a plan for your next journey. This is the fun part! Go to the plan creation page. You can also find it by clicking on “Trip tools” and then “Create your own plan.” First, name your plan. My plan is called “Springtime in London” because I enjoyed my stay before my first walk on the Camino de Santiago so much. I can’t wait to return!

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For many pilgrims, Zarautz is a logical choice for their second night on the Camino del Norte. If you have time, spend a few hours or even a day. I was surprised how modern and touristy the Basque town was. I think many of us gravitate toward the beach but make sure you explore the downtown too. As for me, I had my sights on Deba for my second night. It was a strenuous 22 kilometers away which I don’t recommend on the second day, especially for an out-of-shape pilgrim like I was!

I left my last post, A Walk in Zarautz, Spain – On and Off the Camino Del Norte, just on the outskirts of Zarautz. Now, let’s continue along the Cantabrian Sea for a scenic, and I must add, very flat, walk to Getaria.

Shore Zarautz Getaria Spain Camino del norte copy

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Although, I had only known my walking companions for a day, it felt much longer. Since we had met on the seaside trail above San Sebastián, we shared our own little adventure which included a few good laughs on and off the Camino del Norte. This day was enjoyable as we walked, had lunch in Orio, and experienced the first views of Zarautz together. I was glad to have the company of the ladies but I knew that if I wanted to complete the Camino del Norte in a reasonable time, I had to continue walking past the early afternoon.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Orio to Zarautz, just after I said goodbye to the ladies who were off to the beach for a relaxing afternoon and evening. Now, let’s continue along the Camino to the Franciscan monastery, Convento de San Juan Bautista, which was founded by Zarautz native Don Juan de Manzisidor in the early 17th century. The Convento which houses a church, a convent, and a school, was renovated extensively over a period starting in 1959.

Franciscan monastery Zarautz Camino del Norte Spain

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