I often get asked what sections that a pilgrim may want to bypass during their walk on the Camino del Norte. Although I don’t advise missing any of the Camino, the stretch west of Bilbao has kilometers of urban sprawl and pavement through the suburb of Cruces. You can also skip one morning climb if you stayed at the municipal albergue and two if you stayed downtown.
I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte in Bilbao, Spain, in well…. Bilbao, Spain. I arrived exhausted to the municipal albergue and was lucky to get one of the last beds. After a good dinner with fellow pilgrims, and some much-needed rest, I was off early with our small group.
The Camino was very quiet here as many pilgrims took the bus to Cruces, Portugalete, or even further. I walked the Camino and this first section was actually quite enjoyable….
except for this view over the Profusa factory.
What is that ahead?
Donkeys are always a welcomed sight along the Camino. This one looked a little hungry…
She had a few friends on the hill.
Overlooking the small suburb of Delicias-Urgozo. We continue to descend to the valley bottom.
Crossing the Río Kadagua on Puente del Diablo or Bridge of the Devil.
I was surprised to see one of my favourite flowers, the sweet scented heliotrope, growing from between the stone.
The peaceful Río Kadagua or Cadagua from Puente del Diablo. The headwaters of the Kadagua are in La Peña mountains, located in the Province of Burgos.
Very quiets streets.
I always was excited to walk along medieval roads. This one as we climb to Santa Águeda.
We’ll go right here…
Herding sheep through the hamlet of Santa Águeda.
The origin of Ermita de Santa Águeda dates to 1584 but there was likely a church here much earlier. Renovations were completed in the 20th century.
Overlooking Cruces, also known as Barakaldo, an important modern residential, commercial, and industrial suburb of Bilbao. Let’s descend…
Much of Cruces along the Camino was through urban sprawl. I’ll include a few photos to give you an idea.
We’ll go left here toward Portugalete and Pobeña.
I hope you enjoyed this post. As the day got warmer, I felt my energy being zapped again as walking along the paved pathway with little shade took its toll. If you’re walking this stretch in the heat, please make sure you carry enough water. If you skip this section, I wouldn’t argue with your decision. Don’t miss scenic Pobeña though. Please join me on my next post as I got sidetracked in Portugalete and arrived in Pobeña with no more beds available at the albergue. It wasn’t fun sleeping in a tent outside of the Pobeña albergue and that was where I contemplated quitting the Camino. I’m glad I didn’t 🙂
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