You have a choice if you’re walking the Camino del Norte west of Lezama. Should you climb Monte Avril or take the lower route along the highway? Even easier is the bus that connects Lezama, Zamudio, and Bilbao. Since I was determined to walk the Camino, bypassing on an easier route or taking the bus wasn’t an option. If you choose to climb Monte Avril, ahead of you is about 300 meters of elevation gain along a road which completely wore me out on a hot Summer’s afternoon.
I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Pepiena to Lezama, Spain, just as I entered the town of Lezama with Bilbao just over 11 kilometers away. At the time of writing, Lezama had an albergue, but it was still early for me and I continued on what would be a difficult walk ahead.
The Lezama town hall or ayuntamiento.
The 16th century Iglesia de Santa María.
I’m not sure which church or ermita this is. If you know, please leave a comment below.
Under cumulus skies, walking along the highway between Lezama and Zamudio.
The Iglesia de San Martín de Arteaga in Zamudio.
Butterfly bush along the Camino.
And then it was time to climb Monte Avril. The track started off gently.
Looking over one of the communities on the outskirts of Bilbao.
My hiking partner as we continued to climb Monte Avril. It was very warm in the mid afternoon and I had to make frequent stops.
The colours of the Camino.
A mix of dirt and paved roads as we continued to climb.
Looking toward the great city of Bilbao!
If you take the bus or walk along the highway, this is what you’re missing!
Finally we emerged from the rural area in to a residential area of Bilbao.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I got sicker as I climbed Monte Avril in the heat. I was so happy to reach the city but was a little shocked that there was another climb to the albergue. This time I joined the others in the group for the short but steep bus ride. The walk through Bilbao will be on my next post, On the Camino del Norte in Bilbao, Spain. Please join me.
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