There are pleasant surprises awaiting for you every day on the Camino de Santiago. They may be another pilgrim who you meet and bond with, even if it’s for a short while. It could be the landscape, a field of flowers, a friendly dog, a tasty meal, or an ancient landmark or building. It could be yourself, as you get stronger, and what would have been a difficult climb at an earlier point in your life or even your Camino, wasn’t so daunting now.
On this day, as I walked through the hills east of Gernika, the surprise was in the form of a ancient structure that I had no idea existed. It was one that without the nearby sign, you could pass by with barely noticing. I’m talking about the Puente Artzubi and we’ll get there very soon.
I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zenarruza to Berriondo, past Berriondo as we get closer to the town of Elexalde. Now, lets continue as we travel trough a mix of small communities and forest.
Many of the homes were stone or whitewashed. This one has a combination of both.
Ermita de San Pedro y San Cristóbal that looks very recently renovated. It’s too bad the doors were closed when I stopped by.
The sign to the left of the door.
The hillside that shows the typical terrain of this stretch with many ups and downs.
Loved walking along this old stone path!
What a lush, magical setting out of a movie! The aforementioned Puente Artzubi. I enjoyed this spot and it turned out to be a peaceful place for a break. Arratzu Township covers the smaller communities in this area including the upcoming Elexalde.
I included photos of a few signs on this post. I know they are hard to read here but I have larger images that I can post to my Facebook page upon request.
Nearby, glancing up to the Iglesia de Santo Tomás in Elexalde. Yes, we will be climbing up there!
Made it! 🙂
An attractive stone building adjacent to the church.
The Iglesia de Santo Tomás dates to the 12th century and was rebuilt in the 16th century. It is a large church and attracts parishioners from Elexalde and the Arratzu Township. From what I have read, the interior is quite beautiful.
A historic and scenic spot in Elexalde.
After the earlier climb, we now drop to a point even lower than the Puente Artzubi.
Careful walking if the path is wet. We will soon leave the river.
A climb of about 150 meters awaits us to…
the community of Marmiz and this view toward Gernika.
That was a tough walk and I was looking forward to visiting Gernika / Guernica spending some time as a tourist, and getting something to eat. I was struggling with the walk and certainly needed a proper meal. On my next post, On and Off the Camino del Norte in Guernica, Spain, I’ll take you through the important Basque town of Guernica, Gernika. Please join me.
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