On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Berriondo to Guernica

June 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

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.

Berriondo Elexalde road basque camino del norte


Many of the homes were stone or whitewashed. This one has a combination of both.



Elexalde home Camino del norte Spain



Ermita de San Pedro y San Cristóbal that looks very recently renovated. It’s too bad the doors were closed when I stopped by.

Elexalde Ermita de San Pedro San Cristóbal Camino Spain



The sign to the left of the door.

ermita de San Pedro y San Cristóbal Basque



The hillside that shows the typical terrain of this stretch with many ups and downs.

Elexalde hillside Camino norte Spain



Elexalde Marmiz road Camino norte Spain



Loved walking along this old stone path!

Elexalde Marmiz stone path Camino norte Spain



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.

Elexalde Marmiz puente artzubi Camino norte basque



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.

Elexalde Marmiz puente artzubi Camino norte Spain



Nearby, glancing up to the Iglesia de Santo Tomás in Elexalde. Yes, we will be climbing up there!

Elexalde iglesia de Santo Tomás Camino



Made it! 🙂

An attractive stone building adjacent to the church.

Elexalde iglesia de Santo Tomás Camino norte



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.

Elexalde iglesia de Santo Tomás Camino Spain



Elexalde iglesia de Santo Tomás sign Camino



A historic and scenic spot in Elexalde.

Elexalde town cross basque spain



After the earlier climb, we now drop to a point even lower than the Puente Artzubi.

Elexalde church of Santo Tomás Camino



The 19th century foundry at the Gola River. It has long been abandoned but an important piece of local history.
Elexalde burdonola mill Camino basque



Elexalde burdonola mill Camino



Elexalde burdonola mill Camino spain



Careful walking if the path is wet. We will soon leave the river.

Elexalde Gernika road Camino



A climb of about 150 meters awaits us to…

lexalde Gernika path Camino norte



the community of Marmiz and this view toward Gernika.

Gernika Basque Spain Camino norte

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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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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