On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Ermita del Calvario to Olatz

March 1, 2015 — 2 Comments
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Donkeys! Yes, I said donkeys. I could never get enough of them on the Camino del Norte. They always seemed so friendly and gentle. On a day like this when I was struggling in the hills west of Deba, they also brightened up my spirits. And believe me, as I started to weaken in the heat of the day, my spirits really needed to brighten fast.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Deba to Ermita del Calvario, near the small church, Ermita del Calvario. If you’re struggling or want an easy day from Deba, there is an albergue nearby (at the time of writing). About 20 kilometers with some tough climbing is awaiting you before Markina. From Ermita del Calvario, the Camino follows this road.

Road Ermita del Calvario Camino del Norte

 

 

A cross looks over the hillside with a typical landscape of mixed forest and farmland.

cross farmland Ermita del Calvario Camino del Norte

 

 

 Ahhh… the donkeys. Let’s say hello 🙂

donkey farmland Ermita del Calvario Camino del Norte

 

 

 Cute little guy. Let’s say hi to your friends…

donkey farmland Ermita del Calvario Gipuzkoa

 

 

donkey Camino Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

So friendly and at least one seemed happy for the company of this tired pilgrim 🙂

donkey Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

From Deba to Ermita del Calvario, the Camino basically parallels the Cantabrian Sea before heading inland southwest toward Markina. As we continue toward Olatz, the ocean gets more distant until there were no more views. We won’t see the Cantabrian Sea again for days.

Cantabrian Sea Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

Some of these openings between fences were quite narrow and I could barely get through with my large backpack.

fence Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

 The path very rough at times.

path Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

forest Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

 A shelter, in case you need to escape a storm or stay for the night.

shelter Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

There were many trails in this area but the Camino del Norte was easy to follow. We’ll go right here toward Olatz.

sign post Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

This is a memorial in Basque. Bernabe is free in the mountains, like free birds and wind. Thanks to Gonzalo from Basque Coast Geopark for that.

memorial Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

This home must have fine views of not only the Cantabrian Sea but the surrounding hills and farmland.

Cantabrian Sea Camino del Norte Olatz

 

 

 A much older memorial. Not sure what it represents.

crucerio Camino del Norte Olatz Gipuzkoa

 

 

 Getting closer to Olatz…

home Camino del Norte Olatz Basque

 

 

path Camino del Norte Olatz Basque

 

 

Homes in the peaceful countryside…

farm house Camino del Norte Olatz Basque

 

 

 Love this view! I was tempted to walk up the road but there was likely a large dog waiting for me.

farm road Camino del Norte Olatz Basque

 

 

We made it to Olatz which has a bar at the time of this writing. If you need food or refreshments, I would still stock up in Deba and not depend on the bar. Supposedly, they are open on weekdays and weekends in August only and on the weekends the rest of the season. If the bar is open when you arrive, please take a break because there is nothing all the way to Markina.

sign Camino del Norte Olatz Basque

I’ll leave my post in Olatz, where I wish I had at least carried an extra bottle of water. I really, really needed it later in the heat of the day. Don’t make the same mistake as I did as very few drinkable water sources were present along this stretch. Please join me on my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Olatz to Markina-Xemein, in the hills as we continue toward the town of Markina where I would have a very disturbing experience. I’ll get to that later.

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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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2 responses to On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Ermita del Calvario to Olatz

  1. Bernabe is free in the mountains, like free birds and wind.

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