If you’re near sea level on the Camino del Norte, you can be assured that you won’t be there for long. Vice versa, if you’re at the height of land along a ridge or on top of a hill or mountain, a drop in elevation, often to the sea, is likely coming soon. It was in Getaria, in the middle of a warm afternoon, I looked at my map and elevation profile, and said to myself, “I can do this!” It was wishful thinking, but a little foolish considering my fitness. Ahead of me was 18 kilometers of ups and downs, including two strenuous climbs to Deba.
I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zarautz to Getaria, facing Monument Juan Sebastian Elcano. Let’s turn around and look at the roundabout, highlighted by this open boat. After a short break, I had a quick walk around the town and rejoined the Camino del Norte.
The Camino climbed immediately from the town center through a residential area. I really enjoyed seeing flowers and here, hydrangeas provided some lovely colour. After climbing…
it was time to descend…
…and climb. It would be a roller coaster of an afternoon! Although I was getting tired, I enjoyed walking along these cobbled roads.
I was the only pilgrim walking and it was quite peaceful alongside the farmland. Txakoli, the area’s white grape, is being grown on the hillside for wine of the same name.
An old whitewashed Basque house.
Back to the road as we near the community of Askizu.
So quiet! I don’t remember seeing many people in the late afternoon!
The sea is in the distance.
Enjoyed seeing colourful window planters!
As I mentioned before, the Camino was well-marked in Euskadi and it was very difficult to get off-track!
The Iglesia de Askizu in Askizu. For pilgrims, wishing to stay the night, there is a 30 bed albergue in Askizu (at time of this writing).
Really enjoyed brilliant views such as these!
Not another climb! That’s okay because soon we’ll be overlooking…
I’ll leave this post overlooking the coastal town. Please join me on my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Zumaia, Spain, as we visit Zumaia with more scenic views of the Basque coastline.
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