On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Getaria to Zumaia

January 15, 2015 — Leave a comment
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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.

boat Getaria Basque Spain 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…

Rhododendron road Getaria Spain Camino del norte

 

 

it was time to descend…

stone path Getaria Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 and descend…

path stone Getaria Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 …and climb. It would be a roller coaster of an afternoon! Although I was getting tired, I enjoyed walking along these cobbled roads.

Getaria stone path Spain Camino del norte

 

 

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.

farmland Getaria Spain Camino del norte

 

 

An old whitewashed Basque house.

Basque farmhouse Getaria Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 Back to the road as we near the community of Askizu.

Askizu road Spain Camino del norte Espana

 

 

road Askizu Spain Camino del norte

 

 

So quiet! I don’t remember seeing many people in the late afternoon!

farmland road Spain Camino del norte

 

 

The sea is in the distance.

sign Askizu Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 Enjoyed seeing colourful window planters!

house Basque Askizu Spain Camino del norte

 

 

As I mentioned before, the Camino was well-marked in Euskadi and it was very difficult to get off-track!

sign Zumaia Spain Camino del norte

 

 

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).

Iglesia de Askizu Camino del norte

 

 

Really enjoyed brilliant views such as these!

farmland Zumaia Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 Not another climb! That’s okay because soon we’ll be overlooking…

Zumaia road Spain Camino del norte

 

 

 Zumaia.

Zumaia Spain Camino del norte

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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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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