There’s a reason I don’t usually stop for lunch and drinks while walking the Camino de Santiago and this day was a good example. Sure I enjoyed myself but after spending an hour at the café with my walking companions, eating and sipping Spanish beer, I stood up, and didn’t feel like walking at all. Actually, I felt like taking a nap. My goal for the day was not nearby Zarautz, but Deba, over 25 kilometers away, and I had to get myself motivated and moving.
I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Munioetazar to Orio, facing the Río Orio and its port area. The river has its headwaters in the foothills of Sierra de Aizkorri and travels about 78 kilometers where it empties into the Bay of Biscay near this spot. It was badly polluted through the years but reportedly, is slowly recovering.
Let’s continue over the bridge…
and we’ll go right here. If we had a car, it would take a matter of minutes to get to Zarautz. Since we’re on foot and have over 100 meters in elevation to climb, the walk will be about 1.5 hours.
This is a good example of walking along many of the roads on the Camino del Norte. In fact, along some roads, there was no shoulder and I was walking on the white line. Scary!
Let’s stop for a moment and say hi to this little guy.
I languished behind as the road gently climbed through farmland.
When I’m tired, even the smallest of hills are difficult to climb.
The hillsides here are ideal for growing the grape Txakoli, a popular very dry white wine in Basque Country. If you also look closely, there is a paraglider just above the ridge.
Camping Zarautz is on the top of the hill. There must be some fabulous views from up there because…
on the other side is the Cantabrian Sea.
What a beautiful view! If that looks like a golf course down there, you’re right. Established in 1916, the Real Golf Club de Zarauz is the fourth oldest in Spain.
Zarauz is known for it’s beach which is the longest in Basque Country. The town is also known for its surfing and is so popular that its normal population of 22,000 can triple during a busy summer.
A closer look at Zarautz.
Who is this guy? Hard to believe that in about three weeks, I would be 15 pounds lighter.
This looks to be an antique pavement roller. I wish I took a photo of the sign because I have no idea of the manufacturer. Let’s take a closer look.
The Camino doesn’t follow along the beach in Zarautz but along this road. You have your choice. If you walk on the esplanade beside the beach, you can’t help but run into the Camino again. I recommend walking along the Camino for a while and then checking out the vibrant beach area. If you’re staying in Zarautz, there is a choice of albergues, hostels, or hotels.
It was in this area that I said goodbye to my walking companions I had met on the trail before San Sebastián. They wanted a relaxing afternoon at the beach but I knew if I wanted to finish the Camino del Norte, I would have to walk more than 20 kilometers every day. I enjoyed my time with the ladies and if you may excuse me… Dear Countess, I have lost your contact info.
Sorry about that. Where was I? Please join me on my next post, A Walk in Zarautz, Spain – On and Off the Camino Del Norte, as we continue through the seaside resort town of Zarautz, on and off the Camino del Norte.
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