On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Orio to Zarautz

November 23, 2014 — Leave a comment
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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.

Orio rio Camino del Norte Spain Basque

 

Let’s continue over the bridge…

Orio Bridge Camino del Norte Spain Basque

 

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.

Zarautz Orio overpass Camino del Norte Spain

 

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!

Rio Orio highway Camino del Norte Spain

 

 Let’s stop for a moment and say hi to this little guy.

Zarautz Orio donkey Camino del Norte Spain

 

I languished behind as the road gently climbed through farmland.

Zarautz Orio road hillside Camino del Norte

 

 When I’m tired, even the smallest of hills are difficult to climb.

Zarautz Orio farm house hillside Camino del Norte

 

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.

paraglider Zarautz Orio hillside Camino del Norte

 

Camping Zarautz is on the top of the hill. There must be some fabulous views from up there because…

Zarautz Orio hillside Camino del Norte Spain

 

 on the other side is the Cantabrian Sea.

Zarautz hillside Biscay Camino del Norte Spain

 

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.

Zarautz golf beach Biscay basque 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.

Zarautz Euskadi golf beach Biscay Spain

 

A closer look at Zarautz.

Zarautz golf beach Biscay Euskadi Spain

 

Who is this guy? Hard to believe that in about three weeks, I would be 15 pounds lighter.

Randall st germain Zarautz Euskadi Spain Camino

 

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.

Zarautz tractor Euskadi Camino del Norte Spain

 

Zarautz antique tractor Euskadi Spain

 

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.

Zarautz road Euskadi Camino del Norte Spain

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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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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