On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zenarruza to Berriondo

June 16, 2015 — Leave a comment
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I left the albergue in Zenarruza still feeling tired and weak after a long, hard walk the previous day from Deba. I didn’t worry about awaking early and was out by 9 AM. Markina-Xemein was a memory now and I wanted to put the experience of almost getting robbed behind me. Still, I couldn’t help feeling uneasy for the days to come.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Bolibar to Zenarruza, at the Colegiata de Zenarruza or Monasterio de Zenarruza. Now, let’s continue with the small town of Munitibar ahead. From Zenarruza, there is a good climb of about 75 meters before a steep drop to Munitibar.

Zenarruza basque Camino signpost norte

 

 

One of the older farm houses along the way. Some of these no longer had residents and have been converted to house animals, supplies, and other farm equipment. Probably some junk too.

Zenarruza basque home Camino norte

 

 

A classic smaller stone home, typical of this area.

Zenarruza basque stone house Camino norte

 

 

We have to fit through here.

Zenarruza Munitibar gate Camino del norte Spain

 

 

Sometimes the path looks like it barely has any walkers. In fact, dozens of pilgrims – sometimes hundreds – walk here every day!

Zenarruza Munitibar farm path Camino del norte Spain

 

 

It had rained overnight making for a very wet and slippery path in spots. Be careful walking on stretches such as these!

Munitibar path trail Camino del norte Spain

 

 

All of a sudden, well-kept homes such as this would appear. Love the flowers here!

Munitibar home flowers Camino del norte Spain

 

 

I’m not sure what type of trees are in the orchid to the right.

Munitibar road Camino del norte Spain

 

 

Munitibar flowers Camino del norte Spain

 

 

One of the many small streams in the hills.

Munitibar streams Camino norte basque

 

 

We’ll go left here.

Munitibar highway sign Camino del norte basque

 

 

Another beautiful, colorful home as we enter Munitibar.

Munitibar home flowers Camino Basque

 

 

In the towns’s square, this monument commemorates San Pedro Emparanza, although I’m not sure if I have the right wording. I only have a few photos of the Munitibar downtown but it’s actually bigger than I had expected. I don’t remember an albergue and didn’t consider staying because it was so early. The town had at least a bar and a store when I walked.

Munitibar fountain san pedro Camino norte Spain

 

 

This represents only a tiny bit of the 100 meters of elevation gain that we have from Munitibar before another steep drop to Berriondo.

Munitibar Berriondo rough path Camino norte Spain

 

 

Much of the Camino here was along rough roads such as this one.

Munitibar Berriondo road Camino norte Spain

 

 

Berriondo footbridge Camino norte Spain

 

Back to the road as we get closer to the tiny farming community of Berriondo.

Berriondo bridge home Camino norte Spain

 

Zarrabenta Taberna is a great place for a break.

Berriondo restaurante Zarrabenta Camino norte Spain

 

 

A little ways past Berriondo as we get closer to the community of Elexalde.

Berriondo zarra signpost Camino norte Spain

 

I’ll leave this post here at the signpost (sorry). On my next post we’ll arrive at Gernika, that had one of the most devastating events in modern Basque history. I’ll do my best to explain. Please join me.

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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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