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.
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.
A classic smaller stone home, typical of this area.
We have to fit through here.
Sometimes the path looks like it barely has any walkers. In fact, dozens of pilgrims – sometimes hundreds – walk here every day!
It had rained overnight making for a very wet and slippery path in spots. Be careful walking on stretches such as these!
All of a sudden, well-kept homes such as this would appear. Love the flowers here!
I’m not sure what type of trees are in the orchid to the right.
One of the many small streams in the hills.
We’ll go left here.
Another beautiful, colorful home as we enter Munitibar.
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.
This represents only a tiny bit of the 100 meters of elevation gain that we have from Munitibar before another steep drop to Berriondo.
Much of the Camino here was along rough roads such as this one.
Back to the road as we get closer to the tiny farming community of Berriondo.
Zarrabenta Taberna is a great place for a break.
A little ways past Berriondo as we get closer to the community of Elexalde.
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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