Of the many reasons pilgrims choose to walk the Camino de Santiago—cultural, historical, religious, spirituality, fitness, nature, solitude, looking for love, running away from love, finding themselves, losing themselves, meeting new people—one of the main features that is sometimes overlooked are the beautiful flowers that welcome you in the spring. I knew there would be flowers along the Camino when I walked the French Way in the spring of 2010. However, I had never expected how beautiful the scenes would be alongside the path, especially in Eastern Spain. If you don’t mind the possibility (most likely, probability) of some inclement weather, you’re in for a special treat.
These photos were taken from late April to mid May. I had poor weather for much of the time, but that was part of the journey. Although I complained a little (sometimes a lot), I intended to make the best of my time in Spain, and walked every day, no matter the weather. If you haven’t seen my blog post that takes you along from St. Jean Pied de Port toward Santiago de Compostela, you may want to start On the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean Pied de Port to the Pyrenees.
As was implied by the title, this post focuses on the flowers along the French Way or Camino Francés, and features…
and mustard flowers. This cute horse greeted me as I entered Estella.
Often, flowers adorned the banks along the path. Here, the poppies were scattered with the mustard. The village of Cirauqui is in the distance.
Along the road as I approached Sansol in Navarra.
On a dark morning between Viana and Logroño.
Along the Roman Road, east of Lorca.
Although I’ll never forget walking through this mud, I thought the colors here were striking.
Along the Camino as I entered Estella.
Between the villages of Azqueta and Villamayor de Monjardín.
The approach to the Alto del Perdón, west of Pamplona.
As I approached Villamayor de Monjardín, I stopped for a moment to watch an artist sketch on his pad.
Another favorite photo: an ancient Roman bridge, just west of Cirauqui. The stretch of Roman Road, between Cirauqui and Lorca was the most important left along the French Way.
Sometimes, the poppies were scattered. This was just west of Estella.
Sometimes, there was just a lone poppy. Facing a monastery, west of Villamayor de Monjardín.
Overlooking a vineyard, east of Viana.
Poppies and mustard along the senda, leaving El Burgo Ranero.
The ruins of a long abandoned home, east of Viana…
and along the Roman Road.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I revisited some of my favorite photos of flowers along the Camino de Santiago. If you’re able, I would really recommend walking the Camino in the spring. The flowers were amazing.
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