Before I resume blogging with photos from the Camino Francés of the Camino de Santiago, and from around British Columbia, Canada, I wanted to look back at my visit this past summer to Spain. On this post, I’ll feature the Spanish coastline with photos that I took while I walked the 860 kilometer Camino Del Norte. Please don’t get me wrong, not all of this Camino features beautiful coastal scenes— much of it is through mountains, rural communities, or along highways. However, I always looked forward to views such as these, even though the walks to them were often very difficult. I hope you enjoy these photos.
One of my favorite scenes, this was east of Llanes, Asturias. I remember a tough walk to this hillside on a very warm afternoon. This beach is the Playa de Ballota (thanks to those who identified it) and looks like a fantastic spot to spend an afternoon.
The ruins of an ancient aqueduct between Pasajes de San Pedro and San Sebastian in the Basque Country on my first day. This walk out of Pasajes de San Pedro was very beautiful and I highly recommend it for those interested in walking the Camino Del Norte.
Another memorable section, this was my evening hike above Berria Beach west of Santoña. Many pilgrims skip this little hike because of the climb, but it was very beautiful and quite the surprise.
I had never heard of the city of Castro Urdiales before, but it was memorable not only for the seaside views, but for the architecture. I’ll focus on the thirteenth century Church of Santa María de la Asunción in an upcoming blog post.
From my second day, this was the scene near Orio, west of San Sebastian, in the Basque Country.
A few hours later, overlooking the seaside resort city of Zarautz. If you look to the right side of the photo, in a couple of more hours, I would walk around the point of land, left of the island. It always amazed me how far all of us pilgrims walked.
From my first day, this is the village of Pasajes de San Juan. A ferry takes you across the harbour to another seaside village, Pasajes de San Pedro.
From the village of Pobeña, near the western border of Basque Country, this is the Playa de la Arena. Normally, there would be a bridge over the river, but it was out of commission, and required an extra walk of about 2.5 kilometers. This was a long, hot day, and I was so glad to finally arrive to the albergue. My accommodation and stay was very interesting, and not what I had expected. I’ll leave that for my next book.
This young horse greeted me on a farm near Orio on my second day. I love her expression.
Early morning west of Islares, Cantabria.
Approaching Caborredondo, west of the medieval city of Santillana del Mar. I had never heard of Santillana del Mar prior to my visit and was pleasantly surprised how much of it was preserved. I was also surprised how many tourists there were. I was lucky to find a place to sleep.
Back to my first day, this is another view west of Pasajes de San Pedro, Basque Country.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I looked back at my journey on the Camino Del Norte. For larger size photos, please visit my Facebook page. Please also check out this blog for posts from the Camino Francés. I look forward to sharing more photos and insight into these great journeys.
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