Valley Of Broom And Spanish Lavender, Camino De Santiago

November 23, 2012 — 14 Comments

The trail flattened and led to one of my highlights on the Camino – wild Spanish lavender. A favorite of mine in the gardens back home, I had never expected to see Spanish lavender in Spain – although the name should have suggested that it was a real possibility. By now, the rain had stopped, and the skies lightened. The hillside was brilliant with purple from the lavender and white from the broom… From Page 151, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. However, this time, I’ll return to the morning walk from my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain El Acebo To Molinaseca, and focus on the flowers as I descended the mountain valley toward Molinaseca. If you have my book, I’m in the chapter, Day 15: Wild Spanish Lavender. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons). For those of you who have walked this beautiful section, I hope you were able to see the lavender and broom in the Springtime.


Lavender and stone Path Molinaseca, Camino Frances


One of my favorite flowers: Spanish Lavender

close up purple Spanish Lavender Riego de Ambros, Camino Frances


Just after the village of Riego de Ambros, large patches of lavender appeared, along with scattered white broom.

Spanish Lavender & white Broom west of Riego de Ambros, Camino Frances


Spanish Lavender & Broom west of Riego de Ambros, Camino Frances


Soon, there were hillsides of white broom with scattered patches of Spanish lavender.

Spanish Lavender west of Riego de Ambros, Spain, Camino Frances


I felt fortunate, walking on these paths with the broom thick and full of flowers.

White Broom west of Riego de Ambros, Spain, Camino Frances


Descending the mountain valley, a group of pilgrims were ahead.

dirt Path, white broom Molinaseca, Camino Frances



White Broom, hillside covered Molinaseca,, Camino Frances


One small area had large patches of peonies. This was one of the few flowers that were left.

Close up peony Riego de Ambros, Camino Frances


I’m sure this patch would have been beautiful a couple of weeks earlier.

Patch of peonies west of Riego de Ambros, Camino Frances


During my descent, looking down upon what I believe was an old homestead and finding…

White broom east, Molinaseca, Spain, Camino Frances


the rusted frame of this tired bench. I enjoy seeing benches in natural areas. I don’t need to always sit on them, but enjoy looking and taking photos. This one is a fond memory, and I think about all the people who once sat on this very bench.

metal bench, Green field, white broom, Molinaseca, Camino Frances


As I descended the mountain, yellow broom took place of the white broom, and the Spanish lavender was less to be seen.

Yellow Broom and Lavender, hillside mountains Molinaseca, Camino Frances


  Yes, it was a valley of broom and lavender.

Spanish Lavender Broom, Riego de Ambros, Spain, Camino Frances

I hope you enjoyed this post. This was one of my most enjoyable walks along the French Way. After the rain, cold, and snow of the previous day, it was a very pleasant change. I just wish I had a little blue sky, but on my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Molinaseca To Ponferrada, there would be plenty as I walked from Molinaseca toward Ponferrada, and the amazing castle. 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.


14 responses to Valley Of Broom And Spanish Lavender, Camino De Santiago

  1. I enjoyed this so much. The gray sky is a nice neutral for the colorful flowers. I can’t imagine how lovely it was to walk amid such beauty & smell the lavender. That’s a perfect place to gather lavender for essential oils, I would think. Lavender is a great medicine, you know? Particularly for burns.

  2. Thanks Marie. I have never tried lavender as a medicine, but had lavender cookies and honey. I think they were from English lavender. Yes, it was a lovely walk, and a pleasant surprise.

    • Thank you for these pictures, so beautiful, so many memories brought to me. I was born and brought up in that valley of lavender and broom.
      Beautiful pictures but since 2012 the quiet village of Riego de Ambrós has changed, now there is a shop, called LA FRAGUA and the restaurant has changed ownership though La Fanja del Camino.

      • You’re very welcome. I’m sure there are constant changes along The Way. I would be interested in walking again to see the changes. I wish I had my good camera that day walking along the lavender. So beautiful! You’re lucky to have lived so close. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Lovely pictures. I walked in late Sept. and Oct. and these flowers were not in bloom. Makes me want to walk the Camino Frances again so I can see the spring flowers. I did find a different flora in the later season and but together a presentation about the Colors of the Camino.

    Thank you for showing me what I missed.

    • Thanks, Jane. I never expected so many flowers on this part of the Camino, and it was a sharp contrast to the other side of the mountain with different species of plants. If you don’t mind the possibility of rain and cold, I would recommend visiting at least part of the Camino in the spring. Especially, the area west of Pamplona, and various sections such as the one on this post. I wish I had some blue sky, but it was still better than the rain and snow from higher up the mountain. I won’t forget this walk. 🙂

  4. Thanks for a “re-view” of this marvelous post. God must have been having a good day, don’t you think? Beauty is never tiring. As a child I loved picking wild flowers.

    • Thanks for your comment. I found it amazing that the weather turned for the better just as I saw the Spanish lavender. After that, it was a glorious day. It’s too bad I can’t feature more flowers and meadows in my posts. Maybe, it’s something I should think about soon.

  5. Beautiful photos of your wonderful journey.I can imagine how the air must have been filled with the strong fragrance after the rain,healing and uplifting,helping you along.Enjoy your next trip.

    • Hi Marilyn. Very well-said. I did have a good sniff of the Spanish lavender and broom. I wish I had a little more sun but it was still a beautiful walk. Thanks, I hope to enjoy a new trip soon. Pleasant journeys to you 🙂

  6. I repeat: Beauty is never tiring. Cheers.

  7. I really enjoyed the beauty of the pictures. What time of year were you there? I would hate to miss it when I go. Thanks.

    • I was through this spot at about May 15th. I’m sure it can vary year to year for peak blooming but Springtime is the best to see flowers on the Camino. I hope you get to walk soon. Buen Camino 🙂

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