Camino Levante. Sometimes called the Camino of Solitude. One of the least known and possibly the least walked Camino with less than 300 pilgrims walking it annually.
It begins in Valencia on the Mediterranean coast to Santiago de Compostela. 1200 kilometers taking pilgrims through 5 regions; Valencia, Castilla La-Mancha, Madrid, Castilla y Leon, and Galicia. In addition, we pass through cities such as Albacete, Toledo, Avila and Zamora. In Zamora it intersects with Camino Via de la Plata and 2 days later connects in Granja de Moreruela to the Camino Sanabres which then takes us to Santiago.
In July, 2021 my partner Mika and I started Levante in San Juan del Hospital, the oldest (Romanesque) church in Valencia built 1238. After Mass we were given our Credentials (stampbook) and received a blessing from the priest for our 1200K Camino de Santiago. Beautiful in its simplicity. Confirming there are not many pilgrims on this route, the priest had a bit of trouble finding their stash of credentials. Also they took our photo after the blessing and got our background information.
So we set off the following morning. A few weeks later we arrived in Toledo with temperatures as high as 44C/111F. Consequently, we stopped and bussed to Ponferrada where we continued on the relatively cool Camino Invierno.
Today, 7 months later, we fly from Ecuador to Madrid to resume the one Camino I have not finished. If we finish this time it will be 16 Caminos for me since 2015.
So the next few days I will post on our Valencia to Toledo Stage 7 months ago and then live our pilgrimage from Toledo to the Cathedral.