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Camino Dos Faros. Muxia to Camariñas:

This Camino continues to dazzle with its spectacular scenery. And is proving to be a excellent Camino to undertake as part or after one’s Camino de Santiago. Most of this Camino spanning 200 kilometers is along the northwest coast of Galicia, Spain on the Costa de Muerte (Coast of Death) so named for the many …

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Camino dos Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Muxia To Lires:

To clarify, The Camino de Faros between Finisterre and Muxia is an alternative route to the Camino de Santiago between the two towns. While The Camino de Santiago is a relatively easy 27K jaunt, the Camino de Faros is 52K of more challenging rugged coastal walking with some narrow, rocky paths and significant elevation changes. …

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Camino de Faros. The Lighthouse Way:

After 3 weeks of settling in at Global Pilgrim House in Muxia, feeling a bit antsy, I will start The Lighthouse Way, a 200 kilometer walk linking Finisterre and Muxia, with Malpica along the Galician Costa de Morte (Coast of Death). It is called the Coast of Death because of the many shipwrecks along its …

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Camino Levante/Sanabria Day 36-37 Albergueria to Ourense:

Albergueria to Xunqueira de Ambia to Ourense: We departed Albergueria with still cloudy skies. In fact, I dragged my fingertip on an outdoor table to find it coated with red sand from the Sahara. Before leaving I found my shell from 5 years earlier on the wall across from my dorm bed. The walk early …

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Camino Levante/Sanabres Days 34-35 Puebla de Sanabria to Albergueria

Kind Carmen from Hostel Carlos V gave us lift to train and walked us in to the big new station of the Express Train. Though it seems to be overkill as there are just a few people. We arrived in A Gudina a short half hour later and got off at another huge new station, …

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Camino Levante/Sanabres Day 33. Rionegro to Puebla de Sanabria

Probably the coldest day today. The first part, 10K to Mombuey was on the high plains with little sun. A cold wind blowing into our faces sapped my energy. Took a tea break at Bar la Ruta one of the better bars. We decided to taxi to Asturianos and then walk the final 16K to …

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Perhaps the Finest Meñu Del Dia on Camino Sanabres Or Any Camino:

On a cold day on the 31st day of the Camino Levante we arrived in Rionegro del Puente and made a beeline for Teo’s restaurant, Me Gusta Comer (I like to eat). Teo suggested we take a seat by the roaring stove fire and relax. Why not. Following his direction, after a 5 hour long …

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Camino Levante Days 31-32. Camarzana de Tera to Rionegro del Puente:

Bussed on rainy day ahead from Zamora to Santa Marta de Tera to catch up with Camino buddy Mariska. Surprisingly we passed my Dutch friend a few hundred meters before we were left in the small plaza adjacent to Church of Santiago. Mariska and I had connected on FB yesterday, realizing we were close to …

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Repeat Encounters On The Camino. A 4peat!

One of the most special moments on The Camino is an unexpected, unplanned encounter with an old friends or Camino buddie. Having walked many Caminos it has happened repeatedly to me, so it doesn’t surprise me anymore when it happens. However, my latest Camino which I am walking now is Camino Levante, sometimes called “The …

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Zamora; good place to take a rest day.

Such a beautiful old town. Decided to take a rest day and come back and explore some more. Especially do a tour of the Cathedral. And then celebrate our completion of 800 kilometer Camino Levante with great local wine and Foie Gras. Though it is still 450 to Santiago via Camino Via de la Plata …

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Day 29 Toro to Zamora.

Reached Zamora which is the end of the Camino Levante. We connect here with the Camino Via de la Plata (VDLP) which starts 565 kilometers to the south in Seville. The Camino of “Solitude” proved to be an appropriate alias for Camino Levante as we completed its 850 Kilometers without seeing a single fellow pilgrim. …

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Saharan Sand Storm On The Camino

Wow. This is a new experience. Saharan Sand Greying up the skies. As we walked on Tuesday of this week the forecast said sunny but disappointingly the sun never broke through. How surprising to learn it was the red sand of the Saharan blocking the warmth and light of the sun. Yesterday, March 17, I …

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Camino Levante. Day 27 Medina del Campo to Nava del Rey

Hard to leave the cozy Convent accommodation but we are pilgrims so we trudge on as I hope my hamstring tightness eases up which may be wishful thinking as we walk on in the cold. At edge of town we came to a fork indicating Camino Sureste continued north and then northwest to Benavente on …

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Camino Levante Day 25 Arevalo to Medina del Campo

Walking out of Arevalo are some nice churches of course with storks nesting high up. At the far north end of town was one more well preserved castle. The Levante spans across lands that were hotly contested between the Christian and Moor armies hence all the castles. While we are now in March, the temperatures …

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Camino Levante Day 24 Gotarrendura to Arevalo

Leaving Gotarrendura at 8:30 it was chilly with the wind blowing freely across the open plains. Finally after 12k we fortunately passed Bar Volente in Tiñosillos. In fact it was the only open bar today, and a nice one. A friendly bartender and a very good tortilla de patata. Afterwards, we walked out of town …

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Camino Levante Day 22 San Bartolome to Avila.

Leaving San Bartolomé de Pinares it was still cloudy but fortunately the rain held off. The views back to San Bartolomé were beautiful with many blossoming almond trees. After following a paved road for a few K, we ascended into the mountains on a narrow rocky path a couple hundred meters. We then hit a …

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Camino Levante Day 21 UP into the cold and rain.

Mika and I waited at the cozy Hotel El Castrejon hoping the rain would subside. The guide suggests a 37K walk but with the rains we will walk just 15 as there is a municipal albergue in San Bartolome de Pinares. Nearing 10 the rain slowed to a drizzle though it was cold. After walking …

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