Camino Levante Valencia to Santiago- Days 5-6 La Font de la Figuera to Alpera

Day 5 La Font de la Figuera to Almansa 28K
Camino of Solitude
Third day in a row with no bars, no anything in between our albergues. I kind of like the solitude. Still no other pilgrims as this is truly the Camino of Solitude. Much quieter than even VDLP, Aragones, and Invierno. Even quieter than Camino de Madrid which is the quietest one I have walked before Levante.
A very interesting stop in Almansa. There was a pivotal battle in European History here in 1707 when the Austrian Empire (Hapsburgs) and Archduke Charles were defeated by forces led by King Felipe V of (Bourbons ) Spain. An Irish regiment fought alongside the Spanish/French Army.
Albergue Esclavas de Maria, a convent and home for women, offered us a comfortable private room with private bath for €14.
Fortress of Almansa
Day 6 Almansa to Alpera 22K
Beautiful quiet walk starting out flat but passed a picturesque mountain. After about 17K we left the main Camino taking an alternate route north to Alpere. The Hostal El Cazador had a delicious Menu del Dia and cozy room with AC for €40.
Camino junction. Can take Camino to Burgos or continue on to Toledo which we will do.
Castle of Almansa coming into town
Copy of a painting of the Battle of Almansa in 1707 commissioned by King Felipe after his victory.

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