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  • Day4

    Harder & hotter than we thought

    September 8 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today’s KMs - 32kms
    Total KMs - 38kms
    Total blisters - 0

    Officially started our Camino today, leaving San Sebastián for Orio followed by Zarautz and finally Gertaria.

    Such a varied walk with beaches, vineyards, orchards, forest, cobbled paths and lots of hills and valleys. We saw horses, donkeys, bulls, cows, dogs and 2 kittens along the way. Much cuter than the oversized slugs we kept running into yesterday. It was much harder and hotter than we thought, almost 7 hours of walking.

    We made it to our first albergue which is an experience in itself. At least we are in the same room this time but with 28 other people. With only one room we were relieved to get a bed otherwise we would need to walk another 5kms to the next town.

    A welcome flatter walk tomorrow!
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  • Day86

    Ulia - Getaria

    September 4 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Die gestrige Euphorie ließ irgendwann in gleichem Maße nach, wie die Schmerzen im Fuß zunahmen. ;) Ein laaanger Tag.
    Gestartet über einen schönen Küstenweg, dann durch San Sebastián über Orio nach Zarautz. Viel Asphalt und sehr viel auf und ab! Da Zarautz hässlich und voll war, ging es noch weiter bis Getaria - ein hübsches Fischerdorf mit einem prima (wenn auch teuren) Hostel. Wenn ihr mal mit speziellem Wissen punkten wollt: Der erste Weltumsegler wurde hier geboren, Juan Sebastian Elkano, der das Kommando von Magellan nach dessen Tod übernahm.
    Ein schönes Tagesziel, aber insgesamt gute 31 Kilometer - und die ganzen An-/Abstiege addierten sich auch zu über 800 Höhenmetern, das unterschätzt man hier ganz fix.
    'Verfolgt' wurde ich von einem älteren Deutschen, der mich als Motivationshilfe betrachtete (O-Ton: 'Es macht mir zu schaffen, wenn eine Frau schneller ist als ich, also habe ich den Ehrgeiz, an dir dranzubleiben.' Keine weiteren Fragen...).
    Die meisten anderen Pilger dürften die Etappe in Zarautz beendet haben, das Hostel war jedenfalls angenehm leer und der Schlaf entsprechend gut. ;)
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  • Day3

    Ulia-San Sebastian-Orio-Zarautz-Gertaria

    June 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Nach einem Mega Frühstück und tollen Gesprächen gehts weiter durch traumhafte Natur nach San Sebastian...mega Stadt wunderschöner Strand aber zu laut !!! Für mich gerade nichts. Dort treffe ich auf einen Spanier und eine Dänin und wir laufen kurzerhand die Etappe nach Orio gemeinsam. Hammer tolle und sehr tiefe Gespräche auch wenn wir uns per Worte nicht ganz verstehen. Doch dann in Orio ist die Herberge brechend voll. weiter nach Zarautz und Gerteria wo viel Platz ist in einem Schlafsaal mit über 60 betten🙈bin gespannt aber echt nur tolle MenschenRead more

  • Day3


    September 14, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We had all kinds of weather and every type of terrain today. The rain was pounding as we left San Sebastián, donned in our wet weather gear. Although it gradually abated, the natural trails were very muddy and slippy. The asphalt sections were quite a relief

    Things picked up after Orio and we took the alternative route into Zarautz. I took the road route last time, but this one (following the GR markers at Camping Zarautz) is so much nicer. The sun was shining and it was great to take off our shoes to walk in the sea.

    We chatted with lots of very nice people today. My scratched legs from yesterday's bushwhacking were a source of great amusement, especially when one guy asked if I'd been attacked by an animal!

    Once again, a swim in the sea was a great way of easing the aches and pains. All in all, a tiring day with a very happy ending.
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  • Day8


    May 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today's walk was about 30 km again. Several big ups and downs, some gorgeous coastal scenery, and a bit of re-routing to get us across the superhighway/autovía/toll road. It's called the A-8, and it wasn't here the last time I walked through. We went through two coastal towns, Orio and Zarautz. I remember that in 1995 our family had spent a few nights in Zarautz-- it's a less expensive (and much less beautiful) place than San Sebastián. But the waves were great, I remember how our kids loved them. And they are still huge and crashing.

    The last 4 km into Getaria were alongside the coast, squished between the narrow road and the cliff over the water. Pavement is always hard on the feet but at least this was beautiful. I started talking with a very stylish French woman. She was either starved for company or delirious from the sun because she told me my French is excellent. She does the camino the fancy way --sag wagon, rooms in nice hotels, food waiting at designated rest stops. Lots of ways to do this thing.

    I'm at an albergue and so far we are about 12. Mostly men, though there is a Finnish woman and another American. The guys are French, Romanian, Italian and US. I expect this will be an ear plug night. No complaints and a lot of gratitude. Not a bad way to end the day!
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  • Day2

    Camino Del Norte - Day 2

    June 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Day 2 - Camino Del Norte
    San Sebastián to Getara
    Distance 25km
    Total ascent/descent 520m

    Another hot day 26C. I was gas mark 8 judging by the amount of water I drank today. 6 litres would be a good guess.
    I set off from my hotel in San Sebastián at 7am and walked along the promenade to be meet by the aftermath of the Spanish kids partying all night. They were still stood outside some of the now closed bars. .
    As usual, the yellow Camino arrows disappeared. Eventually got on the way to be met with a 500m ascent. Just the sort of thing you need first thing in the morning.
    Once on the ridge, I walked on minor undulating roads and through fantastically shaded woods. I met a few peregrinos and chatted briefly. I also walked briefly with two English ladies who decided to experience a short walk on the Camino. They seemed in awe of actually meeting a peregrinos. Just as well that they were stood upwind of me as they would not have enjoyed the essence of a pilgrim.
    Mainly views of the Bay of Biscay followed until after another long descent, I arrived in a lovely village called Orio (not the chocolate biscuit).
    I stopped for a brief lunch and followed the estuary to the sea. You've guessed it, another flipping steep incline. By the time, I got to the top I was absolutely knackered and the full heat of the day was beginning to take it's toll.
    I decided that this was far enough as I was outside a camp site recommended in my guidebook. Alas, flipping guide books lie. No places for peregrinos on the campsite.
    There was a stunning view from the campsite over Zarautz and onto Getaria around the other end of the bay.
    I followed the steep drop down onto the beach front and made my mind up to walk another 7km to Geteria. I already knew that all the albergues in Zarautz were full. The promenade was beautiful and the beach was packed out. I got a lot of funny looks and the Spanish have a habit of bumping into me. They generally lose particularly with my 10kg rucksack.
    I followed the coastal path to Geteria and got into this stunning town just as a triathlon was starting out. An amazing site and included in my photographs.
    I wound my now weary way through the town towards the albergue and you guessed it again....another steep incline.
    I arrived at 2.30pm after 7.5 hours of walking. The kind hospilado gave me a wonderful chilled slice of melon.
    Admin sorted. Clothes washed and hanging out to dry. Feet are okay. Small blister on each foot which I am not surprised at considering the amount of time on roads and cobbles.
    Planning my next section tomorrow. Should be around 25km passing a town called Deba. I will likely carry on a further 5Km to a hamlet called Ermita Del Calvario (great names).

    Weather is showing 26C again tomorrow and it is Sunday so food may be scare.

    Hasta luego.

    Again, thank you for supporting B.I.R.D

    If you haven't please think about it. Go to the just giving site under Mick Byrne and it explains why I am doing this.
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  • Day4


    May 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    A 26km walk today from San Sebastián. Very enjoyable, some good chats along the way. I'm staying in Getaria tonight - a really nice town with a busy port and two beaches. Another little swim today - great for the aches and the blisters.

    I'm having a hotel night tonight at the Hotel Itxas Gain Getaria. It's a family-run hotel and the people are so helpful. They recommended that I have dinner at the harbour - the cafes grill fresh fish each evening. Fantastic!Read more

  • Day122


    August 15, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So we are moving west, it was a much nicer temperature today but John thought it was a little cool, mostly overcast some lighthouse rain.
    The Basque coast has some stunning scenery with spectacular rock formations I have taken some photos. We popped into the bay of San Sebastian on our way here as iconic for this coast, it is very developed a lot of high rises but some old buildings too. Getaria is beautiful much more picturesque. I again used my best Spanish to get a berth and it went well until a very quick response then who knows what they said. But when we had moored and meet voice on radio his english was very good so not sure why we conversed in bad Spanish!
    Photo 1,2and3 of scenery 4 is from brochure of San Sebastian looking east 5and6 of Getaria.
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  • Day118


    September 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Walked around the coast road to Getaria, another small town along the coast. After walking down the 439 steps we then walked along the 2km seafront and then a further 4kms into Getaria. WEll worth it, as it was a beautiful little place.
    We enjoyed a visit to a small anchovy factory and joined a demonstration being given to Aussie and NZ tourists- fascinating to see the old processes being used - all by hand and the anchovies were really tasty.
    Enjoyed some tapas in a little bar prior to getting back to Zarautz beach for the late afternoon sun.
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  • Day7

    Walkingn to Getaria, Gipuzkoa in Basque.

    September 4, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Left San Sebastián at sunrise and enjoyed a beautiful walk along the coast to a small village called Getaria. Not unlike the west coast of Ireland, landscape wise. However, grapevines and sheep with bells and medieval villages are not like Ireland.
    I walked with a rather eccentric English man, well being English is an impediment in and off itself. However he is a gardener so we had a shared interest. He has never driven, has no cell phone and has no pets. I did not ask any personal questions except for his name after about an hour.
    I am a dab hand at going into bars and ordering pinxtos and tonight I drank Txacoli, which is a local wine. There are lots of vineyards here. It cost 1.90 euros a glass, so under $1.85. Tasted good too. Cidra is only 90 cent but that "should be put back in the horse", as my Dad used to say.
    A swim before dinner then off to my bunk bed, one of 40 in a full mixed dorm. 12 euro a night, without sheets. Thank goodness cousin Nuala gave me sleeping bag and liner.
    It was a really "Buenos Camino" today.
    I can not decipher the Basque language but everyone speaks Spanish also.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Getaria, غيتاريا, Guetaria, ゲタリア, Cetaria, 20808, Гетария, Гетарія, 赫塔里亚

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