Araba / Álava

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14 travelers at this place:

  • Day13

    Not sure what troubled more - how my aching limbs would respond to another 70 miles; whether Spanish roads would play ball or whether the alleged relatively limited climb would prove to be decepetive. Decided to get breakfast done & dusted - an early start can't hurt. Busy road out of Pamplona - bit chilly - had to fleece up for a little while, well till the climbing started. For a good while the road seemed to plough through a long valley with mountains either side - keep it that way. A couple of short breaks in pretty little villages with hideous eyesore industrial estates on the outskirts. It was after one of these that there was the only road issue & this time it was google to the rescue. Route that was supposed to carry on stopped at gated services. Referred to phone & found a way round that didn't involve the motorway. Vitoria-Gasteiz was a nice enough place - lots of parkland on the centre & a crocodile (not real) outside the cathedral. Hotel was 4 miles out of town on a industry / retail park so my site seeing would have to be before checking in. Suited me - rest & recuperation...Read more

  • Day12

    ... in Portugalete

    May 28, 2017 in Spain

    Today was a great day. I had a long walk on a lot of asphalt but it was worth it. I was on the road by 7, spent a few km on the side of a quiet road and then up through a big pine forest, and I was in the beautiful city of Bilbao by 10 am. Getting through the city was of course all on asphalt and then another long 12 km along the canal/port, and I was very glad it was a Sunday with no trucks whizzing by on the narrow roads. Finally I got to Portugalete, where I got to ride on a mixture between a funicular, a train and a ferry across the river.

    Once settled in the albergue two of my friends (a father/son pair) from last year's camino came to pick me up for a long lunch, a long walk around town, and a lot of great memories.

    Time for bed because tomorrow will be another long day, on a lot of asphalt I am afraid.
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  • Day13

    ... in Castro Urdiales

    May 29, 2017 in Spain

    It was raining when I woke up, and it started to rain about 15 minutes after I arrived in my small hotel. But in between, not one drop fell. That is a Camino miracle!

    This is a very pretty little town, it has a very nice historical core, with lots of new apartment buildings all around. But the walk was really quite good, except for a fair amount of asphalt. Great views of the ocean along the coast, and a lot of pilgrims walking! I've met several Spaniards, a couple from Santa Fe, and bunches of French. The route is well marked and very pretty. When I got here at around 12:30, I decided to get a room in a little place near the beach for €35, which won't break the bank. The albergue is about a km out of town and looks very cramped. This way, I have a couple of hours to visit the historic core this afternoon, which is really quite pretty. I hope the pictures show that.

    Tomorrow will be anywhere from 27-33, km but I think I will make a reservation in Laredo so I don't have to worry about space.
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  • Day18


    August 6, 2016 in Spain

    Hezká vesnička, která ve svém nitru skýtá mnohem většího turistického ducha, než se na první pohled může zdát... Zahraničních návštěvníků i místních dobrodruhů je tu opravdu hodně a ceny hotelů i jídel v restauracích tomu bohužel odpovídají. Za návštěvu stojí, ale přespání bylo lepší v Briones. Zajímavostí může být, že se stále nemůžeme dopátrat jména vesnice. La Guardia, Guardia či Laguardia? Booking, Google a Lonely Planet se v této otázce poněkud rozcházejí… 🙉Read more

  • Day18

    Hotel Marqués de Riscal

    August 6, 2016 in Spain

    Majitel sklípku ve vesnici Elciego rozhodně netroškařil... Hotel (noc stojí přes 10 000 Kč) mu navrhl Frank Gehry, který navrhl také Guggenheimovo muzeum v Bilbau. Prohlídku si bohužel musíte objednat předem. My zkusili ve zdejší kavárně alespoň místní kávu a víno (Gran Reservu - ať to stojí za to!). Oboje bylo moc dobré a dokonce za obvyklé ceny. Byla možná i ochutnávka vín s výkladem. Bohužel, jak je zde zvykem, pouze ve španělštině. Celkově je škoda, že tady dost často narážíme na tento problém. Mluvili jsme o tom při večeři v Briones s Javierem a dozvěděli jsme se, že většina Španělů má spíše ve škole sklony ke francouzštině, která je přeci jenom jejich rodnému jazyku blíže. To nemáme možnost otestovat, ale s tou angličtinou je to tady opravdu tristní. 😟Read more

  • Day7

    Monte Santiago

    July 28, 2005 in Spain

    Beeindruckende Landschaft! Früh morgens erreichten wir den schönen Naturpark, nur um festzustellen, dass dieser erst ein paar Stunden später öffnen würde. Mit einem spontanen Frühstück auf der Motorhaube vertrieben wir uns die Zeit. Der Ausblick über die Schlucht war wirklich unglaublich und entschädigte für das Warten!

  • Day3


    May 18, 2017 in Spain

    Llegamos al hotel! Después de llegar a Madrid, alquilar el carro y hacer la parada en el convento de las monjitas, llegamos a las 9.30pm y todavía sigue el día con luz. Está haciendo un frío tipo Bogota como de las 5pm. El hotel está espectacular a 400 metros del pueblo de Laguardia que mañana iremos a recorrer y explorar.
    Ahora bajaremos al restaurante del hotel a ver que comemos.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Araba / Álava, Provincia de Alava, Álava, Alaba, Província d'Àlaba, Araba, Alava, アラバ

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