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Araba / Álava

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  • 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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  • Day12

    Rioja

    September 21 in Spain

    Fòr most of this trip we have been travelling through brown flat countryside- the massive high Spanish plain - that is used mainly for growing wheat, now harvested. Also mile upon mile of sunflowers ripening in the sun. This must be sunflower oil country rather than olive oil. No fields of olive trees like there are in Andalusia. Just once we saw a few cows in a field but there is not much grass here for them.
    Today all that changed and as we left Burgos we encountered hills and now we are surrounded by mountains - and VINES! We have arrived in Rioja and everywhere there are vines covered in purple grapes just waiting to be made into delicious red wine. We are no longer in Castille y Leon we have crossed into Pays Vasco - Basque country and all the signs are in a strange language - a bit like Welsh.
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  • Day13

    Bodega visits

    September 22 in Spain

    On our way into Laguardia we stopped to see the winery of Marques de Riscal, which is one of the biggest and most famous Rioja names. The estate is huge and I guess hadn't suffered much from Spain's economic problems as it is beautifully maintained and has built a splendid new hotel and restaurant designed by Frank Gehry of the Bilbao Guggenheim museum fame. The building has become a tourist attraction in itself and well worth a visit. In the car park we came across a vintage Bentley on a British Bentley owners club tour of Spain and Portugal. Later in the day, in Laguardia, we went to tour the opposite size bodega. In the town of Laguardia itself, the bodega of Carlos San Pedro is family owned and operated by just seven people, with casual labour help, producing only 50,000 bottles a year. All the houses in Laguardia, including our hotel, have dug caves and tunnels down into the rock underneath them, and the bodega still uses theirs for wine making and storage. We tasted three wines there, a 2014 crianza, a 2010 reserva and a 2009 grand crianza which were all really good, and the best, the grand crianza superb.Read more

  • Day13

    laguardia

    September 22 in Spain

    We spent the morning wandering the narrow medieval streets of Laguardia, and walking around the walls. The town is so small and confined to a narrow hilltop that it only takes 20 or 30 minutes to walk around. The tiny main square has a clock that as it chimes the hours little people come and out and spin and dance. It seems to be a huge tourist attraction as the square every hour is full of tour groups standing waiting for the show. We also went into one of the churches here, which was built in the 14c with a magnificent coloured portico. This was repainted in the 17c and an extension to the church built so from then it wasn't open to the elements and now is still in fine condition. Later the streets were filled the sounds of a basque pipe group - being Celtic they seem to have the bagpipes in heritage.Read more

  • Day13

    laguardia archaeology

    September 22 in Spain

    In the afternoon we visited two sites just outside of Laguardia. The first was the remains of a celticiberian settlement dating from 1400 BC to 400 BC. Although there are only the low remains of walls it's easy to see the layout of the village and the streets through it. The outer walls would have been just wattle and daube to keep the animals in so they have all disappeared. At the site there is a nice little museum of some of the finds, and it was a great place to sit and eat our bocadillos (rolls) with spectacular views around us. Then on to a stone dolmen from around 3000 b.c, one of a great number all over the Basque Country, like in the uk and northern France. It took us a while to find and Google decided to send us over the hills over rough gravel track roads, and when we got there we could see the proper Tarmac road that we could have used.Read more

  • Day18

    Laguardia

    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

  • Day12

    ... Arribem a Vitòria. Ens costa una mica aparcar al barri de la Sònia. Ho aconseguim. Els seus pares ens conviden a berenar i xerrem una mica de tot i al cap d'una estona sortim a passejar pel casc antic. La Sònia ens fa de guia i ens explica moltes cosetes. Després, tornem al barri i anem de "pintxopote, que justament el fan els dijous. A cada bar ofereixen dos pintxos a escollir amb una beguda petita per 1,5e. I fem ruta. Ho gaudim el que ens deixa L'ian. Ell s'ho passa bé, perquè també ha vingut l'amiga Sònia de la Sònia i s'han ajuntat una colla de nens. Al final, acaba molt accelerat I costa un munt que s'adormi. No sabem si quedar-nos a Vitòria a dormir o seguir la ruta. Al final, per que L'ian s'adormi, seguim. Anem a dormir a San Juan de gaztelugatxe. Com sempre ens donen les tantes i es fosc. No veig el camí, pero estic segura de que demà ens llevarem amb unes vistes espectaculars. ❤️Read more

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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