Araba / Álava

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  • Day9

    Long day to Salinillas

    June 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Yesterday in Vitoria was great. We had an absolutely fantastic 13€ menu at El Gautxo It’s a beautiful old town, and the cathedral tour takes you down to the foundations and shows you all the foundation work and where the old city was. It was really fun.

    Today was a VERY long day, 45.6 km long to be exact. But here we are in an Albergue in Salinillas de Burandon, an old 14th century walled town. It is still technically in País Vasco, but its wine is eligible for Rioja denomination. The Albergue owner (a young guy with a Che patch on his pants) gave us a bottle of his family’s wine and we are enjoying it with our chorizo and cheese sandwiches. We carried up the sandwiches from the town 10 km back.

    My knee seems to be almost totally recuperated. We had one very steep descent today and I was not in pain!!!!

    Tomorrow about 30 km to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and we hope to catch a couple of buses that will get us to Aguilar de Campoo, where we start the Olvidado and more mountains await!
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  • Day8

    Short day to Vitoria

    June 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I slept in till 7, made a coffee with my spiffy electric coil, and by 7:45 or so we were ambling our way to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country.

    We passed a turn-off for a 2 km detour to the region’s “jewel of Romanesque” but since it is Monday and the church is closed, I passed on the chance to see the outside.

    We did go through a little town with a church with a Romanesque and doorway. Closed too, of course.

    The city of Vitoria has a beautiful downtown medieval core (was a walled city). Since the albergue didn’t open for almost two hours, we opted for a cheap pension in the old quarter. It’s fine.

    Currently icing my knee. Nothing to do before the 5 pm Cathedral tour except eat lunch, so I will rest up for a while now.
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  • Day7

    Saying goodbye to the mountains

    June 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Today didn’t start well. I got a call from home at 4:20– little miscalculation there. Then as I was clumsily trying to turn off the phone I inadvertently called Alun and woke him up. Then I spilled a cup of coffee made with my electric coil.
    Luckily things got better quickly.

    We left early to avoid the predicted rain. Not a drop fell. The first 15 km or so of this stage were magical. Up through beech forest, enshrouded in fog, till finally we arrived at the tunnel. Just as we arrived, the sun burned through and we could see we were surrounded by jagged peaks. Through the tunnel, into another Basque province (Álava), and then kms more of forest.

    We got to the usual end stage of Salvatierra at around one and just weren’t ready to stop. So our only choice was another 14 to Alegría (Happiness). We made it, dragging at the end but very happy to have only a 16 km stage tomorrow. There is a wonderful albergue here and we each have our own room!

    Knee is doing much better!
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  • Day20

    Noch nasseres Vitoria-Gasteiz

    July 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Des Basken ganzer Stolz und die Hauptstadt des Baskenlandes liegt ca. 70 Kilometer südlich von Bilbao. Traumhaft schön, mit einer inmitten der alavesischen Hochebene gelegenen Siedlung namens “Gasteiz”, welche noch heute als Altstadt das Herz von Vitoria darstellt.
    Leider wurde mein Ausflug von mehreren Wolkenbrüchen begleitet, weshalb ich sehr dankbar um meinen trockenen Camper und dichte Dachlucken war 😉.
    Anschließend machte ich mich auf den Weg in ländlichere Gegenden des Inlandes und habe ein ruhiges Plätzchen auf einem Bauernhof in Barrio del Estiàn gefunden.
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  • Day12

    ... in Portugalete

    May 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    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

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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