Day 34b. Mansilla de Las MulasSeptember 7 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C
Walked into Mansilla de Las Mulas about 3pm. A 24.7 km trek in the Meseta. It was a cold 5° this morning but the icy cold wind is gone! It was crazy. We left the others about 6 hours ago but we caught up with Yin, Lydie and Luke as we entered Mansilla. They were talking with Bernard and Christine from the north of France with their donkey Zebulon. They had left Compiegne on April 5th and after reaching Santiago, are now on their way back home!!!
So we took photos with Zebulon chatted about tge day then desired to find albergues. The town was full!
We ended up alone in Hostal el Puete.
But you are never really alone on the camino. We walking into the beer garden next door and Terry was sitting at a table and called out to Ron. A young guy sitting at the bar said are you Irish and said no but our mate is. We asked him to join us and suddenly we had a group again.
We collapsed about 8.30 and hit the pillows!
The name of the town comes from the Spanish for hand (mano) and saddle (silla de montar). The town's coat of arms depicts a hand resting on a saddle. The Mulas (mules) part of the town's name refers to the ancient mule markets that took place here.
At the height of the Camino's prominence during the Middle Ages Mansilla de las Mulas became a significant stopping point for the Pilgrims and once had 3 pilgrim hospitals, 2 convents and 7 churches.Read more