It was another very cold start to the day and again I was wearing almost every item of clothing I had with me. But luckily there was little or no breeze and the sun soon came up and I started to thaw.
Almost immediately we were in wide open countryside, almost flat, but with just a few rolling hills. The clouds formed whispy patterns in the bright blue sky and Paul shouted from ahead for me to turn around and look behind me. I was treated to the sight of the first hot air balloons I have seen in Spain.
On such flat land one can see the winding paths for miles ahead and soon we had reached the first village on our route at 5.5 km where we stopped for a warming hot drink and some extremely soggy toast.
The next village was at 10 km and the third at 19 km where there is an albergue in the village of Añe, but no other facilities – no bars or shops. We continued to Santa Maria la Real de Nieva where we are staying in the tiny donativo albergue with three bunk beds, small kitchen and bathroom. There are a few bars with tapas and a restaurant that doesn’t serve food until 9pm, so we have bought food in the reasonably well-stocked supermarket to cook a pasta dish. A couple of late arrivals turned up in the form of two Spanish women.
The village boasts a large church and beautiful cloister with an interesting history. Luckily the church is open to the public this evening so we shall go take a look.
Overall today, the first two thirds of the walk were beautiful and very enjoyable – the last third slightly less so as it was on wide gravel track and very flat. But all in all, another very pleasant and well signed camino experience.
Today’s distance 31 km
Accumulated uphill elevation 136 m
Accumulated downhill elevation 257 m
Total distance 152 km
Average per day 25.3 km