Today’s distance 25 km
Elevation gain 310 m
Elevation loss 613 m
Total distance from Almería 294.5 km
Today’s start was quite fresh and rain was forecast. From the edge of the town we are immediately in the countryside. The asparagus harvesters are already hard at work as we leave and the farmers are out pruning their olive trees.
After around 4 km we divert onto quiet road but it is less than 1 km until we are back on the track.
The day is very hazy and it rains sporadically for half an hour, but not enough to bother with the rain gear.
We have to cross over busy road with with a high barrier to clamber over on the other side. Those with short legs may have trouble!
We reach the village of Ventas del Carrizal at 12.5 km and regroup in the cafe and then travel onwards through more olive groves – olives to the left, olives to the right, olives in front, and olives behind
We haven’t reserved any accommodation at our stage end of Alcuadete but know that there are many pilgrims walking on this stage. When we arrive I try a few numbers, Hostel Hidalgo is full, and I can’t get through to anyone to enquire about staying in the municipal sports hall. There is a small private donativo albergue run by Peter and although he is busy making renovations he kindly offers to quickly put things back together so that the three of us can have a bed for the night. We are exceptionally grateful, especially when he produced a large bottle of beer help us relax after a dusty day’s walk.
The albergue currently has two bunk beds, sleeping four, but there are plans to increase capacity in the future. The property is directly on the camino as you leave the town. Peter can be contacted by whatsapp on (to be added later)