Camino Mozárabe por Trujillo, stage 30 Camping Monfragüe to Plasencia 12.5 km

Today’s distance 12.5 km
Elevation gain 109 m
Elevation loss 170 m
Total distance from Almería 711.5 km

Apologies for the tardy posting of yesterday’s blog, but there was almost no phone signal at Camping Monfragüe and wifi didn’t extend to our bungalow.

Long time readers may have noted that I am not so reliant on visiting bars in order to post to my blog as on earlier caminos. I have an excellent deal for data on my cellular model ipad. My only excuse for visiting bars now is that I want a glass of wine!

Although Marilyn is a coffee addict, she is also a tea totaler. I love her dearly, but am missing my ‘partner in wine’, the lovely Nina who has now returned home to Denmark. We didn’t need to ask each other if it was time for a drink, a mere look would suffice.

This morning we stopped off at the Camping bar so that Marilyn could feed her coffee habit, but not before she told the management what she thought about the dormitory room. We Brits are way too reserved – I admire Marilyn’s forthright approach.

There is not much to say about today’s walk other than that it was extremely windy and entirely on the road again. I actually wore gloves and my rain jacket as a wind breaker today – it was that chilly. And I think we have the better part of Camino weather, further north it is really quite cold.

During road walking recently I have noticed that here in Extremadura, or maybe just on the EX-208, the roads are marked every 100 metres. This morning it occurred to me to count how many steps I make per 100 metres. It turns out I make 130 steps on average. When I stopped to wait for Marilyn to catch up at a junction I told her my interesting discovery, only to further discover that she had been doing exactly the same experiment, and her pace was 140 steps/100 m. Well, how interesting is that? Not in the slightest – but when walking on the road and battling a headwind you have to do something to pass the time.

We arrived at the outskirts of Plasencia after around 8 km and I was surprised at the size of the place. We continued for probably three more km first through an industrial area and then past endless outlet stores and closed supermarkets. Even on a Sunday there was a fair amount of traffic – I imagine it would be a great deal busier on a weekday.

Eventually we crossed a bridge over the Rio Jerte and found ourselves in the old part of the city, with tall buildings on narrow streets, a pretty plaza mayor, a very impressive cathedral (where we called in for s sello). We made our way to our accommodation for the night, Albergue Turistico Santa Ana and are enthusiastically welcomed by the charming Paloma who allows us to leave our bags even though we are hours earlier than check-in time. We set off to explore some of the beautiful places this city has to offer and find ourselves in the 15th century convent that has been transformed into a parador. Hot chocolate for Marilyn and an early glass of wine for me.

We return to the albergue and we are allocated bottom bunks in a room for six. Thus far we have it to ourselves. The bathroom is a perfect example of what should be offered in multi-use accommodation. Separate for men and women. In the women’s facility there are three showers, with frosted glass doors, three basins and three loos. So many places have one bathroom only for as many as 12 or more people. So whilst someone is having a shower, doing their hair, brushing their teeth, eleven others are jiggling up and down waiting their turn. It’s crazy and very annoying. Top marks to Albergue Santa Ana and the very friendly Paloma. 18€, lots of communal lounging/eating areas, situated in the old quarter.

Paloma recommends a visit to the Parque de los Pinos which is a ten minute walk away. As we approach we walk alongside an aqueduct and can hear quite a commotion of what sounds like peacocks calling. Immediately on entering the park we totally understand where all this noise is coming from – the place is inundated with peacocks – dozens and dozens of them and we are treated to a tail display as soon as we enter. Wherever you look there are peacocks showing off – on the ground, on fences, in trees, sweeping the paths with their tails when they are not displaying. Vibrant turquoise abounds at every turn but also lace-white. So many white peacocks proudly displaying their mantilla like tails. Sensory overload. Enchanting. And very noisy as all the males compete for attention. I’ve only ever seen a couple of peacocks at a time – this is an amazing spectacle and in such a beautiful environment with various ducks and other birds that would normally attract attention being totally ignored in favour of their showy cousins. Such a huge treat and it was fabulous to have the time so spend several hours exploring the city.

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27 Responses to Camino Mozárabe por Trujillo, stage 30 Camping Monfragüe to Plasencia 12.5 km

  1. Jeannette says:

    OMG Maggi, you’re amazing! I’m following you day after day, your posts are so informative and you pics are wonderful, to have the Peacocks in all their splendor is something no easy to achieve, thank you for sharing your experience with us. Buen camino y un fuerte y gran abrazo😘

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  2. gerarddamato says:

    We went to the Wolf (not David ) park near Antequera yesterday. They had 2 Peacocks but nothing like as healthy or just plain beautiful as these!

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  3. David Wolfe says:

    A fantastic set of pictures, thank goodness it was a short walk giving you plenty of time to enjoy the sights A great post. Buen Camino

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  4. Janice Tyler says:

    Love the peacocks!

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  5. Maggie Gardner says:

    Fantastic photos of the peacocks!!!

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  6. Aurélio Simões says:

    Today muito trainig was 28 km.

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  7. Leona L Sutton says:

    What beauty! Is pino the Spanish name for peacock? On my last camino, we walked through a village named Ganzo. All my life, we called a turkey a ganzo, come to find out a ganzo is a goose. I think a turkey is a parvo. Per usual your post is awe inspiring! By the way, I also, unconsciously, count my steps. Buen Camino!

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    • M3 Mary says:

      Hi Leona Pino is the Spanish word for Pine (as in tree) and Pavo Real is the Spanish for Peacock. As my daughter keeps telling me “Everyday is a school day”!

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  8. Ina Sinclair says:

    Such amazing photos! And the posts as informative as ever – a pleasure to follow!

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  9. Susan Harris says:

    Fabulous photos Maggie. Lovely to read your blog each day. You certainly earn your glass of wine. Xx

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  10. Nadine says:

    Those peacock photos are so stunning!! I’m loving your posts, your detailed observations, and your insights. Buen Camino!

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  11. Katherine Paterson says:

    Glad your lodgings were better tonight.
    Beautiful peacocks, they are just so noisy aren’t they, they should have voices to match their beauty!

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  12. Brian says:

    Wi-fi, wi-ne, wi-not?? I share the sentiment (and it helps with step counting!!)

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  13. sixwheeler says:

    Bloody peacocks! We had one at my boarding school and it kept me awake for nights on end. My step count used to be 110 on flat ground and it’s very useful to know if you’re navigating by map and compass in zero visibility. #oldschool

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  14. David Cooper says:

    Loving the daily update and wish I was there drinking wine with you!

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  15. Paul says:

    Never seen a white peacock look fabulous.

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  16. lynharrison4wind says:

    Magnificent peacock photos! My fitbit is set to a stride of 60 cms, so it’s very disappointing to learn it must be counting far too many steps each day. i know your and my strides about match, so I’ll have to go calculate and recalibrate. Thanks for the useful and how-interesting info 😉

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  17. gracethepilgrim says:

    Oh wow! What a super day you’ve had. I remember taking a day off on one of my VdlP caminos and visiting Plasencia from Carcaboso. I loved the pretty plaza mayor and the Cathedral. Lucky you had an early finish and were able to enjoy a days sightseeing.
    I’d love to see those white peacocks if I pass that way again in the future. Those pretty ‘lacey’ tails are magnificent.
    Thanks again for sharing your adventure.

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  18. Holly says:

    Oh wow, what a treat!

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  19. M3 Mary says:

    Stunning photos Maggie. I love peacocks also but wouldn’t like to live beside them as they make a dreadful racket. I’m delighted you found good accommodation tonight. I didn’t like your throw away remark about it being colder further North. I’m starting in St. Jean on Thursday and I think I better bring more clothes by the sound of it!! Much love and buen camino xx

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    • magwood says:

      How exciting Mary. Check the temperatures – I’m only commenting from heresay. Are you walking all the way to Santiago? Alone or with others? So many questions! Whatever the answers I wish you an amazing adventure and an extremely buen camino! Much love to you my friend and thanks for your daily support xxx😘

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      • M3 Mary says:

        Yes, my plan is to walk all the way. I’m doing it on my own but planning to talk to all the nice people I meet!! Thanks for your good wishes Maggie and buen camino xx

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  20. Michele Collett says:

    Wonderful peacock pictures especially the white ones, amazing. So pleased for you that your walk was short today giving you lots of time to see the wonderful sights, loving your daily updates, happy walking xx

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  21. Stewpot says:

    Hi Maggie, We are enjoying your blog. The two of you are doing so well together. As you know I have kept up with all your blogs and what a back catalogue you have. You should be so proud! I commented a few weeks ago as to you being so brave to make a stand about not using plastics and you were ahead of the game. The talk now is about how much grain and fodder it takes to feed up beef, pork and poultry. It is just not sustainable! You are leading the way. Well done. Go well ladies

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  22. Alan says:

    Wowza great peacock pics and an interesting story lol.x

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  23. JO KENNEDY says:

    Great following Maggie!! What app do you use for your distance & elevation that you show and is it off line or data. Off soon to Spain!!

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