Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer, I spent 7 days walking around 120km along the Camino de Santiago, from Logroño to Burgos in Spain. This was the second leg of the Camino that I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response to some of the questions people had asked me along the way). This is Part 11 (other posts linked at the end of this post).
Camino Frances Day 11: Navarrete to Nájera (approx 16km)
After easing into this year’s section on our first day of the Camino, this second day of walking was just a little bit further in terms of distance which made for a very nice two days at the start.
En route out of the lovely Navarrete, we were looking for fountains to fill our water bottles. Someone beat us to it!
It was a little early in the proceedings for us to need a taxi, thankfully…
The Camino is a place where you’ll see evidence of many other enterprising folks too…
On this stage, you pass the graffiti poem, Pilgrim, Who Calls You?
And soon, as it approached noon, the clouds cleared and we approached the pretty town of Nájera (pop: approx 9000)…
(LOL re the “lies”! So often the signs along the way tell you how far it it to the next town or village and it really messes with your concept of “what is X km?” because I can tell you that this sign definitely felt like much further away from the town than 1km!)
Our usual afternoon nap followed (it was really hot) but later, showered and changed, we headed out to explore the town (a little early at 4pm, towns are just waking up from siesta so the streets were terribly empty).
But what I really wanted was an ice cream (and a beer, though not necessarily in that order!). I spotted one of the ubiquitous ice cream signs outside what looked like a regular corner store and we pushed the door open to discover a couple of fabulous things:
1. Air conditioning and 2. This:
Yes, a bar right out of the 50s complete with characters in their 70s and 80s. We seemed to have stumbled on a pensioner’s day out – they were deeply engrossed in their card game and many of them were drinking tiny tiny beers (cañas). It was all very civilized. If you can’t beat ’em…
Such a pretty little town and it was nice that we had the time to explore, thanks to having been able to “split” the first long day on this leg of the Camino (would have been walking nearly 30km in one day otherwise). Because, it’s all about the journey, not the destination, right?
Disclosure: I researched Camino trips independently and chose the Camino Travel Center based on a number of features such as flexibility to accommodate a couple of “splits” in some of the longer days, price and customer service. They were, in fact the first company I came across in my very first Google search and the one I ended up booking with. From the initial inquiry to the actual trips, they have been a pleasure to deal with and we have been very impressed with the service provided (bag transportation) and the accommodation choices. I was not compensated to write about this trip in any way but I love sharing companies and products I believe in with my readers. I couldn’t recommend the Camino Travel Center more and, in fact, am booking another Camino walk with them for next summer (and every summer until I reach Santiago!).
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