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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Heading off from Astorga Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer (2019) I’m walking 200km along the Camino de Santiago, from Léon to Sarría in Spain. This is the fourth leg of the Camino which 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 that year), I’m completing a leg each summer until 2020. This is Day 27 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Camino Frances Day 28: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (approx 20km)

Today, after a nasty day of itchy mosquito bites on my feet the day before , I was feeling slightly better, having stocked up on new socks, sock liners and all sorts of magic creams at the pharmacy in Astorga. I set out bright and early and caught a little bit of magic hour when there are not many people around…

Plaza Mayor in the Morning Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Gaudi house in Astorga Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Astorga Cathedral Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAn encouraging thing at this point was this sign…

Waymarket Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comTwo days ago I’d seen a sign saying “315km to Santiago” so at least, sore feet and all, I could see some progress!

T’was another hot day with limited scenery today…

Hot day Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comI was really focussed on getting to Rabanal early-ish on this day so I could rest and air my feet longer so I notice I didn’t hardly take any photos. As I’d started pretty early, I took an unprecedented stop in Murias de Rechivaldo after around 5km to rest my feet a bit…

Morning Coffee in Santa Catalina Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comSadly, even by the time I got to my 10km stop in Santa Catalina, it was too early for these…

Peregrina Beers Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut there was a nice view of this

Church in Santa Catalina Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd I fell in love with this door…

Blue door in Santa Catalina Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comDoor love continued later in the day in El Ganso…

El Ganso green door Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd even this little guy caught my eye…

Abandoned house in El Ganso Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comStrangely, in El Ganso, there’s also a “Cowboy Bar”…

Cowboy Bar in El Ganso Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut also this gorgeous church (couldn’t go inside)…

Church in El Ganso Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt was a hot early afternoon that day…

Hot day and blue skies Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd there was a lot of uneven terrain (loose rocks) which is hard to walk on with itchy bite-ridden feet!

Rough terrain Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinally though there was a little bit of shade…

Approaching Rabanal El Camino Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd finally I reached Rabanal El Camino…

Arriving in Rabanal Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s a tiny town and at midday the streets were empty…

Streets in Rabanal Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut my guest house,Casa Indie, was fabulous and welcoming…

Casa Indie Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey took my laundry and gave me some tips for things to do (!) later that day… Including…

Gregorian Chants in Rabanal El Camino Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Vespers are held at 7pm every day inside the 12th Century church and the entire service (30 minutes) is in Gregorian Chant. Simply sublime.

Walking the Santa Maria de la Asuncion Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comI finished my day with a typical Pilgrim meal (9€):

Walking the Pilgrim Meal salad Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com(remembered to ask for “sin atún” – no tuna)

Walking the Pechuga de Pollo Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comand – not a flan but some kind of light cheesecake…

Cheesecake Walking the Camino de Santiago: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comVerdict: Definitely an “easier” day simply because it’s just over 20km, although a lot of it is uphill (you’ll be at 1155m by the time you get to Rabanal). Rabanal is a lovely village but there’s not much to do so if you’re content showering and napping in lovely clean sheets and catching up on some reading over a beer, you’ll love it. Don’t miss the Gregorian chants…

Stay tuned for the next leg which takes us to the even tinier town of El Acebo (population around 36!)

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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 my last Camino walk with them for next summer (the summer I will finally reach Santiago!).

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