Camino de Santiago – Day 5

Camino de Santiago – Day 5
Walked from: Villatuerta
Walked to: Los Arcos
Distance: 25.4km


There’s a free wine fountain next to the Monastery in Irache. I kid you not. Everyday they fill it with 100 litres of red wine. Sounds awesome. But the last time I was there it was still empty from the night before, and this time it wasn’t quite 9am in the morning, so while there was free booze on tap, I settled for taking a photo of all the other ‘pilgrims’ taking photos too. I know – I surprised myself too…

Then I skipped off on an alternative route which was a bit hillier and a bit greener than going on the main Camino, joining again at the exact point where an enterprising retiree was playing violin and hopefully touting for donations. I’d rather enjoyed heading up the path towards the unexpected string music, so paid up before heading on my way.

Because I’ve walked a bit further on most days than the guidebooks suggest, I’ve now bumped into a lot of people who left St Jean the day before me. A whole host of new characters to talk to, although as a lot of them seem wedded to 20km days, probably not for long…

The home for tonight is Los Arcos, a small but pretty little cross roads town with a splendid looking church and a €6 a night municipal hostel which I can honestly say is worth every cent I’m paying. And not a penny more!


About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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2 Responses to Camino de Santiago – Day 5

  1. kinh says:

    nicely put about your choice of bedding

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