Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada


Cake or death? – Eddie Izzard.

Oh, cake please:

Orange-cake

After my brief siesta yesterday I continued walking through and then out of the town of Najera. A decent enough place, with a very Spanish feel to it:

Najera

Approx 580km to go to Santiago and in these parts they seem to delight in labelling each and every kilometre along the way:

580km-to-Santiago

I took the following photos on the way from Najera to the small village of Ciruena:

Walk-from-Najera-1

Walk-from-Najera-2

Walk-from-Najera-3

Walk-from-Najera-3

Again, a reminder that you must take plenty of water with you for these stretches because it is very arid and without many opportunities for shade.

One other note which I think is important is that on your first few days from Saint Jean you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of pilgrims, but it is only really the funnel effect and here along the way you don’t feel that the road is so busy.

The village of Ciruena has a couple of albergues, but I chose instead to sleep outside, and I had a wonderful sleep under the stars and in the clean air of the night. In the morning I went to get a cafe solo, and I took a photo of the church:

Ciruena-church

This morning I continued walking into the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and the views were equally as beautiful as the evening before:

Walk-from-Najera-morning-1

Walk-from-Najera-morning-2

The centre of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is a gorgeous feast on the eyes.
The main square:

santo-domingo-de-la-Calzada

It is also, what seems to be, a town running exclusively on the Pilgrim Euros passing through and I found it to be a bit of a touristy and expensive place in the relative middle of nowhere.

Today I am going to be taking it easy; making my way only on towards the mystical little village of Granon, where last year so many things changed for the better.

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