Camino Blog 2016
For our Camino, we decided to stay two nights in Madrid. This was to allow us to get over our jet lag, and also to see one of the great cities in Spain. We were very luck with our selection of hotel, because it was right in the middle of the old sector of Madrid. This meant that we could very easily walk to all of the main sights around Madrid. So we were able to visit the Royal Palace, and the Mercado de San Miguel, which is a famous tapas market.
Pre Camino .... Madrid Checking out Madrid Plaza Mayor Madrid Tapas in Madrid Madrid Churros
To reach our Camino start point from Madrid, we decided to take the train. This proved to be a very pleasant journey on quite a fast train that at times hit 200 kilometres an hour. And we had a lovely view of the country side, and just north of Madrid are some beautiful snow-capped mountains.
Day 1 of our Camino proper started from Sarria. Sarria is a very common starting place for those who want to talk the minimum distance of 100 kilometres in order to qualify for the Compostela.
To Ventas En Route to Ventas Ventas
So today we were very lucky, we have glorious weather again, probably about 14 degrees and a clear blue sky. We started off from Ventas and for the first time so far, managed to get eggs for breakfast which was a great start to the day. Today is just a short stretch into Palas de Rei.
We’re now getting into the rhythm of the Camino fairly well, although because we’re only walking short days, we’re not leaving particularly early, generally between 9 and 9:30 am. Today’s section is about 15 kilometres, which seems to be about as much as Pat can take at the moment.
En Route to Arzua