Via de la Plata Day 32 – Montamarta to Granja to Benavente.
Today was the walk from Montamarta to Granja, which had an interesting outcome. The walk was really nice. There was a great view over the embalse, fantastic scenery, and great walking surfaces. What was really interesting was the ruins of the Castrotorafe castle as we passed. It was huge and covered an enormous area. So do have a look at the gallery for that day to see it.
And then finally we got into Granja where we expected to stay in the albergue. That’s where things got interesting. Because the whole town was closed for a fiesta. Literally, the whole town was going to a bridge, some kilometres up the road, to have a fiesta. Everything was closed. The albergue was open and some people said that we could sleep there, but there was nowhere to get food. There was no bars open or anything. And so, we decided that the best thing was probably going to be getting a taxi to Benavente.
Here in Granja, is also where the Camino splits. So, from Granja, most people were heading west on the Camino Sanabrés, we, on the other hand, were to head north towards Astorga. With the lack of food and everything proving to be a little bit difficult, we decided that we would order a taxi to take us to Benavente and that we would start the next stage of our camino there.
Whilst we were waiting for the taxi though, some amazing Camino angels appeared out of the houses. We were sitting on a bench next to the church and two ladies and a guy came out of the house. They called us over and they basically apologised for the whole town being closed and they gave us a bottle of wine, two homemade chorizo, and a loaf of bread. Had we known about that 10 minutes earlier, we probably could have survived quite well on that, staying in the albergue, but we had a taxi on the way, unfortunately.
So, we resolved to take all of that with us and we would use it for picnic the next day.
In Benevente, the Municipal Albergue provided a bit ‘tricky’. It was at the bottom of a long uphill on the way into town. To use the Albergue we had to go to the Tourist office in the middle of town, go back down to the Albergue, then come back up again into town to eat that evening.
So based on a recommendation from a person in the Tourist Office we booked a 3 bed Hotel Room. We stayed here.