Camino de Santiago: Playas, Animales y Natura

The Camino Santiago de Compostela, northern route, is noted for its natural beauty. The Basque countryside amazes Las Chicas with daily ocean views, greetings from four-legged and winged friends, intriguing rock formations, abundant plants and flowers and some surprises.

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Early Day One we begin our travels from Irun and quickly depart the city, entering a small park.

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Later in the day we catch our first glimpse of the northern Atlantic, Bay of Biscay.

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A range of wild and cultivated flowers adorn the trails each day.

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Animal life is abundant. Our first kitten greeters …

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and chickens on the opposite side of the path leading into Donostia or San Sebastian.

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The San Sebastian beach where Las Chicas take an afternoon dip.

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Other great sights in San Sebastian include rock strata turned sideways due to movement of tectonic plates.

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Despite the rain, we seek out the”Comb of the Wind” .

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Haizeen orrazia (The comb of the wind) by Educardo Txillida

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One of many amazing hydrangea varieties.

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First burro sighting

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Even the medieval roads are lovely, although not very easy on the legs.

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Flysch rock formations captivate Las Chicas …

 

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… in Zumaia.

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Stellar views and great shades of hydrangea.

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We enjoy Gallinas Japonesas (also known as “Silkies”) at an albergues…

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… and dragonflies along the trail…

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… sheep in conference …

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… and herons in solitude.

 

 

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We encounter surprises like Eucalyptus forests….

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…and kiwi orchards…

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… and arrows in unexpected places.

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We enjoy sweet mornings, view from a window at the albergue,

 

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and mist on the hills.

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As we reluctantly approach the end of our journey, we are greeted by one more sweet friend.

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Finally, Bilbao’s Guggenheim and the flower-filled Puppy offer us a gentle transition back to the city.

© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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