Estella to Los Arcos Spain,

Today we travelled from Estella to Los Arcos  a walk of about 21k, arriving about 1:30 pm.  The landscapes considerable more moderate that we have experienced in the first few days of the Camino. We left Estella about 7:45 am, and arrived at Irache just before 8 am. There is wine fountain there that “turns on the tap” for pilgrims at 8am. Pilgrims can help themselves to a glass of wine, to toast their journey.  It was Sunday today, no wine on Sundays! It was too early for us anyway!

We headed down the path to Villamayor de Monjardin about 6k, with a 225 meter elevation gain. It was through a forested area, and quite a beautiful walk.

   Camino pathway near Villamayor de Monjardin

It was a beautiful morning, on the camino.  The trail between Azqueta and Villamayor de Monjardin is forested, and the canopy cover is a great break from the sun. After Villamayor de Monjardin, the landscape changes……

Villamayor de Monjardin, crop fields and landscape 

We left Villamayor de Monjardin about 10:30 am and headed west along the camino trail towards Los Arcros. The crops have been harvested, the path is dry, and as the sun gets higher in the sky it can be difficult to find inspiration for photos, but then I see the light coming through the grapes that are just about ready to be harvested.

  grapes waiting to be harvested

Or I look and see the wind gently blowing the wild oats in the ditch, the sunlight flickering off seed heads, and I realized there is beauty to be seen everywhere.

wild oats growing along the camino path

It was a good day, we arrived at our location earlier than expected.  We sat down at one of the local bars for a beer to cool our throats while we rested our feet, one of the people at the next table offered us some of their calamari, it was so delicious we had to order our own dish, a wonder lunch!

Tomorrow we are off to Viana….




7 thoughts on “Estella to Los Arcos Spain,

  1. Beauty, like you say, is every where (as long as we are both looking and willing to see). It sounds like you two are having an easier time of it and we are glad that you have time to stop and taste the calamari (metaphorically).


  2. Oh, how beautiful. Yours is a trained eye, dear Janice. You’ve lovingly cultivated an ability to find beauty as it happens/ appears. Thank you for taking time to share that! I am enjoying accompanying you on your journey… without the stiff legs and tired back. Please be assured I’ll have a glass of wine, though, as I come along!
    -Carol S-B


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