Day 4 Overview
We’re on the Camino Frances Day 4 and after a really good night in this lovely town we are walking from Puente la Reina to Azqueta today. We were up early and left the albergue at 6.30am with the sound of birds singing, a lovely gurgling brook and a soft breeze blowing through the air.
We left town and walked over the Queens bridge with the Rover Agar flowing underneath it. It really is an amazing bridge and the architecture is a sight to behold. Todays stage is just short of 30km and takes us through the medieval villages of Maneru and Cirauqui and we hope to get lunch in Estella. We also have a couple of steep hills to walk up as well.
We have put some miles in so far and its Day 4 already. My feet are starting to hurt a little but I am feeling like they are starting to get used to the constant daily walking. I definitely believe your feet do get used to walking 25km-30km per day, it just takes a while.
Todays walk is pretty much head down and walking in the sunshine most of the day. We stopped for breakfast in Maneru which is a nice little village. The Cafe con Leche was really nice and we even managed a cold beer as well.
We finally arrived in Estella and decided to have lunch. It’s a typical Spanish working town and bustling with life. We picked up supplies and decided to have Tapas by the river. We got some Chorizo, cheese and big tomatoes and had it in a fresh bread roll. We chilled by the river and had a feast. I had to bury a package in the woods first though !!
We had walked nearly 26km so far and we had a conversation about staying in Estella and having an easy day. Pilgrim Bob then reminded us that the Wine fountain at Irache was only a few km away and the wine is free ! So we packed up and set off again on route to Azqueta, in search of wine….
We arrived at the Irache winery and it was true. There is a free wine fountain and Pilgrims can have as much as they want. I knew I had brought my travel cup for something. I had a cup full and then tasted it from my scallop shell as tradition dictates.
Most Pilgrims walk with a scallop shell attached to their backpack identifying them as pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. I have all my scallop shells hanging up in my garage as a permanent reminder of each Camino I have walked.
We finally arrived in Azqueta after walking about 30km. We found an albergue called La Perla Negra but the hospitalero was still preparing the beds so we couldn’t access it until after 3pm. We relaxed in a local bar before showering and getting ready for dinner later on.
Our albergue host, Elena, is really friendly and she has prepared dinner for all the pilgrims staying who are from Brazil, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Our host served our meal and and we all ate together and had a really nice meal washed down with some of that wine from Irache.
We chatted as Pilgrims before our host came back to spend some time with us, telling us her story about the Camino and why she had bought a house to help Pilgrims on the Way. It was a good Pilgrim experience.
Albergue La Perla Negra
Tomorrow we head for the Torres del Rio on the Camino Frances Day 5