Tony, Tim, Betsy & Ray's (not forgetting Geoff) 2014 Camino

GR65 (France), GR11 & Camino del Norte (Spain)


17.06.14 Tuesday. Markina Xenein to Guernika. Up and out of the little donativo alburgue by 0645. We soon head uphill and then some more and down and up again all in similar forest and field to yesterday. This continues without coffee through the village of Bolibar from whence came the progenitors of Simon Bolivar in the 16th century (there is a bust in the village). And on up to the monastery in another unpronounceable Basque village. Eventually a bar and coffee materialise in Muntibar, well you would hope so, a very Basque little place followed by a lot more up and down through forest field and little valleys with streams. And so down to the outskirts of Guernica where about 100m above the town we find a pelota game in action and behind the church an excellent bar/restaurant where we have a good lunch. Down into Guernica and the International Hostel at a somewhat expensive 19 € each. 26km 1000m up and down
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