- Camino(s) past & future
- 'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
I agree with @VNwalking & @Albertagirl Ávila is wonderful.........take your time there before you rush off.
I had been warned that it could be very dangerous on the exit stage from Ávila; clearing the town traffic and the highway underpasses etc...but being cautious and with very little traffic... I found no difficulty.. You next pass through Narillos de San Leonardo & some interesting rocky areas... a third of the way to Cardeñosa you walk on the medieval road section.. The town of Cardeñosa has a couple of bars to stop at and enjoy a break or 2nd breakfast.
After Cardeñosa.... As you move towards Peñalba de Ávila you are walking on gravel road away from the highway.. . shortly before Peñalba de Ávila, you pass right beside the Ermita de Santisimo Cristo de Santa Teresa.
The attached link with a detailed guide by ‘pilgrimageTravelerdotcom’ has this route named as Camino Teresiano / or St. Teresa’s Way . It shows the same stops as the Levante that I can see.. I saw a number of signs marked with the Teresiano. They mention that you can purchase the unique passport from the visitors reception centre in Ávila.. this is possibly the same place as you pay for the walk around the wall.
Click day one within this link to get the great ‘blow by blow ‘ pics of the full day and profile etc.
I think the above includes information and pics by forum member @Elle Bieling
Coming about 1/2 hr..before Gotarrendura - you see standing out from afar; the two ruined columns...El torreón de Garoza. (Ruinas de Garoza)
The previous night, the clerk at the hotel in Ávila directed me to a small supermercado, just around the corner. I carried more food this day than usual which was fortunate as it transpired -it had to feed 2 of us for dinner and breakfast.
Laurie had given me a number to call to contact the Ayunamiento at Gotarrendura. She had even made a call to check herself. The hospitalera’s name is YOLI -she lives on outskirts of town...and drives in to the Town Hall and registers pilgrims there. The number
was 689 764 807 and advised that if I arrived after 3pm to call 615 658 068.
I saw only two other locals in total floating about that day..
The albergue....you can see two doors... the more basic section would be fine..’IF’ there was somewhere to eat in the town... As quoted above... in 2018 everything was all closed...as was my experience earlier in March 2020.. The building has a small rocky courtyard and within that, is a small well with a statue of Sta Teresa.
There is a room with 4 places (2 dbl bunks) / heater works and there were blankets in March 2020. Has bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a washing machine in a separate room which was open and I was told it could be used.
Fortunately cleaner turned up and gave me some washing powder.. There is a kitchen in the Albergue but unless you have a coil (like Laurie.)...you will need to boil the water in the frypan.. No other pots.
If you stay in the more upmarket section of the building.(the 2nd door)...( it could be the casa rurale)... but the internal door was locked off.... there is a microwave in there.. I believe the person staying there left the door unlocked when Laurie was staying in the Albergue..
the Albergue is donation but when you leave the key there is a box which I left a good donation. It’s villages like this that really need help (not most of us).
I have read on a couple of posts relating to Gotarrendura (between 2018 and 2020) that some pilgrims did get lucky and find a shop open.. I'd still recommend bringing food with you..