Tough, tough and, ummm, tough, but, some wonderful countryside. I was living in Valencia up until June 2022 and chose to walk it 'home' to the UK (long story). Whilst in Valencia I went out with the local Amigo's del Peregrino's, re painting the Flechas Amarillo, a very rewarding experience, so I incorporated the early stages with that. I am glad I did as Peregrina 2000 say's. 'lots of Asphalt at the beginning'. The guide suggests Algemesi as the first stage which is 38 km of pavement. Not an ideal start. I would recommend that you walk your first day as far as you are comfortable and get the metro back to Valencia from say, Silla at 15/16km. Valencia has lots of hidden gems, well worth an extra evenings visit and there is a high quality hostal right beside the station for an early start the next day. A lot of the pueblo's are one horse towns with little to see or do but there are some standout places like Xativa, Tembleque, Villa de Don Fadrique and Avila that sit amongst the ordinary. There are a few long days and a couple of short ones that bring the unexpected such as in Hoya Gonzalez where a local Gypsy family insisted I join them at their family street party outside the albergue. Like any Camino, you come away with lots of memories, and here are my negatives of it. 1. Never walk after 1st May or before 1st September if you can help it. Too damn hot. 2. Be prepared to walk alone. Apart from 5 bicigrino, I never saw another pilgrim. 3. lots of nothing. very beautiful nothing, but lots of it. I found it soul destroying and it became a slog. There are some variations you can do as the Levante interweaves with the Sureste in places and at Campo de Medina you can follow the Sureste to Benevente and then the via de la Plata to Astorga (which I did as I have walked through Zamora twice and didn't fancy third time on the Sanabres). It has very good infrastructure and lots of v good Albergues. To sum up, I'm glad I did it, but won't be doing it again.