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mike105

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I'm walking the Levante starting Oct 6th from Valencia. Is there anybody walking that route (or that has walked it) that can tell me anything about it, for instance, how busy the route should be? Just want an idea of how many people I can expect to see on the route. Thanks.
 
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I'm walking the Levante starting Oct 6th from Valencia. Is there anybody walking that route (or that has walked it) that can tell me anything about it, for instance, how busy the route should be? Just want an idea of how many people I can expect to see on the route. Thanks.
Hi Mike
I believe @Albertagirl is walking it right now. I don’t think she is posting yet.

There is a lot of info on the Levante sub-forum posted recently. I’d encourage you to check some of those recent threads out.
You’ll find all and more than you could ever need. People on this forum have shared it from their walks and current more up to date research. Check out the other threads dated around Aug2021 in Levante forum.

I wouldn’t try to add anything - I have to return myself one day to start from Valencia. I squeezed in approx 9 days walking before the ‘big state of emergency ‘ happened last March2020.. I started only from Toledo.

Good luck with planning.

Buen camino
Annie
 

mike105

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Hi Mike
I believe @Albertagirl is walking it right now. I don’t think she is posting yet.

There is a lot of info on the Levante sub-forum posted recently. I’d encourage you to check some of those recent threads out.
You’ll find all and more than you could ever need. People on this forum have shared it from their walks and current more up to date research. Check out the other threads dated around Aug2021 in Levante forum.

I wouldn’t try to add anything - I have to return myself one day to start from Valencia. I squeezed in approx 9 days walking before the ‘big state of emergency ‘ happened last March2020.. I started only from Toledo.

Good luck with planning.

Buen camino
Annie
Thanks for the information, it's appreciated.
 

lt56ny

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I'm walking the Levante starting Oct 6th from Valencia. Is there anybody walking that route (or that has walked it) that can tell me anything about it, for instance, how busy the route should be? Just want an idea of how many people I can expect to see on the route. Thanks.
Please follow the advice of checking out info on Levante. Please also add your own information. This is a route I would like to walk one day.
Here are some links:


Have no idea how up to date these are if you can't speak Spanish open them in Google Chrome for translation.

Unfortunately Gronze.com doesn't have much on the Levante.

Buen Camino

Maybe I will run into you in Zamora as I start on the VDLP on October 14 from Sevilla.
 

mike105

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Please follow the advice of checking out info on Levante. Please also add your own information. This is a route I would like to walk one day.
Here are some links:


Have no idea how up to date these are if you can't speak Spanish open them in Google Chrome for translation.

Unfortunately Gronze.com doesn't have much on the Levante.

Buen Camino

Maybe I will run into you in Zamora as I start on the VDLP on October 14 from Sevilla.
Thanks for the info...hopefully we'll meet down the road...
 
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2010 - Camino Francés to Finisterre 840 km.
2012 - Via de la Plata/ Camino Sanabres some 1000 km
2014 - Camino de Levante/ Sureste .. and ending with the Camino de Invierno ( 1200 km )
2016 - Camino Mozárabe (- de la Plata -Sanabres /Invierno) from Granada to Santiago de Compostela ( 1180 km )
I'm walking the Levante starting Oct 6th from Valencia. Is there anybody walking that route (or that has walked it) that can tell me anything about it, for instance, how busy the route should be? Just want an idea of how many people I can expect to see on the route. Thanks.
Done this Camino 2014.. with my wife..( we walked all the way on to the <camino Invierno and santiago.. som 1250 km) We were almost alone on the Camino de Levante..( 2 more guys) Some places are better marks on the Camino de Sureste.. so we shifted... This Camino is never busy..and some of the distances are very long..You will find it some mystery..The spirit of Don Quixote is allover the place.. My advice 1) Do not walk the first day to Algemessi.. stay at Almusafes and walk to Alzeera the day after.. 2). the stech between Almansa and Higueruela was tough.. 3). ..even the day after to Chinchila... 4) Leaving out from Chinchila look carfuly for the Camino-waymark..and take to the lef... it will leed you right to Albacete.. do not follow the asphaltroad..! 73e1a804acfb242a0cfe26a119fe635a.jpg Walking in lamancha was hot.. but OK .. take enugh water. https://www.utsidan.se/albums/view.htm?ID=8775 Buen Camino
 
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trevorcc

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I'm walking the Levante starting Oct 6th from Valencia. Is there anybody walking that route (or that has walked it) that can tell me anything about it, for instance, how busy the route should be? Just want an idea of how many people I can expect to see on the route. Thanks.
walked it in 2016, only saw 3 pilgrims im first 8 days and these were in the albergue on the first night. It is very very quiet and it was not setup like the French way had to drop into the local police station to find accomodation also some towns were full because of festivals and I had to move to the next towns. If you like isolation and very quiet days you will love it.
 

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A few shots
 

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I too walked this route in 2016 and found the first part rather dull. I know some will disagree with me on this, however only one other pilgrim I met did. One couple on bikes remarked that it was dull enough cycling, never mind walking! From Toledo onwards I enjoyed it very much.

Take care on leaving Zamora, it is easy to take the wrong route, as I did!

The local police were generally most helpful in finding somewhere to sleep.
 
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mike105

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Thanks to all that responded. I appreciate the input.
 

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A young lady from Switzerland started some days ago, a french lady was this morning in Albacete, an English man starts today, also some people from the province of Valencia starting this week-end. You are not alone...
 

mike105

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A young lady from Switzerland started some days ago, a french lady was this morning in Albacete, an English man starts today, also some people from the province of Valencia starting this week-end. You are not alone...
Thanks! Good to know. A friend and I just started and are in Alzira right now. We've seen no other pilgrims. We've had great weather and many lovely orange groves...as usual the Spanish are very friendly and resources are easily available. So far the route has been quite flat...which is nice for breaking in my 62 year old legs. Prices have gotten cheaper as we get further from Valencia.
 
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So glad to hear you are on your way. Hope that the weather gods continue to shine on you. It's all asphalt for the first four days, so be kind to your legs. Lots of tendonitis can be blamed on these long asphalt slogs. Lots of us would love to hear your updates! Buen camino, Laurie
 

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Today we took the train from Alzira to L'Enova Manuel and walked back to Alzira and our hotel. It was kind of fun following the arrows backwards...tomorrow we will take the train to the same place and walk until Xativa. Again we walked thru orange groves and a couple of small towns. In the Valencia region they are celebrating the fallas. It is usually in March but covid changes it until this weekend. The plaza major in alzira had elaborate statues in place that will be burned in a few days. I love been able to experience these type of local events when it appears there are no other tourists around. As usual everyone is extremely kind and accommodating. Viva Espana!
 

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We are booked to see the castle Tuesday. Really excited to see it.
 

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Had an off day in Xativa. Walked up to the castle on a glorious day. Magnificent views of the area and an incredible sight. Well worth the effort and 6 €.
 

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Had an off day in Xativa. Walked up to the castle on a glorious day. Magnificent views of the area and an incredible sight. Well worth the effort and 6 €.
BEAUTIFUL! Both the castle and the views. And one thing that should really also make your day is knowing that you’ve only got one more day of asphalt! Yes, the Levante really does have unpaved trails and they start after Moixent!

Buen camino, hope the weather stays as beautiful.
 

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We're in an airbnb. There weren't many other options. Big 2 bedroom apartment in the center of town.
 

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We've used a variety of sources to book places to stay. Airbnb, booking.com...and lately we've been calling places directly as my buddy speaks enough Spanish to make that possible. As we get further along the route that seems to be the best way to book. We got a 10€ Sim card good for 4 weeks with 20 GB of data and 300 minutes from Vodafone. A necessity on routes like the Levante. Costs are about 25 € each per night for lodging.
 
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In La Font de la Figuera. Maybe today's walk was the best yet. Morning air was cool and scenery was great. I've posted a few pics of sights along the way. Gained some elevation today. That just made for better vista's.
 

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mike105

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Gorgeous photos, @mike105. Especially Xativa - what an amazing spot. Thank you for taking the time to share the photos; it's a treat to see them.
Thanks. A few more from Xativa
 

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We've used a variety of sources to book places to stay. Airbnb, booking.com...and lately we've been calling places directly as my buddy speaks enough Spanish to make that possible.

You know, @mike105 itwould be hugely appreciated by people contemplating the Levante if you would post specific information on exactly where you have been sleeping.

There have been a few challenges with accommodation discussed recently on the forum, so any real-time success stories would undoubtedly help those who are contemplating this wonderful walk!
 

mike105

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You know, @mike105 itwould be hugely appreciated by people contemplating the Levante if you would post specific information on exactly where you have been sleeping.

There have been a few challenges with accommodation discussed recently on the forum, so any real-time success stories would undoubtedly help those who are contemplating this wonderful walk!
Tonight we're staying in Almansa. We're at Hostal Casa Almantica. We phoned the Hostal to book.
 
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Last night we were in Hostal Amable. A big shout out to Victor and his wife who opened their kitchen up to feed us dinner when there was nothing else available in town. We also hit the grocery store to get today's lunch. I've been very lucky to receive great hospitality from Spaniards like Victor on my numerous caminos. Tonight we'll be in Almansa. We're staying at Casa Almantica. Google maps are a good source for accommodation in a town. Then we've found a phone call secures a room. But really my buddies efforts to learn Spanish are what's made this possible as we haven't booked a room using English yet.
 

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I’m the friend that is currently walking the Levante with @mike105. We split up today for the stage from La Font de la Figuera to Almansa. @mike105 followed the Levante, while I chose the shorter route along the Camino de Alba - Etapa 12 (which I learned about from the virtual Levante thread. Thanks!).

I’m a slow walker and I have a good blister on one foot, so I was plodding along. The Alba route is 22+ kms, while the Levante route is about 27 kms, I believe. The Alba route took me 6.5 hours in total, so it’s not just a little stroll. There were no way markings as far as I could tell, so a GPS or excellent map reading skills are needed for the first part. Once it starts running alongside the highway, it is more obvious, but you still need to cross the highway on bridges a couple of times. Walking along a highway can get a bit tedious, but it shortens the route to something more manageable for those like me. It was tough to find places to stop and rest along the way.
 

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The Levante route was especially nice for the first 10 km. Then it more or less followed the highway. But it was a good walk. Some pics from the route.
 

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