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LIVE from the Camino VdlP via the Via Serrana.

2020 Camino Guides

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I’ve posted this here because we are on the way to the start of the VdlP......from La Linea on the Via Serrana.

So far we’ve managed a massive 900 meters of the way. That leaves virtually all of the 1240 km to Santiago for us to do.
 

peregrina2000

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I’ve posted this here because we are on the way to the start of the VdlP......from La Linea on the Via Serrana.

So far we’ve managed a massive 900 meters of the way. That leaves virtually all of the 1240 km to Santiago for us to do.

This is one of the routes that is very high on my dream list of Caminos. I would love to hear all about it and see pictures, either while you are walking or when you are home. Wishing you a wonderful 1240 kms! Buen camino, Laurie
 
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I hiked the Augusta and looking forward to exploring the Serrana, don’t know when though.

I enjoyed the Augusta, mainly first stretch round the bay of Cadiz up to Jerez, as from there to Sevilla it turned flat, straight and dull at times.
As far as I know Serrana is more undulating and through wooded inland sierras.

Wish you well and don’t forget to keep us posted.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
A short day today although a bit more than our 900 meter day yesterday.
San Roque seemed a sensible target for day one proper and it went well.
Just over 8km of nice countryside once we’d left La Linea.
Fairly well marked with arrows and the online guide that I found was just about spot on.

Tomorrow we plan to go to San Martin del Tesorillo. Both accommodation places there are already fully booked......

Photos:- looking back at the rock of Gibraltar.
The tile at the start.
 

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AndreaCT

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There are many things in this world that impress me and put me in a state of awe. The Rock of Gibraltar is one of them. Thanks for posting this!
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Our second day has taken us as far as San Martin del Tesorillo. A beautiful landscape to walk through, although of the 20km I’d say about 8 were on the road. Hey ho, you can’t have perfection all the time. There was a fairly long and rough descent in there too which needed some caution.
Another thing to rear it’s head. Very disappointingly so early in the walk is blisters. My partner suffers with her feet, to hot/to soft?? Even so, some carefully bought adjusted to fit footwear.....sandals and extra foot care it is then. Boots are heavy to carry though!

Tomorrow’s another day.

Oh, some of the cattle are big. Gulp.
 

lt56ny

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Our second day has taken us as far as San Martin del Tesorillo. A beautiful landscape to walk through, although of the 20km I’d say about 8 were on the road. Hey ho, you can’t have perfection all the time. There was a fairly long and rough descent in there too which needed some caution.
Another thing to rear it’s head. Very disappointingly so early in the walk is blisters. My partner suffers with her feet, to hot/to soft?? Even so, some carefully bought adjusted to fit footwear.....sandals and extra foot care it is then. Boots are heavy to carry though!

Tomorrow’s another day.

Oh, some of the cattle are big. Gulp.
If you can mention where you are staying and if it is clean and if you have to go somewhere for the key etc. would be great. Looking forward to hearing more. Thanks
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Good request......
In La Linea we stayed at La Estaponera. €36 for an en-suite twin room. Clean and everything worked. Even had free tea and coffee in the reception.

San Roque we stayed in an apartment found on Booking.com which was super. €71 so it should be good. It’s advertised as Apartamento con Encanto.

Here in San Martin del Tesorillo we are at the Ochomin Hostel. It’s actually 800 meters away in El Secadero. Very clean. An en-suite twin for €35.

I hope that that is helpful.

Another bit of information.....the yellow arrows have been very good so far.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Day 4 took us to Jimena. A fantastic route that once out of town took us over some rolling hills that took a bit of exertion getting up.
Distant views, blue skies, a bit of a breeze. Lovely.
Once again the yellow arrows were our friends as was/is the Johnny Walker guide book online. Detailed and spot on. (Thank you Mr Walker).
One section was a bit thorny.....literally. A very narrow ascent through thorn bushes with hoof marks underfoot. Nice!

Tomorrow is another day but it looks as though I’ll be going solo as my partners feet seem to have fallen apart. The plan is for here to get the train to the next stop. Not ideal but we’ll give it a go.

Tonight’s lodging is the very nice Casa Henrietta as found on Booking.com. Not cheap but there’s a huge bed so happy days. Nights actually but, you know.

That’s it.
 

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Tonight’s lodging is the very nice Casa Henrietta as found on Booking.com.
You'll love your stay at Casa Henrietta. The owner is very helpful and will give you good advice on where to get tapas at local prices.
If you stay at Hotel Las Buitreras in El Colmenar, they have both dorm and private rooms. The walk from there to Cortes is stunning, taking you through a rugged canyon with gorgeous views. It would be quite difficult with foot problems, though, so the train may be a good option for your partner once again. The train goes through the same narrow canyon, so you can wave to her as she goes by. :)
Thanks for the live postings! It is fun to follow your progress.
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Tunnel for the train at the top left of this photo:
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O Peracha

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You'll love your stay at Casa Henrietta. The owner is very helpful and will give you good advice on where to get tapas at local prices.
If you stay at Hotel Las Buitreras in El Colmenar, they have both dorm and private rooms. The walk from there to Cortes is stunning, taking you through a rugged canyon with gorgeous views. It would be quite difficult with foot problems, though, so the train may be a good option for your partner once again. The train goes through the same narrow canyon, so you can wave to her as she goes by. :)
Thanks for the live postings! It is fun to follow your progress.
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Tunnel for the train at the top left of this photo:
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Fascinating journal with lots of great information. Thanks for posting.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Well that’s another day done. I must say that the Johnny Walker guide had a major flaw in it today, I’ll get to that.
I set off alone from Jimena as the train would take the strain for Sarah.
The first 7.5km were great and a ham roll with a cold drink was most welcome in San Pablo de Buceite.
All good so far so I’m I wandered. After a bit of road walking I entered a Cañada Real and started to ascend.
Up and up, and then up a bit more.
Now, the problem with the guide! During the climb it was noted that there was a ruin after however far. There was. It was suggested that a deep breath be taken as the next kilometre would see more of the up word and a fair bit of steep thrown in. Again the guide was spot on.
So, my complaint? It should have suggested a hundred deep breaths!!!
Once the top was reached I found a natural seat, took in the views and some water and had a cake. Small mercies.
The rest of the walk was OK. Not easy and the yellow arrows were few and far between but again, the guide was spot on.

So here I am in El Colmenar. At the Hospederia Las Buitreras. €49.50 for a double room. The bed is tiny so we’ll see how that goes. Dinner was nice.
Sarah enjoyed the short train journey and finding her way. Resting at cafes for hours was the right thing. We have a new plan incubating for the rest of her Camino......

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OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
My natural seat photo is to big to load but above there is the railway crossing and a circling Griffon Vulture. No Pilgrim lunch for them today!
 
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Sarah enjoyed the short train journey and finding her way. Resting at cafes for hours was the right thing. We have a new plan incubating for the rest of her Camino......
How nice you got to H. Las Buitreras! Those fossils around the bar were all collected by a previous owner there. He had marvelous stories about the buitretas he saw on his collecting trips. I'm glad you weren't lunch!

If it fits in with your plans, one thing Sara might enjoy while waiting for you is a trip to Cueva de la Pileta. It's quite a moving experience to stand in front of cave paintings made 20-30,000 years ago. The cave is family run and non-commercial, and fits in with the feel of the camino. It's on the road between Jimera de Libar and Benaojan.

I'm not sure if it's in the Johnny Walker guide, but two days from now if you reach the section of trail just beyond the station at Jimera de Libar and the trail is flooded by spring runoff, there is an easy work-around that some locals told us about. See the map and description of the detour at the bottom of this page in our journal.

I'm looking forward to seeing your report on your walk through the fantastic canyon tomorrow. Thanks for the write-ups!

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Pete Willingham

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Really enjoying the posts, I hope you can find the time to continue with them. Myself and my partner Mady are planning to walk a slightly shorter version of the VdlP in September. We will likely start from Villafranca de los Barros due to time constraints. I wish you well and look forward to following your journey. Kind Regards Pete
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Now THAT.....was a walk! Probably one of the toughest in my limited walking experience.
Out at 7.30am and away, it wasn’t long before I was going up, and up, and up.
The guide was once again my friend. Spot on. The warning that the first 4km would feel like a lot more where absolutely correct.
I took a few stops to marvel at my surroundings/have a rest and catch my breath.
A highlight was the sound in the wings of the four Griffon Vultures that flew fairly low overhead.
Luckily for me the weather was good, a bit of cloud cover but no rain.
The tunnel, the steps, the narrow paths, the long descents. Well worth 4.5 hours of my life.
I can’t say that I enjoyed it all at the time but sitting here typing this I feel pretty good about the day. Albeit a day slightly different from any I experienced on the French route!

Carrying some food and plenty of water is a must as there was a distinct lack of a welcoming little hut selling cold drinks and snacks.

Sarah said that the train was on time, comfortable and inexpensive. Sounds ideal.....8D451DA2-067F-45DE-83AE-347B14756E1C.jpeg8D451DA2-067F-45DE-83AE-347B14756E1C.jpeg52127D21-7E53-463A-89EF-4E078DAC5E8A.jpegE5FAF199-6C5F-414F-B82C-2BC0E28431D9.jpeg443572E8-E984-4F72-8037-45FD0D6CA438.jpegB083E4E0-2CC1-408B-B80B-89E8912A8ADB.jpeg3F841C86-8128-4EA1-BF3C-F91BDA6763E5.jpeg2ECBF6CD-81EA-4266-8894-CC86BED34F70.jpeg
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
As I didn’t actually type where from and too above.

Colmenar to Estacion Cortes de la Frontera/Cañada Real del Real Tesoro.

We found accommodation using our faithful travel friend Booking.com
Finca La Rana Verde for €55. It’s just through town about 150 meters off of the Camino.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Day 6. From Cañada del Real Tesoro ( that’s just the one Real not two as in my post above) to Ronda.
The guide suggests a stop over at Benaoján and break it into two days but I decided to crack on and go for it.
I must admit the last couple of hours were an extra challenge. Either steeply up or steeply down.
Sarah caught the train and as that was due to leave at 7.30 we left out accommodation in the dark at 7am. Head torch blazing.
The first 9km were very pleasant and easy going with stunning scenery, once it was daylight of course, and they went by in a couple of hours.
Yellow arrows were few and far between today but other signs and markings as listed in the guide proved useful.
At some point the track became a path. Grazing cattle watching warily as I passed by. The railway line a constant companion, as was the river.
I spotted a couple of deer running in the distance and some herons looking for their breakfast.
From Jimera de Libar to Benaojàn was a narrow path again following the river and railway. Undulating but nothing to strenuous. Benaoján seemed to appear sooner than I had anticipated, so I wandered in by until the first climb where I ate some of my picnic.
Setting off from my comfortable rock I soon worked out why the guide splits this in to two.
See my admission and about. Up up up down down up up up......you get the picture.

So Ronda. This may upset some and yet others will say why not. The Parador. The bed is huge, comfortable and smells as fresh as a daisy.
We plan to have two night here, there’s a laundromat in town for one.

The other side of our story. Sarah has posted her boots back to the UK. No more walking. However, a new bicycle had been purchased. A few accessories to carry the luggage and she’s back in the adventure. Not that she had ever left it, finding her way on the train and seeing the world from that window, albeit briefly, and finding the lay of the land in the next town before I arrived.

So that’s it until Sunday, when we will stroll and roll on to Setenil de Bodegas. I’ll let you know how we get on.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I can’t figure out where you are walking? You say the VDLP but none of the names are familiar.
Sorry about that. When I started writing this it seemed a good idea to put it in the VdlP section as we’re on the way to Seville and plan to carry on north.
However, a moderator has moved me to the correct location.

Obviously google maps are you friend to find the places we are passing through and staying at.
Apologies again.
 

peregrina2000

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Sorry about that. When I started writing this it seemed a good idea to put it in the VdlP section as we’re on the way to Seville and plan to carry on north.
However, a moderator has moved me to the correct location.

Obviously google maps are you friend to find the places we are passing through and staying at.
Apologies again.
Hope that was ok, and I am hoping that we will soon get a ”live from the Camino” prefix for this sub-forum so I can add it to your post. When you get to Sevilla, @OnHellas, it would be great if you would start a new thread in the Vdlp sub-forum. I will take care of linking the two threads so people will be able to follow you without a hiccup and so in the future people can find the two pieces without any trouble. These pictures are LOVELY. I now have about five short caminos on my list, and am glad I don’t have to decide which one to walk this year. Thanks so much for your wonderful posts.

Hope your Sarah is able to continue on, the bike sounds like it is a good idea. I haven’t walked this part of the Vdlp, but the part from Sevilla onwards is one of the best for bikes, IMO.

Buen camino, Laurie

And p.s. The parador in Ronda sounds like a great idea — do they have pilgrim rates? :p Enjoy that time in Ronda, what a beautiful city.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Back in my boots today for day 7. A nice day in Ronda yesterday doing just about nothing.
Rested, bicycle purchased and ready to go..... but Sarah must have eaten something a bit dodgy. If you know what I mean!

I feel a bit bad in saying that come 8.45 this morning I selfishly set of for the next stop. Partly because we’d booked somewhere to stay during said day off, but also because I wanted to be walking. Heading north. Getting another day done whilst the momentum was there.

Luckily Sarah perked up enough to checkout at midday and peddle after me.

The walk from Ronda was downhill for a long time. Streets turned in to paths into rocky descents into tracks and back into roads.
A smelly rotten looking creek had one stone half way across which was to far to reach for a “test” so I went for it.
All was well although my payback was to miss a turning a bit later on and walk further than the (always excellent) guide suggested on the road. Up and up I went until I saw a friendly face.....a yellow arrow actually but a quick double check with the guide and I was back on track.
At the top of the climb the way levelled out and was very pleasurable for the next 6km or so until I got to a small village. Luckily the unmarked shop was unlocked so that the owners husband and his mate cold have a cold beer. I lucked in for a 90 cent full fat Coke. Nice.

Another 3km and I was at Setenil de las Bodegas. I messaged Sarah my location and waited. She rolled in sometime later and we had lunch. From our experience the Venta Mirabueno is very good. Excellent pork and a top notch flan. mmmmmFlan.

We found Casa Primavera on Booking.com. It is an immaculate apartment for just €40 including breakfast. The lady is very nice. Garage parking has been offered for the bike so all good there too.

Not many pictures today. Just one actually.
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OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
A shorter day for day 8. Setenil de las Bodegas to Olvera. 14km with only a bit of difficult navigation in Torre Alháquime. But I found the church at the top before heading straight back down again, of course.
The hardest part of the walk was as I left Torre Alháquime where there is a kilometre of a tough climb. Luckily there is a welcome bench halfway up although the bar promised in the guide was closed.
The guide, again spot on although yellow arrows were sparse again.

Here in Olvera we are in another apartment found on booking.com.
Apartamento en Olvera con Terraza I. Again, very clean with a lovely host for €45.

Big views.
Olvera in the distance.
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OnHellas

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Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Sarah had a good run today on her bike.....especially on the downhill bits she tells me. She left over an hour and a half after me but only took 9km to catch up.

And I found this today laying at the side of the road, DE12412A-B36F-4F3D-BBEF-7F3FA9E0D20D.jpegso it seemed like the thing to do to pick it up and cable tie it to my rucksack.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
What a day for a walk and what a walk for a day. Olvera to Coripe, 24.5km according to the guide.
All but 3km of it on an old railway line. A railway that was built but never saw a train. The cuttings and tunnels, the bridges and viaducts.
It felt like a ‘Camino’ day from when I walked the French Route. No rock steps to climb, no steep descents. It was a bit like a stage on the Meseta but closed in, if that makes sense. The Griffon Vultures were still in attendance though, just to keep my mind on the job in hand.
Sarah set off about an hour and a half after me in her bike and it didn’t take long for her to catch me up.
We then rolled and strolled together until the 16km mark where cold drinks were available, and purchased.

Tonight we are in Coripe, another small and charming village. Booking.com was agin the hunting ground and for €40 we found Casa Rural Coripe. It’s another apartment, it’s in town and it’s very clean.

That’s day 9 done.
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Hi OnHellas.

Love your reports and pics that make me feel like giving Serrana a try soon.
Wondering if you are coming across other walkers on your way.
I mean locals or day hikers.

Thanks for keeping us posted.
Wish you well.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
We saw a few cyclists today and I saw a few locals out walking early on. No backpacks though.
I haven’t met anyone else doing the Via Serrrana.
 

peregrina2000

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This forum is messing with my mind. I just got very bummed reading the “to be or not to be” thread, with post after post of sad despairing peregrino canceling a long-awaited camino. I was definitely feeling a bit despondent. And then I scroll down to see these joyous posts. You are so lucky @OnHellas, and I feel much better being able to read these posts to offset the unpleasant current reality. It is good to know that some are enjoying the camino now, far from this awful reality. It makes me realize that many of us who can’t make it now will be back as soon as we can, to experience for ourselves some of that joy you are describing!
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
The three mistakes today, in order, were....

Setting off a bit later than planned.
Hoping that it was going to be a railway type day.
Navigation at the end.

The apartment that we stayed in last night was really nice and the included breakfast was to be had at a bar 300 meters back the way we’d come in to town last night. Add to that a shorter day and I fell for it.
It was probably 08.40 before I set off. Within a kilometre yesterday’s dream of fairly flat terrain to walk on was a memory.
So, steep hills, later to start, sun, no breeze equals puffing and panting and getting sweaty.
However, the views were as promised in the guide. Beautiful. A banana taken on the hoof helped me get up the hills. The guide helped navigate the fields and junction as the arrows were sometimes not there.
At about 13km a picnic bench with my name on it beckoned next to have a rest and my second banana. Nice.
I felt better for the rest and stride of happily to meet Sarah who had called to say that she was in Montellano waiting at a bar cafe type of place near our hotel and right on the route. I’d see her as I walked up the hill.

Mistake number 3 now comes in. I missed an arrow and ended up adding about 800 meters to the day. Never mind, I found the arrows and Via Serrana plaques and so I found Sarah. Waiting patiently for me. An ice cold coke was soon dispatched.

So. We are at the Hotel Analou. Very nice and clean and good value at €47. Breakfast not included.

174km walked, 66km to Seville.
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amancio

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Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Indeed, the winter season is for the most southern Caminos:

vía serrana
camino del estrecho
camino del sur from Huelva
Mozárabe from Málaga

usually pleasant weather, green, lush landscapes, solitude... there is a season for every Camino!
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Another short day following the recommendations of the trusty guide. Montellano to El Coronil, 13km.
No need to rush off so we had breakfast together and at about 8.30 I set off.
The walk was nice for the first 4.5km, wandering on good tracks through olive groves before popping out on the main road at a petrol station.
The only tricky bit was crossing a stream with a broken bridge, I stayed dry and managed not to fall over so all good.
A quick cold drink at the petrol station was followed by 4.5km along the main road. Not overly enjoyable but part of the route and not to busy.
The last bit was across some fields, back across the main road and into town. All done by 11.30. Nice.
The church in town is a bit different from many.
Tonight we are booked to stay at the Hostal Don Juan. €50 a double or twin room.
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OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
El Coronil to Utrera. 19 and a bit KM. It has to be said that although most of the route was through rolling farmland, it was very pleasant. A nice temperature meant that my fleece was not required for long.
The sun took a long time to show itself but that was a good thing.
In Molares, where I saw the first plaque for the Via Augusta from Cádiz, I 5E32C5AC-9789-49E4-BFFB-93E72E1EC126.jpeg762D9CA9-2AF2-45A9-A1F7-E962EF570559.jpegD72102B9-4133-4C91-AB59-68FA72A92335.jpegwaited for a short time at a cafe for Sarah to catch up on the bike. A ham roll and a red tea dispatched we headed of together for the last 6.5km in to Utrera.
And that’s where we are now. In the Plaza de la Concepcion having a cold drink before heading to our hotel which for tonight is the Hotel Veracruz for €74 as per the guide, which it goes without saying was excellent again today.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Coronavirus:- So what to do. We took the decision last night to go as far as Seville and then call time on this adventure.
We may head back to the UK or to a family house in Portugal that is available.
We can then sit tight for a bit and, with the rest of the world, see what happens.

I received the email from Casa Ivar and the Moderators this morning re the current situation/travel etc and think that they have it about right.

Another two days to Seville, I’ll keep posting to let you know how we get on.
For what it’s worth, here in Utrera it looks like business as usual.....
 
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Didn’t realize Serrana merged with Augusta at Coronil.
Indeed, at that time I didn’t even have the slightest knowledge of a trail heading from La Linea north to Sevilla.
Best wishes, and most significant fact these days, take care of yourself.
 

OnHellas

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Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
Today will be our last day on The Camino.....for now. I’m sure that we’ll be back.
A decent and early breakfast at the hotel saw us out the door by 7.35am and Utrera was soon behind us.
An easy track to follow once out of town took us the first 8.5km.
The guide then said that fly tipping on the suggested route next to the railway was bad and maybe the small road in to town may be better.
A couple of kilometres along the road two cyclists stopped and asked where we were going and if we were entering Dos Hermanas by the road that we were on to take care. The first few houses had some dangerous people there.
You’ll be pleased to know that I’m typing this from a hotel room and not an A&E department in a Spanish hospital.

Our adventure in town after running the gauntlet of the bad guys took us first to a bicycle shop to get some tools to remove peddles and loosen handlebars. We also wanted a box for the bike for the flight home. He called the post office to see if they had one and we were in luck.
A km later, box and sticky tape purchased we set of for the Hotel Leflet Valme. On the route as per the guide and €50.
1.3km of carrying my backpack and the box was fun and not something that I could have guessed would have been part of our Camino.

A taxi will take us to the airport and all being well we’ll be back in Blighty by the evening.
Our exit plan is working....so far anyway.BDFF178D-9E00-412F-B03A-6E54C645B189.jpeg
 

OnHellas

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I would like to end by saying that the guide that I followed is not only excellent but also invaluable. I believe that completing the Via Serrana would be hard enough, I didn’t manage that after all, but relying on the yellow arrows would be nigh on impossible.
So, thank you Johnny Walker. You are are star!

We are both disappointed to have to stop as we were both feeling good about the adventure with our different modes of transport. But, it has been a challenge, an adventure and one that I’m glad we came to have a go at. It’s certainly been a whole different ball game to the French of Portuguese Routes that I/we have experienced before.

Thanks also for those of you that have read my ramblings on here, hopefully some of it has come across as humour and not just the moanings of another middle aged man?

The Via de la Plata will have to wait for another time.
 

Walkerooni

Member
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPdP to Santiago (June-ish 2018)
Int
Coronavirus:- So what to do. We took the decision last night to go as far as Seville and then call time on this adventure.
We may head back to the UK or to a family house in Portugal that is available.
We can then sit tight for a bit and, with the rest of the world, see what happens.

I received the email from Casa Ivar and the Moderators this morning re the current situation/travel etc and think that they have it about right.

Another two days to Seville, I’ll keep posting to let you know how we get on.
For what it’s worth, here in Utrera it looks like business as usual.....
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Interesting, as it is certainly NOT business as usual anywhere else in the world! My understanding was Spain closed its borders some time ago. People in Canada travelling anywhere in the world were told to come home immediately because if they didn’t they would be stranded—there would be no one coming for them. Elsewhere in Spain people are not allowed to leave their own homes, and while we are weeks behind Spain most people here have gone on voluntary lockdown with only essential services open. All restaurants, bars, hair salons, spas, schools, and on and on—all closed. I am surprised that Spain which has been in terrible trouble and closed its borders weeks ago still allows pilgrims, or that they are allowed to stay/eat anywhere.
 

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