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LIVE from the Camino Villajoyosa alternative start to the Lana

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#1
Rather than walking straight from Alicante, it is possible to start the Ruta de la Lana camino at either Benidorm (at the church of Santiago) or Villajoyosa, taking about 110km to join the main route at Villena.

I started at Villajoyosa yesterday morning, after an hour's tram ride from central Alicante. Villajoyosa is a pretty polychrome village which seems more Spanish than much of the rest of the coast. You then spend a pleasant hour or so ambling slowly upwards through orange and lemon groves, currently dripping with ripe fruit, before reaching the reservoir of the Amadorio River. Another few km and you are having coffee or a caña in Orxeta. You're already surrounded by beautiful hills, with the imposing 1400m bulk of Puig Campana dominating the views. The last few km up to Relleu are on a narrow steep path, paso de la mula, according to somebody I bumped in to, through wild thyme, rosemary and juniper. It felt like summer again after a month in the north, with bees buzzing around, a few butterflies, even a lizard or two. Relleu is an attractive hill village (with a modern church of Santiago) and I was soon tucking in to an excellent menú del día, including local capers in the salad. Yum. If you ring ahead, which I forgot to do, you can apparently sleep in the polidiportivo, but I had a very nice room in an (empty) casa rural for 22$. This was the view from the sitting room:

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#7
Hey Alan, someone on one of my Camino groups accidentally stumbled onto a Camino marker for the Camino Mendocino
https://www.rayyrosa.com/camino-mendocino/informacion which has a connection with the Lana in Riofrío del Llano. Are you planning to go anywhere near this? It has me intrigued.
 

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#9
Rather than walking straight from Alicante, it is possible to start the Ruta de la Lana camino at either Benidorm (at the church of Santiago) or Villajoyosa, taking about 110km to join the main route at Villena.

I started at Villajoyosa yesterday morning, after an hour's tram ride from central Alicante. Villajoyosa is a pretty polychrome village which seems more Spanish than much of the rest of the coast. You then spend a pleasant hour or so ambling slowly upwards through orange and lemon groves, currently dripping with ripe fruit, before reaching the reservoir of the Amadorio River. Another few km and you are having coffee or a caña in Orxeta. You're already surrounded by beautiful hills, with the imposing 1400m bulk of Puig Campana dominating the views. The last few km up to Relleu are on a narrow steep path, paso de la mula, according to somebody I bumped in to, through wild thyme, rosemary and juniper. It felt like summer again after a month in the north, with bees buzzing around, a few butterflies, even a lizard or two. Relleu is an attractive hill village (with a modern church of Santiago) and I was soon tucking in to an excellent menú del día, including local capers in the salad. Yum. If you ring ahead, which I forgot to do, you can apparently sleep in the polidiportivo, but I had a very nice room in an (empty) casa rural for 22$. This was the view from the sitting room:

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Hi Alan!
You can also walk the Camino Del Alba, starting in Xabia and join the Lana at Almansa.
https://www.caminodelalba.com/
I'll be there next spring to tell you more about it.
Cheers and have a good one,
Jean-Marc
 

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#10
Alan
Have you heard of the Iron Curtain Trail? It’s a 7,000km cycletrail - I had a dream of being the first person to walk it end to end, but now that you know about it I bet you’ll beat me to it!
 
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#11
What, wait. Is this the same peregrino who two days ago posted a picture of the Santiago cathedral?!
Can't get a handy flight home until Monday, and can't cope with more than a day or so on the beach, so might as well walk.
Hi Alan!
You can also walk the Camino Del Alba, starting in Xabia and join the Lana at Almansa.
The Alba is very pleasant, especially in spring with the smell of the orange blossom. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/on-the-camino-del-alba.54426/
Hey Alan, someone on one of my Camino groups accidentally stumbled onto a Camino marker for the Camino Mendocino
https://www.rayyrosa.com/camino-mendocino/informacion which has a connection with the Lana in Riofrío del Llano. Are you planning to go anywhere near this? It has me intrigued.
The Lana goes through Riofrío del Llano a bit after Sigüenza. Very tasty water. One of the few villages in that part of the Lana without a romanesque church. Not sure if my wikiloc is much use to you unless you want to detour to Carabias, but this was my day from Sigüenza to Atienza https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/siguenza-to-atienza-via-carabias-29924640
 
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Except the Francés
#12
Relleu to Torremanzanas:

4 or 5 stars. Sunrise from my balcony was spectacular, with the view down to a little castle that was used as a lookout for when corsairs were raiding the coast, and the more modern equivalent, a radar station, higher up.

The bar near my casa rural was open from 6.30 - it may be the only bar open in winter. It also seemed to be the only one in the village not offering "English breakfast", so I assume in summer the place must be full of tourists.

Just out of the village takes you down into the gorge of the Amadoiro. Almost dry at the moment, but according to the barman last night, after spring and autumn storms it can be a raging torrent.

Then there is a continuous, mostly relatively gentle, climb for the next 11km, with fabulous views at every turn, as Puig Cardena recedes into the distance, the hazy flat of the coast to the south, and with the neat terraces reaching up to the sky on every side. After 8km some pillock has painted over the arrows, but once you see the shade of paint used, it's relatively easy to spot where they were, or just follow a wikiloc. The isolation is total, and it was easy to believe that some of the remoter valleys up here apparently stayed muslim for a generation or two after the fall of Granada, rather like the Alpujarras.

Once over the top, the descent towards Torremanzanas, mostly through fruit trees and olive groves, is less spectacular until the first sight of the 12th century almohad Torre Alta dominating the village. Lunch was still being served at gone 4pm when I arrived (I do like southern habits - one Galician restaurant I went to recently had shut its kitchen by about 2.30) and was another treat, with pomegranite seeds and almost raw fresh tuna in the salad, and olive oil from the local co-op. The albergue (donativo) is above the medical centre, 3 bedrooms, a nice sitting room and well equipped kitchen. According to the register, I was the 4th person to stay in it this year, a record for me. Luckily the friendly hospitalera lives opposite and I don't think is often away. The register quotes the hospital archives of Villajoyosa which report, for example, that a Neapolitan pilgrim on his way to Santiago had a fever and was given a chicken and some money in 1740, so this has been a genuine Jacobeo pilgrim route for centuries.
 
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Camino Mozarabe 2015, Camino Salvador 2015, Camino Primitivo 2015
#13
Incredible Alan. First the Lana, then the Olvidado and now on the road from Villajoyosa. Plus all the insights into Spanish history. Thanks. Fascinating reading.
 

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