Once again, a speedy train journey of 30 minutes and I arrived in the charming city of Toledo.
Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The capital of the region, it’s known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments in its walled old city. It was also the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open into the old quarter, where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively meeting place.
Enjoyed Jaffa-style moist cake with a coffee then headed to the Damascus steel knife trader. Few hundred euros later I’m armed but evidently not dangerous by Renfe train security standards!
After a 30 minute speedy AVANT train trip from Madrid I arrived in Segovia.
Segovia is a city in the autonomous region of Castile and León, an area my Camino took me through some weeks ago.
The city is famous for its historical buildings and for three main landmarks: its midtown Roman aqueduct, its cathedral (one of the last Gothic to be built in Europe), and the castle, which was an influence for Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle. The city centre of Segovia was declared World Heritage by the Unesco in 1985. A truly gorgeous town to visit.
As a loyal Kathmandu Summit Club member I submitted for adventure sponsorship earlier this year for assistance with putting together my wet weather gear for my Camino, and was fortunate enough to receive their support.
Big thanks to Kathmandu for my Adventure Sponsorship. My 1000km Camino with your wet weather gear assured my comfort. The Benmore Women's ngx 5-in-1 Travel Rain Jacket worked a treat. Definitely team this up with a Kathmandu visor or peak cap. I wear glasses and having the visor under the hood kept the hood up and my glasses dry.
The Kathmandu backpack rain cover was perfect, very easy to whip out and place over my backpack.
The Clark Women's Zip Off Pants v2 were worn everyday and as they drip dried overnight I was always in them. With my journey covering end of European summer and autumn, the functionality of the zip off/on trouser legs was fantastic. I often started my day at dawn and by mid morning the zips were coming off!
What an amazing journey so far. Flew out of SdC early, even the runway gave me a final yellow arrow salute! Arrived Madrid for 5 days....some exploring at leisure now!
With 40 walking days behind me I have completed my Camino of 1000kms plus some in Muxia.
Since ancient times pilgrims have been making their way beyond Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) and Muxia, literally the ‘end of the world’.
This is the most westerly point in Europe and a fitting end to the epic Camino walk. Over a further 6 days of walking my Camino will deliver me to the sea and the rugged coastal landscapes of Galicia.
The origins of worship here date back to pre-Christian pagan times, it was also a place of worship for the Romans and thereafter Christians undertaking the Camino as far back as 1000 years ago.
The quiet Finisterre Camino is a unique route, as it is the only Camino trail starting in Santiago de Compostela and heading West to the Altantic Ocean and Cape Fisterra then north along the craggy coastline of Atlantic Galicia bringing me to the fishing village of Muxía , famed for its sanctuary by the ocean and ‘magic’ stones. This stunning region of Galicia is known as the ‘Costa da Morte’ famous for its wild beauty and interesting legends.
Having officiated my credencial and receiving my Compostela I enjoyed a complimentary lunch at the Parador as I was one of the first 10 pilgrims at the pilgrim office.
So how do you follow up a Camino? You do another one back to back of course.
After a few rest days enjoying SdC I’m preparing now for my Camino Finisterre & Muxia. Known as the ‘end of the world ‘.
Finisterre also holds the zero waymarker (Atlantic) so it’s a temptation and I’m going for it!
Midday Pilgrim Mass at the cathedral will ensure a good pilgrim blessing for my onward journey.
799kms is a long walk. It’s a luxury afforded to the chosen who are either truly dedicated & just plain mad. Enjoy some of my journey milestones.