Navarette to Nejara – 16.2K

This entry is part 9 of 29 in the series Part 3: Puente la Reina to Astorga

Hotel San Fernando (51€)

Out by sunrise with many other pilgrims.  A couple of kilometers along the trail, we’re joined by a Spanish fellow wishing to practice his English by walking and talking with us.  We’re glad to help.  He leaves us a pamphlet he’s written on the history of the Camino and heads back to walk with other pilgrims.  We enjoy coffees and a goodie in a small town and then head on to Nejara, arriving at 12:00 PM.  Our hotel is easy to find, on the Rio Najerilla, with a very nice room, and a great bathtub.  So apparently Spain is good on bathtubs, not so good on food.   We have lunch at 1:45… Nick has a veggie platter (rellenos) and helado; I have an ensalada mista, chicken with fries, and rice pudding, all good.  Good B+N.  Up at 5:00 to explore the old town.  It is surrounded by Utah-like red cliffs.  We visit a great old church where a fellow by the name of Garcia followed two falcons into a cave, and had a vision of the Virgin.  We join a short tour of the church and are intrigued by the elaborately carved choir, with faces or creatures under each seat.  We pass another church, filled for a funeral, and then head back toward our hotel.  We have cocktails outside by the river… apparently an early-evening Spanish custom.  After wandering around we return to our room and eat a leftover sandwich and enjoy a bottle of wine, courtesy of the hotel.



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