Our Camino – Day 10, Los Arcos to Viana

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

 

Our Camino – Day 10, Los Arcos to Viana – 18 Kms

Day 10 of Our Camino

Day 535 – August 18th, 2015.

Albergue La Fuente Casa Austria

After a pretty good nights sleep we were up and enjoying a very fine breakfast, considering it’s included. Plenty of fresh good bread, not just the crappy white toast stuff, this was like crusty wholemeal loaves. With all sorts of preserves, the only thing missing was a good coffee. There was the normal black juice coffee if you liked.

Breakfast in the Albergue La Fuente Casa Austria

Breakfast in the Albergue La Fuente Casa Austria

 

With full bellies we made our way. Los Arcos was a lot quieter this morning with hardly a soul to see apart from the odd pilgrim and street cleaner.

La Fuente Casa Austria in Los Arcos on the Camino

La Fuente Casa Austria in Los Arcos on the Camino

 

Church De Santa Maria De Los Arcos

Church De Santa Maria De Los Arcos

 

Los Arcos

Los Arcos

 

Our destination today was Viana at roughly 18 km, many pilgrims actually go further on this day to Logroño but that’s around the 28 km distance.

Los Arcos to Viana map on the Camino

Los Arcos to Viana map on the Camino

 

This view greeted our shadows today… The way keeps on going and in the distance possibly a small village.

Shadows on the Camino way

Shadows on the Camino way

 

The way on the Camino

The way on the Camino

 

About 7 km from Los Arcos we find a cafe in Sansol. The coffee was average at best, but it gave us a chance to rest.

Sansol on the Camino way 2015

Sansol on the Camino way 2015

 

Very close by is Torres del Rio, and if you have a Camino guide-book with detail it might suggest a better place to stop. We didn’t bother too much with the finer details of each place and hence stopped where we wanted.

When we walked with the girls, the German Camino guide-book was full of detail giving much more information on places to stay and cafe’s etc.

Torres Del Rio on the Camino

Torres Del Rio on the Camino

 

Camino 2015

Camino 2015

 

The views are amazing looking across to the mountain range.

Along the way you often see statues or monuments made from balancing rocks on each other. This area was full of them.

On the walk towards Viana through a small forest past many rock statues

On the walk towards Viana through a small forest past many rock statues

 

Even though we had our bananas with us for a daily snack, we always tried to help out the local vendors making an effort to offer foods & beverages to the pilgrims on the route.

Just past these rock statues around the next corner is a small stand and shelter. We enjoyed a cold beer (on tap) and a sandwich here.

A short stop at Casita Lucia near Ermita De Poyo on the Camino

A short stop at Casita Lucia near Ermita De Poyo on the Camino

 

Steep descents, gravel roads, small shelters and colours on the Camino

Steep descents, gravel roads, small shelters and colours on the Camino

 

The way was up and down and in places quite steep. The path often covered with small stones which move under your feet with every step, going downhill you need to take care.

The way to Viana on the Camino

The way to Viana on the Camino

 

Reaching Viana we check in to one of the first Albergue we find which is actually below the main part of the town.

Viana on the Camino way

Viana on the Camino way

 

Next up, we find ourselves in the town where we manage to get a pilgrim menu from a cafe that was still serving around 3 in the afternoon.

Pilgrim lunch in Viana

Pilgrim lunch in Viana

 

We then enjoyed a stroll around Viana taking in the wonderful architecture. Beautiful archways and buildings all around. We came across preparations for a concert that would be on later that evening.

Viana images

Viana images

 

Old cathedral ruins in Viana

Old cathedral ruins in Viana

 

Viana in Spain

Viana in Spain

 

Back at the old church ruins for the concert.

Concert in the ruins in Viana

Concert in the ruins in Viana

 

Camino costs

  • Coffee & bananas 3.00
  • Nose spray for Moni 11.63
  • Beers & sandwich 4.00
  • Donation 1.00
  • Menu del dia 18.10
  • Coffee 3.00
  • Ice cream 3.80
  • Stamps 1.90
  • Accommodation in Viana 16.00

Total for today is 62.43 Euro. 31.22 each for day 10 of our Camino.

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