Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Tunnel route
from Irun
to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Day 5 - Salvatierra to Estibaliz

After the hardest day it is nice to have a shorter one to look forwards to and this was our shortest day. A pleasant day mainly on minor roads and good tracks, But one point to look out for is when you come to the new foot bridge over the railway line after Ezkerekotxa, described in the guide-book as an unguarded level crossing, Do not cross this bridge unless you want to visit Alegria, the route actually swings to the right here keeping the railway line on your left hand side. We made the mistake of crossing this bridge and didn't discover our mistake until Alegria came into view. However we soon picked up the official route again once we left Alegria. The highlight of this day was staying at Santuario de Ntra de Estibaliz. The accommodation is in the guest wing of the monastery, You are also provide with an evening meal and a simple breakfast, there didn't appear to be a system of leaving a donation here so we left ours in the church attached to the monastery

The route leading into Gazeo

The “Way” approaches Ezkerekotxa

The church of San Roman in Ezkerekotxa

The route after Ezkerekotxa showing new bridge over railway, Don’t cross this, we did as the guidebook wasn’t very clear here !!

Coming into Alegria (As we had lost the “Way” we approached this town from a slightly different angle !!)

The centre of Alegria

The Ayuntamentio at Elburgo (Friendly Helpful staff here)

Sundial on The Ayuntamentio at Alegria

Regaining the “Way” at Ermita de Nuestra Senora de Ayala

Aproaching Elburgo

Ermita of San Juan de Arrarain on the outskirts of Elburgo

The Church of San Pedro at Elburgo

If you are staying at Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz, Then you need to take the right turn up the old railway line here !!

The path up the old railway line 1k before Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz

Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz

Dressed up Peregrino at Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz

The church at Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz

Comunual meal, provided by the monks at Santuario de Senora de Estibaliz