This is another long day (27km) so I left while it was still dark. The walk out of Vigo is uphill through the city for the first hour and then into smaller suburbs on the outskirts.
This was a big day at 27 km, but it was also my favorite day’s walk. The official Camino route goes inland through hills, but there is an alternative coastal route that is not so well way-marked but a beautiful day by the sea.
I left while it was still dark and walked along the waterfront and boardwalks to the bridge at A Ramallosa. To take the coastal route, turn left here, even though there are no signs. I met a pilgrim the next day who walked straight here and bitterly regretted taking the official route away from the beaches.
It was still raining as I left the next morning, but I like walking in the rain as it’s cool and quiet. 19km day.
Another (much-needed) shorter day at 15km. I didn’t take any complete rest days, so these shorter walks were helpful for restoring some energy, as the days ahead grew longer in terms of kilometers.
There was a tail end of a hurricane threatening and the clouds were gathering as I walked out of A Guarda.
This was a short walk (14km) with a river crossing into Spain.
I walked out of Vila Praia de Ancora early through the detritus of the festival and the party-goers who had been up all night. There were still some fireworks going off occasionally, so it was definitely a good night for some! I slept through it all with the help of earplugs.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta
Mallorca is a beautiful Spanish island in the Balearics, rich with history and culture, from the medieval architecture of Palma’s old town to the picturesque coastal village of Deia and the mountainous interior. Many come to the relaxed island for an escape, but others imagine murder in paradise.
In this interview, international crime author, JJ Marsh, talks about the inspiration of Mallorca and how she sees the world as an outsider, constructing stories from her travels.
- Why Mallorca is so enticing to visit and write about
- The joy of older cities with lots of history
- Seeing past the beauty of a place to write murder
- Wine and food recommendations
- Is there any truth to cultural stereotypes? Writing as an outsider.
- Recommended books about or set on Mallorca
You can find JJ Marsh at JJMarshAuthor.com