|The yellow tape - used where there|
|Lovely cool walk along the river Duero - sadly you can't really|
see it because of the trees!
|Breakfast break along the camino toward Villalazán|
On the way into Zamora you pass through Villalazán which apparently comes from the Arabic - Al-az-ar or "horse of reddish colour". For those who know me - this is entirely appropriate, because when I had my herd, the majority were red horses and of course, now I have the red dogs. As you can see from our breakfast break photo - the red girls as they get called - are the same colour as my red horses used to be.
Once we hit the main road, we headed to where we had seen the archaeological excavation of El Alba, a Roman villa that gives its name to the next town - Villaralbo (Alba and Villa combined). We thought that we would visit and read information about it, but sadly it is all fenced off and although there are story boards that give details about the discovery, there is no access to be able to enter and find out more. I took photos as best I could to give a picture of an impression of it and the signs to read later once I could enlarge the photos! As you can see, it was once quite a site!
It's hard to believe that Zamora, where we finished this section of the Camino lies only 50km from the Portuguese border if we continued along the Duero. From Zamora the Levante route jois forces with the Via de la Plata, the Camino route that travels south to north parallel with Portugal from Seville. It's another Camino that I would love to walk and is perhaps the next Camino I will attempt. It was the original route I had planned to walk before I realised that the Levante ran practically past my back door in Chella and that I could easily get started without back up and by walking sections from home.
|The right turn by the sand/gravel|
lorry park which looks to be a diversion to
the river for the Camino - but not marked on
the maps or mentioned in the guidebook
|The scene next to where the arrows|
suggest to turn right
|The view as you approach the river from the track that|
turns right past the lorries
|Marker on the sign (just seen on the|
edge of the photo opposite) indicating
to continue along the river bank
|The bridge that takes you into Zamora (pedestrian only)|
and where we pick up the arrows again
|Close up of the marker arrow on the tree|
If we go, it will be necessary to set off early each day, perhaps our usual torchlight starts, in order to avoid the hotter parts of the day. Also, now we are further north, I'm hoping that we will experience cooler weather at that time of year, and even in Andalucia, last year it was quite pleasant walking for most of the month and even into June. According to the info it can range between 8 and 20 degrees (C) in Zamora with the highest rainfall other than December (!) Interesting! I have to admit, we did see some wet days in May last year in Andalucia when we moved - pouring and cold on our arrival at Alhama de Granada without any wood for the fire and everything soggy and damp as we tried to offload! Anyway, we will see!
|Zamora - looks lovely from across the Duero|
|Happy to have my stamp and to have|
According to the history, Zamora is linked to the old history of Spain and to the origin of the Castilian language which gave birth to Spanish language.
Wikipedia gives this introduction to Zamora:
After the Roman victory over the Lusitanian hero Viriathus the settlement was named by the Romans, Occelum Durii or Ocellodurum (literally, "Eye of the Duero"). During Roman rule it was in the hands of the Vaccaei, and was incorporated into the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. It was on the road from Emerita (modern Mérida) to Asturica Augusta (modern Astorga). (Ant. Itin. pp. 434, 439).
Two coins from the reign of theVisigothic king, Sisebuto, show that it was known at the time as "Semure".
During the period of Moorish rule the settlement became known by the names of "Semurah" or "Azemur". After the establishment of the ChristianKingdom of Asturias, the settlement became a strategic frontier post and was the scene of many fierce military engagements between the Muslims and Christians. Control of the town shifted between the two sides a number of times from the early 7th century to the late 11th century. During this period it became heavily fortified.Henry IV granted Zamora the epithet of "most noble and most loyal city".
The following pictures show the route along the main roads and the possible route that we discovered going back down to the Duero.
|Main new road being built - diagonal|
straight line from bottom left. At the
top the Camino joins the road for
|Camino following the tar road and the|
possible diversion that is marked with
arrows from the road and by the sand/gravel
pit (but watch carefully for the arrows)
but we do not know where the route comes out
as we did not find arrows at the other end.