Camino de Santiago (Camino Aragonés) Etapa 2: Canfranc Pueblo-Jaca (21 Km)

It was day 2 of the Camino Aragonés, and I woke up early to give myself time to find breakfast before catching the bus at 8. Alas, most of the bares and cafeterias near the bus station were closed or packed with señoritos, and I had to walk to the edge of town to find an open one. It was overpriced, but good. This should have been a sign of things to come…Era mi segundo día en el Camino Aragonés. Me desperté pronto para darme tiempo para buscar un sitio tranquilo para desayunar antes de coger el autobús a las 8. Pero no tenía suerte. La mayoria de los bares y cafeterías cerca de la estación estaban cerradas o a tope con señoritos. Tenía que caminar hasta las afueras del pueblo para encontrar uno que estaba abierto. Era un poco caro, pero estaba bueno. Era una señal para el día…y para todo el camino.

The bus was only around 15 minutes to Canfranc Pueblo, where I had left off the day before. The town’s only bar was closed, so I walked the few metres to the Camino and started walking. I had to walk through the pueblo again, but it was worth it. El viaje tardó unos 15 minutos a Canfranc Pueblo, donde había parado el día anterior. El único bar del pueblo estaba cerrado, y caminé unos metros para volver al Camino y empezar el día. Tenía que caminar por el pueblo una vez más, pero no me importaba.

The day’s walk was a very green path through woods that reminded me of Euskadi. I arrived to Villanúa, population 560, in about an hour. Everything was closed—which taught me my first lesson of the Camino Aragonés. Even if Gronze says there is a bar, count on it being closed. I even asked someone in town if anything was open, and he said no. Aquel día, el camino iba por un sendero muy verde por el bosque que me acordé de Euskadi. Llegué a Villanúa, población 560, después de una hora. Todo estaba cerrado, lo que me enseñó la primera lección del Camino Aragonés. No importa si el Gronze dice que hay un bar, no puedes contar en encontrarlo abierto. Pregunté a alguien en el pueblo si había un bar abierto, y me dijo que no.

My search for a café con leche got me off the trail, which got me a bit confused, so I ended up on the official Camino instead of the variant that went along the river. It was still a nice walk, but I would have preferred the riverside walking. Water is so calming. Me perdí con la busqueda por un café con leche, y me encontró en el Camino oficial en lugar del variante que iba por el río. Aun así era un sendero bonito, pero siempre prefiero caminar por el río. El agua siempre me tranquiliza.

The Camino started to ascend once again. Around 11:30, I arrived to Castiello de Jaca, population 249. I had just passed a group of day hikers, so I got to the Mesón Castiello right before them, and it was actually open. Castiello was beautiful. El Camino empezó a subir otra vez. Sobre las 11.30, llegué a Castiello de Jaca, población 249. Acabé de adelantar a un grupo de senderistas y por eso, llegué justo antes de ellos al Mesón Castiello, y estaba abierto. Y Castiello era un pueblo precioso.

The last 8 kilometres to Jaca, population 13,437, flew buy. I was arriving much sooner than I thought, around 1:00. I did laundry at the Air BNB and went looking for lunch. I was surprised in a place as popular as Jaca, there weren’t a lot of options. I ended up getting a menú del día at a hotel, where I watched two dogs, a German Shepherd mix and a husky mix, play/protest as we waited for food. Fui volando durante las últimos 8 kilómetros a Jaca, población 13.437. Llegué mucho antes de lo que anticipado, sobre las 13.00. Lavé la ropa en el AirBNB y luego fui buscando un sitio para comer. Me sorprendé que en un pueblo tan popular como Jaca no había muchas opciones. Comí un menú del día en un hotel, donde vi a dos perros, un pastor aleman y un husky, jugar y protestar durante la espera de la comida.

During the afternoon, I went to the supermarket Día for food supplies and got my credentials stamped at the official albergue. The hospitalera said that most nights there were around 8 peregrinos. Por la tarde, fui al Día para comprar algo de comida y luego fui al albergue oficial para sellar las credenciales. La hospitalera me dijo que solían ser unos 8 peregrinos cada noche.

I wrote in my journal next to the Ciutadella, the town fortress, and I got to see about ten deer make their evening run around the building. It was so cool. I knew a herd of deer called it home, but it was exciting to see. Escribí en mi diario a lado de la Ciutadella, y de repente vi unos 10 ciervos dar una vuelta por el edificio. ¡Qué chulo! Sabía que había ciervos que vivían allí, pero era emocionante para verlos.

I finally got my first pintxo de tortilla of the trip for dinner that night and treated myself to dessert-helado. Por fin, me tomé mi primer pintxo de tortilla del viaje y luego un helado para postre.

I would need those extra calories the next day. If only I knew what was ahead. Iba a necesitar las calorías el día siguiente. Si supiera lo que iba a pasar…

A continuación…


2 thoughts on “Camino de Santiago (Camino Aragonés) Etapa 2: Canfranc Pueblo-Jaca (21 Km)

  1. I am enjoying this ongoing account of your Camino experience.

    I know it’s a minor part of your story, but I’m intrigued by the presence of deer. Aside from the fact that there’s something remarkably beautiful about deer, they’re a bit of a mystery to me. I know that deer can be found in various parts of the world, but I’m mystified as to why that is. I just did an internet search, and it told me that continental drift occurred 200 million years ago. It also told me that deer evolved about 30 million years ago. And yet all of these deer globally are supposedly from the same family of species. Did they charter a plane several million years ago or something? Granted, I’m not a scientist, so I am sure that others are better equipped to explain this, and in any case, this isn’t the sort of thing that will keep me awake at night. 🙂

    But back to your trip. It must be frustrating to find everything closed at times. Do you carry food with you while you’re travelling?



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    • These deer are mostly free but raised by the military in the ciudadella (I think I may have written it in Catalán, ciutadella).

      I carry snacks and on days I know there won’t be anywhere more solid food. Most of the time I know when there won’t be any food, but this was also a “shorter” day so I wasn’t starving or anything. I always have snacks just in case.


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