Camino del Norte Day 7: after Gernika to Lezama, 15 km

Today was another short day in order to spend more time in Bilbao tomorrow. The sun was blazing and we were feeling pretty scorched by the time we arrived. The day was mostly on pleasant forest trails and small country roads. We’ve left the coast for a few days, so are missing the beaches and sea views.

Lezama is a little village just over the mountain (about 10km) from Bilbao. The albergue here is very friendly and well-equipped but a bit small. We were able to do our laundry in a washing machine, which was exciting, though the clean-ness never seems to last very long. We went out to a local cafe for dinner and had a “menú” (fixed menu) for €6, our choice of meat with rice, pasta, french fries, salad, zucchini, fried egg, bread, bottled water and flan for dessert. The forecast is calling for rain, so we are hoping to stay somewhat dry the next few days.