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Stage 4

State to Markina-Xemein stage

km 24,3
Time 06H 15’
Difficulty High
Hostels 2
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Mountainous stage; hard journey because there are hardly any villages that cross it

Information about the stage 4: State to Markina-Xemein stage

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The route

  • Km 0. (All services)

We crossed the tracks and then the estuary. Next to it we take the GI-638 road that is headed to Mutriku and at 150 meters we take a leftwing detour that Buztiñaga points out. This is where the first ramps start. A cement lane, first, and a path between laurels, timber and hazelnuts and all kinds of deciduous species, then lead to the Pikoaga farmhouse. The view of the sea and the rural environment of grasslands and livestock cottages comfort the hermitage of Calvario de Maia. The place, with the partial view of Mutriku, is well worth a breath. In addition, there is a somewhat hidden fountain behind the wall and marked as Iturria, a fountain in Basque.

  • Km 4.4. Ermita del Calvario de Maia (Shelter - Bar-Shop within walking distance. Asador)

We resumed the march on the paved runway, pulled by the crossroad, passed the Azkenetxe grill and crossed the road GI-3330. Along the route we found another source. In late March 2014, Nerea and Gaizka opened a hostel with a bar and a small shop. An excellent option, especially for those who have not slept at Deba. Then we immerse ourselves in a bleak path where we will have to bypass several wood chips. A stain of Cantabrian oak expands here on the limestone and, already leaving an open area, presided on the hill by a cattle vessel, we slightly admire the sea, to which we will say goodbye to the beach of the Arena in Pobeña, in stage 8. In short, we draw a last portillo and cross the GI-3562 to reach by piste the nearby Olatz, belonging to the municipality of Mutriku.

  • Km 8.3. Olatz (Bar)

In this farming neighborhood is the bar-restaurant Zelaieta, (only establishment where to replenish forces to Markina) We tell you the phone in case you want to check time 943 60 45 95. Leaving aside the hermitage of San Isidro, the official signage brand "Arnoate 5.5 km", we progress in the company of the Anu stream. In a turn to the left, we say goodbye to its course, and we continue to climb by track and then through the forest until we have timidly overcome the barrier of 500 meters of altitude. In the middle of the climb we will stand in Bizkaia (Km 11,2), although there is no sign of the muga, and already on the descent, by piste, we reach the Damukorta farmhouse, where we may be able to fill the container, as there is a nearby spring (Km 13,3). We continue the track to the hamlet and Arnoate collado, where we can make another stop and refresh ourselves in the fountain to shelter from the sun or rain.

  • Km 14.2. Collado Arnoate(Source)

At this point we turn right to continue along a path ‘breaking legs’ that runs this way and passes next to the Sakoneta landfall (Km 16,3). Finally we reach a track that passes by the Atzorinzabal (Km 17,8) and Amulategi (Km 18,7). After this point it is currently down a track in good condition and with asphalted sections always down and suitable for bicycles, improving the old section full of mud and stony. We followed the road and arrived next to a meadow that leads to the Arretxinaga district, where the tower Barroeta is located, a fortified housing of the 14th and 15th centuries, and the chapel of San Joaquín and Santa Ana (Km 23.2).

At the edge of the Camino is also the hermitage of San Miguel de Arretxinaga, of the 18th and hexagonal plant. It deserves at least a short visit to see its origin: the three stones that form the chapel and balance each other. After passing two bridges over the Urko River we go in front of Arretxinaga Avenue and then turn left onto Artibai Street. In this we take the first to the right, Osteko Street, which leads us to the hostel of the convent of the Fathers Carmelitas. Maria Luisa also hosts pilgrims (see observations) and, since 2012, Markina-Xemein also has the private Intxauspe hostel.

  • Km 24.3. Markina (All services)

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