Vagabond: A Hiker's Homage to Rural Spain

Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 08/08/2024
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"Vagabond is classic travel writing at its finest... Mark takes you on a journey through the heart of Spain which is rich in detail and bursting with life." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

This incredible true story of one man's 1,225-km hike across the Iberian Peninsula is a celebration of rural Spain along the road less travelled

Inspired by a nomadic "vagabundo" he met decades ago, Mark eschews the fast pace of modern life and sets off on a solo hike 1,225 km across the Iberian Peninsula - from Gibraltar in the far south to Estaca de Bares, Spain's most northerly tip - carrying just a backpack and a hammock.

Hiking through sleepy siesta-hour plazas, shady cork forests and heat-shimmering plains, the hours would be long, dusty and hot. But, as Mark passes through the many small villages and communities en route, his trek comes to be characterized most of all by the sharing of stories, the true kindness of strangers, and the unbridled freedom of the open road.

Recounting Mark's fascinating nomadic journey through Spain, including Extremadura, its least-visited region, Vagabond is a homage to the disappearing lifestyle of the vagabundo, as well as a celebration of rural Spain and its forgotten communities. It reminds us of the value of slowing down and finding connection with others, and the beauty that can be found in taking life one step at a time.

  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781837994274
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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