On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Melide to Ribadiso

May 7, 2013 — 8 Comments

A peaceful, narrow, gravel road with walls of dirt and stone went through a forest of eucalyptus, highlighted by a symphony from the songbirds. I emerged from the forest into farmland for a while before traveling through the trees again… Small streams required a short drop and climb, and at one, a foot bridge comprised of large slabs of rock rested on smaller ones and spanned the shallow water. I had hoped to have my photo taken with the fifty kilometer marker, but instead, I saw the 49.5. It didn’t have the same prestige as the fifty, so I didn’t bother… From Page 186, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.  I really had anticipated having my photo taken with the 50 kilometer bollard and was a little disappointed that it wasn’t there.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Melide, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Furelos to Melide, inside the Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus in Melide. I walked out, and as I was leaving the town, I met this cute horse tied up in a yard. After a brief conversation, I said goodbye and moved on.

horse Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

This is the quiet community on the outskirts of Melide, known as Santa María de Melide.

crucerio Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Beneath the eucalyptus trees, along a very dry Galician path.

path Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


One of the aforementioned stone footbridges. I’m sure some of these have been here for centuries.

rock bridge Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


This is the community of Boente, looking back on the road I had just followed.

fountain boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Rolling farmland and forests: typical of the terrain and landscape in this area.

farmland boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Well, it’s not the 50, but here’s the 44.5 kilometer bollard. The yellow arrow clearly shows the way.

bollard boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


I believe this is still Boente. Be careful when walking along the road here.

8 highway boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Farmland and gardens.

9 farmland garden boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


farmland community boente Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


A pleasant walk toward Ribadiso.

road pilgrims ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Although I normally don’t like to see homes in ruins, this one looked magical with the trees and flowers. Maybe, it’s just me.

home ruins ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago copy


I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop just before descending to the village of Ribadiso, which, similar to Furleos, had an ancient bridge in an attractive setting. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ribadiso to Arzúa, we’ll cross that very bridge before climbing to Arzúa, a town famous for its cheese. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


8 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Melide to Ribadiso

  1. Thanks Randall for another beauty of a post!

  2. Where will you stay in Santiago de Compostela? At one time grand hotel (Dos Rios Catholicos?) across from the Cathedral offered free rooms to those who complete the whole “Way”. Just had to show your completed passport, get the certificate and check in. Not sure if that is the case any more.

    • During the first time, I stayed at a hotel about one block away from the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. I walked in to the Dos Rios Catholicos, but they certainly weren’t offering free rooms. Last summer, I stayed two nights at a small unadvertised hostel. A woman stopped me as I entered the plaza and asked me if I wanted a room. It was late and I didn’t have much choice so I followed her to a quiet street a few blocks away. I would usually be cautious in such instances but as I said, it was late. I’m okay, nothing happened, and the room was fine and much cheaper than a hotel. I much rather stay near the cathedral when in Santiago. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. Peter Pfliegel May 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Hi Randall, thank you for the fast progress in your Camino posts. Did you remember whether the water of the fountain in Boente is potable? I´ve read that in Galicia few are potable.

    • You’re welcome Peter. It’s a lot of work but I want to get to Finisterre on this blog very soon. I can’t say for sure if the water fountain in Boente was potable. From the photo, it looks like it was. Conditions can change year to year. As a general rule, I always carried water and never the depended on fountains. Having said that, most of the modern fountains in the towns had water that was fine to drink. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

      • Peter Pfliegel May 10, 2013 at 2:44 am

        Thank you Randall. I, of course, will carry the water, too but the map on my Note 2 indicates potable water along the Camino and thus I try to optimize the weight I’ll carry. I think about carrying 2 plastic bottles, 1 l each but when they shall be full it means +25% plus related to the 8 kg of the rest of the rucksack.

        • Peter, as you know from my book, I bought water at the stores, which was usually inexpensive, and refilled those bottles at the fountains. How much I carried depended on factors such as heat and the distance between villages or towns. I have a good understanding of myself, knowing how much I drink in different conditions. One thing to remember, water is heavy. I never depended on the fountains, though. You also know that I had a tendency to have a diet cola or two and I often used those bottles if needed.

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