On The Camino De Santiago in Sarria, Spain

March 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

Across from the castle, I glanced back at Sarria and the valley I had just walked through. I was always amazed at how much I walked. The hills where I was only a couple of hours earlier now looked so far. My climbing was over, but the reprieve wouldn’t last for long… From Page 172, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. I think you need to walk long distances over a variety of terrains to fully appreciate that statement. I had the same thought many times during the day, and for each day of my journey.

Now, I’ll continue on the Camino de Santiago in Sarria, 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).

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Gorolfe to Sarria, I stopped here, on one the bridges glancing over the Río Sarria and the promenade. Most pilgrims who were short on time started in Sarria because it was the largest town closest to the 100 kilometer marker. To get a Compostela, the certificate issued in Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims had to walk at least the last one hundred kilometers of the Camino de Santiago.

Sarria River Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 I’m not sure what this sculpture was supposed to represent. Hmmm….? Let’s move on…

Sarria Sculpture Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


I remember these stairs well. I was getting very tired at this point after walking a long day with numerous ups and downs.

Sarria Stairs Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The Iglesia de Santa Marina is a modern church built over another that had been established in the 12th century.

Iglesia de Santa Marina Sarria, Camino Frances, church, clock, tower, modern, cross, clouds, blue sky


Considering it was midafternoon and many pilgrims were starting their Camino here, the streets were relatively quiet.Downtown Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The 13th century Iglesia de San Salvador.

Iglesia de San Salvador Sarria, Camino Frances, Bell Gable, cross, door, clouds, stone church


Here’s the castle of Sarria. It dates to the 14th century but was destroyed during a civil war in the 15th. You can’t enter but it’s possible to walk around the perimeter. The tower and walls have been rebuilt.

Castle Tower Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Castle Tower Walls Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Originally, I thought the tower was old and never realized it had been rebuilt until I came home and did some research.

Castle Tower Stairs Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Castle walls Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Looking back at the ruins of the castle.

Castle Ruins Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


This is the Convento de la Magdalena which dates from the thirteenth century. I believe much of the façade had been rebuilt. A hospice that originated in the 12th century was originally on this site. Let’s take a closer look at the bell tower…

Tower, Convento de la Magdalena Sarria, Camino Frances, Bell, clouds, stone

Convento de la Magdalena Bell Tower Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


One last look back at the monastery. I really would have liked to visit but it was closed in the late afternoon.

Convento de la Magdalena Sarria Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop here, just before descending the hill. For me, the most fascinating feature of Sarria would come at the bottom of the hill—the 12th century bridge, Ponte de Aspera. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Sarria to Barbadelo, I’ll take you across that very bridge. Please join me.

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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.


2 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Sarria, Spain

  1. I really enjoyed your book. I read it before my Camino experience and then took it with me and reread the parts after I walked that day. We started in Ponferrada and took almost as long to go that 201 km distance as you took to walk the whole thing. We also tried to avoid albergues. In fact, in Sarria, we stayed just to the right of your first picture in the Hotel Alfonso IX.

    • Robert, I’m glad that you enjoyed my book. A review would be nice too. Hint, hint 🙂
      Your own journey was important and not the speed. I hope your Camino was special. I think a mix of private rooms and albergues is important. What the mix is depends on the individual.

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