On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Furelos to Melide

May 5, 2013 — 4 Comments

A beautiful, medieval bridge with four arches spanned the Río Furelos. I wasn’t expecting such a large bridge or an attractive setting. Old, stone houses with red tiled roofs adorned the riverbank, with the tower of the church in the background. A German woman took my photo in front of the bridge but declined abruptly when I asked if she wanted one with her male companion. They were jabbering at each other, and I felt bad for interrupting them… From Page 186, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. In such a pleasant setting, it was a little odd to see two pilgrims arguing. Believe me, they weren’t the first couple I saw having a little tiff on the Camino. After about a month walking with each other, I guess it’s to be expected.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago near Furelos, 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, Palas de Rei to Furelos, walking along the parkway with monuments and dedications on the left. I remember being in a good mood, immersed in solitude, and probably having crazy thoughts about writing a book, when, I heard some shouting from behind. I just pulled my camera out in time to take these photos of the horses and riders. The first two went by at a full gallop and I had to jump to the side to let them by.

Path horses Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



I didn’t see horses with riders often on the Camino. Did you know I saw a donkey and rider twice on the Camino Del Norte? I actually felt sorry for the donkey.

Path horses Furelos Spain, Camino de Santiago



 A Gothic cross against a bright blue sky just before heading back into the trees.

Gothic Cross Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

path flowers Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



 At the 52.5 kilometer bollard and overlooking the village of Furelos.

bollard kilometer Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



 This was the attractive setting with the ancient bridge over the Río Furelos.

bridge Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



 And me…




 I always was excited to walk over these ancient bridges, not knowing exactly what was on the other side.

walk bridge Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



The Iglesia de San Juan dates to the 13th century but was rebuilt recently.

church Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



Walking through downtown Furelos. This was a typical scene through many of these villages. I remember having to wait for the tractor and load of manure to pass.

homes Furelos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



After a short climb from Furelos, the Camino followed this road through overgrown farmland. The town of Melide is just ahead.

path Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



The Iglesia de San Pedro. I thought the palm trees outside were a nice touch, and was evident how the landscape and climate had changed over the past few days. On the left, there is an ancient cruceiro. Sadly, my photo wasn’t clear. Overall, Melide was far more modern than I had expected.

church san pedro Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



The 14th century Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus was the first church that was opened in days. I was excited to enter. Let’s go inside…

iglesia Sancti Spiritus Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago



The Baroque retablo was very nice, but I stayed in the back, careful not to disturb anybody.

retablo iglesia Sancti Spiritus Melide Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop at the Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus in Melide. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Melide to Ribadiso, I’ll meet another friend, a cute horse, as I tired, and sometimes struggled, with my climb to another alto (and another alto after that). 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.


4 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Furelos to Melide

  1. Randall,
    Your post excites me so much I cannot describe the emotions. I am walking with my sons; on various stages they will accompany me and we will do the entire Frances route in spring of 2014! The anticipation is killing me! Thanks for sharing! Saludos mi amigo!

    • Hi Mike. Thanks for all of your comments here, on Twitter and Google+ I have told many sons & daughters whose fathers or mothers are interested in the Camino to take them, if they are able. It will be a very rewarding experience. I would have loved to walked a portion with my mother, especially the peaceful farmland of Galicia. She would have really enjoyed Galicia. I’m sure you’re excited. I only planned my first Camino three months ahead of time. Last year, I only planned two weeks ahead of time. You’ll have plenty of time for your preparation, but as I said on Twitter, don’t over prepare. Walk with an open mind. Buen Camino 🙂

  2. Another wonderful post Randall…beautiful pictures too.

    By the way, I’m curious… why did you feel sorry for the donkey?

    Did you know years and years ago (about 4000years) when donkeys were first domesticated having a donkey was a status symbol of their owners’ wealth, almost like owning a Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce etc. today. True!

    Maybe the people who you encountered riding a donkey were nostalgic or living in the past, ya think? Who knows…

    Maybe this is why you felt sorry for the donkeys… they do not have natural ‘waterproof’ coats like horses. Therefore donkeys need access to shelter, good thing it wasn’t raining or too too sunny – I agree poor donkeys. 🙁

    Once again, Randall, I love reading your posts and of course your book….Psssst I’m finished, but love to take it out and re-read the chapters you’re referring to when you post. Yep, everybody should buy your book, just like me. 🙂

    • Thanks again for your comment. As for the statement regarding the donkey, I just don’t think it’s necessary to ride one. I believe those that do, seek only attention to themselves, without regards to the donkey’s feelings, and perhaps, well-being. The last donkey I saw on the Camino looked so sad in the hot summer’s afternoon. Anyway, I don’t want to make a big deal of it, but I feel the same towards using other animals when it’s not necessary. Then again, what do I know. Maybe the donkey was happy not being cooped up in a fenced yard. Thanks for reading my book. So happy to have readers such as you 🙂

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