On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Gorolfe to Sarria

March 22, 2013 — 4 Comments
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The landscape was very peaceful though. A grove of giant chestnut trees in a field of purple flowers made me stop for a moment and marvel. The pastureland was thick and bright green. There was one word to summarize this part of Galicia. Lush… From Page 171, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Thus, the name of the corresponding chapter of my book: Lush.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Gorolfe, 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, Samos to Gorolfe, as I was walking through a huge patch of mud on a classic Galician path. Thankfully, walking with much better as I got closer to the farming community of Gorolfe. Almost every community had a church. This is overlooking the one in Gorolfe. I wondered how many people still attended these small churches.

Gorolfe Farmland, church, clouds, Camino Frances

 The sign pointed the way to Gorolfe and other communities.

Sign, trees, road, Camino Frances

 

The next two photos represent the aforementioned passage from my book. I stopped here for a little break. With birds singing and cows mooing in the distance, it was very pleasant.

Meadow, purple Flowers Trees, chestnut, Camino Frances

Meadow, dirt Path, flowers, purple, grass, Camino  Frances, peaceful

 

 An icon along the way.

Meadow, Mary Vigen, Icon, Camino  Frances

 

 country, Road, Sarria, Camino Frances, trees, farmland

 

There were many small communities and I wasn’t always sure which one I was in. I believe this church was in Sivil.

Church Sarria,, Camino Frances, Bell tower, grass, trees, stone

 

Some of the fountains were old and the water was not drinkable or non potable.

Fountain, scallop shell, water, Camino Frances, non potable

 

The stretch of 6 kilometers ended at the highway with Sarria just ahead. If you need a break or a place to stay, there was an albergue about 1.5 kilometers from where the Camino joined the highway.

Highway, farmland, town, trees, path, Sarria, Camino frances

 

 This decorative gate featured the scallop shell, the symbol of the Camino de Santiago.

Gate Sarria, Camino  frances, scallop shell, iron, home

Gate Sarria, Camino  frances, scallop shell, iron, home

 

According to the information sign at the edge of Sarria, the town was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso IX of León and Galicia, on his way to Santiago de Compostela.

Sarria, canal, Camino Frances boardwalk, trees shops

Please join me on my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Sarria, Spain, as I’ll take you into the important town along the Camino. Why is it important? If your time is limited and you want to get your Compostela, the certificate issued in Santiago de Compostela for completing at least the last 100 kilometers of the Camino Francés of the Camino de Santiago, you may start here. Sarria is the first town outside the 100 kilometer mark (actually 117km). I hope you enjoyed this post.

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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.

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4 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Gorolfe to Sarria

  1. Another missing link. No way to get to Sarria or beyond. Actually I just realized from the date you posted this page that you may not have created additional pages. If you have they haven’t yet been indexed by Google as I tried searching for Sarria, Portomarin, and Melide in the hopes of picking up the trail but I didn’t have any luck.

    • Rick, as of this moment, this is as far that I’ve gone along the French Way. This is an ongoing process but I’m getting closer. I will publish the next post in Sarria later this week. My post today will continue my visit to the Royal Château of Amboise. I hope you enjoy it too. I have a book also, did you know? 🙂

    • Peter Pfliegel March 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      At the end of the last post the link is always missing 🙂 As long as the next post isn’t created.
      We, future pilgrims all hope that your posts reach Santiago within some few weeks 🙂
      And it seems that the detour via Samos is really worth the effort.

      • Peter, I apologize that I missed this comment. Although, I haven’t walked the other route, from what I understand, it’s best to visit Samos. It’s just not the town but as you can tell, the walk before and after Samos is also very scenic.

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