I was excited when I saw the border marker as we entered Galicia. It was newly-painted with bright colors but also covered in graffiti. Victor and I took each other’s photo, and despite the weather, I was happy to make it to Galicia, a region I had heard so much about. Galicia: a peaceful land with ancient stone churches, lush green pastures, and large dogs that roamed free… From Page 163, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, along the Camino in Galicia, you will most likely see dogs of all sizes running free. I hope I don’t scare anyone, but there is a real possibility that you may get chased too.
I left my last post, The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Hospital Inglés to La Faba, in the quiet hamlet of La Faba, Castilla y León. I had walked with a fellow Canadian, but she decided to stay at the albergue. She made a good decision because the weather went from bad to worse.
Classic Galician track just west of La Faba (although I wasn’t quite in Galicia yet).
By now, the trail climbed gradually through farmland and scrubby patches. I really enjoyed these views of the countryside, the path lined by old rock and dirt walls.
Overlooking the valley with white broom on my side. I wasn’t sure what the short yellow shrubs were.
Although a little muddy, the path was mostly in good condition.
Looking back one last time to Castilla y León, the region I had walked through for over a week.
I regret that I don’t have any good photos of the village of Laguana de Castilla. I also failed to take a good photo of a palloza, the local architecture with stone walls and a thatched roof. Laguana de Castilla and O Cebreiro both have well-preserved pallozas. Please check out this photo of one in O Cebreiro from Creative Commons.
Here, I’m at the famous border marker, entering Galicia. After walking about 650 kilometers from St. Jean Pied de Port, I was very thankful that I had made it so far (on this blog too), and had arrived in good shape. I looked forward to my final days on the Camino, and visiting Galicia; definitely one of the areas I had anticipated. I know I look funny, but this was a day that required all of my rain gear.
Galicia is an autonomous community in the northwest of Spain, and the first medieval kingdom in all of Europe. The traditional language is Galego, a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese. Although I joked about the dogs, there is a sense of magic in Galicia. Along the Camino, many peaceful hamlets and villages welcome you, with some that look like they have not changed much for centuries. Farmland and hillsides so rich from the ample rainfall, with rivers and streams following valleys between mountains and hills. Although this was the last of the large climbs along the Camino Francés, the walking wouldn’t always be easy. I would also tire from the numerous ups and downs across rivers and valleys.
The fog was even thicker as I walked into O Cebreiro.
These markers or bollards showed the distance to Santiago de Compostela, and would be a bit of a distraction as I counted down the kilometers.
Entering the old town of O Cebreiro. There is definitely a Celtic feel to the town.
A rustic accommodation.
The Iglesia de Santa Maria was rebuilt in the 1960s after workers found the remains of a pre-Romanesque church on-site. Little remains of the original church, but it was an important discovery.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I was very excited to make it to Galicia, and looked forward to my final days on the Camino. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, O Cebreiro To Hospital da Condesa, the fog disipated and the sun appeared as I descended the picturesque mountain from O Cebreiro. Please join me.
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