On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ribadiso to Arzúa

May 9, 2013 — 11 Comments

 As I ate while sitting on a bench in the shade, I reminded myself for the umpteenth time to take regular breaks. It was my nineteenth day on the Camino, and I should have learned by now. Sometimes, a person – in this case, I’m talking about myself – doesn’t learn until something bad happens. Even my shoulders were sore for the first time in days. Despite it being clear and sunny with no chance of rain, some of the pilgrims were dressed in rain pants and had their backpack covers on. I wasn’t the only one who still had trouble trusting the weather… From Page 187, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Well, this time, it wasn’t the rain and cold that I was worried about. I would really struggle in the afternoon heat.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago just before Ribadiso, 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, Melide to Ribadiso, I left the Galician town of Melide in the middle of a fine spring day. I had just visited the first church that was opened in days and was able to relax in the peaceful setting. After Melide, there was another quiet walk alongside farmland.

path Ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The 40 kilometer bollard, although I would find out later in the day, these weren’t always accurate. The Camino had been changed with various diversions through the years.

40 bollard Ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Approaching the Río Iso and Ribadiso.

Rio Iso Ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


There has been a bridge spanning the river here since the 6th century. If you feel like stopping, a large albergue in Ribadiso awaits you. It may be a more viable choice, especially if you enjoy a quaint and quiet location. Also remember, there is still a climb ahead to Arzúa.

Bridge Rio Iso Ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Looking back at the bridge. Difficult to see from this angle.

Rio Iso Bridge Rio Ribadiso Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


I was exhausted from the climb and stopped at this handy Repsol station for some refreshment and the aforementioned break before moving on to Arzúa.

Repsol Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The entrance to Arzúa looked very modern. Arzúa is known for its cheese, Ulloa. In fact, this particular cheese is DOP (name protected). For more information on Ulloa please check HERE. Every March since 1975, Arzúa has hosted its cheese festival.

Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The Camino had followed a sidewalk along the road through the modern section, but veered off here to the left. Along the Camino, Arzúa didn’t have many buildings and landmarks that looked very old.

road Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 The lineup of pilgrims waiting in the early afternoon. I still had a long walk ahead.

albergue Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


This was a relaxing spot and I took another break. The plaza is one block above the Camino. If you stay on the Camino, you will miss most of the shopping area in Arzúa.

fountain plaza Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Although a church has stood here for centuries, the Iglesia de Santiago was rebuilt in the mid-1950s. This was taken during my Camino Francés…

church plaza Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


and this after the sun was setting during my Camino Del Norte. If you don’t know, the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Francés in Arzúa. I’ll talk about that in upcoming posts.

iglesia santiago Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Taken during a beautiful afternoon in May…

path Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


the same spot, on an early morning in August. The fog would clear later that morning.

del Norte Arzua Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop here on the outskirts of Arzúa. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Arzúa to Salceda, I’ll leave Arzúa and incorporate photos from both of my journeys on the French Way and Camino del Norte. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.

If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, or have ordered it, I really appreciate your support. It’s also out on Kindle and Kobo. My Goodreads and Amazon pages have reviews and more information. Please share this post, and thanks for your time.

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.


11 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ribadiso to Arzúa

  1. Hola! A wonderfully illustrated post taken from the chapter where you thought of writing your book, and yes you “can write good English…” Randall. 😀

    • Hola 🙂 Yes, this was the time when I seriously had ideas about writing the book. I would start writing that evening. Thanks again. 🙂

    • Peter Pfliegel May 10, 2013 at 2:02 am

      Meesh, I totally agree with you and let me add that Randall’s clear and simple style is well understandable for foreign speaking readers, as well. While reading the blog, that’s why I decided to buy and read the book, too.

      • Thanks Peter. My goal was to keep my book easy to read and hopefully, fun to read also 🙂

      • Hi Peter!
        It is a wonderful book, you’re in for a treat… I do not want to spoil anything for you. In the book, you’ll get to see how talented Randall is as a songwriter as well…there’s a lovely sample.

        Nice to meet you Peter!

        • Great for the two of you to meet. Meesh, Peter has already read my book and is getting ready to walk the Camino. Thanks to both of you for your support. It means so much to me 🙂

        • Peter Pfliegel May 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

          Hi Meesh!

          How about your Camino? I start from SJPP on 19th of June.

  2. I will be serving as a Hospitalero in ribadisio ,just to paid the kindness I felt in my camino in 2014. looking forward to it.

  3. Rey Montalbo, Jr. May 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hola! I did the Camino Frances with my son only last April 2016. I find your blog most informative as i try to put together all the pictures i took during our Camino. It not only helps me identify places and structures but, more importantly, your blog helps me reminisce about our experiences and feelings during the walk.


    Rey Montalbo, Jr.

    • Thanks so much, Rey. Although, it’s been a few years since my Frances, I have many photos that I have never posted. Hoping to post more on my blog and finish the Camino del Norte. I’m glad my blog brings back memories for you. Wishing you all the best. Buen Camino 🙂

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