On The Camino Finisterre in Ponte Maceira, Spain

June 15, 2013 — 12 Comments

Sometimes, it’s best not to know what’s ahead of you. The memory of coming across an unexpected beautiful, tranquil scene will last a lifetime. Without a doubt, the highlight for me between Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre on the Camino Finisterre was the sleepy hamlet of Ponte Maceira in the parish of Portor. The scene was so enchanting that I took many photos, enough to warrant a post on its own.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Carballal to Ponte Maceira, just as I had arrived here, overlooking the bridge and the Río Tambre in Ponte Maceira.

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I loved everything about this setting. The pazos or country mansions along the shore and of course, the waterfall. This is looking upstream.

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 A glance at the town hall or ayuntamiento just before we step onto…

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the amazing 13th century bridge. The history in this area dates to Roman times. This bridge was actually built on top of Roman foundations.

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A home across from the town hall, situated on the edge of the…

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Let’s take a few looks downstream…

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Looking back upstream to the shore with the the pazos proudly overlooking the Río Tambre and valley.

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I have mentioned it many times: I felt so fortunate to walk along these ancient bridges.

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The walkway toward the pazos on the hill.

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 One last look at the waterfall.

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A closer look at the magnificent bridge and its five main arches.

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Ponte Maceira has always had an importance to the Camino on the way to Finisterre. Millions of pilgrims have crossed over this very bridge. It’s an area rich with history of battles dating back to Roman times and legends that have accompanied them. I hope you enjoyed this post.

On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Ponte Maceira to Negreira, I’ll continue through Ponte Maceira on my way toward the town of Negreira. 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.


12 responses to On The Camino Finisterre in Ponte Maceira, Spain

  1. Darlene Foster June 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Amazing pictures! I love old bridges too. You think about how many others have crossed them over the centuries. Your posts are so inspiring.

  2. Wonderful scenery, it really deserved a separate post! In my childhood we laid on our back into such “waterfalls” (Czechs have separate word for these shallow flows), letting flow the water upon our shoulders.
    The flat stones beneath were lukewarm from the sun, that was a joy! 🙂

    • Thanks Peter. If you leave Santiago early in the morning, Ponte Maceira is a great spot for lunch, especially on a sunny day. Thanks for sharing your story too. Pleasant memories 🙂

  3. Randall, tomorrow I leave early in the morning (in your timezone today already). Besides yours, I have many other blogs (some also with photos) with me on my very smart phone :-). But I think, I will go my way, as you and every other pilgrim and won´t look to much at stored images if I can see from now everything in reality. Thank you for book, for your letters and advices. Wishing you many readers,

    Buen Camino, pepe.

    • Peter, thank you very much. You are right. It’s time to find your own way and discover the Camino now for yourself. Wishing you a safe and most pleasant journey. Buen Camino, my friend 🙂

  4. Wow It look like you go back in time but so nice The scenery is so spectacular .. You are a very nice man thank a lot for sharing your pictures and your thoughts
    Have a great day

  5. Randall thank you so much for your posts I really enjoy reading on your blog and the pictures are awesome. Great job, thanks again. John.

  6. Hi Randall, your pictures are beautiful! My friend and I about 60km from Santiago now, and your posts are getting me excited about our final few days to Finisterre. I have a wuick question- I’ve been hearing talk of a hostel or small albergue in Ponte Maceira, but I can’t seem to find definite information about it. Did you happen to see any type of accommodation there when you walked through?

    • Hi Lauren. Sorry for the late reply. I’m sure you’re in Santiago now. I don’t remember an albergue in Ponte Maceira, but there is supposedly one there now. There are a few tiny places to stay on your first 2 days on the Camino Finisterre that are not in most lists. If you are in Santiago, try stopping by the Galician Tourist Center in the old city. They may be able to give you current information. All the best to you and your friend. Buen Camino 🙂

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