On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Carballal to Ponte Maceira

June 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

You will find out very quickly that the Camino Finisterre is much different than the last few days on the Camino Francés, The French Way, of the Camino de Santiago. There are definitely less crowds which makes the route a lot more peaceful, in my opinion. If you like walking through laid-back communities, eucalyptus forests, and eventually, along the sea, then you would absolutely love the Camino Finisterre.

On my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Santiago de Compostela to Carballal, I started my journey on the Camino Finisterre in the middle of the Praza do Obradoiro, in front of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. I left Santiago de Compostela on a brilliant morning in mid-May. Now, let’s resume our journey as I arrived to the small community of Carballal before noon.

A field of lupines under sunny skies. What a pleasant way to begin a new post!

Lupines carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


 This hórreo was obviously not the oldest that I saw but it was one of the longest.

Hórreo carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


A little bit more eucalyptus forest before emerging to the road and…

eucalyptus forest carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


 Carballal. From here, you can see many small communities ahead.

carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia



home carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


The village of Puente is a few kilometers farther along. It is aptly named for the old stone bridge that you see here. Sorry about my photos.

bridge puente carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


 The small river is the Roxos.

bridge puente Camino Finisterre Galicia


I really liked this view with the moss and grasses growing in between the stones. These are the quiet moments on the Camino Finisterre that I enjoyed. Here’s another…

bridge puente 8 carballal Camino Finisterre Galicia


Back along the road, mixed between gravel and pavement. I wasn’t alone; there were other pilgrims enjoying themselves.

path puente Camino Finisterre Galicia



pilgrim road puente Camino Finisterre Galicia


 Remember, the rays of the scallop shell point the way to Finisterre.

bollard carballo Camino Finisterre Galicia


It was sometimes difficult to tell which community I was in. I believe this was Trasmonte.

road carballo Camino Finisterre Galicia


 Not an ancient cruceiro, but definitely an attractive setting for a memorial.

cruceiro carballo Camino Finisterre Galicia



farmland village carballo Camino Finisterre Galicia


I have to be honest. I had never heard of Ponte Maceira before. As I approached this spot, I was definitely impressed.

ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia


I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop overlooking the bridge and Río Tambre at Ponte Maceira. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Ponte Maceira, Spain, I’ll spend some time in this scenic, peaceful place that I never knew existed. 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.


4 responses to On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Carballal to Ponte Maceira

  1. Peter Pfliegel June 13, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I have to save time for Camino Finisterre by all means! Very nice and by 90 percent less pilgrims :D. I knew about Ponte Maceira since earlier it was marked by a geocache. Don’t know why it was archived, probably the owner couldn’t maintain it.
    Yes, and I will remember the direction of scalop rays 🙂

  2. Forrest Walker June 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I am enjoying your pilgrimage. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Peter, nice to see your photo now. Ponte Maceira will be a post all by itself. I took many photos of the scenic location. I’m sure you like it there. It would be a great place for lunch 🙂

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