On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Ponte Maceira to Negreira

June 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Well, I had just visited one of my favorite sites along the Camino de Santiago, the village of Ponte Maceira with the ancient bridge over the Río Tambre. If you’re walking, give yourself some time to relax here. There is a café or you can sit at the edge of the river with views of the waterfall upstream. Maybe, you desire a little more tranquility and want to watch the river flow slower on the downstream side as it travels on its own journey toward the Atlantic. Whichever side you choose, you will have a great view of the amazing bridge, certainly a site to remember.

On my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Ponte Maceira, Spain, we walked slowly across the bridge to here. Now, let’s have one last look at the peaceful scene.

rio tambre ponte maceira 14 Camino Finisterre Galicia


Also, one last look at the 13th century bridge. In case you’re wondering, Ponte Maceira translates to Apple Bridge.

rio tambre ponte maceira 15 Camino Finisterre Galicia


Ponte Maceira was very quiet on this early afternoon in spring.

street ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia


An ancient cruceiro in a very green setting.

cruceiro ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia


 Let’s take a left here before…

sign ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia


walking through one of the arches of the bridge, Puente Nuevo.

bridge ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia


 Welcome to Negreira.

sign negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


There wasn’t a lot that looked historically significant early on but the town had some interesting statues.

statue negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


I like this fountain and statue of a woman leading cattle. Too bad my other photo from the front wasn’t clear.

statue negreira 9 Camino Finisterre Galicia


Ahhh… my home for the night. The way the towns and albergues are situated on the Camino Finisterre, a long walk would be required to get to the next one. The first day on the Camino Finisterre is a short one for most pilgrims.

albergue negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


I was off very early the next morning. I couldn’t help wake up with all the noise and one very kind pilgrim, who, I’ll never forget, turned on the lights at 5 AM, without any consideration for others.

downtown negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


As the morning skies glowed above the hill, I saw something enticing ahead.

downtown gate negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


Originally, I thought these were the city gates, but it’s actually a palace, Pazo de Cotón.

gate negreira Pazo de Cotón


I was quite impressed because I had never expected it. I had spent most of the previous afternoon and evening in the town but didn’t walk this far.

walls negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


This is the Capela de San Mauro which is part of the Pazo de Cotón.

Capela San Mauro negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia


This rather sad sculpture shows a man being torn apart from his family as he leaves the town to look for work. It’s too bad I failed to take a photo on the other side of the wall. There, his wife and daughter are also left behind. The globe overhead shows the extent he would travel to provide for his family.

statue negreira 16 Camino Finisterre Galicia


I hope you enjoyed this post as I will stop here, on the edge of Negreira. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Negreira to Cornado, I’ll have a good morning climb as I continued toward Finisterre and the end of the world. 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.


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