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.
Also, one last look at the 13th century bridge. In case you’re wondering, Ponte Maceira translates to Apple Bridge.
Ponte Maceira was very quiet on this early afternoon in spring.
An ancient cruceiro in a very green setting.
Let’s take a left here before…
walking through one of the arches of the bridge, Puente Nuevo.
Welcome to Negreira.
There wasn’t a lot that looked historically significant early on but the town had some interesting statues.
I like this fountain and statue of a woman leading cattle. Too bad my other photo from the front wasn’t clear.
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.
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.
As the morning skies glowed above the hill, I saw something enticing ahead.
Originally, I thought these were the city gates, but it’s actually a palace, 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.
This is the Capela de San Mauro which is part of the Pazo de Cotón.
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.
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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