From the forest, I emerged into a vast vineyard, one of many in the area. A sign in Spanish had been erected by the winery, and I understood that Cabernet Franc was grown here. After a short climb, I came across one of my favorite sites along the entire Camino. A white split-level house stood above the hillside at the end of a magnificent vineyard. Three giant trees, which resembled cypress, towered over the house and provided shade. That was one place I could have stayed a while – somewhere I could be creative… From Page 157, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, that home and vineyard were among my favorite views along the Camino Francés. We’ll get there soon.
Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago, starting in Cacabelos, Castilla y León. 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 Cacabelos Spain, I focused only on the town of Cacabelos, and now it’s time to continue through the Bierzo Valley.
From Cacabelos, the Camino followed the shoulder of the highway. Please be careful not to get hit by cars along this stretch. Here is another vast vineyard, at least a kilometer long.
The village of Pieros was extremely quiet, and if you need a break, this was a pleasant spot.
This option is just after Pieros. I took the route on the right toward the village of Valtuille de Arriba.
Just north of Pieros was the Church of San Martin de Tours, established in the 11th century.
The Camino followed the highway for a short period and then veered off into a beautiful vineyard. Here, I’m looking back toward Pieros and Cacabelos with the church on the left.
This vineyard was memorable, not only for the vastness, but the brownish-red soil that looked so rich.
In front of a home in Valtuille de Arriba, this Camino tile shows the way. If you’re interested, these tiles are available for purchase in Santiago de Compostela.
The quiet streets of Valtuille de Arriba in the late afternoon.
I found it interesting to see this aqueduct running through the center of the village.
The peaceful walk along this road led out of Valtuille de Arriba to…
another beautiful vineyard. I certainly didn’t want to get caught in the storm brewing in the south.
Here is the aforementioned home. This is truly one of my favorite views along the entire French Way. I could imagine myself spending a few weeks here. It looks like such a relaxing spot.
Another look at the storm in the south which was intensifying.
A nearby sign stated that the traditional grapes in this area were Mencia and Godello, but the winery also planted new varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, and Tempranillo.
Near Villafranca Del Bierzo, this mural welcomed you into the town.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Every time I see that house on the hill, it brings back fond memories from my time on the French Way. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Villafranca Del Bierzo Spain, I’ll focus only on the ancient town of Villafranca Del Bierzo, before climbing the mountains toward a land I had heard so much about. Galicia. Please join me.
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