On The Camino de Santiago In Spain, Foncebadón To Manjarín

November 6, 2012 — 4 Comments

“After I crossed the road, there was a gentle climb to the village of Foncebadón. I looked up the main street and saw that half of the homes were in ruins, far worse than the previous villages. Foncebadón was once a thriving village, important during Roman times when they built a road for moving goods and travelers through the mountain pass…” From page 145, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. If you have my book, I’m in the chapter, Day 14: Who Else Would I Dream About? 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). I left my last post, On The Camino de Santiago In Spain, Rabanal del Camino To Foncebadón, as I approached Foncebadón. I walked to the main street and didn’t see a soul.

Main Street, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances

This sign provided a history of Foncebadón in Spanish. I’ll post a larger size photo on my Facebook page.

Sign, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


The ruins here were much more advanced than the earlier villages.

Ruins, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


This is the Cruz de Foncebadón. I wrote on page 145, “A sign stated not to place stones beneath the cross, and there were none.”

Cruz de Foncebadón Closeup, Spain, Camino Frances


Looking toward the ruins of the Church of San Salvador, which originated in 1103.

Church Ruins, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


As I passed this wooden cross, I glanced ahead at the ridge I had to cross.

Wooden Cross, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


 The ruins of the Hospital de San Juan.

Hospital de San Juan Ruins, Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


  More snow fell as I made the gentle climb.

Leaving Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


Wet path, West of Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


I actually thought this church, Ermita de Santiago, was much older. In fact, it was built in 1982.

Ermita de Santiago, West of Foncebadón, Spain, Camino Frances


A popular site for photos, this was La Cruz de Ferro, the highest point along the French Way. By now, the snow was wet and sloppy, falling in giant flakes. I felt a spot where water seeped through my rain gear, and worst of all, my feet were wet for the first time on the Camino. As I wrote on page 146, “… I couldn’t even share my misery with anyone because, once again, I was the only one walking. I hadn’t seen another pilgrim since Foncebadón.”

Cruz de Ferro, Spain, Camino Frances


A small section of the path was being worked on. It was in a convenient location, close to the road.

Construction near Cruz de Ferro, Spain, Camino Frances

Construction, west of Cruz de Ferro, Spain, Camino Frances


 The work stopped soon after, leaving another wet and muddy mess to walk through.

Cross, west of Cruz de Ferro, Spain, Camino Frances


Wet path, east of Manjarín, Spain, Camino Frances

I will leave this post near the village of Manjarín. If I thought the conditions of the track were bad here, they would soon get far worse. I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago In Manjarín Spain, although I was wet and cold, I would take my time in Manjarín. It was a haunting sight on this gloomy day. 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 de Santiago In Spain, Foncebadón To Manjarín

  1. Interesting passage here Randall! It sure looks like the village has its own story and was abandoned.

    I actually love ruins. I can only imagine what happened and what people face or went through!

    I look at the pictures and feel as if I’m transported there immediately 😉

  2. Thanks Karla. It was a haunting sight on a gloomy day. If you read my next post, a comment was left by someone who has ties to the next village, Manjarín. Very interesting! I had the same thought as you did.
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. As I write my sister and husband are walking the Camino. I have been reading two or three blogs per day and feel like I am joining them. Thank you, the pictures are awesome.

    • Thanks for visiting my blog, Nicole. I just took these with my little camera, but I wanted the viewer here to feel like they are joining me. I wish your sister and husband a most pleasant journey 🙂

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