On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Samos to Gorolfe

March 19, 2013 — 8 Comments

A covered plaza facing the monastery would be my sanctuary from the storm. As I waited for the rain to let up, I talked with a very attractive French woman, about my age, who I watched somewhat sexually nibble on an empanada while looking into my eyes. She insisted I try it – I mean the empanada – but I declined, stating that I wasn’t hungry. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to at least get to know someone a little before I try their empanada… From Page 169, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Okay, that’s enough of that! Let get back to the Camino de Santiago.

Now I’ll continue my journey on the French Way of the Camino de Santiago in Samos, Galicia. I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Cristobo to Samos, overlooking the magnificent Benedictine Monastery of San Xulián de Samos which was founded in the 6th century. After I descended the hill, I arrived at the bridge over the Río Oribio facing the monastery, just as the rain began to pour.


river, clouds, Oribio Samos Monastery, Camino frances, trees, railing, scallop


This is the monastery with the entrance on the right. I was very unlucky with my timing. Admission was only permitted with a guided tour that I had just missed. I made a tough decision and decided not to wait until the next one, which was over an hour later.

Samos Monastery, stone, grass, entrance, statues, pilgrims Camino frances


I walked around the grounds as much as I was allowed. This is the view with the gardens in the foreground.

 Camino Frances, clouds, stone, trees


Another magical scene: This bridge over the Oribio was one of my favorites.

Bridge Oribio Samos  Camino de Santiago, rain, water, trees, grass, flowers


 The church and quiet downtown on a soggy day.

Church Samos, tower, Bell, Camino Frances, downtown, street


Along the highway as I exited Samos: This pilgrim family were the only others I saw walking.

Pilgrim Monument, Camino Frances, River, bridge, family, flowers


 The Camino followed the highway along the adjacent path. It was probably one of the most scenic walks along any highway on the Camino Francés.

Highway Samos, trees, past, sign, Camino Frances


As the sun peaked through the clouds, there were some fantastic views along the Río Oribio.

Bridge Samos, River, trees, grass, Camino  Frances


Farms and homes were across the bridges.

Bridge Surface, path, trees, River, Camino Frances, road


Waterfall Samos, River, Camino Frances


This was a little mesmerizing: I stopped and watched this scene for a while. I would have really liked to check out this home. I couldn’t imagine living here with the river constantly flowing underneath.

Home River Samos, trees, Camino Frances, grass, bridge


Numerous bridges created their own magical scenes.

Bridge River Samos Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


After 2 kilometers along the highway, the Camino veered onto a country path and for the next six kilometers, it was pure Galicia—farmland, cattle, hamlets and tiny farming communities, lush greenery, and the classic Galician track. As you can tell, it got a little muddy during the wet Spanish springtime. This was among the worst spots along the entire Camino Francés.

Mud Samos Gorolfe, trees, path, track, Camino de Santiago


More Mud Samos Gorolfe, track, Camino de Santiago


I despised walking through the mud. And some people wondered why I wore gaiters when there wasn’t any snow.

Mud boots Gorolfe, Camino Frances

I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop somewhere near the hamlet of Gorolfe. Although I complained about the mud, without a doubt, this was one of the most scenic stretches along the French Way. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Gorolfe to Sarria, I’ll bring you more peaceful scenes as I descended through the Oribio Valley to Sarria. 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.


8 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Samos to Gorolfe

  1. Wow these pictures look really great, and it is still so green, is that normal on Samos

  2. Hi Samos 😉 This area was so green because not only it was the spring time, it was during a very wet period. As I mentioned in my book and on this blog, there was one word to summarize this part of Galicia:
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Dr Sadia Rashid July 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Higjly picturesque….loved the blazing green colour lusciously sprinkled by nature…the bridge is haunting me….amazing description and pics

    • This part of my journey was very lush. The rain sure helped too. Walking through Galicia was magical, so peaceful much of the time. You’re right. The bridge is very haunting, especially in that weather. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience. Someday I hope to walk those paths too. Blessings!

  5. What a wonderful journey very inspiring and magnificent.It reminds me during my younger years.Walking barefooted into a mud specially rainy seasons i haven’t choice no vehicles can pass only walking just to reach in school i did it daily till i finished my primary to secondary.Thanks for sharing your experience Sir Randall more power to you and God bless!

    • You’re welcome, Bebelyn. This was a very special journey and I’m happy to share it here and in my book. Love your story too. Thanks for visiting my page and all the best 🙂

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