On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Cristobo to Samos

March 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

 A picturesque river with a short waterfall across the entire width ran next to the homes. At the edge of the hamlet, an abandoned stone house looked enticing. I went inside and joined a man and woman peering from the glass-less window. In the middle of a grazing field, a small waterfall appeared—seemingly by magic – and the three of us watched the amazing sight. I’m sure there was a simple explanation for why it was there, but I didn’t try to figure it out… From Page 169, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Truly, for me, this was one of the most magical and peaceful spots on the Camino. We’ll get there very soon.

Now I’ll continue my journey on the French Way of the Camino de Santiago in the ancient hamlet of San Cristobo, Galicia. I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Triacastela to San Cristobo, just as I was about to walk through a giant patch of mud on a classic Galician track. Thankfully, the walking was much more enjoyable as I climbed.

Path, trees, Galician track, Camino de Santiago



The aforementioned scene was so peaceful. Let’s take a closer look at the waterfall…

 Farmland, Waterfall San Cristobo, Camino Frances, grass, hill



As I wrote in my book, I didn’t try to figure out how this waterfall appeared.

Waterfall San Cristobo, Camino Frances, farmland



Typical in many of the hamlets of Galicia, these homes were made of stone. I admired how this tree or vine reached between the houses. This was in Renche.

Home Renche, Camino Frances, vines, stone, trees



The churches were small but almost every hamlet had one. Renche was a prosperous community at one time, not only from the area’s rich agriculture, but from an iron foundry that once operated here.

Iglesia, Renche, Camino Frances, gate, grass, trees



 I would have loved to see these vines in bloom.

Home Vines Lastres, Camino Frances, stone, street



The whitewashed church in Lastres. None of the churches along this stretch of the Camino were opened when I walked by.

Church Lastres, Galicia, Camino Frances, Gable, Bell, tower, trees



 Lush farmland of Galicia. Watching cattle…

Cattle, Camino Frances, Jersey, stone, house, farmland



 and this little waterfall.

Waterfall Farmland, River, Camino Frances, grass, trees



 The church in San Martino.

Church San Martino Galicia, Camino Frances, stone wall, clouds, trees



 Soon after, I arrived here…

Samos Galicia Spain, Camino Frances, trees, sign on



overlooking the Benedictine monastery of San Xulián de Samos.

Samos Monastery Galicia, Camino Frances, farmland, trees
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop above Samos with a view pilgrims have marvelled at for centuries. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Samos to Gorolfe, I’ll take you into the Galician town of Samos. 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, San Cristobo to Samos

  1. Peter Pfliegel March 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Before reading this post, I planned to take the shorter (Northern) route towards Sarría since the pathway/senda ratio here is considerably higher than on route via Samos. But your photos are getting to convice me that maybe it would be worth to go Samos. My final decision depends on what will show the posts about Samos and that of the rest of the way to Sarría. Thank you for all photos, Randall, they are often much more talkative than a verbal description.

    • Peter, although I have not walked the shorter route, from what I understand, this is the better way to go. Honestly, it was one of the best walks on any of the Camino’s that I’ve been on. The only drawback was the mud, but that is part of the journey, right? I’ll try to get two more posts out for you next week.

  2. The waterfalls were fascinating. Quite unusual as they appeared to have no beginning or end due to the lush grasses. Were the fields moist – like rice fields? Lovely post.

    • Thanks Marie. The farmland itself was a mix of grasses and was very lush with the abundant rainfall, especially prior to and during my walk. I have never heard anyone else mention the little waterfall but I’m sure many have watched it from the same spot. You would have found this area very peaceful. I’m sure you could have found many subjects to paint. You’ll enjoy some of the photos in my upcoming posts too.

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