On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ponferrada to Camponaraya

December 10, 2012 — 4 Comments

As I entered the suburb of Columbrianos, I stopped at a church on the hillside overlooking the valley. A large group of cyclists were having a race or a rally, and the parking lot was a rendezvous point. They had a catered dinner on a table set up next to a large van that carried their gear and supplies. For a moment, I thought it was the Tour de France, until I remembered where I was. The other side of the church was far quieter with only two pilgrims having a siesta on a bench. They were trusting, with their belongings spread out around them. One never knows what they may find in a backpack. If someone stole a certain bag from mine, all they would get would be stinky underwear and socks… From Page 154, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Ponferrada Spain, I took you on a pleasant afternoon walk through Ponferrada to the suburb of Compostilla. If you need a break in Ponferrada, I recommend a stop at one of the cafe patios facing the castle before crossing the bridge over the Río Sil. Remember that the larger stores are in the modern part of the city. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. 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).

The  Ermita de Santa Maria de Compostilla in the well manicured town of Compostilla.

Santa Maria de Compostilla, Compostilla, Camino Frances

The Camino was well marked with these colorful concrete bollards.

Waymark, Compostilla, blue, yellow, scallop shell, Camino Frances


I thought this building, perhaps an excellence in architectural design, stuck out like a sore thumb. I really thought it looked like a sore thumb. This was in a neighborhood of mostly two- and three-story homes and businesses.

Building odd shape, Compostilla, Camino Frances


The aforementioned church in Columbrianos. The views of the valley are better on the other side.

Church, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


Quiet streets of Columbrianos in the midafternoon. Columbrianos may have a modern look but it’s actually quite old. Its roots date back to Roman times.

Quiet Road, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


The Ermita de San Blas is on the former site of a pilgrims hospice. The focal point for me was the colorful mural. Let’s take a closer look.

Ermita de San Blas, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


 St. James himself.

Ermita de San Blas, Mural, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


 Looking back to the Ermita.

Ermita de San Blas, Front, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


Nestled in a rural area with mostly large homes, and plots of land is the village of Fuentes Nuveus.

Crucerio Fuentes Nuveus, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


 The Ermita Santo Cristo de Fuentes Nuveus.

Ermita, Columbrianos, Spain, Camino Frances


The church in Camponaraya had stork nests on every available spot of the bell gable.

Church, Storks and Nests, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


This street had the tops of most power poles adorned with a nest and a stork. These nests were huge, and I stopped and watched the storks who stood on guard.

Stork, Nests, street, houses, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


 The White Stork of Spain.

White Stork, Spain, Columbrianos, Camino Frances


More quite streets of Camponaraya during siesta in the midafternoon.

Downtown Camponaraya, Spain, Camino Frances

As you can tell, the terrain from Compostilla to Camponaraya was fairly flat which made for easy walking. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Camponaraya to The Vineyards and Cacabelos, I’ll stop by some modern sculptures in Camponaraya, before walking to the hills with flowers and scenic vineyards, as I take you closer to the mountains and Galicia. 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, Ponferrada to Camponaraya

  1. Lovely pictures. I really enjoyed walking this way…and in Columbrianos,there is the park with the carved elm tree, that I found fascinating. Thanks for the pictures and the memories.

    • Thanks Jane. Glad you enjoyed the photos. There is so much to see on the Camino. We all could walk the same stretch, and have different memories and stories to tell 🙂

  2. What a memories!! No to long ago my husband and I walked the same camino, it took us 32 days.
    we were over 60 years and age counts… You send us back to all those incredibles days. There is not a day that passes by without thinking… How wonderful and what a nice experience that was.

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