I would not exaggerate if I say Triacastela to Barbadelo was probably the most enjoyable walk so far on my Camino. Maybe it was because the scenery was astonishing, maybe it was the pleasant weather, maybe it was that because as the road divided in two after Triacastela people were fewer, or maybe my body/mind had already set into the right mode for hours of walking.
Either way, steps were taken with pleasure.
As I mentioned – one is given the chance to choose between two roads – one going through Samos (we’d heard there was a beautiful monastery there – Benedictine Monastery of San Xulian de Samos, from the 6-18 century) and another one passing through San Xil. After having some discussions with other fellow pilgrims on the tough choice ahead of us and arriving at the conclusion that the route through San Xulian was shorter AND more scenic, I think the decision was a taken in a matter of seconds. I am so happy with our choice! Even though we almost missed it in the dark and had to walk back to get on the right track.
The terrain was mainly flat, shade was provided and the views were quite far-reaching and tranquil. There was a gentle mist hovering over the hills and this gave the whole scenery very mystical air. People were very few, so I was spared the competitive spirit I sometimes tended to feel along the way. It’s a pity how some people miss the entire beauty around them and just keep this crazy pace constantly, but everyone knows what’s best for them.
We, on the other had, definitely took our time that day by having breakfast on a stone wall in one of the villages on the way, facing a magnificent view of green hills, meadows and trees. We had bought from Triacastela some bread, meat/cheese slices and jam and soaked in the sun while refueling. Really, I could have a breakfast like this every morning. Just add a cup of coffee
Make sure you continue reading Part 2, as the destination point is worth seeing.