Camino Day 11 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

There was some walking along the road (not my piece of cake for sure) but this time there was a sidewalk (on both sides!), so I didn’t mind. I was looking forward to the rapid climb I noticed on the map. It was so good not knowing what to expect the previous days. The pleasure of ignorance. :) Now, however, I was perfectly aware that it was 2 km at least and the thought was not really comforting.

We saw the guy on the horse again. He is taking it slowly, isn’t he? I would expect him to be twice as quick as we were, but instead he was moving roughly at our pace. The horse was not thrilled with the climb, either, I am almost sure of that.

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Right after we finished climbing and were out of the forest and into a village it started raining. This were the very first raindrops on our Camino and I gladly welcomed them. September had been really kind to us in this respect. I was prepared for some heavy rain, especially in Galicia (got my shoes with Goratex membrane, rain jacket, rain cover for my backpack) so I was glad I had the chance to finally test them. The test was very limited in time because a few minutes later we were done with the rain.

But it was fantastic – the rain, the evaporation, the quiet green village, the gloomy sky and the atmosphere which was so calm.

Rain on the Camino

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

Santiago to Negreira

After a while we reached Ponte Maceira. One of the most tranquil, picturesque and beautiful sceneries was there in front of us – the medieval bridge, the river, the generosity of nature, the stillness, the country mansions with ivy, in fact, everything. I felt as I was a character in a fairy tale. Truly amazing place.

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Just a note that there is a cafe just before you walk over the bridge.

Ponte Maceira

Ponte Maceira

Not long afterwards and we were in Negreira. The town was not special in terms of historical buildings, but on the other hand it had lots of supermercados and all sorts of shops and some interesting monuments. Like the one you will see below of a family, separated by the fact the man is leaving them, moving to the town (I guess) to earn a living. It was so sad, with the mother and child desperately clinging to him, not wanting to let him go.

Also there were a number of albergues. We chose to stay at El Carmen albergue. Less than half of the beds in our room were occupied so quite comfortable, lots of space, clean and the restaurant and separate bar which were below were fantastic.

Negreira

Negreira

Albergue El Carmen

Negreira

Chilling at the albergue

Negreira

 

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