(Continued from Day 6 – part 1)
Unlike most pilgrims, we did not stay in Sarria. The distance was very small (only 18 km) and also we preferred to relax in small villages and appreciate the rural atmosphere. It is worth mentioning that many people with limited time start exactly at Sarria as it ensures the minimum of 100 km. you need in order to receive your Compostela (the certificate you earn after completing the way) at Santiago. We desperately wanted to miss all the hustle and bustle in the morning.
So, generally, we passed through the town (lots and lots of nice looking albergues), visited the Church of Santa Marina, and headed towards Barbadelo. At the end of Sarria is Albergue Monasterio de La Magdalena. I would have been very glad if we could stay there for the night, however, our schedule did not allow any delays if we wanted to reach Finisterre.
The part from Sarria to Barbadelo is only about 4 km and with the exception of a very rapid descent right after Sarria, presents a gradual ascent through Galician woodland and farmland. Not many pilgrims decided to continue after Sarria, so the walk was very quiet and pleasing. Before we realized it, we’d reached Barbadelo.
The albergue we choose (not that there is a great choice – Barbadelo offers 2 albergues) was Casa Barbadelo (9 Eur/night). I instantly fell in love with this place! I just don’t know where to begin with, describing its assets. The location was excellent – on the right side of a narrow road with very limited traffic. Pilgrims were coming this way, so after we had a shower we just sat in the sun and wished “Buen Camino” to people passing by. We actually did that sitting in front of our room (they were divided in several small buildings in the complex). The room itself was for 8 people and had its own WC and 2 bathrooms. It was very clean and stylish (I did not imagine I would use that word to describe an albergue) and it also had enormous windows ( ceiling to floor) overlooking the meadows outside with cows peacefully grazing grass. There was a great green inner yard, where the restaurant was located as well and speaking of the restaurant, I just have to point out that the waiter was spotless. The service was really high-level and the food was absolutely savory. I highly recommend the place. It felt so good to be there.