Camino Frances – Sarria to Santiago
Peacefully walk in lovely oak tree shade and quaint villages for most of today’s journey. The Romanesque Church of Santiago de Barbadelo is a picturesque stop. Cross the río Miño just as you enter the final stop for the day – Pontomarín.
Take a woodland stroll today through six river valleys which make the path pleasant despite several intersections with the N-547. Witness the beauty of the Romanesque 13th-century Santa Maria church and its carved stone “Mary with the Jesus child” in the recessed area over the entrance. The halfway point of Melide is a great spot to try the famous octopus dish pulpo Gallega. You will also cross several medieval bridges and the Church of San Pedro and San Roque which is said to have the oldest stone cross in Galicia – the 14th-century Crucero do Melide – Christ in Majesty.
Our path is riddled with short, but steep ascents and descents today. Your way becomes more populated as the Camino del Norte joins the Francés today. If you are so inclined visit the “wall of wisdom” in Taberna Velha filled with traveler’s quotes and advice for The Way. As you skirt around the Alto de Santa Irene take a moment to enjoy the church with the same namesake and unique statues of Santiago.
You have nearly made it! This stage of the journey is exciting because of its end, but there is also much to see along the way. The day begins in a dense eucalyptus forest. As you skirt around the Lavacolla international airport, you will notice the contrast between that and the history of Lavacolla as the place where medieval pilgrims used to bathe for purification before entering Santiago. Climb your way up the Monte del Gozo for a glimpse of your goal – the Cathedral of Santago! Descend to the city and get ready to soak in all that comes with a goal achieved and a spiritual destination reached.
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