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    Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela 11k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    The restaurant at A Concha opens early for breakfast so we took advantage of this before continuing on the ”Way” on our last days walking – in many ways I was pleased that this was the last day as my knee was becoming increasingly painful and therefore I was looking forwards to reaching my goal and then having the opportunity to rest up for a couple of days before heading home to Cumbria – Yet, I was still sad that the journey was coming to an end. – So we set off on the last 11k to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the route was mainly on quiet roads, first up past some TV masts, then down past san Marcos to Monte de Gozo - We had a quick coffee here at a kiosk before heading downhill and crossing the M-Way and RENFE railway lines and into the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, then eventually into the older part of the city where we stopped in the amusingly named “Bar O Tranquilo” (With scores of Pilgrims Rushing By) for a coffee, here I texted Freddy and Sabine as who had said that they would like to meet us with Andrea at The cathedral as we walked it to welcome us – I thought that this was very good of them as well as being a very nice idea. We then walked on and were approaching the cathedral when I first saw Andrea and after we both had a great welcome from her we walked around the corner onto the square in front of the cathedral and found Freddy and Sabine waiting for us with another Wonderful Welcome.
    My Main Emotion was Relief – Realistically, I doubt if I could have walked for another single day, my knee was in a Really Bad Shape, but it had got me there, 1550 kilometres and 10 weeks All the way from my home in Cumbria to Santiago de Compostela in pain :-)

    Our ���Group��� at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Route after Lavacolla Lots of Peregrino���s heading for Santiago Monte de Gozo Ceremonial washing of feet entering Santiago
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    Salceda to Lavacolla – Approx 18k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    We were offered breakfast for 5e so happily took this, Toast and jam with ample coffee – then the Hotel / Albergue owner directed us out of the back where there was a very minor road and told us to walk along it for a short while as it intersected the official route – soon we were back on the “Way” and passed through O Xen, Ras, A Brea, Rabina, O Empalme, Santa Irene (this was one of the first places that we really recognised, there is a small Refugio next to the road in Santa Irene and we both remembered passing this 13 years before) A Rua and then bypassed the centre of O Pedrouzo by going around the rear of it, but luckily finding a bar on the western side of town where we stopped for a coffee. we were then routed through some nice woodland before entering some more open countryside and passing through Santo Anton before arriving at Amenal where there is a useful (But Expensive) bar and nearby hotel, we stopped here for lunch before continuing uphill before walking along the edge of Santiago Airport. We then undulated our way through Balizas and San Paio before entering Lavacolla. We had seen an advert for “The Hostal A Concha” so went to check it out and were offered a small but adequate twin bedded en-suite room for a very reasonable 30e which we gratefully accepted. After showering we went out to the bar to the left of the steps past the church where we had a nice meal, friendly service and fair prices. There were a few other Perigrino’s in the same bar so we had a good “Crack”, and a couple of drinks before returning to the Hostal and bed

    En-Route near O Pedrouzo ���Farming in Galicia��� ���  The Good Old Days Fuente near Santa Irene Nice little church
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    Vilanova (Boimorte) to Salceda - Approx 24k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    After leaving the Refugio, we took our breakfast at the Cafe Bar Villanova before continuing on the route, back through the centre of Boimorte before being directed onto a minor road that undulated fairly gently and passed through Pineiro, then Vilar and Casaldoeiro before eventually dropping into Arzua. We stopped off at a bar for a coffee and a snack before hitting “The Camino Frances” – Neither Stevie or I were looking forwards to the last 40K into Santiago de Compostela as The Camino Francs is the Most Popular Camino and therefore it can be very crowded – Already there was a large queue outside the Refugio in Arzua and it had only just turned 1pm !! – But as we had no intention of staying here we kept on,on a pleasant path that undulated through nice Galician countryside passing through A Barrosas, Preguntono, A Peroxa, Taberna Vella and then Calzada where we found a new bar that had just opened the week before – It was crowded but there were still a couple of seats available so we stopped for a coffee before continuing on through Calle and Boavista to Salceda. We had found out that there are two private Albergue’s in Salceda, one just off the rote before entering the town, and one near the centre of town, so as it was getting towards late afternoon, we decided that there was a better chance of finding a bed in the one off the route, So we didn’t go into the centre of town, but instead turned left and crossed the main road onto a lane opposite and followed that for a short distance to “The O Pendello” which is a hotel with attached 8 bedded Private Albergue. The Albergue was already full, but we were offered a decent twin bedded en-suite room for 40e which we gratefully took (Within ½ an hour of us arriving the hotel was full) After showering and then sitting out in the nice garden, we went into the restaurant and had good 10e Menu washed down with some good local wine. Then were soon in bed and asleep !!

    Joining The Camino Frances at Arzua Small Church en-route to Arzua En-route to Salceda
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    Sobrado de los Monjes to Vilanova (Boimorte) - 12k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    The bar opposite the monastery entrance opens early for breakfast, so we took advantage of this before leaving town, first to Vilarchao on minor roads, then on pleasant slightly undulating tracks which turn into a minor road just before reaching the hamlet of La Iglesia before meandering through another tiny village, Madelos where we turned left onto another track that brought us out onto quite a major road, here we turned right and followed the road (Sometimes on a good path on the side of the road) and eventually entered the village of Corredoiras where there are two bars next to the busy crossroads. We popped into the first one for a coffee. we then crossed the crossroads and continued along the same road for a short distance before being directed right onto a minor road (The main road has been improved and now swings left and the minor road we were now on was in fact the old road, but now practically traffic free) We rejoined the new road on the outskirts of Boimorto and soon so the sign directing us to the right down a short track to the new Refugio. There was one Perigrino waiting for it to open, so I sat with him and looked after the bags while Stevie went to check out what facilities were available – Two more Perigrino’s arrived and one phoned the telephone number on the door and the Hospitalario soon arrived and checked us in. This Refugio really is magnificent, approximately 34 beds, mainly in spacious 8 bedded dorms, excellent hot showers, large and well equipped kitchen, large comfortable sitting area and set in a nice green area with a small lake. After showering we walked the kilometres or so into the centre of Boimorte and went to The Bar Bobby (Which had a card displayed on the Refugio Notice Board) where we had a late lunch of Hamburger and Chips (Very tasty and highly recommended) and a couple of beers before returning to the Refugio for a siesta. Later in the evening we walked the short distance to the Cafe Bar Villanova for a very light dinner before returning again to the Refugio for an early night.

    The route before La Iglesia Looking back on Sobrado de los Monjes Nicely decorated way-marker
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    Miraz to Sobrado de los Monjes – Approx 24k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    Breakfast is provided by the Hospitalario’s at the Refugio, it is available from around 06.30, so before leaving we took advantage of this, Bread, butter and jam washed down with ample coffee. The we continued on the “Way”, First on a very minor road to Laxes where soon after we took a left turn onto a beautiful track through some very wild country (This section we passed over the highest point of the Camino in Norte) we passed Casa Brana and from there undulates and passes through the small village of Roxica where we found a new Cafe / Bar with an attached private Albergue (8 beds and 8e per night with food available in the bar) – We had a Coffee before continuing on a very minor Cabana, her we climbed again on another very minor road towards Travesas do Ledro – Here we opted to follow the alternative rout as mentioned in the CSJ guidebook, turning left downhill at the 76,051 Marker, then after some farm buildings onto a track that swings to then right and climbs steeply uphill, at the top of this we turned right again and went through a makeshift wire gate and into some woodland , there was a crossroads here and we weren’t 100% sure of which way to go so we kept straight on and came out on another very minor road (We later discovered that this was the road to the mast on the summit of Alto dos Moscos (Elevation approx 800m)– If we had turned left here the summit was about 500m away) – Here we turned right and were soon out of the woods with magnificent views of rolling Galician Countryside ahead, we descended slowly and past through the small village of Montegudo where the road gets a a little wider, but it still very quiet, after a short while we came to a T junction and turned right and were soon in Vilarino. There are 2 bars here, we chose the first one on the left and stopped for a late lunch, Hot Bocadillos and we were well ready for them. After lunch we continued, turning right and soon onto a very peasant track that undulates before finally dropping towards Sobrado de los Monjes. Before entering the town the track goes past a beautiful lake (Laguna) after going past the lake, we came out onto a road and entered the town, stopping at a useful bar on the left for a cold drink before continuing on, then we were directed left onto a minor road onto a minor road and the monastery came into view. we walked past the side of the monastery and then down some steps into the centre of town – Here we turned left again, under an large archway which is the main entrance to the monastery and into the monastery shop which also acts as reception for the Refugio (Run by the monks of san Bernardo and located inside the monastery) where we paid for the Refugio and got our cello’s before selecting our beds and going for a Very HOT shower. We then had a look around the magnificent monastery before heading out into Sobrado de los Monjes for a drink followed by a substantial and very tasty 10e Menu de Perigrino at the Lodeiro – This is just to the left of the monastery entrance and I highly recommend it. After dinner we finished the excellent wine that came with the food and headed back to the Refugio to sleep.

    Stevie climbs steeply uphill on the shortcut The route after Casa Brana Rob near the Alto dos Moscos The route after Vilarino The Laguna approaching Sobrado de los Monjes
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    Baamonde to Miraz – Approx 15k

    by into-thin-air Updated Jul 14, 2014

    We took our breakfast at the bar next door to the Refugio before heading off, the first 3k were on the quiet N-V1, then at the 100k marker we turned left onto a nice track that first crosses the RENFE railway line, then a small river on a magnificent old bridge, The “Puente de San Alberte”, then slightly uphill past The church of San Alberte, then it undulates through woodland to the village of Toar where the track becomes a minor road. from there the “Way” continues on a mixture of minor roads and good tracks to Raposerio, from here we continued , again on a mixture of tracks and minor roads, at the 93.400k marker we saw a sign for a new bar down a minor road to the right, so as we were ready for a coffee we went down it and soon found “Bar Witercus” which was delightful (There is a small private Albergue under construction next to the bar and it will make a delightful place to stay once open – food also available at the bar as well as free internet access) We then retraced our steps back onto the route and continued on a minor road to Seixon de Abaixo, then on towards Miraz – There was another bar on a road junction about 2k before Miraz, so we had a second coffee there before heading directly to The Refugio at Miraz – There was already about 8 Perigrino’s waiting for it to open, so as this is a very popular Refugio and only has 24 beds, we joined the queue. Miraz Refugio is operated by The Confraternity of Saint James so I was looking forwards to having a talk with the Hospitalario’s as I am also an Honorary Member of the CSJ. We checked in and as there was a queue for the shower and we hadn’t had our lunch, Stevie and I headed to the bar in the village for a hearty bocadillo – Then returned to the Refugio, showered and I managed to get a bit of a crack from the English Hospitalario’s as well as our fellow Perigrino’s. We then returned to the friendly village bar for our dinner, only bocadillo’s available, but again substantial ones. we treated ourselves to a decent bottle of Rioja to wash our dinner down (Only 5e) which was so good that we ordered a second. The Hospitalario’s joined us in the bar for a last drink then back to then Refugio and bed.

    (if the Refugio at Miraz is closed, at present alternative accommodation is scarce, However there is one option about 8k away where you can get a single room for 35e, this price includes being picked up at Miraz and being dropped off there again the next morning – Telephone number is available in both the village bar as well as the Refugio)

    Rob crossing The ?Puente de San Alberte?, The Significant 100k to go marker The route near Raposerio Casa-Torre de Miraz near Mariz No to Modifying the route of the Camino !!!!
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    Vilalba to Baamonde - Approx 19k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    We took breakfast at the hotel before leaving Vilalba, Alas the weather wasn’t so good, it was raining hard so it was a case of putting full waterproofs on before setting off, we were directed onto tracks as soon as we left town, these tracks being rather muddy, but we kept going, first downhill crossing the Rio Ladra / Madalena and then uphill through Cova to Puente Rodriguez where we crossed an ancient bridge before continuing on a track that eventually becomes a road near A Torre – Here we found a bar (Just off the route, down a side road opposite the church) and stopped of for a coffee. we continued following now very muddy tracks for another few kilometres to where the route met up with the N634 near the Bar Casa Alejandro but here we abandoned the idea of continuing on the main route because of the state of the paths and elected to follow the N634 – We followed this up a reasonable hill where at the top we found a roadside bar and popped in for another coffee before continuing on the same road to Baamonde. We checked into the Refugio which thankfully had heating and wasn’t overcrowded, we showered than hung our wet clothes over radiators before heading out for a late lunch – The Hospitalario told us that “The Restaurant Galicia” would still be serving the afternoon “Menu” and as both Stevie and I were both hungry, we decided that this was an excellent idea and off we went – I have to say that we weren’t disappointed either, the food was Excellent, Plentiful and fairly priced as well as being served by very pilgrim friendly people. (This restaurant is also recommended in the CSJ guide and we can whole heartedly endorse this recommendation) We then returned to the Refugio and after a while popped out to a bar on the corner for a drink before returning again to the Refugio for an early night.

    Mr Tup and Ms Texel at Baamonde Stevie crossing an ancient bridge near A Torre Church and Churchyard at A Torre
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    Gontan to Vilalba – Approx 22k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 14, 2014

    After leaving the Refugio, we stopped for breakfast in the same bar on the corner as we had our meals the day before then continued on a minor road through Abadin then turned right onto a nice track that soon crossed over The Rio Abadin on a wooden footbridge and then gently undulated its way through Barral to Martinan / Castromajor where we popped into the pilgrim friendly Bar O Barrio for a coffee, the bar is just off the route (Signed) before again picking up the route along a pleasant track that eventually took us to Santiago de Goiriz where we found another friendly combination Bar / Shop where we took our lunch “Bar Penas” – From here we followed the road for a short while before picking up the main route at the church, then soon passing through Fabas, the continuing on another track to the outskirts of Vilalba. we then soon came to modern Refugio, from here it was just over a kilometre to the centre of Vilalba along a straight road, so we elected to stay in a hostal and eventually chose the slightly overpriced *** Villa Alta where we were charged 45e for a standard en-suite twin. The main reason that we elected not to stay at the Refugio because of the excessive noise the night before, and here one of those ironies occurred, as both Siesta and I were quite tired, after we had showered we thought we would have a a siesta before going out to eat, but as soon as we settled down to do this a guy with an electric drill decided he was going to drill holes in the walls in the passageway just outside our room !! – So Not Much of a siesta !!! – So after a while we went downstairs and sat outside for a while before ordering our dinners – It had to be said that the food was Excellent, both very well cooked, plentiful and reasonably priced – All washed down with some good local wine before retiring to our room to sleep.

    Stevie approaching Santiago de Goiriz The route out of Abadin Rob crossing The Rio Abadin Nice renovation job on the ���Way��� Old Steam Roller on roadside approaching Vilalba
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    Mondonedo to Gontan Approx - 20k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 12, 2014

    The route from Mondonedo to Gontan turned out to be one of the nicest of the entire walk – We left the Refugio early and took the shortcut onto the main route (By following some simple directions given to us by another Perigrino – Simply walk out of the Refugio, turn left onto the road, then follow uphill out of the town, where it turns into a very minor road and swings left with the main Camino joining it from the right) following a very minor road up a particularly beautiful valley. After about 2 ½k we came to the village of Maariz where we found Camen’s Private Albergue “O Bisohte” on the right hand side of the road and went in for our breakfast, Freddie, Sabine, Andrea and Michael, four Perigrino’s that we knew were already there so it was a particularly sociable breakfast, Carmen proving to be a wonderful host. We then continued up the beautiful valley on the same very minor road to another very picturesque hamlet, Lousada, here we left the road and dropped slightly on a good track passing some old and interesting industrial buildings before climbing steeply out of the valley near to the new M-Way. Here the route has been diverted, first you cross a road and are signed onto a wide track which then puts you onto a series of minor roads and tracks that zigzag’s its way, roughly paralleling the M-Way towards Gontan – This new “Diversion” is an incredible circuitous one with the kilometre markings to Santiago de Compostela going from 142 – 145 – 142 and finally 143 before entering Gontan. There is an excellent modern Refugio in Gontan that has a full time Hospitalario who welcomed us, took our 5e per head and gave us our cellos’s. He also told us that if we were fairly quick, that the bar / restaurant on the left just below the Refugio did a very good Perigrino menu – So after selecting our beds and a very quick shower, we headed down there. We were joined by Andrea and as we sat down Freddie and Sabine arrived, so we all ate together, a wonderful meal washed down with some excellent local wine, and again some great company. Freddie and Sabine took a room above the bar and the rest of us headed back to the Refugio – I had a siesta in mind, but a rather noisy group of French Perigrino’s had just checked in and one had chosen the bed above mine, between them they made so much noise that a siesta was out of the question, so I went downstairs and had a crack with some more Perigrino’s. Later, myself, Stevie and Andrea went back to the same bar and met up with Freddie and Sabine for another couple of drinks before retiring back to the Refugio to sleep - Well, alas, the Noisy French group were “good” snorers, so a bit of a sleepless night!!

    Windmills in the morning mist after Mondonedo Michele at Albergue ���O Bisohte at Maariz Interesting old industrial buildings after Lousada Looking back the way we had come Stevie at a useful Fuente approaching Gontan
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    Calzada to Mondonedo - Approx 17k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 12, 2014

    Calzada to Mondonedo Approx 17k
    The bar A’Curva opens early for breakfast so we took advantage of this before leaving Calzada, Then we head uphill on a nice track through woodland over the summit of Monte Calvario before descending to Lourenza, gently on the same pleasant track at first, then the last part Very Steeply on a concrete path. The route crosses a nice old bridge into the town, there is a nice bar immediately on the left next to the newer bridge, “The Bar Cabaleiros” where we stopped for a very reasonably priced coffee and bacon bocadillo with Freddie and Sabine. the route then took us to the far side of town where it ascends, first on a flight of stairs, then on a steep path to the hamlet of Arroxo. from here we followed the old N634 for a short while before heading onto another path downhill to O Grove, where we popped down onto the road to take advantage of a very pilgrim friendly “Bar A Voltina for a coffee where the lady running the place gave us some tasty snacks free of charge. We then rejoined the official route which passes under a Horrio before climbing up the hill on a pleasant track – The “Way” has now been re-routed and is quite circuitous as it wends its way uphill and down dale before eventually joining the main road into Mondonedo, as we entered the town, we were somewhat pointlessly sent right and around a loop before again joining the main road in the town. We had a little difficulty locating the Refugio, it is on the far side of town, slightly off the route (But there is an alternative route for the next morning to rejoin the Way) in the upper section of town, next to a church) After finding the Refugio, selecting our beds and showering, our next task was to find the Local Police Office and pay the 5e for the Albergue as well as obtain our cello, again this wasn’t straight forward and even after asking for directions from Tourist Information, we still had to ask further directions and then luckily came across another Perigrino who had located the office and took us back there. We then went and had a look around the magnificent old cathedral before selecting The Bar / Restaurant A Taska for our dinner. The Comeda wasn’t open so we had a drink sitting outside (Here a young lady called Carmen, driving a car stopped and told us that she had a new private Albergue a couple of kilometres away on tomorrows route and if we wanted, we were welcome to call in for breakfast) before taking advantage of the wonderful 9e menu on offer. After we paid the bill and before we left we were presented with a paper bag containing an apple and a carton of orange juice for our breakfasts – I thought that this was a really nice touch – Then back to the Refugio to sleep

    The route towards Mondonedo The view ahead towards Lourenza The view ahead towards Lourenza The Magnificent old Cathedral at Mondonedo
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    Vilela to Calzada Approx 19k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 12, 2014

    The bar near that Albergue opened at 8am, so we took advantage of this before leaving Vilela. The route took us on a minor road, fairly level at first, then dropped a long way down to Ponte, before climbing a long way up, at first on a minor road, then on a good track to Villamartin Pequeno with it’s useful fuente, from here we dropped into the valley, crossed a small stream, then climbed up to Villamartin Grande. Here the heavens opened, so we took refuge in a farmers shed until the rain eased off a little – Then we continued quite steeply downhill to Godan, there is a Refugio here, but no other facilities, (We later found out that this Refugio now only opens when the new Refugio at Calzada is full – However there are no signs at the Godan to tell you this) we continued downhill on the main road through the village before turning right, then left on a minor road that took us downhill to Calzada (There is also a shorter route that bypasses the centre of Godan, there are yellow arrows indicating a right turn at the top of the village, so if you are heading to Calzada you can safe a little walking my cutting off the corner) The new Refugio is on the right-hand side of the road just before the bar A’Curva, there is also a brand new restaurant next door, alas this didn’t open on the night we were there, even though we were told that it would – However, the bar A’Curva does excellent substantial bocadillos. We met up with several Perigrino’s that we knew when we arrived at the Refugio including Freddie and Sabine who we hadn’t seen since La Isla, Freddie noticed that I was walking badly and kindly offered to “Tape” my knee which I gratefully accepted – We then all went to the bar together and had a very pleasant evening, good simple food, excellent local wine and wonderful company – What Camino Walking is ALL About !!!!

    Our ���Group��� of Peregrino���s at Calzada Refugio The route towards Ponte The route near Villamartin Pequeno The route towards Villamartin Grande The view ahead near Godan
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    Tapia de Casariego to Vilela - Approx 20k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 11, 2014

    The hotel opposite opened up at 8am for breakfast so after checking out, we took advantage of that before leaving Tapia de Casariego, the route out was at first on the main road, but after crossing The Rio Baudois de Anguileira we turned onto a minor road, then after Calambre onto a track, all went well for a couple of kilometres when we came to an unmarked Y junction, I felt that we should go left, while Stevie wanted to go right, we decided to ach try our preferred route, I took the left-hand fork and walked through a farm and continued on the track through fields until it came out on a minor road which eventually joined the N634, this was about 8k east of Ribadeo, so I more or less followed this to Ribadeo, I had a little difficulty crossing a new major road but after confirming with a local that I was still heading in the right direction, (which I was), I then came out at a roundabout just before the recreation area to the east of the Huge modern bridge that crosses the Ria into Ribadeo. I waited at the recreation area for Stevie and hadn’t been there long when he sent me a text saying that he was approaching the same bridge. However he was on the north side, where I was on the south side, so we continued across the bridge on our respective sides and met up on the west side, both Happy to finally be in Galicia. (The route Stevie had taken followed the coast, other than the unmarked junction where we parted company, the rest of the route was well marked and more or less followed the coast to just before the recreation area where we met up – He did estimate that it was another 2k or 3k further. We then walked through Ribadeo, stopping first at a supermarket to buy some provisions, then at a bar for lunch before heading south out of town and away from the sea. We headed uphill and passed through the village of Ove and after a bit of undulating finally came to Vilela. We had been told that there was a new Albergue here, it took a bit of locating as it is on the far side of the village and just off the route – At the bar mentioned in the CSJ guidebook a left turn is required and the Albergue is about 50 yards down on the left. The Albergue was unlocked so we selected our beds and showered, then head up to the bar for a cold drink. One other Perigrino arrived but soon went to bed, so myself and Stevie had dinner at the bar and settled down to watch the European Cup Final, Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid. The Cello’s were issued just before the game started and as you can imagine with Two Spanish teams in the final, it was a great night !! Then back to the Albergue and bed

    Peregrino Friendly Roundabout Sign ;-) The Harbour at Tapia de Casariego The Big Bridge over to Ribadeo View of Ribadeo from the bridge En-route to Vilela
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    Navia to Tapia de Casariego – Approx 20k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 11, 2014

    After checking out of the Pension, we head back to The Cafe El Santillo for our breakfasts then headed out of Navia crossing a large concrete bridge over The Rio Navia, then turned left onto a minor road and walked uphill through Barqueros where we picked up a track that climbed steeply at first which we followed to Jarrio. we then continued on some nice tracks to Cartavio where we droped back onto the N634 to take advantage of a bar there for coffee, again my knee was proving troublesome so we elected to stay on the now quiet N634 through La Caridad, Valdepares and Porcia as well as some smaller villages before we eventually reached Tapia de Casariego. The only drawback of walking along the road is that the Refugio is back along the path that follows the cliff tops, and as we weren’t sure how far we would have to backtrack, we elected to stay in a hotel. There are two cheap hotels in Tapia de Casariego and they are both opposite each other, so we checked out both before opting for the Puente Los Santos which was slightly cheaper and seemed more friendly, we were charged 35e for a basic en-suite twin bedded room, but this also included free internet access which should have been handy as both myself and Stevie had to check in on line on our Easy Jet and Ryan Air Flights – Stevie had No Problem doing this and printing his boarding pass off with Easy Jet, But Alas, Ryan Air wasn’t so user friendly and only gave me the option of paying an extra charge, or going through the rigmarole of doing it all again at a later date, I reluctantly opted for the latter. All that done (Or in case Not) we went out for a little sightseeing and eating, it had to be said that Tapia de Casariego was an expensive town where food was concerned, we checked out several restaurants but they were all much if a muchness before settling on one, but at least the food was OK, then back to the hotel and bed.

    Crossing the FEVE line after Navia The church at Tapia de Casariego
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    Luarca to Navia - Approx 19k

    by into-thin-air Updated Jul 11, 2014

    After leaving the Albergue, we found a bar that opened early and had breakfast before leaving Luarca, then left town climbing steeply on a minor road, when we reached the old church of Santiago it levelled out as we continued to Taborcias. We continued on to Villuir where we met the N634 and as my knee was again been painful we decided to keep to this instead of following the main Camino route, We passed through several small villages and hamlets and eventually reached Vilapedre where we stopped for lunch in the nice roadside Bar Villapedre before continuing on through Pinera passing the Refugio and then another couple of villages before dropping down on a now busier N634 into Navia. We checked out a couple of hotels before eventually settling on the slightly overpriced ** Pension Arconvia where charged 40e for a small en-suite twin (We were originally asked for 45e !!) After showering we had a quick look around town before retiring to The Cafe El Santillo for an excellent 8e menu washed down with some superb local wine before heading back to the Pension to sleep

    The old church of Santiago Route leaving Luarca Cattle and M-Way in the Sky near Pinera Approaching Navia The Casino at Navia ? We weren?t tempted ;-)
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    Cadavedo to Luarca – Approx 19k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 11, 2014

    We returned to El Salon one more time as they opened at 8am for breakfast before heading out of Cadavedo, first on the N634, but soon turned off onto a minor road that eventually turned into a track. we passed through Cueruas which, according to the CSJ guidebook has a bar, but we weren’t able to locate it. We then passed through Chano de Canero and Canero where we crossed The Rio Esva and shortly after sighted The Hostal Canero (Which is very pilgrim friendly and offers food and accommodation). After having a Coffee we headed up The Arroyo de Forcon on the N634 whch we eventually turned off, walking through Barcia and Barcellina on undulating minor roads before coming to the outskirs of Luaca where we found a friendly bar on the right hand side that was full of old clocks, we took a late lunch here before dropping Steeply into Luarca on a cobbled street. We had seen an advert for a new private Albergue in the centre of town as the main Refugio is 2k south off the town , we soon located it and checked in (10e per head) and showered, the Hospitalario said he could do our washing for a small charge so we also took advantage of this before heading out to look around the very picturesque town and harbour. We then found a nice restaurant just down from the Albergue overlooking the square with the Ayunamiento on, that offered an early Menu, so we took advantage of this before heading back to sleep

    Peregrino���s approaching Barcia Route after Cadavedo Stevie on route near Cueruas En-route along the coast towards Barcia Beautiful view of Luarca
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