Camino de Santiago – Day 21

Camino de Santiago – Day 21
Walked from: Cacabelos
Walked to: Ambasmestas
Date: 23 October 2017
Distance: 25km


It’s got seriously beautiful since I hit the hills. I really enjoyed the dustiness of the Meseta, but how wonderful it is to be surrounded by green again.

I’m definitely a country girl when I’m out walking, zipping through towns – including today’s handsome looking Villafranca del Bierzo… although, after the past few days of sampling the local wine and walking through their beautiful vineyards, there will always be a special place in my heart for the local Bierzo red wine 🙂


Still, I paused in Villafranca long enough to have breakfast and choose my route option out of town, and I am so glad I took one of the paths less travelled. After my first life-enhancing 10km, walking alone through wine country as the sun rose, my second 10km was even better – alone on the mountain route to Pradela following the conker-strewn mountainside path with a backdrop of bright, clear skies and incredible green-hued, sunlit hillside in all directions.


I came off the mountain at the village of Trabadelo and after all that tranquility I was pretty horrified by having to follow a road though the villages that line the route on the way to Galicia. Which is why, when I popped into the tiny but perfectly-formed Hotel Camynos (run by the lovely Javier) for a light lunch, I decided to spring for the €35 to have a beautiful room all to myself for the night. And an afternoon nap I suddenly seemed much in need of. And a truly delicious dinner of local home cooked food. I was the only guest – Javier explained that he’ll be closing down for the season at the weekend, and opening back up again in the spring. How lucky I was to spend the night there.

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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