29. Ferreiros – Portomarin – Ligonde (25km) | Camino de Santiago

After the misty and mysterious wakening in the Ferreiros’ oak forest (see pics below) another day of nice Galician forests and green wet landscapes along the Camino de Santiago was waiting for us. Keep in mind that this area has a very rainy weather so apart from July and August it is quite probable that pilgrims will have some rain, and even in the summer months rain wouldn’t be a surprise either.

Normally pilgrims walk the stages of Camino de Santiago: Triacastela – Sarria, and then Sarria – Portomarin, and that’s probably what you’ll prefer to do; however, since the previous day we walked farther than Sarria until Ferreiros we made again this stage further than Portomarin until the tiny village of Ligonde.

I had good memories from my previous stay in Portomarin other times that I had walked the Camino de Santiago but this time from Ferreiros the stage would have been too short had we stayed in Portomarin. The entrance to Portomarin is quite impressive over a long and high bridge flying over the mighty Mino River. Before descending to the bridge, on the opposite slopes of the forested valley one can enjoy beautiful sights of the river, valley and Portomarin itself. The town has several pilgrims’ hostels, public and private, and a big range of bars, restaurants, shops and even a public swimming pool.

Our final stop for this Camino de Santiago’s stage was Ligonde, a tiny, bucolic and rural village with farmer houses made of stone. We really felt very far away from civilization surrounded by these green fields with no roads around and a quietness which we really enjoyed. There are no real shops or bars in Ligonde but in the pilgrims’ hostel they cooked a communal dinner for all the pilgrims and after that they played a movie or documentary that I don’t remember exactly but had something to do with the life of Jesus.

The following day when we were leaving something funny happened. We had already left the village and after having walked approximately 500m we saw a car approaching. It was the man in charge of the hostel who was looking for us; he brought a copy of the New Testament where he wrote some dedication for us, he gave it to us as present and wished us Buen Camino. He tried to emphasize this gesture as an especial treatment only for us. Later, talking to other pilgrims, we learnt that he was doing that to everyone. Still it was a nice thing I suppose.

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The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela