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Walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer (2019) I’m walking 200km along the Camino de Santiago, from Léon to Sarría in Spain. This is the fourth leg of the Camino which I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response to some of the questions people had asked me along the way that year), I’m completing a leg each summer until 2020. This is Day 34 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Breakfast in O Cebreiro walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Camino Frances Day 34:  O’Cebreiro to Triacastela (approx 22 km)

Another “long” day after yesterday’s relative “rest” but made do-able because of the fairly flat terrain for most of the day, followed by a descent in the last few kilometres. It was a little bit of an eerie start up at O Cebreiro, that’s for sure! Thankfully I was well fuelled – see above!

Early morning in O Cebreiro walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe majority of the morning was misty and dark. Made for some interesting navigating and pretty pictures!

Misty roads walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com I was glad to see a few people through the mist (to know I was going the right way LOL!)

Pilgrims in the mist walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comPassed by the classic pilgrim monument today…

Pilgrim monument walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Alto do San Roque walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd some (well-guarded!) deserted looking towns…

Guard dog walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Morning walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Misty roads on the way walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comStopped for a coffee in the mist at Hospital de la Condesa where it was still misty but also cold! Today was a day I used my rain jacket to keep warm for much of the day…

Misty forest walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Pressed on into the mist…

Roads covered in mist walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd some typical confusing pilgrim signage…

Confusing signage walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then … all of a sudden….

Sun appearing walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe sun appeared! So magical! There was still a little bit of mist around for a while…

In the clouds walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut gradually over the last few kilometres this cleared into a beautiful day. Talk about a study in contrasts from the morning!

Bright skies walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comSome really gorgeous vistas this afternoon too…

Gorgeous view walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd some more pilgrim supervisors…

Cat watching pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinally the descent started and it was a lovely gentle one…

Descent walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the path was easy, thankfully…

Path into Triacastela walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd finally…

Arriving in triacastela walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere’s not much to do in Triacastela but it sure is gorgeous!

Church in Triacastela walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Mosaics walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comI enjoyed a rest and a snack…

Queso con membrillo walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comSoft goat cheese with quince paste…

And had a friend who insisted I share…

Cat in restaurant walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd a different pilgrim meal…

Steak dinner walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comSteak dinner!!!

And a blast from the past dessert…

Viennetta dessert walking the Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Triacastela with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comYup, a Viennetta-type dessert. Couldn’t resist! Well satisfied by this fab meal and setting, I slept well in quiet Triacastela…

Verdict: Sure, a longer day but easy terrain and fabulous photo opportunities make for  an “easier” long day. It’s always better to walk ling distances when there are lovely views and pretty towns to walk through!

Stay tuned for the next leg – my last day walking for 2019!

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Disclosure: I researched Camino trips independently and chose the Camino Travel Center based on a number of features such as flexibility to accommodate a couple of “splits” in some of the longer days, price and customer service. They were, in fact the first company I came across in my very first Google search and the one I ended up booking with. From the initial inquiry to the actual trips, they have been a pleasure to deal with and we have been very impressed with the service provided (bag transportation) and the accommodation choices. I was not compensated to write about this trip in any way but I love sharing companies and products I believe in with my readers. I couldn’t recommend the Camino Travel Center more and, in fact, am booking my last Camino walk with them for next summer (the summer I will finally reach Santiago!).

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