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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías

Leaving Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose 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 32 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Camino Frances Day 32: Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías (approx 20 km)

Camino shell on the ground walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’d really been looking forward to this day of this year’s stage because I knew that the NEXT DAY was the one where we climb to O’Cebreiro (a “high point” literally and figuratively). I’d deliberately made today a bit of a longer day (20+ km) so that tomorrow I’d just have a little over 8km to walk (albeit UP, a huge elevation gain but still…) because it was fairly flat so it would be an “easy” day.

Left Villafranca del Bierzo nice and early – the towns are always so pretty first thing in the morning…

Plaza Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Early morning Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Villafranca early in the morning walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comNot many people walking today but I did meet a bunch of people who I’d chatted with a few days before. The Camino is like that – you get in with a “cohort” of people walking similar distances but sometimes you lose track of them for a few days. It made for a nice “reunion” over morning coffee!

Bridge in Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Statue in Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt certainly was lovely weather for walking – overcast – and the terrain was so pretty!

Looking back at Villafranca walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Camino alongside the highway walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThough it’s not so picturesque, it’s definitely easier to walk on these paved paths…

Early on in the day we arrived in Pereje which was perfect for morning coffee…

Pretty Pereje walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Café in Pereje walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd discovered there is bread delivery ! How cool!

Baguette delivery walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe easy paths continued…

Path alongside the main road walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comWith some interesting sights too…

Interesting sights walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comMassage poster walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comPilgrim walking sticks walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd some curious onlookers…

Curious cat on the way walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd, in a rogue move, I stopped for a SECOND coffee, this time in Ambasmetas

Coffee in Ambasmetas walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comWas joined by some pensive onlookers…

Old men chatting walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut with the promise of a long afternoon nap in quiet Las Herrerías on the agenda, I pressed on…

Tall bridge walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Herrerias in the distance walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinally…

Las Herrerias in the distance walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comLas Herrerías in the distance…

Sheep in Herrerias walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere’s not much to do here (which is the perfect excuse to nap!) – I enjoyed this view with my afternoon nap…

view from hotel in Las Herrerias walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comGot to go to dinner in my slippers (excellent granny slippers purchased in 2017 on the Camino!)

Granny slippers walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com(feet looking much better, mozzie bites going away!)

And oh, what a dinner it was!

Pilgrim salad walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pilgrim spaghetti walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pilgrim dessert walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comExcellent salad, spaghetti bolognese (actually a starter but I really wanted something different) and a dessert called natilla – basically crème anglaise topped with a plain biscuit. SO GOOD!

At 9.30pm, this was the scene…

Sun setting in Herrerias walking the Camino de Santiago: Villafranca del Bierzo to :as Herrerías with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comI closed those shutters and had a blissful, peaceful sleep… preparing for the next day’s climb!

Verdict: A lovely day, though long, with beautiful scenery and easy terrain. A wonderful way to prep for the strenuous climb the following day!

Stay tuned for the next leg where we climb to O’Cebreiro…

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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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