Camino de Santiago Golf Tour it is a totalizing experience that involves you every kilometer. There are places, however, that for their beauty or particularity leave much clearer and stronger memories. Here are some of the most famous “symbolic places” you will encounter during the Day Transfer.
ALTO DE PERDON
Shortly after Pamplona, on the Alto del Perdón, next to 40 m high wind turbines, we find one of the most famous artistic installations of the Camino: a caravan of pilgrims on foot, on horseback and on the mule.
One of these 14 figures bears the famous written “Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas”, to indicate the wind that constantly blows there and that shimmer of stars, which according to legend led Pelayo to discover the sepulcher of the apostle James. Truly a symbolic place of the Camino de Santiago.
FUENTE VINO DE IRACHE
The source of the Irache wine has now become a symbol of the Camino. Here, a double fountain supplies the pilgrim both of water and wine, kindly granted by the nearby winery. A sign forbids you to drink more than a couple of glasses, so do not fill your water bottles. The road is long.
NAIERA and POETRY
Shortly before arriving at Najera, a poem dedicated to the journey is written on a wall. Composed of a priest from the area, it is a moment of reflection for many.
Do not look for a large city or a famous place, but a small town at the end of La Rioja, with just a small church and four houses in the middle of nowhere.
This is Grañon, an insignificant point for a tourist, but a fundamental step for a pilgrim who wants to savor the true spirit of the Camino. The reception by the parish really has something special.
No one is refused, even at the cost of sleeping on the floor of the Church, and the dinner, community, reflects the sense of sharing and brotherhood that we would expect to find on this trip.
In the middle of the Mesetas after Burgos, a bell tower suddenly appears out of nowhere. A sign along the path warns us that we are going to get to Hontanas, but we can not really see it up to 50 m from the finish line.
Located in a sort of hollow it seems almost a mirage, the perfect place after resting and rejuvenating after many kilometers of sun and solitude.
PUENTE de ORBIGO
The Orbigo Bridge is a spectacle for the eyes, with its many arches and the stone profile.
If you cross it at twilight it is so much emotion and suggestion that it provokes, perhaps linked to the history and the legend that has always surrounded it. The most famous is that of Paso Honroso:
The story tells of a certain Don Suero de Quiñones, who lost in an unrequited love, tied an iron to his neck as a sign of slavery and swore that he would be taken away in honor of Santiago if he managed to face the Paso victorious. Thus, between July 9th and August 10th of the Holy Year 1434, he and nine other knights challenged fighters who came from everywhere to a duel. The games attracted many people, who went to watch the fighting. After 30 days the ten knights, still all alive, left the city and undertook the pilgrimage to Compostela.
Astorga, exploited by the Romans for its many gold mines, still preserves many testimonies of its past. Starting with the walls, the baths, or the Roman forum, the cathedral and the bizarre Episcopal Palace by Antonio Gaudì stand out for their grandeur.
FONCEBADON, CRUZ de HIERRO, MANJARIN
Foncebadon is a small town located near a mountain pass, the only one that in the Middle Ages joined León with Galicia.
Isolated, impervious, and in winter dangerous for the snow, it represented the last possibility of the pilgrim to find refuge and accommodation in case of need.
Foncebadon’s fortune, as well as its periods of decadence, have therefore always been closely linked to those of the Camino de Santiago.
A couple of kilometers later the Cruz de Hierro stands out: characterized by a 5-meter pole with an iron cross on it, it is until now the highest point of the Camino with its 1504 m.
It is the point where the green castellan plains are abandoned and we approach the Galicia and its mountainous and wooded landscapes.
It is said that it was the monk of Foncebadon, Gaucelmo, to erect this stake, so that the pilgrims were not lost during the snow. It is now customary to leave a stone brought from home, a symbol of sacrifice to remedy a fault
Finally, Manjarin, a shelter that welcomes pilgrims since ancient times and which became famous for a series of wooden planks affixed to the road indicating the missing kilometers to distant places like Santiago, Rome or Jerusalem
Ponferrada is a small tourist town, which has its most important attraction in its majestic castle. For centuries dominated by the Order of the Templars, it represented in the Middle Ages a key location of the Camino de Santiago, and even today it is a fundamental part of it.
It is certainly one of the most evocative and fascinating places on the Camino. Already in Galician territory, O Cebreiro has some Celtic origins. Located on a green hill, it is possible to admire from its panoramic terraces a splendid view, often covered by a soft carpet of clouds. In the village you will find bizarre oval constructions with thatched roofs: these are the “pallozas”, ancient rural dwellings.
EZIEQUEL – “Pulpo a la Gallega”
Pulpy note of Melide, Ezequiel is famous for preparing an exquisite Galician pulpo. Typical Galician dish, is composed of stewed octopus, cut into pieces and served on a wooden saucer with a seasoning of paprika, oil and salt.
MONTE de GOZO
One of the most exciting sights is Monte de Gozo, just 5 km from Santiago. From this hill we can see the whole city below us, with its houses, its streets and the spiers of its Cathedral. The emotion is a lot, and the joy of arrival mixes with the nostalgia of the Camino de Santiago that is ending. Here a huge dormitory for pilgrims, just built, can accommodate up to 500 people.
CALL TO ACTION
2019 Camino de Santiago Golf Tour it starts in April
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