Walking the Camino Francés: Barbadelo to Boente

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A light rain sprinkles on and off throughout the day. Cowbells ring in the distance as we slowly make our way village to village.

The region introduces us to horreos,  long narrow storage containers lifted off the ground by pillars. Not only are the hamlets filled with stone buildings, but they all seem to have these horreos as well. Some look religious adorned with a cross which resemble something you’d see in a graveyard. Others look like a rustic shed or outdoor storage bin.

We carefully step as the streets are speckled with cow manure. It’s like walking on a drab Jackson Pollock painting, explosive splatter and drips everywhere!

The walking portion of our day ends with a jaunt on a lengthy bridge over the wide Mino River taking us to Portomarin.

We get in early enough to be rewarded with a semi-private four person room for 10 euro per person with a view.


Just call us fast and furious! We walked roughly 16 miles today in a blink of an eye. Alright, maybe not that fast, but we were on a roll. Blisters, colds, and shin problems are subsiding and we hit our stride.

Fog and mist accompanied us on our way out of Portomarin this morning.

It was a peaceful walk off the road with large trees above and ferns cushioning the ground within the small forested area.

Tall trees are an ongoing trend as we notice our sweeping views of grassy hills have turned into tree lined ridges.

We also take notice that we’ve exchanged rowed vineyards for vegetation such as kale and cabbage.

We stay at an ultra modern albergue in another four bed room. It’s like we are still on the trail as the mural behind our heads has the views from the day.


I don’t feel like writing today for no particular reason just want to enjoy some wine on our patio at the albergue.

Only 30 miles left to Santiago!!

Here are some pics from our easy 13 mile day…

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

2 Responses

    • Dang Travelers

      Thanks Agness! We are working our way through Portugal now. It’s be en fantastic so far. I’m still having some feet issues, but hopefully that will go away soon.

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