From Fisterra to Ourense via Santiago

First a correction to the last post. I wrote that Camino went from Fisterra to Santiago, since I thought that all the Camino routes end up in Santiago.  This is apparently a common mistake. Most Camino walkers end their tour in Santiago, but the real end is actually in Fisterra. “The end of the world”. Here I am at the 0.0 km. stone that marks the end, which might be a bit odd, since I drive by car, but never the less…… IMG_0796I stayed a few days in Fisterra since it is such a nice place and I kept meeting and talking to people who had ended their pilgrim walking. It’s a small town, so they are very represented on the street and in the restaurants and café’s.  Usually with back bags and limping 🙂  I don’t think it will be overkill to write that they double the population, even in the end of October.

IMG_0820About 25 km. from Fisterra, near a village called Ezaro, this beautiful waterfall is a must see if one is in the area. You can go right to the bottom of it and have a swim, I didn’t though – even a Dane with Viking blood have a limit of how cold water is pleasant to jump in. In August perhaps, but not end of October.

Well, I met and talked to a lot of Camino walkers until now, and I will meet Kjell who I met in Ribadero again in Santiago on Sunday. So I decided to drive nearer to Santiago and left Fisterra together with a very sweet and helpful Australian pilgrim who had just ended her Camino. Short after arriving to the city and a visit at the tourist office, we decided to continue to Ourence, about 100 km. from Santiago. Here are the so called Thermas, warm springs coming up from the underground. They are located along the river, and a very nice experience to bath in, certainly a must visit for the pilgrims passing through the city.

IMG_0875Ourense is a nice city, with a population on about 100.000 people and more or less a typical Spanish medium large city, nice to walk and eat and drink. Tough it seems like the European economical crises hits a bit harder here than along the coastline – many flats seems empty and we were told that the province is the second poorest in Spain. It does not affect it’s warm and cosy atmosphere though, and the beauty exceeds by the pretty bridges. Thank you Mary for inspiring and sharing.IMG_0853