Camino de Santiago – Day 8 from Fonfria to Sarria

Day #8 del cammino da Fonfria a Sarria, passando per il paese di Samos e il suo bellissimo monastero incastonato tra le colline di campagna. È una giornata di nebbia che rende l’atmosfera quasi mistica come camminare in un sogno tra sentieri dispersi nella vegetazione e piccoli borghi di pastori con i cani a guardia delle case. A quanto pare la zona è popolata da qualche orso, quindi è sempre buono che qualche cane sia pronto a fare la guardia. Facciamo poche soste per poter raggiungere prima Samos per ora di pranzo e poi proseguire per Sarria,durante il viaggio mangiamo qualche mela da un albero che sporge sui sentieri e le more che ormai sono presenti dappertutto sul cammino. Siamo stati del tutto rapiti dalla bellezza del Monastero di Samos, se non fosse per quegli affreschi degli anni 50 fatti al primo piano del chiostro…

La sera arriviamo a Sarria, il posto da cui la maggior parte dei pellegrini inizia il suo cammino, siamo a circa 100km da Santiago, ed è proprio 100km la distanza media da coprire a piedi per ricevere il riconoscimento della Compostela una volta arrivati a Santiago. Abbiamo ormai superato più della metà del nostro cammino.

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Stage # 8 of the camino from Fonfria to Sarria, passing through the village of Samos and its beautiful monastery nestled between the hills of the countryside. It is a foggy day which makes the atmosfere quite mystical like walking into a dream of trails scattered in the vegetation and small villages of shepherds with dogs guarding the houses. Apparently the area is populated by a few bears, so it is always good that a dog is ready to stand guard. We make a few stops to be able to reach Samos for lunch time and then continue to Sarria. We eat apples from a tree sticking out on the trails and blackberries which are now present everywhere on the road. We were totally overwhelmed by the beauty of the monastery of Samos, of it wouldn’t be for the frescoes of the 50’s put on the first floor of the cloister …In the evening we arrive in Sarria, the place from which the majority of the pilgrims began her journey, we are at about 100 km from Santiago, and it is 100km the minimum distance to cover on foot to receive the recognition of Compostela once you are in Santiago. Half of the Camino is over.

Cadiz – Waves of Light – Andalusia, Spain

Built on a peninsula that extends along the Atlantic coast, battered by the waves that make it perfect for those who love water sports, surfing, windsurfing and kite. A quiet and relaxing place in the year to enjoy soaking in the history of sailors and conquerors. More active and vibrant in the summer.

Built on a peninsula that extends along the Atlantic coast, battered by the waves that make it perfect for those who love water sports, surfing, windsurfing and kite. A quiet and relaxing place in the year to enjoy soaking in the history of sailors and conquerors. More active and vibrant in the summer.
The city stretches for several kilometers along the Avenida de Andalucia where are located the majority of modern hotels with all amenities at a 5-minute walk from the beach.
This part ends at the gates of the old town at the round tip of the peninsula, charcterized by its bastion, the beautiful and impressive cathedral and the countless restaurants and tapas bar around which people gather in the warm evenings ventilated from the Atlantic wind.
Its urban beach The Caletta is famous for being the setting of one of the James Bond film “Die Another Day” with Ale Berry.
Don’t miss the tapas restaurant Casa Manteca at the corner of Calle Calle del Patrocinio and Corralon de los Carrros a must when visiting Cadiz, founded by a famous bullfighter. Try the tapas and cold cuts of meat shrimps and fresh oysters accompanied by a cold beer or a good white wine and finally enjoy one cherry.
Where to eat
Taberna Casa Manteca
Calle del Corralon de los Carros