As I explained in an earlier post, my time to do the Camino de Santiago was limited so we started in Sarria, west of León, 110 kms from the end point in Santiago de Compostela.
The itinerary though had us visiting O Cebreiro and Samos prior to starting the hike so that didn’t leave us much time on Day 1 to hike. So we hiked a very short distance that day going from Sarria to Barbadelo, a small town with a very nice small hotel “Casa Barbadelo.”
I am certainly glad to have seen O Cebreiro and Samos but it made for a long day on the road and I was, along with my fellow trekkers, eager to get on the Camino for real. Though the hike that day was very short (1.5 hours or so), it was a good warm-up.
The terrain we crossed went by some major highway but it was very rural and lush, crossing farms along the way.
The highlight was crossing a 12th century bridge named the Aspera bridge that crosses the Celeiro River.
We did enjoy arriving at Casa Barbadelo where we shared 3 rooms among eight of us.
The rooms were basic but spacious and the buildings in Casa Barbadelo were quite new. The grounds were quite nice and the place even had a pool.
We enjoyed a GREAT meal and lots of good laughs that night accompanied (or triggered?) by one or two glasses of sangria. A perfect ending to a long but short (does that make sense?!), easy first day on the Camino!