Continued from Camino Inglés: Ferrol to Neda
Later in the afternoon, I felt like exploring Neda. I walked along the river to cross a small bridge over the Ria Ferrol.
A teenage couple were playing on a zipline! Check out this video.
Before sunset, I walked to a special pilgrim church in the other direction.
When significant points of interest are closed, those QR code waymarkers prove their value. Here’s what the QR Code says about what is inside this church:
This is the Santa María de Neda parish church, where you can find the image of Christ known as Cristo da Cadea (Christ of the Chain) as it has a chain around the body which secures the cross. Read more about this church at http://caminoingles.mobi/QR/CAMING09
The sky was breathtakingly beautiful, when I returned to Pension Maragoto. I was so glad we upgraded to private rooms instead of staying in a grungy albergue! If you don’t mind paying a little more, reserve a room with a river view in advance. Details at www.pensionmaragoto.com/ They also have have a good restaurant with menu del dia for € 9 dinner.
I logged another four miles in my wanderings that afternoon and evening, so it ended up being a 15 km day. Fortunately, there is a market across from the pension. I bought an ice cream and some cherries, which I washed in the little sink in my room.
Continental breakfast is € 2.80. I ordered the American breakfast for € 6, which included eggs, bacon, orange juice, coffee and toast.
I loved their chalk board showing the stages of the Camino Inglés.
REMINDER: I highly recommend staying and eating at Pensión Maragoto. Reserve a room in advance and request a river view. Details and contact info at www.pensionmaragoto.com/
Up next, Neda to Pontedeume.
All of my stages will be added to this page: Camino Inglés 2017. There are more photos of my Camino Inglés on a Facebook album and Instagram.
5 thoughts on “Camino Inglés: Exploring Neda”
I am enjoying your stories of your Caminos – you are providing a great service to prospective pilgrimsI and enabling those who have done it to reflect on their expereince. However, I think you were a little harsh about the albergue in Neda – I stayed there last Sept, and no complaints. Perhaps you can express your opinion in a more positive way without trashing the albergues and the employees who work there ( if only by inference). I stayed in munis except for Salceda, and was happy.
I also have worked as a hopitalera in Spain, so, once again by inference, I am feeling a little sad that you chose to portray it the way you did.
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Hi Darlene, Thanks for your comments. I’m glad you had a good experience at the muni albergue in Neda. It was looking forward to staying there, especially since Susan J. recommended it in her guide.
I understand this albergue is only a few years old, but when I saw it already had graffiti on the walls and dirty bathrooms, I was disappointed. There were pilgrims coming in after us asking where they can get the disposable sheets, but nobody knew because there was no hospitalero there. The place felt neglected. Wifi instructions were on the wall, but it didn’t work. My vibe was to find something else, so I followed a lead that ended up working out for us. Last year I made a commitment to stay in munis so I could get my hospitalero training. But this year I wanted to be open to other sleeping arrangements. For just €8 more than a bunk at the muni, Pensión Maragoto was the best choice for me on this particular day.
I might have sounded harsh by calling it grungy, but I am writing from my own perspective. The great thing about the Camino is there are accommodations for every budget.
I’m glad to hear you had a great time here! I’m from Neda and I really love your photos 🙂
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Susana, I really loved Neda. It’s too bad that some pilgrims choose to take the bridge to Fene.
Lovely photos and descriptions. I will be there on October 10th. I want to find that zipline and some of those cherries! 🙂 Due to time constraints I’m walking all the way to Pontedueme the first day from Ferrol (hopefully I will not die).