Camino Inglés: Exploring Neda

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.

Long afternoon shadow on freshly mowed grass

Long afternoon shadow on freshly mowed grass

I did yoga on this grass

I did yoga on this grass.

I tried to catch an evening mass at this church, but it was closed.

I tried to catch an evening mass at this church, but it was closed.

This is a boat dock on the Ria Ferrol

This is a boat dock on the Ria Ferrol

View of the footbridge with the orange municipal albergue on the right and Pension Maragoto on the left.

View of the footbridge with the orange municipal albergue on the right. Pension Maragoto is one of the four tall buildings on the left.

There's a sweet little playground near the river

There’s a sweet little playground near the river

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.

This church was dedicated to pilgrims during the 2004 Holy Year.

This church was dedicated to pilgrims during the 2004 Holy Year.

Naturally, it was closed! Good thing I can pray anywhere.

Naturally, it was closed! Good thing I can pray anywhere.

Naturally, it was closed! Good thing one can pray anywhere.

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

Sunset over the graveyard

Sunset over the graveyard

Pretty iron gate to the graveyard

Pretty iron gate to the graveyard

The last glimpse of the sun on Camino Day One

The last glimpse of the sun on Camino Day One

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.

View from my room in Neda. I’m glad I didn’t take the shortcut bridge to Pontedeume!

View from my room in Neda. I’m glad I didn’t take the shortcut bridge to Pontedeume!

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.

The cherries were a good snack the next day.

The cherries were a good snack the next day.

Breakfast sign at Maragoto

Breakfast options at Maragoto

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.

2 thoughts on “Camino Inglés: Exploring Neda

  1. 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.

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