The first few hours were to ourselves. It was dark but there was a method in our madness. The A Coruna leg joins the Ferrol leg of the Camino Ingles a few kilometres before Hospital de Bruma. We were expecting to see more pilgrims later on in the day, and we were right. Far more pilgrims walk the Ferrol leg so I thought it would be a good idea to leave a little early so as to secure a bed in the municipal albergue in Hospital de Bruma.
The second day of the Celtic Camino in Spain started off with a gradual climb, however, even taking our time, we managed to cover the distance in a few hours. I was delighted to meet pilgrims later on in the day and at the albergue. There were quite a few destined for Meson do Vento, a village beside Hospital de Bruma with private accommodation.
One thing to note before you start your day is there are no stores before Bruma so you will need to rely on cafes and restaurants for snacks or fruit during this day.
I really enjoyed this day. The sun was out, it was warm. We actually walked off the pavement for a bit and I liked the variety of the ascent as well as descent in places. The scenery in this part of the world is stunning. We were walking through country lanes with trees lining the hills, passing the odd random house. We were in touch with nature today. Such a change from the urban chaos the day prior.
Arriving at Sarandones after an hour, we visited the Capilla de San Juan and the house where Felipe II stayed on his way to A Coruna to sail to England to marry Mary in 1554.
As the day progressed, so did the incline and Ray was using his poles more. But we had plenty of time. It was early morning, the sun was out and we were in no hurry. I needed to borrow his sun cream as I forgot to buy some in A Coruna. Yes, I do burn!
As Travesas would be our next stop and a good stop it was. It has Capilla San Roque and Bar Avelina. The owner of this cafe was first class. On first inspecting the closed San Roque we stopped in for some light refreshment. We were recognised as pilgrims and she provided us with stools to lay our feet on. Now, this wasn’t necessary as we had only walked for a few hours, but the intention was clear. The Camino had spoken. We received two sellos here, thanked the owner and went on our way. As we were leaving, more pilgrims arrived in to receive the same treatment.
Leaving the cafe, we walked along the AC-542, passed an electrical power plant, before arriving at a Repsol station. This would be our turn off for Hospital de Bruma.
Shortly after, we arrived at a large field. Now that’s a fairly normal sentence and one that I would write time and time again. However this field summed up my day. It just glowed..and I needed to capture it. I asked Ray to take a shot while I walked into the dew-covered flowers. After 3 attempts, I had the below photo and a pair of soaked pants. It was worth it!
Not too far away was the municipal albergue in Hospital de Bruma. It would open at 1pm and it was midday. We were first in line. Well…it’s better to be first, than last. We were shortly joined by pilgrims from Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Ireland. And it wasn’t long before the albergue was full.
The albergue in Hospital de Bruma is run by a local couple and has 30 beds. It is basic but it has what a pilgrim needs. If you are looking for private accommodation, Meson do Vento is 2 kilometres away and has a number of options.
Myself and Ray had a pilgrim meal with our German pilgrim friend in the nearby Casa Grana. He was considering walking to Santiago the following day while we were going to walk to Sigüeiro.
On reflection, this was one of the better days of our Camino so far. Not a car in sight, just the Galician countryside to enjoy. Two more days to Santiago!