Another early start delivered cool fresh conditions as our Camino track meandered it’s way through a beautiful woodland stretch for the first hour or so.

Our 30Km trek brought us close to a small river, a man made canal and a beautiful lake created by a hydroelectric dam which we crossed in the latter part of the day.

En route we rested in a tiny village of just four inhabitants, one of which was a friendly South African missionary who had rebuilt a small dwelling and converted  it into a 4 bed Albergue because God told him to.

 We arrived at Rionegro del Puente, a small but very well kept village with all a Pilgrim could ask for – a Bar, a Restaurant and and an Albergue.

The restaurant named  ‘Me Gusta Comer’ (we love  to eat) was described in the guide book as serving Gastronomic fare – so our expectations were high.

On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the chef who ushered us to a table laid out with a wide array of cutlery and glasses.

Within  full view of the open kitchen we watched the charismatic chef carefully prepare each dish. He served every course with a unique sense of personal pride. This was no ordinary pilgrims menu, as each delicious plate of food was consumed we began to regret not asking how much this gastronomic menu would cost. 

With our wine carafe automatically topped up, bread basket replenished when empty and the meal culminating with coffee served with a choice of free flowing liquors – surely this was going to be expensive.

But no – when the bill came it was just 10 euros ahead. We all agreed this was by far the best pilgrims menu on the Camino.

Buen Camino