Arcade, Spain Camino de Santiago posted: 2014-09-23 11:23:00
Arcade, pronounced (Ar-ca-day), is a small village in north-western Spain. The town serves as a stopping point along the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. With a population of under 5,000 inhabitants, Arcade is a relatively small place giving those who walk the Camino a chance to experience the genuine culture of a small Spanish village that has not yet been influenced by tourism. Arcade is famous for its oysters and Camino enthusiasts. If you happen to pass through Arcade on the first weekend of April, you will see the town crowded with thousands of people who come for the famous “Oyster Festival”.
Arcade is located along the Verdugo River which was a significant location during the War of Independence. Napoleon’s army suffered one of its worst defeats at the mouth of the Verdugo River in Galicia. This is definitely another beautiful spot that should be seen along the pilgrim Way of Saint James.
Between June 7 and June 9 in 1809, The Battle of Puente Sanpayo was fought at the mouth of the Verdugo River. It was here that Spanish forces commanded by Colonel Pablo Maorillo were able to force the French troops led by Marshall Michel Ney to retreat. The casualties during this battle were very uneven. Maorillo saw 300 wounded or dead while Ney saw 2,000-3,000 of his French troops suffer. The battle holds a very significant place in the history of the War of Independence. The Spanish victory ended with the final evacuation of French troops from Galicia. This is yet another historical spot for those walking the Camino de Santiago to take advantage of, should you choose the Portuguese Way.
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