El Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues

El Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues

Redondela to Pontevedra 16.1 miles

Leaving Redondela

I have stayed in a variety of accommodations and this one was a very well appointed self - catering (ha ha) apartment. The cleaner would be very happy with the way I left the kitchen. Actually I liked Redondela it was a very unpretentious town with people who actually said "Buen Camino" when they saw you stagger through. Also there were lots of clear signs on how to leave.

Up there?

Onwards and upwards

The mileage covered doesn't tell the full story of the actual degree of difficulty of the walk. Today was tough. Basically it was a long and at times tricky climb up. So slow progress. I was just getting to the "I can't take much more of this" point when once again the Camino provided.

It was a little pit stop with an inspirational cut out of Santiago Cathedral and a rather incongruous plastic chair.

An oasis

GO and ON are in there too

I was just thinking that Fatima had given up the unequal struggle to get people to turn round and head her way when I saw this.


Long ascents are laborious and very demanding on the lungs. Descents, however, are potentially quicker but harder on the knees. Today's path was mostly loose gravel so I tried 2 ways of coming down.

1. 'Ski' down totally out of control, arms flailing and stifling a scream. (Unintentional)

2. Deep knee bend, slow motion and carefully pressing poles hard into the ground ahead  (Recommended)

The Camino dropped into a small town called Arcade which I later learned (thanks Linda) is famous for its oysters. If I had known at the time it wouldn't have made a difference. As Jonathan Swift said  "He was a bold man who first ate an oyster"

 

Still it was a nice town

Arcade

After Arcade the path inevitably wound upwards but this time quite gently and through some pretty countryside, even a few grape vines

Only 74 k to go!

I had heard good things about Pontevedra and I was not disappointed. The outskirts welcomed pilgrims with cafes and bars. The streets were busy and it had an air of prosperity. Its main claim to fame is the 'monumental' area that is a maze of very old buildings. I even managed a stamp from the church without incident

A town with so much history (founded by the Romans) was bound to have an old palace transformed into a Parador. Ah there it is!

Buenas noches.