El Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues

El Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues

A Guarda to Baiona 20. 3 miles

I knew today was to be long but also that there was to be a reward so planned to skip breakfast and be on my way by 7.00 am. To my own surprise I managed this and as I dropped the key off in the deserted reception I found a large note which read

"Patricia for you María xxx"

This was accompanied by a picnic. Yay!

 

 

Empty streets (as usual)

A look back at my mountain

I forgot to mention that yesterday my hat made a final and successful bid for freedom. I did not realise until having a beer at the ferry port that Houdini - like it had released the straps and buckles I had thought would keep it rolled up on my backpack. To be honest, we hadn't  got on well. Shopping  was added to mountaineering as an activity in A Guarda. I now own a chic little number 2 sizes smaller which should stay on but will probably give me a headache

I'm not good with hats

This was just the most perfect walk with the sight and sound of the ocean close to the left, a chain of green forested mountains to the right and a clear blue sky above. It was intoxicating and I knew it just didn't get any better than this. 

Then I remembered coffee. I had walked for three hours without going through any town at all but approached somewhere called Oia which I knew was a stopping place on the Camino. Posters on telegraph poles advertising their delicious menus vied for attention. Nowhere was open! I suppose it's a dilemma.  There are no pilgrims apart from a mad English woman so what's the point?

Breathtaking

Between the coastal path and the mountains winds a scenic coastal road which occasionally the Camino joins for a short while before going above it into the hills or dropping down again nearer to the ocean. It was on one of these short road walks that there appeared the oddly named Hotel Glasgow - with a terrace and umbrellas and coffee! 

The route continued with glorious views on either side, the caffeine-fuelled miles just flew by. Eventually I was presented with a choice, which I hate, stay down following the ocean or go up and over a mountain?

Up then. 

 But first brunch - what delights has María laid in store for me?

Beautifully wrapped sandwich of processed ham, processed cheese in white processed bread. Utterly delicious! Banana and a bun and sparkling water. Best meal ever.

First sight of Baiona

I said there was a treat at the end of today and that was an understatement. 

At 3.00pm I entered this amazing Parador Hotel. I had walked a little over 20 miles and had the most perfect day. I can't tell you how lucky I know I am.

The best beer ever!