Walking the Camino: From Ponte de Lima to Padrón along the Camino Portugues

 

Camino Portugues: The ancient Roman bridge over the river Lima

Camino Portugues: The ancient Roman bridge over the river Lima

Over the past few days we have enjoyed leaving our hotel early and walking through the fresh morning mist.  Despite experiencing strong sunshine by mid-afternoon we have diligently followed the yellow arrows and shell markers along The Way. Like many others before us we have enjoyed putting our own small stones beside pilgrim statues… leaving our troubles behind.

Camino Portugues: Which Way Santiago?

Camino Portugues: Which Way Santiago?

Camino Portugues: Laying stones at a Pilgrim site

Camino Portugues: Laying stones at a Pilgrim site

Camino Portugues: Arriving in Ponte de Lima

Camino Portugues: Arriving in Ponte de Lima

Within a short space of time we have visited the beautiful old noble town of Ponte de Lima; enjoyed a well-earned swim in the tiny hamlet of Rubias; made it across the border from Portugal into Galicia; and appreciated a day of historic site-seeing along the Galician coast.

Camino Portugues: Relaxing at our guesthouse in the hamlet of Rubias

Camino Portugues: Relaxing at our guesthouse in the hamlet of Rubias

Camino Portugues: Walking from Portugal into Spain

Camino Portugues: Walking from Portugal into Spain

Camino Portugues: Visiting the fortress in Baiona

Camino Portugues: Visiting the fortress in Baiona

From the remains of old Celtic civilisations situated high above the clouds in Santa Trega; a 17th C monastery by the sea in the village of Oia; an ancient fortress in medieval Valença and Baiona; and a shell shaped church in Pontevedra – there was always yet another fascinating site to see.  Now that we are in Spain we can enjoy a delicious variety of Galician tapas including octopus, spicy Padrón peppers and fried camembert cheese – not to mention the white wine for which this region is so famous, along with homemade Galician liquor.

Camino Portugues: Enjoying tapas on our 'day off' walking!

Camino Portugues: Enjoying tapas on our ‘day off’ walking!

Camino Portugues: Looking for Wayward sailors in A Guardia

Camino Portugues: Looking for Wayward sailors in A Guardia

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