Walking the Camino: Our long awaited September 2014 Tours begin!

Grapevines by the river in Porto

Grapevines by the river in Porto

It’s one week since our Tour group met in Oporto. After enjoying the sights of this magnificent medieval city (including a boat ride down the river Douro and Port Wine tasting!) we dined al fresco at a riverside restaurant. Next day we visited the colourful, historic town of Guimares, birthplace of the Portuguese nation.

Porto boats

Porto boats

Morning market in Barcelos

Morning market in Barcelos

Our Camino began in earnest with an 18km trek through forests and vineyards to the market town of Barcelos, where colourful cockerels adorn the historic streetscapes.

Cockerel

Cockerel

On The Way we met some local people who were amazed that we had walked so far. Some women chatted to us in Portuguese unperturbed by our bemused faces, offering us cold water to quench our thirst and a recipe for kale soup!

Friendly people encourage us on our journey‏

Friendly people encourage us on our journey‏

When we started to tire a woman tending goats encouraged us to keep walking the last few Kms to our destination.

Walking through the corn

Walking through the corn

Next day over ancient Roman bridges, past water fountains and crystal clear mountain streams we journeyed on. We made the most of opportunities to cool ourselves and to avoid the midday sun. Following the ancient pilgrim tradition pursued by countless generations we placed a stone on several shrines along The Way. Lush family gardens often surprised us with their colourful magnificence and the occasional hidden gem!

A sort of lush garden‏

A sort of lush garden‏

We were then grateful to have a day of sightseeing, full of local knowledge and delicious tapas, led by the wonderful Guillermo. Our feet are now rested and ready to continue walking the remaining distance to Santiago de Compostela!

Placing a stone on a shrine along The Way‏

Placing a stone on a shrine along The Way‏

Enjoying our day trip beside the Atlantic coast, in Oia near Baiona‏

Enjoying our day trip beside the Atlantic coast, in Oia near Baiona‏

At one of our coffee stops along the way

At one of our coffee stops along the way

First day on the Camino Portugues... Which way Santiago‏

First day on the Camino Portugues… Which way Santiago‏

At the fortress in Baiona‏

At the fortress in Baiona‏

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