Walking the Camino: Our Way to Santiago is passing all too fast…

Fantastic day for a walk!

Fantastic day for a walk!

As the last days of the Spanish Summer merge into Autumn the lush green vegetation provides a delightful backdrop for our journey. The morning air is crisp as we set off in the ‘early’ morning sunshine. Fortunately at this time of year the sun rises late – our hotel breakfasts rarely commence before 8.00am!

Walking through the mist one morning

Walking through the mist one morning

Each day we surprise ourselves in being able to successfully repack our luggage in time for it to be transferred to the next hotel! As we pass other pilgrims carrying heavy backpacks we are grateful to the enterprising locals (such as Juan from Sin Mochila) who provide a reliable luggage transfer service along The Camino Portuguese.

A pleasant coffee stop!‏

A pleasant coffee stop!‏

Leaving the pretty small town of Pedra Furada we take a shady Camino forest path that has recently been developed by community members. A few of us decide to take the high road to a lookout that provides a vista over a tapestry of farmland to the sea. Not surprisingly a well restored Church adorns the peak. The great variety in Church architecture along the Camino paths never ceases to amaze!

Along the newly developed forest path built by the community in Pedra Furada‏

Along the newly developed forest path built by the community in Pedra Furada‏

A Romanesque Church on the Way to Ponte de Lima

A Romanesque Church on the Way to Ponte de Lima

The Chapel at the top of the forest trail on the Way to Barcelos‏

The Chapel at the top of the forest trail on the Way to Barcelos‏

Halfway through our journey we take a ‘long distance walking free’ day. We travel by bus to the mouth of the Rio Mino with Guillermo and Maria who conduct a Galician small group tour company – http://www.galicianroutes.com. They share with us their knowledge of the history and culture of their region. We visit the tiny hamlet of Oia with its dramatically sited Monastery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Our arrival is timed perfectly to enable us to sample freshly made raisin bread and other delicacies that are being sold at the end of the midday Mass.

Learning about Galicia's anciant civilizations

Learning about Galicia’s anciant civilizations

A day trip with Guillermo and Maria from GR&R‏

A day trip with Guillermo and Maria from GR&R‏

The anciant homes of one of Galicias Celtic civilizations

The anciant homes of one of Galicias Celtic civilizations

Buying bread in Oia beside the Atlantic Ocean

Buying bread in Oia beside the Atlantic Ocean

People here in Portugal and Spain are most welcoming of travellers on their Way to Santiago. Each morning we enjoy the warm hospitality and excellent coffee provided at Wayside cafes. As we near the end of our journey we take a side trip to Finisterre (once thought to be ‘the end of the Earth’) where we stay in a comfortable family run hotel beside the Atlantic Ocean. Here we enjoy two delightful days of sightseeing and walking through picturesque rural landscape, including a visit to the colourful fishing village of Muxia.

At the lighthouse in Finisterre‏

At the lighthouse in Finisterre‏

We made it! Our arrival in a Finisterre‏

We made it! Our arrival in a Finisterre‏

Finisterre, the end of the earth

Finisterre, the end of the earth

Walking through farm land

Walking through farm land

On the Way to Muxia

On the Way to Muxia

The friends you make along the way

The friends you make along the way

Not everyone's boots make it to Santiago!‏

Not everyone’s boots make it to Santiago!‏

Enjoying the downhill forest track

Enjoying the downhill forest track

There's no need to walk the entire distance everyday!‏

There’s no need to walk the entire distance everyday!‏

Not far to go...

Not far to go…

At the Virxe de Barcara Church built on the rocks in Muxia‏

At the Virxe de Barcara Church built on the rocks in Muxia‏

In Muxia nearing our journey's end‏

In Muxia nearing our journey’s end‏

What a lovely group!

What a lovely group!

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