A highlight of this past week has been the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. There are many ancient pathways that criss-cross the Iberian Peninsula that all converge in Santiago. Each day has brought new encounters with local farming people as well as travellers from many other lands. One young man walking in the opposite direction to us was emphatic that he was not walking the ‘wrong way’ just a ‘different way’! After having walked the 200 km + to Santiago he was now returning to his home in Oporto having met the love of his life, a young Danish woman, along the Camino trail.
After visiting the historic town of Tui we took a side trip to the mouth of the Rio Mino then along the dramatic Galician coast to the towns of A Guarda and Baiona. As has occurred in other years, we just happened upon a local festival, on this occasion at the historic Monastery of Oia. If you ever have the chance to visit this most picturesque region make sure to indulge, as we did, in a leisurely late lunch of local seafood and white wine.
This year Portugal and Spain have experienced an unusually long hot summer. An early morning start along the Camino helps avoid the worst of the afternoon heat and provides beautiful vistas of sunshine through the silhouette of trees. Our arrival in Santiago de Compostela was equally enchanting. If you are interested you can hear the sounds that greeted us as we sat quietly in the Cathedral after walking for several hours in the summer rain!
And so on to spectacularly sited Finisterre where we are now enjoying the final days of walking through lush green forest and farming tracks. A visit to the Faro or lighthouse at the very end of the Camino trail is a ‘must’! As is a walk beside magnificent coastal scenery to tiny Lires and on to the remote fishing village of Muxia which featured as the final destination in the recent film ‘The Way’. Tomorrow, our final day here, will see us following a cliff top trail with equally stunning ocean views, before heading back to Santiago and beyond.