Portuguese Camino in May : Day Eight

Caldas de Reis to Padron  After 24 kilometres of walking in the rain today we have arrived at a beautiful place to stay called Casa de Meixada. It is a rural Casa near Padron  and only 17 kilometres from Santiago. So our final destination is very near now and tomorrow’s walk into Santiago will be exciting! Today I took very few photos because of rain … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May : Day Eight

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Seven

Arcade to Caldas de Rais Today has been a super long day of walking. It has been our longest leg of about 37 kilometres. Arriving at our hotel (which took an extra half hour to find in this largish town of Caldas de Rais) was a wonderful feeling. We were somewhat drowned rats by the time we arrived after 3.30pm but again we were lucky … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Seven

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Six

Porrino to Arcade We were lucky today because we arrived in Arcade before the rain. In fact it still hasn’t rained. A pleasant 24 kilometre section with some steep up and down bits but good, flat walking surfaces. A little bit more walking on roads because we again had to navigate large towns. As we walked to the very top we could see glimpses of … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Six

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Five

Cossourado to Porrino Today was a tough day, about 35 kilometres in very warm conditions and we had to walk through several large towns and outer suburbs. While the arrows were still good for directions it was not always easy navigating large towns. The rural sections were always easier and more relaxing. The first large town that we walked into was the medieval walled town … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Five

Portuguese Camino In May: Day Four

Ponte de Lima to Cossourado Now that we have reliable wifi again I can write about our Camino. Day four was excellent. A warm day with a maximum of 26 degrees and we had about 24 kilometres to our destination of Casa de Capela in Cossourado, a very small town. As we left Ponte de Lima we saw a local market being set up by … Continue reading Portuguese Camino In May: Day Four

Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

Ponte de Lima This small town is perhaps the most delightful we have seen so far. It may not be as big and popular as the lovely cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra but Ponte de Lima has a special charm. The oldest village in Portugal, it dates back to Roman times and also has excellent examples of medieval architecture such as the famous bridge … Continue reading Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three

  Barcelos to Ponte de Lima  We have spent two nights in Barcelos allowing us to have a rest day and make a side trip to the charming small city of Braga. More of that later. Yesterday we were pleased to arrive in Ponte de Lima after walking 34 kilometres partially in heavy rain. The good news was that it wasn’t hot and our waterproofs … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three