The walk on this day was through countryside, and took us to a spa hotel in Caldas de Reis, a pleasant little town.
12 September 2015: After a refreshing day yesterday where we took the train to Pontevedra and then strolled round the old city, today we set off to walk around 20 Km to Caldas de Reis.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
First we drained the rather large blister on Deb’s left foot and added numerous blister pads and sticking plasters to help protect it.
We had a little wobble at the start by mistakenly following an indirect route from the hotel down to the river where we needed to cross the Burgos bridge, but we got to see a few things in Pontevedra that we’d missed the previous day.
This stage of the route is apparently the flattest and it was certainly more like the walk in the countryside that I’d hoped for. Apart from a short stretch right beside a major road we spent most of our time in rural lanes, often walking beside tiny vineyards and plots of corn.
The day was cool at around 18 degrees C and we were generally in the shade, though there was one stretch in full sun.
We made good time, and after around 4 or 5 hours had completed about 17 Km. By then though we were a bit tired from the walking and Deb’s blister was giving her grief. I was also developing a slight tenderness on my foot that I later saw was a small blister.
At the entrance to the Parque Natural Ria Barosa, on the main road we stopped for ice cream at a tiny cafe, and made use of the helpline our tour company provides. We were about 5 Km from our destination, but walking further seemed silly so we asked the company to send a taxi. This service is actually free of charge, which is pretty darned good.
Half an hour later we were ensconced in our hotel room in Caldas de Reis, looking after our feet.
Tomorrow we plan to take a bus to our next stop. Meanwhile Deb bought a cheap pair of clog-style plastic shoes so she doesn’t always have to cope with the pressure on the tender part of her foot.
Today I enjoyed the mainly flat terrain: the only hill was smaller than Mt Vic in Wellington. We also had a variety of pleasant paths and enjoyed the vineyards, corn fields, numerous dogs and occasional horses and chickens we saw as we walked. We saw one flock of half a dozen sheep sleeping in long grass in the mid-afternoon sun.
One thing we saw again today that I’ve finally looked up is tiny little rectangular stone buildings on stilts. Wikipedia tells me that these are Hórreo, or granaries, typical of Galicia and Asturias.
We also stopped at a lovely little cafe soon after 11 am. They had plenty of tables inside and out under the grape vines, spoke a little English, provided a clean toilet and free wifi. So many places in Spain offer free wifi it was a surprise at the railway station in Redondela not to have wifi.
The cafe also featured a very large stuffed toy bear with a pilgrim stick.
Today’s photos feature the paths, a hórreo, vineyards.