This is day 4 (of 7) of my Camino Portuguese journey (which I did around Easter time back in 2017). To follow up on the previous long day, it was another effort close to a marathon distance. Despite my massive (now popped) blisters on the balls of my feet, I was still able to walk relatively well once I got into the groove after weathering the initial discomfort for the first few kilometres.
There were lots of cool things to see on this stage, including the fortress at Valença overlooking the Minho River, which forms the border with Spain, then crossing the river to enter Valença’s sister city of Tui on the opposite bank. Coming across the stone camino pilgrim monument was also a nice surprise along the way. In any case, I mostly just enjoyed being in a flow state and experiencing more of the amazing Portuguese countryside and trails, although the long ‘soulless’ straight of asphalt through the industrial zone on the approach to O Porriño gave a somewhat different perspective!
The Cathedral in Tui, Spain
About the Camino Portuguese:
The Camino Portuguese de Santiago, or Portuguese Way, is a Christian pilgrimage trail of about 245km that starts at the cathedral in Porto, Portugal and ends at its architectural namesake in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but it isn’t just for the dogmatically inclined. It’s also traversed by people of all backgrounds and for all kinds of different reasons, though commonly in connection with personal growth However, regardless of the multitude of possible personal life or spiritual perspectives, it’s also simply an absolutely magnificent and interesting, scenic week long walk!