Last day on the Portuguese Camino, an expected 30 k walk today and mostly on sealed roads. There were a few relief moments when a dirt track appeared. The weather has been amazing , we have had no rain at all. Once again up early or it seems so early as it is still dark at 8.30 we leave the Hotel and hit the road.
Can’t say much about the road as I really don’t like walking on it, either do my legs or feet. We walk through several lovely villages. Lots with great vegetable patches, cats & dogs pleased to see us. There seems to be a lot more pilgrims around. All looking very fresh and clean, some carrying nothing but a handbag. We are amongst the very few carrying our backpacks. Also it appears the modern GPS system might enable people to perhaps walk a more direct route from A to B. Anyway that is not our Camino.
We visited a beautiful church along the way and received one of our last Sello’s for our Credentials.
A cheeky little kitten tried to hitch a ride with me.
A welcome stop was at a Casa Rural for a lunch of Lentil Soup which was delicious.
The count down starts with each way marker getting lower and lower.
Within the last few kilometres we stop at wayside cafe and have a coke cola and some freshly roasted Chestnuts.
It’s a funny feeling getting to an end of a walk like this. It certainly is challenging at times and I have loved this Camino but to me it doesn’t hold the connection to a pilgrimage as the French Camino does.
We go to the Pilgrim office to receive our Compostella but it has a line a mile long so decide to comeback at another time. We attend the 7.30 Mass but no swinging of the Botafumeiro . Hopefully we will see it before we leave.
Santiago is wonderful, full of excitement . So happy to be here . We hit the tapas bar that I had been to when I walked the French Camino ,we eat , drink wine and have a great time.
Here are some scenes from our days in Santiago.
I have received my Compostella and now looking forward to my next adventure the Camino Ingles.