- July 1st, 2014
- Caldas de Reis: Municipal Albergue Posada Dona Urraca, €6
- Weather: Cool & rainy, 20 degrees
There was no hurry because it was a relatively short day and I wanted to do some sightseeing in Pontevedra (1.5km away) which meant waiting until 8:30am for things to open.
The church was related to Santiago and had the scallop shell motif adorning the stained glass windows, pews and other furniture. The town was small enough to have a quick tour before crossing the ancient bridge (also decorated with scallop shells) and continuing on my way.
The path was along a beautiful forest trail and provided some cover from the intermittent rain that lasted all day. There was a huge increase of pilgrims walking today with many large groups and small daypacks… I was both envious that someone else was carrying their backpacks and they were staying in 5* hotels and also a little proud of myself for roughing it with the bed bugs (I’ve been bitten!) and carrying my own bag.
I arrived in Caldas de Reis, an old Roman town with thermal water and went to bathe my feet in the warm open air spa. It was lovely!
We’re only 20km from Padron so Pimiento de Padron (peppers from padron) were on every restaurant menu and I found a great little tavern for dinner with the Italian couple I met in Mos a few days back (Franco & Luiza) and a young South African couple (Corbus & Linke) and we had a terrific tapas dinner of peppers, manchego cheese, mussels, squid and octopus… All washed down with wine from the region.
2 days until Santiago…