Our 6th day of walking meant that we were finally leaving Portugal behind to walk into Spain. I love the idea of how you can just walk from one country to another, with no hard border, I love Europe! It was a fairly short day of walking, 17km, compared to previous days. We woke up early and had a delicious breakfast spread at Casa da Capela before we got on our way. We left the countryside to be greeted by small towns and cities along our journey.
When we arrived in Valenca, the last city in Portugal we walked through an old medieval style town. The roads were made of cobble stone and we walked through a beautiful, old fort before coming to the bridge that crosses into Spain. We arrived in Tui in the early afternoon and were allowed to get into our hostel room early, which was very appreciated. We had a private room that was quite simple but did the trick. We were sharing a bathroom with the rest of the floor so I quickly hopped in the shower so I wouldn't have to worry about that the next morning. The hostel was Ideas Peregrinas and it was so cute. The owners were lovely and they had a cafe/hostel shop as well.
It was wonderful to be in a country that I could understand the language. I took some Spanish in high school and university. Although I don't speak it fluently I can still understand it quite well and get by with what I do have. Tui was a small, old and beautiful town, and my mum and I absolutely loved it. The weather was beautiful and since we walked less that day we decided we should explore the city square and cathedral. We had a quick, light lunch in the main square overlooking the beautiful cathedral. We had to quench our hunger since the Spanish don't eat until 8pm. As we sat outside we were able to watch the pilgrims walk in, looking tired but happy to see the beauty this town had to offer. After lunch we headed back to the hostel for a siesta, following the Spaniard way.
The nap didn't last long and our hunger managed to make us get up again to find a snack. However, it was a Sunday and we quickly realized not a lot was open on Sundays in Spain. Luckily after some walking around we discovered a creperie across the street from our hostel that was open. Needless to say we were jumping for joy, me especially. We had a crepe and smoothie to share. The crepe was stuffed with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and walnuts, my mum's choice, she has a serious love affair with anything caramel flavoured. I ordered the peach, banana and yogurt smoothie because I was really missing my smoothies along the journey. It hit the spot and we went back to the hotel to relax some more.
Before dinner we headed to the Tui Cathedral to see what it was all about. It was truly mesmerizing when we walked in. Not only from the art and sculpture that was found within but also the sheer size in the architecture. I was really glad we took the time to walk around both the inside and the grounds of the cathedral to fully understand it. I am not a religious person but I will always absolutely love the architecture of a Catholic cathedral. As our tummies started to grumble again we decided we had to find a restaurant. In our guidebook there were a couple suggestions and we decided on A Muralla, which I am glad we did. It wasn't too far from our hostel and we were able to sit on the beautiful and sunny patio. It slowly began to fill up with pilgrims and our waiter, who I think was also one of the chefs began to take our orders. I ordered melon and Serano ham as a starter with a chicken skewer, salad and chips for my main. I quickly realized my eyes were bigger than my very hungry stomach, but I managed to get on alright. The tomatoes were so fresh and delicious and I realized just how excited I was for the food in Spain after that evening.