Even if we didn't like our accommodation in Pontevedra we did love the city itself. The morning we left we stopped at a local bakery for pastries, coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice (pretty much our staple diet for breakfast for the whole trip,) and got on our way. We had a long day ahead of us of walking so we bought some extra snacks for along the way. It was going to be roughly 24km of walking but luckily it followed a lot of beautifully forested paths. There were a few spots where we had to walk single file along the side of roads but overall it wasn't too bad, except for the distance. It's funny to think that now I would say 24km of walking is so far, however, at the time we were getting so used to it, we just kept trekking along.
We were thankful for our pack covers and raincoats today as it rained a lot, the most so far. Made quite a few stops along the way both in cafes or on the side of the road. We definitely learned quickly how important it was to carry our own food on us for any moments where we felt hungry, tired or faint. When we arrived in Caldas de Reis we realized once again we were staying on the outskirts of the city. This is something that happened to us quite a bit in Spain but never in Portugal. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is planning on doing this trip to make sure your accommodation isn't too far out of town because after a long day of walking, the last thing you want to do is walk further because of your hotel or hostel.
When we arrived at our hotel we were pleasantly surprised because there was a bathtub! After walking from 8am to 2pm and over 24kms we did not want to explore the town but rather have a soak and relax, and we did just that! Once again Spain won for most outdated hotels, this bathroom was definitely the funniest one we had. With all matching tub, toilet and sink in baby blue, a sight to be seen! The hotel (Hotel Sena,) although still dated looking was way better than the past few we had stayed in. Dinner was served at 8pm so we dragged ourselves out of our room to feed our hungry bellies some snacks from the local grocery store around the corner, we couldn't eat enough!
Our next leg is another long one, but not as long, just 20km to Padron. My mum and I couldn't believe that we only had 2 days left. It was such a long journey but at the same time it went so quickly, even today it feels like a dream that we even did it. We had dinner at the hotel in the dining room and was very disappointed, but hey sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. Once again we called it after watching some Netflix on my phone, best app I could've downloaded on the trip!
Stay tuned for the last couple days of our journey on the Camino de Santiago. Summer has been so busy for me so I haven't been updating the blog as much as I would like, but thank you for always following along! Counting down till our next trip to Europe at Christmas and I can share all my travels with you all then.