Our walk from Redondela to Pontevedra was very short compared to previous days. That wasn't a bad thing though because our next leg of the journey was meant to be very long. We walked along the side of a motorway until we arrived in the next town from our hotel. We arrived in Arcade in time to get some breakfast, pastries and cappuccinos like always! Then we followed the road across a medieval bridge that had been fought on during the time of Napoleon. We continued walking along and when we stopped at a small chapel to get a stamp we met a lovely Australian and South African woman. We decided to join them for the rest of the way to Pontevedra, which was a detour along the river instead of taking the main road.
It was lovely meeting some fellow pilgrims along the way and getting to know them a bit. I found it so interesting to hear about the route everyone was taking, where they had started and why they were doing it. Everyone's answers were completely different and I really liked that about the Camino. We stopped off at the first cafe we saw in Pontevedra because we all needed the facilities and so we stopped for a snack before parting ways to find our own hotels.
Our hotel was very old and basic, sort of the theme of our time spent in Spain. It was called Hotel Madrid and I would definitely not recommend it as it was very loud and smelled like an ash tray. But it didn't matter because it was centrally located and we just needed somewhere to sleep. We dropped our bags off and headed out for lunch and errands before a rest. We found a cute bakery around the corner we decided to have lunch and breakfast in, it was delicious! Then we went to a local grocery store for snacks for the next days long day of walking. We had a siesta, because we are trying to be like the Spanish before we decided to explore the beautiful city.
We were told by others and our guidebook we had to visit the Pilgrims Church. So we did just that! We received a stamp and payed a little bit extra to climb to the top. My mum got halfway up the spiral staircase and decided she was not going all the way to the top. However, I did and the view was magnificent, I was really glad I did it! We continued walking around the old town which was both beautiful and busy, not only with pilgrims but tourists alike! Due to all our exploring through the markets and cathedrals as well as finding somewhere to go for dinner we ended up doing 21.5km by the end of the day! It was nice to have a short walking day and able to explore the town without being too exhausted.
Only 3 days to go till we arrive in Santiago! I know this has been a long drawn out and multiple part blog post but there was so much we saw and did that I want to share it all with you! Stay tuned for the last few days of walking and what we did and loved in Santiago de Compostela!