cha A Kinder (Gentler) Camino Portugués Tour - Day 6 '

Based in Spain since 2006

Arcade to Pontevedra

Mos to Arcade

Day 6

Accommodations: Pontevedra (B, L, D)

Walking: 14 km / 9 mi

This morning our stage takes us from Arcade to Pontevedra. we leave Arcade on the monumental and historic stone bridge of Pontesampaio, the site of the most celebrated battle in Galicia during the Spanish War of Independence in 1809. At the bridge of Pontesampio, an irregular force of Spanish soldiers and armed locals stopped and defeated the 10,000-strong French army that was marching towards the strategic city of Vigo. Less than a month later, the last French soldier had retreated from Galician soil. 

The Pontesampaio Bridge
The Pontesampaio Bridge

Along this part of the Camino signage may become sparse and hard to spot, though our Fresco Tours guides will ensure that we are walking in the right direction. We will continue through the Tomeza Valley and find a lovely spot to enjoy our gourmet picnic with local cheeses at the Fonte Figuerrido. After lunch we will continue to Pontevedra, passing by the humble Chapel of Santa Marta, patron of cooks and hospitality as in the Bible Martha entertained and cooked for Jesus. The chapel is usually open and has a self-service stamp for your pilgrim credential.

Local musicians in Pontevedra.
Local musicians in Pontevedra.

Finally, we will arrive to Pontevedra, our home for the next two nights. Once we have checked into our hotel in Pontevedra we will explore the town before dinner. The highlight of the the town is the Church of La Peregrina shaped as a scallop shell seen from above and dedicated to Our Lady and the patron of the Camino Portugués. After we sit down to try the local cuisine and enjoy a glass or two of albariño wine, it’s time to rest before our full day of walking tomorrow. 

La Peregrina
La Peregrina

The Vigo Estuary

In 1702 the Battle of Rande was fought in the Vigo Estuary, just off the Camino Portugués near Redondela. A painful defeat was inflicted on the Franco-Spanish fleet by the Anglo-Dutch one.

A hundred and seventy years later Jules Verne would use this event to explain how Captain Nemo finances his operations; by pillaging the gold and silver in the sunken wrecks.

There is a wonderful monument to Jules Verne featuring Captain Nemo and two divers just off the Island of San Simón, which is close to the Portuguese Camino.

wonderful monument to Jules Verne featuring Captain Nemo
wonderful monument to Jules Verne featuring Captain Nemo
Elevation Profile for the Arcade to Pontevedra stage on the Camino Portugués
Elevation Profile for the Arcade to Pontevedra stage on the Camino Portugués

Pontevedra to Parque Natural Ría Barosa