Saturday, September 8, 2012

GALICIA AND CAMINO DE SANTIAGO PORTUGUÉS

This summer I have been enjoying some wonderful days in Galicia where we had a very pleasant weather. We went to some of the fantastic beaches in Galicia, we visited beautiful villages, fantastic National Parks, cities with history and walked along paths and forests really green.

Without any doubt, the most beautiful experience has been The Portuguese Way of Saint James because of the nice people we have met, the contact with nature and the satisfaction of having walked more than 115km without drawbacks.


Below you have the most important places we visited in Galicia:

    • Valença do Minho - Tui
    • O Porriño - Cesantes 
    • Cesantes - Pontevedra
    • Pontevedra - Caldas do Reis
    • Caldas do Reis - Padrón
    • Padrón - Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • A Coruña


Santiago de Compostela




Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from La Alameda
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from La Alameda



Bell Towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Bell Towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from the roof


Costa da Morte


The Way of Saint James in Ponte Maceira
Shell of The Way of Saint James in Ponte Maceira


Bridge of Ponte Maceira in Galicia
The nice bridge of Ponte Maceira


Promenade of Muros in Costa da Morte
Promenade of Muros in Costa da Morte


Promenade in Muros
Promenade in Muros


 Hórreo de Carnota
Hórreo de Carnota, the largest one in Galicia



Lighthouse of Finisterre
Lighthouse of Finisterre, the endpoint of El Camino de Santiago



Santuario de la Virgen de la Barca in Muxia
Santuario de la Virgen de la Barca in Muxia


Costa da Morte in Muxía
Costa da Morte in Muxía

Baiona   



Baiona castle behind the beach
Baiona castle behind the beach


A Ribeira beach in Baiona
A Ribeira beach in Baiona



Old town of Baiona
Old town of Baiona, a town of Galicia I liked a lot

Ria de Vigo




Ría de Vigo
Ría de Vigo from our hotel in Vigo



Cíes Islands




Walking trails in Cíes Islands National Park
Walking trails in Cíes Islands National Park


Camping of Cíes Islands National Park
On the right you can see the camping of Cíes Islands National Park

Rodas beach in Cíes Islands
Taking a bath in Rodas beach in Cíes Islands

Rodas beach in Cíes Islands
Clear water in Rodas beach in Cíes Islands, one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen





Valença do Minho



Fortress of Valença do Minho
One of the entrance to the fortress of Valença do Minho in Portugal

Tui from the fortress of Valença do Minho
Tui from the fortress of Valença do Minho in Portugal


International Bridge between Valença do Minho and Tui
International Bridge between Valença do Minho and Tui over the Minho river

Tui


Town of Tui in Galicia
In Tui after crossing the International Bridge from Valença do Minho

Forest near Tui
Forest near Tui
  

Redondela - Cesantes


Beach of Cesantes in Ria de Vigo
Beach of Cesantes in Ria de Vigo near Redondela

Shell of The Way of Saint James
Shell of The Way of Saint James somewhere between Cesantes and Pontevedra

Pontevedra



Plaza de la Leña in Pontevedra
Plaza de la Leña in Pontevedra

Sanctuary of the pilgrim virgin in Pontevedra
Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra

Sanctuary of the pilgrim virgin in Pontevedra
Another view of the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra.


Caldas do Reis


Pilgrims in The Portuguese Way of Saint James
Pilgrims listening to an interesting story of a villager near Caldas do Reis


Padrón


Shell and yellow arrow of the Portuguese Way of Saint James
Shell and yellow arrow of the Portuguese Way of Saint James near Padrón


Santiago de Compostela




In Obradoiro after the pilgrim Mass
In Obradoiro after the pilgrim Mass


A Coruña



  
Riazor beach in A Coruña
Riazor beach in A Coruña


Tower of Hércules
Tower of Hercules in A Coruña


Tower of Hércules
A closer view of Tower of Hércules under a lovely day


Tower of Hércules
Beautiful landscape with the Tower of Hércules as a reference





Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:



- Catalonia

- Basque Country

- Cantabria

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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