We go to Vigo

Leaving Baiona we headed northeast. This put us facing the sun and into the mountains away from the beautiful coast. Goodbye flat costal route. After a few twists and turns, we found the yellow arrows on trees and rocks in steep pine forests. On numerous catch- our-breath, lower your heart rate breaks, we met pilgrims also catching their breath from Ireland, Chile, Canada and Uruguay. Hours later we all found the same restaurant to enjoy a break, share stories and eat and drink. Yes, more tortilla and beer. There were also plates of patatas bravas and meats. Leaving our fellow pilgrims, we passed through more small family farms with church-shaped grain holders. They are called Hórreos. They are built of wood or stone and are raised off the ground with pillars to help keep rodents away. Entering Vigo, the largest city in Galicia, was a bit of a surprise. It seems bigger and more sprawling than Porto and Lisbon. Also, after so many lovely villages and seaside towns, this is a major metropolis. There is Castrelos Park , which is big and beautiful to break up the busy, traffic filled streets as well as great murals and street art. The etymology of ‘Vigo’ is diminutive city. It was named by the Romans and now it is a disorganized mess. It is divided into an upper and lower and can take a very long time to cross. Pretty much once you settle into an area, you are not making plans to cross town. One of the draws to this city is the small three-island archipelago located in the mouth of the estuary. There are many ferries that make day trips there, Islas de Cies. These three ‘Islands of the Gods’ have one of the best bird observatories in Galicia, great diving and top rated beaches. That’s another vacation!

A long day of squinting in the sun, crossing slippery, rocky hills and city streets has dampened the desire to paint the town tonight. We will stay close to our hotel, sip wine and eat cheese at a local taberna and head to Redondola tomorrow.

13 thoughts on “We go to Vigo

    1. I have been thinking about you often on this camino. I know you would enjoy it. We will talk when I return. We head for the spiritual variant in a few days, and the Santiago! What are your thoughts on Finisterre? A must?

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      1. I think that going to Finisterre is a must! We didn’t walk, we took a bus. My Camino partner Sue is doing the Porto in September, then she’s walking to Finisterre. I’d want to walk it if I went again!

        I’ll look forward to speaking when you return! Buen Camino!!

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    1. Yes, they are spicy gum drops and some peanuts and corn nuts too. Those just appeared. We got potato chips with our ice cream too. Not sure the thinking of the Galician restaurant folk, but salt and sweet is definitely a thing here.

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    1. We have had some issues with the way markers, but I have the wise pilgrim app that does not need wifi and we have not been too off course. We book the next night as we arrive through booking.com. No issues at all with the rooms. We have also used tuitrans to transfer our bag on very hilly days.

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      1. Thank you for advise. I looked at the Wise Pilgrim app again. I’ve held off because of so many reviews about the maps crashing. Are you saying the location feature is enough to keep you on course? Also, do you know if Tuitrans works between Lisbon and Porto.

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      2. I’m not sure about tui trans between Lisbon and Porto but they do speak English well, which means you can call or email and they will respond quickly. I got a SIM card for my phone before leaving the airport. It makes it super easy to make calls and check maps if there is any confusion. The markings are pretty good. And there are typically humans around that you can ask if you have any issues!

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