As to be expected, it was a quiet Sunday morning when we left Redondela. We passed Camino tiles along the streets and some inner city hórreo too. Crossing a not-so-busy street we entered a nature walk filled with waterfalls, vineyards and flowers.As we gained altitude we saw beautiful vistas and many pilgrims.There was a sun-bleached post with Camino shells; we added another of ours.After a challenging scramble up a stone-filled path we were rewarded with a little down hill that had another hórreo and a horse. A short walk through a small town brought us to another wonderful walk along a crystal clear river and into Pontevedra. The historic district has many cafes, lots of street art and a Parador.We stopped a a pulpería, because, why not. And yes, the grilled octopus was outstanding. Cerveza was tasty, too. We decided to treat ourselves to a stay at the Parador in Pontevedra.Our room is lovely. This Parador was the home to the Counts of Maceda. It is filled with beautiful antiques and has regal charm.
Pontevedra has many historic churches, beautiful botanical gardens and a nice riverfront. As we wandered around the historic district, we were able to see most of these ancient buildings.Santuario da Virxe Peregrina (Sanctuary of the Virgin Pilgrim), Real Basílica Menor de Santa Maria, Igrxa De San Francisco (convent of San Francisco), we stuck to the nice garden bar at the Parador instead of walking to the botanical gardens.Local beers, mini sandwiches, a children’s birthday party in the garden all added to an already terrific day.