For the first 20km of this stage of the Portuguese Way of Santiago we will be riding on a flat bike path along the sea, the bays and beaches – to the fishing town of Vigo. Galicians say that when God created the Earth, he reached out to Galicia to form the Rias with his fingers, we will go around a part of these fingers.
According to several studies, about a quarter of the population of Europe in the fourteenth century carried out this risky and harsh epic journey that is the Way of St. James. We will be far from these challenges but what awaits us after crossing the town of Vigo is a “mountain stage” on our scale, with privileged panoramic open views of the Cies Islands providing the motivation for the tapas that await us in Cinco Calles, Pontevedra.
Bicycles and cyclists, all have a right to rest in the Historic Parador of Pontevedra, a XVI century Renaissance Palace. The city is an important stopover on the Caminho de Santiago that bears witness to the circular Church of the Pilgrim’s Virgin, boasting a floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell. Have a cerveza with the tapas and research the local restaurant scene for dinner on your own.
Meals: Breakfast/ Picnic Lunch
- Destinations: Pontevedra
- Accomplished: 65km ride, elevation gain 1000 meters
- Accommodations: Parador de Pontevedra