Finally, the first day of our walk on the Caminho Portuguese together. Didi woke up earlier than me, I got up at 7. We need to prepare our big backpacks and bring them down to the reception area before 8, because TUITrans will pick them up between 8 and 8.30.
After bringing our packbacks down we go back to our room, breakfast is starting only at 8.30. The breakfast buffet is “closed”, the woman behind the counter is serving from behind the counter, due to COVID-19. After we had breakfast we went back to our room to pick up our smaller day-backpacks.
Luckily the train stopped, so we did not need to wear our poncho’s. Yesterday we saw the markers in front of the church, so we went there and started to walk. We missed a market, but according to John Brierley’s book we had to go to the Ecopath to follow that trial to Valença.
Once we found the trial, it was easy for the 90% of our walk. Just follow the red “carpet”. It is a bike/pedestrian path, sponsored by the EU along side the Rio Minho. This river is the border between Portugal and Spain.
We passed by cornfields, Eucalyptus trees, small forrests and some boats. The only bar was closed, only open during summertime. At noon we took a break, eat our lunch which we bought the day before.
In a small village just before Valença we stopped for coffee, jus and a croissant. And a stamp in our Camino passport. And just another 1,5k to our hotel. It’s easy to find, we can already check in and our backpacks have arrived already.
We take some time to rest from our walk and around 16.00 we went out to be a tourist, visiting the Fortaleza of Valenca. From the walls of this fortress you have a nice view of the river Minho and of Tui, the city on the other side of the river in Spain. The Cathedral of Tui is rising above all othet buildings in Tui.
We stroll through the narrow streets and.look at the many small shops, some churches and other tourist. Around 18.00 we start looking for a restaurant to eat. For Portuguese people way to early, but not for us. We are not used to eat late.
After diner we did some groceries for the next day and went back to our hotel. We blogged and vlogged, had a video call with our daughter and went to bed.
Do you know that you can watch our vlog on Youtube, just search for the channel PTX Camino Geleen.
And we like to read some comments too…..😉