Söhni 🏃 and elisabeth planned a hike.
January 7, 2020
18.97 km / 05:15 h / 332 m / 186 m / max. 270 meters above sea levelWith today's stage we end the hike in Portugal and enter Spanish soil if we do not decide to use the pilgrim hostel in Valenca for example and then to enjoy the old town of Valenca.After a few kilometers slightly downhill, we have only a small climb to 270 meters in altitude to do today before we descend to the river level at Valença and Tui almost at sea level.After leaving the pilgrim hostel in Rubiães, we cross a Roman bridge after a few hundred meters and shortly afterwards, when crossing the street, we find a grocery store that invites us to fill up our provisions. At São Bento da Porta Aberta we have reached the highest point of our route today, which shows up to the last third as an excellent, natural hiking route. The Portuguese forest fires of recent years have left their mark here and there. In Valença (16,000 inhabitants), the last city on Portuguese soil, a detour to the fortress-like old town is worthwhile. With the crossing of the Minho River on the international bridge we enter Spanish soil for the first time and end our tour in Tui at the cathedral, which occupies the top of the hill in the middle of the old town. While Tui became a bishopric in the 7th century, the urban development of the neighboring city of Valença on the Portuguese river side only began at the end of the 12th century.
Today we cross the Mino Bridge and come to Spain. First of all, an ascent to the sanctuary of Sao Benito must be overcome. In Fontoura, where Queen Isabel of Portugal stayed on the way to Santiago, the church of Sao Miguel is worth a visit. Towards the end of the stage, we reach the town of Valenca, which is connected to the neighboring town of Tui, where we can stroll through the old town enclosed by the fortress wall. We finally enter Tui via the international bridge.
Dear Reimund, that means we COULD start next week. The path is perfectly planned again.But I still have to go from Pamplona to Burgos.I'm really looking forward to it. Then Buen Camino.
January 8, 2020
Yes, Elisabeth, I'll be there in September! I have already registered. I'm glad...Buen Camino.