Söhni 🏃 and elisabeth planned a hike.
January 7, 2020
19.64 km / 05:30 h / 276 m / 295 m / max. 147 meters above sea levelEven in Redondela, the sea coast was no longer directly exposed to the harsh influence of the Atlantic, because in the west a headland runs parallel to the coast, which offers protection. In between is a large bay, the "Enseada de San Simòn". At the exit to the west of Redondela, the bay is so narrow that it can be crossed by a road bridge.On today's tour between the two major cities of Redondela and Pontevedra, the route takes us twice to about 150 meters above sea level. On the first section to Pontesampaio we often have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Bay of Vigo, which is framed by mountains and looks more like a large lake. At Pontesampaio, an old arch bridge spans the Rio Verdugo river. It is worth taking a break here to enjoy the picturesque situation.Now we are climbing a forested hill for the second time that day, although we are in many places - visible from the road surface - on the old Roman road. On the depressions of the rough stone pavement you can still see the wheel tracks of old wagons. For the last 5 kilometers the Way of St. James leads us along the little-used road to Pondevedra. In the shadow of the houses, it is still bearable in the scorching hot afternoon sun.The historically significant city of Pontevedra (80,000 inhabitants), which was the provincial capital from 1833, has always had great economic and cultural importance. In the late evening we can enjoy the vibrant life in the squares and alleys of the old town.Our tour ends at the "Praza de la Peregrina", where the 18th century baroque church "de la Virgen Peregrina" (sanctuary of the virgin pilgrim) is located.
Today's stage leads over the Lomba Pass to Pontesampaio. After crossing a medieval bridge over the Rio Ulló, we reach the town of Pontevedra via hardly used roads, paths and trails and explore the charming old town. Then transfer to the Poio Monastery, where we also spend the night.