- Day 10 – Redondela to Pontevedra – 16.12 miles/25.94 kms
- Day 11 – Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis – 15.6 miles/ 25.1 kms
- Day 12 – Caldas de Reis to Padron – 15.48 miles/24.91 kms
- Day 13 – Padron to Santiago de Compostela – 17.74 miles/ 28.55 kms
- Total Distance – 180.21 miles/ 290 kms
Each day’s walk was minimally 2 miles longer than expected and I had picked up a Camino Bronchial infection. Sorry for not posting daily, but I simply was too tired to sit at the computer to post. But now I am home and thanks to my notes I can update a post on the trail.
We had now joined the traditional route for the final four days into Santiago. Walking from Redondela into Pontevedra entailed some walking on the busy N550 which was not much fun at all. However, the other parts of the trail were lovely.
Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis held a Pilgrims Spa Treatment for those who choose to participate. Sadly only 4 of the group enjoyed the treatment. The hotel had a wonderful pool and offered massages and other spa treatments. There is a wonderful restaurant on the river across from the hotel that serves magnificent food. A pure delight on the Camino!
Caldas de Reis to Padron wasn’t difficult but it was a long trek on a very hot day. Upon arriving at the hotel, I was not very happy to find that the majority of the rooms were reserved for a motorcyclist club (Sorry Steve and Karl!) This group was loud and obnoxious and partied til the wee hours of the morning, keeping much of the group awake.
Finally we made it to Santiago de Compostela! Again the trek was long and the end held a steep uphill passing the hospital. We could now countdown our distance from Santiago on the official Spanish Waymarkers. Once we arrived in Santiago, we checked into our hotel before going to the cathedral.
The old town was filled with Police because that evening would be the festivities for the Feast of St. James. To enter the square the police were not allowing backpacks and were checking all women’s handbags.
I learned that Fr. Duane con-celebrated at the one o’clock mass that day. Unfortunately Gail, Andrea, Kayla and I were still hiking into Santiago at that time.
Our celebratory dinner in the hotel included a Queimada Ceremony. It was quite special.
The night was full of fireworks which were displayed over the cathedral. A few of the group went into the square to watch but I felt safer staying in the hotel and viewing them from my suite rather than go to the square.