Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugués
from Porto
to Santiago de Compostela

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Day 7 - San Pedro de Rubiaes to Tui

The path follows the bed of the stream

and gets rather muddy

but the reward is ....

a spectacular Roman bridge

and past a modern variation of the traditional horreo for storing corn-on-the-cob (maize)

and the shop and bar at Ponte Nova, which opens very early and appears to sell absolutely everything. (There is a good restaurant nearby too)

Quiet tracks ...

and country roads

A natural fountain

Sao Bento de Porto Aberta

Vista of the way ahead

Wayside cross

Taberna Igreja

Memorial to the priest who worked for the renaissance of the Camino and originated the yellow arrows to mark the Way.

Another Roman bridge

Ponte Romana de Pedreira

Outskirts of Valenca

Largo de Capicheira roundabout

Lunch stop next to roundabout

Car park for Valenca castle

The Ramparts

Statue of San Teotonio and chapel of Bomm Jesus

Capella de Bom Jesus - interior

Praca de Republica at the heart of the old town within the catle walls

Looking down from the ramparts

and the distant view

The old city is filled with tacky tourist shops selling garish wares, like these beach towels (above)

The International Bridge leading to Spain

with a footway giving magnificent views of the Rio Minho

Looking back to the fort of Valenca

The first of the Galician way marks

The alternative route along the river back (avoiding the main road into Tui)

Narrow streets in the old quarter of Tui

View from the refugio

Interior of refugio

Main street of Tui

Portico of the cathedral of Tui

The cloisters of the cathedral

Santiago on a white charger