Portuguese Coastal Route Camino de Santiago.

Day 9 of our pilgrimage on the Portuguese Coastal Route had us traveling 12.4 miles, from Redondela to Pontrevedra. It was a splendid day to walk.

The weather could not have been more perfect, with clear blue skies and a sunny 70 degrees Fahrenheit. But more than the weather, the route itself was full of variety and beauty.

A kindly local in Redondela generously led us to the start of the Camino arrows in town. He proudly informed us that he had hiked the Camino d Santiago multiple times, and that the mountains were superior to the coast.

It’s definitely obvious that we are getting closer to Santiago de Compostela. The route is thoroughly and very generously marked. It seems there was a label, arrow, monument, or sign every 20 meters. We passed several impromptu markers in which pilgrims had hung their shells, or left a photo of a loved one they were doing the walk in honor of.

We’ve also noticed a decided uptick in the volume of pilgrims. It’s easy to deduce from the size of their backpack where they began their journey from. The largest backpacks began in Porto; pilgrims with small backpacks either started in Vigo. (Either that, or they are wealthy and using a luggage transportation service.) We came across a Spaniard, Belgian, and three Americans. The greater surprise was that we also met five pilgrims from the Republic of Korea.

A Lovely Walk Along Farmland and Woods

We had the greatest amount of climbs and descents today. However, it would be foolish to complain – IT WAS GORGEOUS! A good portion of the walk went through a fragrant eucalyptus forest.

We saw a number of well-tended vegetable farms and vineyards. In addition, we passed several horses, goats, and roosters. The horse was unfenced, and allowed me to approach and pet it.

The small town of Pontesampaio was delightful, and offered every pilgrim a look at meticulously maintained houses, with their quaint architecture, medieval bridge, and stone granuaries. We also were afforded a close up of an ancient Grecian-style “laundry” site, where townswomen would gather to wash their clothes and exchange information.

The locals were incredibly friendly, and appeared accustomed to seeing pilgrims wander by.

As gorgeous as today’s walk was, a certain level of physical fitness is required. One part of the forest hike involves scrambling up rocks, and some of those rocks have mountain stream water flowing down them.

Tip: you burn a lot of energy, and since many places are closed during winter season, bring lots of water and snacks with you!

Arrival in Pontevedre

What a lovely town Pontrevedre is! I immediately fell in love with the architecture, and the wide, clean streets.

No matter how tired they might be, it would be a mistake to miss seeing the Ingrexa da Virxe Peregrina, with its distinctive seashell motifs, or the 15th century Basilica de Santa Maria a Maior.

In true Spanish style, the restaurants don’t truly get busy until around 9 p.m.

Portuguese Coastal Route

Wherever your journey takes you, Buon Camino!

Portuguese Coastal Route Camino de Santiago.

By Katie Cerezo

Thank you so much for visiting. 😊 I have always loved traveling, and my legs are my primary means of transportation. It's a beautiful world, and I'm eager to explore it…one step at a time.

2 thoughts on “Portuguese Coastal Route Day 9 – Redondela to Pontevedra”
  1. Lovely recount. Appreciated the bit of the scramble with a stream flowing beneath. Did you miss your walking sticks?

    1. Thank you so much! Walking sticks aren’t really necessary for this route. It has been 10 days, and I’ve only seen one person using them (to assist with an injury and heavy backpack). Buon Camino!

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