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Stage from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis is the only town with all amenities
Information about the stage 4: Stage from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
- Km 0. Pontevedra(All services)
The route between the pilgrims' hostel and the center of Pontevedra has been travelled the previous afternoon to visit the city. Next to the train station we cross on Eduardo Pondal Avenue to take Gorgullón Street, where is the Cairn of 65,077 km. Always head to the rustic Virxe do Camiño next to the hotel of the same name. At the end of this street we turn left by the rua Sagasta and immediately to the right by the rua da Peregrina, a pedestrian street that converges in the plaza Peregrina, where is the church of the Pilgrim Virgin, built from 1778 and whose plan is shaped like vieira.
In front of the Porta do Camiño, the old door of Trabancos, we enter the Plaza da Ferrería, where we see the Convent of San Francisco, of the 14th century and of a Gothic mendicant style. In parallel to the supports of the plaza we link with the plaza of Curros Enríquez and continue straight through the Real Rua to the plaza of Celso García de la Riega. Here we turn left onto the rustic da Ponte, which leaves the historic centre and reaches the Ponte do Burg, successor to the Roman Pontoon which the 19th Way used to save the Lérez River. The factory is medieval, but has been very restored later (Km 2.1).
We crossed it to resume the march through Avenida da Coruña, although after a few meters we have to continue along the parallel street of the left, the rustic da Santiña. Without loss and always in front we will reach the A Gándara district and later with an observatory of the Marshes of Alba, a wetland of 80 hectares that houses hundreds of plant species and 123 bird species. We are already within the parish of Pontevedresa of Santa María de Alba and after a discreet merendero we reach the place of Pontecabras (Km 4.6).
We went down the roads and continued to Guxilde, where the church of Santa María de Alba, built in 1595 under the direction of Mateo López and heir of the temple consecrated in the 12th century by the famous Archbishop Diego Gelmírez (Km 5.2), rose. Half a kilometer later, after going back down the tracks, we entered San Caetano de Alba, where the 18th century homonymous chapel (Km 6.2) is located.
The parish of Cerponzons now takes the witness and the Portuguese Way visits two of its places:Leborei and O Castrado (Km 7.3). At the height of 56,996 km to Santiago, the most rewarding section of the day begins: a path guided by a wall of stones covered with moss and hihedras (Km 8.2). Under the tangled canopy we progress to the rego of the Pozo Negro, which we cross through a rustic walkway to reach a committed step at the level without barrier. After him we will soon enter San Amaro, which belongs to the parish of San Mamede da Portela and the Concello de Barro.
- Km 10.3. San Amaro(Bar. Hostal de Barro a little later)
The route continues next to the inn, passing by a rest area. In the place of A Cancela is the diversion (Km 11,4) to Portela, where is the hostel of Barro, We leave A Cancela by a paved runway and when we reach a road we turn slightly to the left to take an agricultural runway that leads to the parish of Agudelo, specifically to the place of Valbón.
- Km 12.9. Valbon(Bar)
Here is the cruise of Amonisa, with a size of Santiago pilgrim in the stem looking north towards Compostela. At the exit we advanced in parallel to a viaduct and through a road we crossed the Areal trace to exit the provincial road EP-9407. As soon as it crosses, the cairn of the last 50 kilometers (Km 14,9) appears. Several tracks now lead to a small factory that precedes the core of La Seca, at the foot of the N-550. Here too we have the opportunity to replenish forces in a bar next to the road.
- Km 16.6. La Seca(Bar-Shop. A few hundred meters Recreational area of the river Barosa with bathroom and bar area)
Through the arcén of the national we saved the Agra River and entered the Concello de Portas. Just afterwards we left the road on a road that goes to the left, and that passes through the tiny core of Barosa (at a short distance is the recreational area) to end up returning to the N-550 after a few patches, (at this point, crossing the national you can go to visit the Cascades of the Barosa River, in the Natural Park, the diversion is only 400 meters and is highly recommended). It is a fleeting step, as we leave it again to enter Briallos.
- Km 18. Briallos(Hostel. Store)
To go to the hostel you have to deviate about 400 meters from the Camino. In this village there is a small supermarket, on the other side of the N-550, which opens every day from 9 to 21 hours and on Sundays from 10 to 13 hours. The phone is 986 54 08 69.
Even to the hostel in Caldas there are still five kilometres left. We left Briallos to meet the N-550 in the parish of Arcos da Condesa and left the road again to visit the chapel of Saint Lucia (Km 18,7). From the front, through tracks without shadows that advance between the N-550 and the Chaín River, we continued to the village of Tivo. Hopefully he has a hostel, a bar-restaurant and a couple of sources that invite him to stop and fight the tiredness of this endless stretch.
- Km 20.8. Tivo(Albergue. Bar-restaurant)
Only twenty minutes later we entered Caldas de Reis next to the church of Santa Maria. The cover that looks west and the apse are Romanesque but has additions from the XVII and XVIII as the chapels of San Diego and del Carmen. We dropped down to the bridge over the Umia River, which despite its tupid submerged vegetation demands a bath in the summer months, and then we turned left by the rustic Laureano Salgado to visit the source of the Burgas, of thermal water and built at the end of the 19th century. Through the rustic Real we cross Caldas and reach the historic medieval factory bridge that saves the River Bermana. The pilgrimage hostel is right next door.
- Km 23. Caldas de Reis(All services)
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