Portugal
Valença Municipality

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    • Day 8–9

      Day 5 walking to Porrino, 🇪🇸

      April 20 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

      11 miles today. Mostly flat and along rivers. Another gorgeous day. Wonderful time of silence in the morning and listening to a great podcast of experience, strength and hope that had me laughing out loud (thanks, Lorna K.). We arrived in the sweet town of Porrino at maybe 3 and went on the hunt for salads. Tricky to find a place with a kitchen open at this time, but we found one. Tonight is a big fashion show in the square and it’s happening. Had dinner at the hotel. Then Adriana, Gus and I went to find gelato and check out the fashion show. It was rocking, but I’m exhausted. Tmrw we are walking in time to see the sunrise (7:40 am) so we will walk out of our hotel at 7:15. The hotel has provided boxed breakfasts for us tonight that we put in our fridges. We bought cold Starbucks and other pre made iced lattes at the grocery store this afternoon to have in the morning. Tmrw night is our last dinner with Miguel who is our guide and driver. After Monday we will use a luggage transfer service which has a 33 pound weight limit so I will have to put some “extra” stuff in the van each day so I meet the weight requirement. The great thing this trip is that we are walking from every destination to our next destination and when we arrive at our accommodations Piero or Miguel have pre delivered our luggage. They also carry it to the van from outside our hotel rooms every morning. It’s so wonderful. Our group of 8 is a great size. I would not recommend doing in any larger group. The Camino is a very intimate experience and you want to walk together cohesively for the most part, etc. Tmrw Louise and I are going to be totally silent for the entire 11 miles. It will be challenging, but what I need. It’s hard for me to spend too much time in my head so this is about all I can handle. I’ll report back tomorrow. 🙏🥰Read more

    • Day 7

      Tag 6

      May 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Heute früh ging es nach einem guten Frühstück und Regen von Rubiaes nach Tui. Nach 4 km bemerkte Heiko das seine Kamera fehlt. Er ist also zurück und wir haben gewartet. Nach 2 Stunden war er wieder zurück und wir nächsten wir. Kurz vor Valenca haben wir dann das letzte Mal auf portugiesischer Seite gegessen. Das Essen auf dem Foto hat uns 23€gekostet. Dann über die Grenzbrücke und waren in Spanien. Am Freitag wollen wir dann dann in Santiago sein. Habe ich echt vergessen, in Pointe der Lima würde Heiko als 88.000 pilgern der in dieser Herberge übernachtet geehrt.Read more

    • Day 8

      Cossourado to Valenca 13km😀 Day 6

      May 1 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      The day started cold and wet. I did not dry out or warm up from the day before. The weather forecast was not promising.
      The novelty of putting our ponchos on and taking pictures has worn off 🥺.
      The down hill today was a river which required precision foot work not to get a soaker. Thank goodness it was a short walk and the coffee sure was good today.
      Valenca is an amazing town to explore.
      We said good bye to our cousins as they are staying across "The Bridge" in Spain tonight. We will cross over and meet them at the Cathedral tomorrow morning to continue our walk. Not looking forward to crossing the bridge😬.
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    • Day 7

      Ponte Lima to Cossourda 27 km Day 5

      April 30 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      We left the historic town of Ponte Lima at 9:00 am,the rain was coming down sideways. The trail was like a river but gorgeous. I wore shorts with my rain poncho worked great as it was warm out.
      After an hour the rain just turned to showers on and off.
      The climb up Labruja Mountain was very rewarding.
      We had lunch under dry skies at the summit.
      We walked all day along cobblestone paths under canopies of lush green trees.
      The reward was an amazing rural home for the night and a homemade communal dinner. There are 16 women here!!!
      The SanFran girls and the very loud OC girls🤪
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    • Day 10

      Rubiães and Fontoura

      April 29 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Woke up early to lovely breakfast by my host. His house is over 300 years old! It was like staying in a private cozy castle. After a short chat with my host, I was off reach Valença. I am very thankful that the worst of the hike is behind me. I finished The Hobbit, and now I have stated Fellowship of the Ring naturally. I saw a little old lady walking her sheep, and I found the ruins of an abandoned home, and I had to explore.Read more

    • Day 7

      Day 4 walking

      April 19 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      12 miles today (roughly). Much easier than yesterday. Had time off in Valenca, Portugal which has a very large fortress that surrounds the city. Happy to have a salad with tuna and a Coke Zero at a cute cafe. Then we walked into Tui, Spain via a bridge that I did not love. My suitcase zipper is having issues so that’s not great but we will figure something out. I jammed it one too many times and this morning it had it. I’ve got one working zipper and hope to be able to find some luggage straps to get me home. 🙏 but that’s a long time from now and you all know I’m all about being where my feet are! Louise and I did laundry today which was awesome. I’m on the 4th floor in essentially the attic room tonight - up a spiral staircase so Piero and Miguel will have fun getting my suitcase down to the floor below where the elevator is. Had great times of silence today. Another beautiful blue sky. Had to buy more sunscreen today as I have used a whole tube, but have managed to avoid sunburn. Listened to a wonderful Tim Keller sermon and my praise mix which I find really helps me to connect with God and have my prayer time. We had dinner at 8 at a fun tapas restaurant. But that’s so late for me. The town square is hopping. Kids on scooters that light up and parents enjoying dinner and drinks outside. No one seems to be tired, but us! Night night.Read more

    • Day 11

      Albergue in Pacos!

      June 29, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      Not only did we have the highest altitude gain on our walk today, but it’s our longest walk at 19.2 miles! Geeesh, we out did ourselves! Thankfully the breeze was with us all day and the weather was a great deal cooler! Our Albergue tonight, Quinta Estrada Romana, is picturesque on the outsside and very cute inside! We pretty much have a whole floor to oursleves and 4 Americans from Minnesota are on the floor below us. I don’t know when our luck will run out with these nice places and not being full, but really enjoying it while it lasts!Read more

    • Day 18

      Camino Portuguese Day 8

      September 29, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Another lovely albergue. This one is family run, with lots of love. Anna and Pedro were walking the Camino from there home in Lisbon when the property called to them. Basically in ruins, they began renovations just before Covid started, opening in spring of 2021. The first year was slow, but this summer they were quite busy.

      There were not many guests last night, we had a wonderful pilgrim meal for 5 guests. I saw a few others this morning, but not a full house.

      The rain woke me early, but it tapered off before I started to walk. Then it started again.
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    • Day 17

      Camino Portuguese Day 7

      September 28, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      This is my last full day in Portugal. There is rain in the forecast so I will keep my poncho handy.

      The mannequins were in the lobby of my albergue, very fashionable. I had a typical pilgrim meal, with too much food.

      Villa Idalina is an interesting building, I guess you can rent it for events.

      I got an early start but had to turn around and retrieve my poles, which I had forgotten. I didn’t get very far.
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    • Day 7

      Von Caminha nach São João

      May 2, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Nach einer erholsamen Nacht, gingen wir los und trafen im nächsten Café direkt auf Daniel und Charlotte aus Berlin. Die wir schon in 2 anderen Herbergen vom sehen kannten. Dort gab's allerdings keine Natas also musste unser Frühstück noch etwas warten bis wir aus Caminha rausspaziert waren. Nach 5 Kilometern mussten wir unsere Weg für heute allerdings trennen. Nein, kein riesen Beziehungsstreit. Lukas hat mit dem Knie Probleme und hat beschlossen einen Pausetag einzulegen und zur nächsten Unterkunft zu trampen während Clarissa sich weiter zu Fuß auf den Weg machte. Für uns beide eine willkommene Herausforderung. Der Weg führt uns inzwischen ins Landesinnere Richtung Valença zur spanischen Grenze, entlang des Flusses Rio Miño. In dem süßen Städtchen Vila Nova de Cerveira traf Clarissa wieder auf Daniel und Charlotte und spazierte mit den zwei bis nach São Joãn, während Lukas am Fluss wartete und derweil Michaela wieder traf. Alle gemeinsam bezogen wir die tolle kleine Herberge mit unglaublich netten Herbergseltern und Pool. Abends gab es ein Pilgermenü für alle gemeinsam. Ein wunderbarer Abend.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Valença, Valenca, Valença Municipality, ভালেন্সা, 발렌사, Balença, Валенса, 瓦倫薩

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