Portuguese Camino along the coast, a pilgrim route from the south
Today took the opportunity to talk a bit about a route to Compostela something unknown to the general public: the Camino Portuguese by Costa. This is an itinerary recovered some years ago and passing through those coastal towns where the pilgrims landed Compostela coming from further afield. Touching lusas venturing into land in Galicia Goián well - in the very mouth of the river - either in A Guarda, a little further south. This road joins the classic Portuguese Way in Redondela, a town close to Vigo. Enough Portuguese pilgrims believed it was best to avoid entering Tui in Galicia; well off by fears or by the force of the current dangerous Minho to play tudense villa, he found the pilgrims in Goián friendlier port entrance. When the pilgrims gathered in Goián or A Guarda, decided where to continue the journey: or walked along the path inside through a mountain with magnificent views of the sea but it is very hard for the rugged terrain or could continue in parallel to river, glued to the huge estuary of the Minho. The second option was successful because Guarda was considered a safe haven at the time and for many pilgrims this route along the river traffic would be quieter.
The next stop on the route was Oia and its monastery by the sea with its small port and endearing. Dual Silleiro out and begins to go into more protected territory. It is the home of the Ria de Vigo, where the city of the same name, which runs after passing through the port Baiona and his castle parador sits today. The Baiona sixteenth century must have been a lively and exciting place. Evidence of its importance is that the caravel La Pinta landed in the port to account for the discovery of the western route to the Indies. In Baiona two hospitals were built for pilgrims in the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century arose a new one. This nineteenth hospital today is the library in which bibliographic evidence detailing the routine and habits of the Camino Portuguese by the coast guard.
The pilgrims left behind Baiona towards Vigo. Today, the Olive city is the largest city in Galicia. The brave who undertook the route in the sixteenth century could enjoy the small Vigo then, a place that grew great lyric of medieval Galician-Portuguese poetry. Poets like Martin Codax or Meendinho found in misty force the Vigo estuary and Atlantic islands inspiration for many of his love and hopes glosses. Today this stretch is probably wildly paved but pilgrims can still make a small stop on the way to go to Vigo harbor and take a boat to take them to enjoy the wonderful park of the Atlantic Islands.
After Vigo, pilgrims converged in Redondela with walkers who completed the classic Portuguese route.
Although this route gradually lost relevance, recovery began in 2010 but much effort remains until it can be compared to the classic Portuguese Way. Pilgrims can find on this route spectacular places like Mount Santa Tegra, the rugged cliffs and enchanting between Baiona and A Guarda, Foz estuary or river Miñor in Nigrán and its outstanding artistic heritage. In addition, the route winds through big cities like Vigo (or Portuguese leg, Porto), and historical villas xacobeo lustrous past, or Baiona and A Guarda.
Pilgrims who read us What are your experiences on this route?