Stage 23 Caldas de Reis - Padrón

Santiago de CompostelaPadrónCaldas de ReisPontevedraRedondelaTuiRubiãesPonte de LimaBragaGuimarãesFelgueirasAmaranteMesão FrioLamegoMoimenta da BeiraSernancelheTrancosoPinhelAlmeidaGallegos de ArgañanCiudad RodrigoAlba de YeltesSan MuñozRobliza de CojosSalamanca

Caldas de Reis

Padrón

18,7 Km Distance
Low Difficulty
4 Hours Duration
674 m Ameal 7,8 km 16,4 km 7,8 km SALAMANCA 805,3 m 882,8 m (altitudemáx.) Peñasolana 867 m 826 m El Encinar de la Rad 837 m (altitudemáx.) 6,5 km 4,1 km 8,4 km 819,3 m ROBLIZA DE COJOS 810 m Ermida de Santiago 819 m Estrada CV-107 12,4 km 9,6 km 4 km 839 m (altitudemáx.) 797 m Rio Yeltes 821 m Ribeira de Cabrillas SAN MUÑOZ 778 m 844 m (altitude máx.) 10,6 km 7,1 km 8,3 km 771 m Bocacara 727 m Pedro Toro ALBA DE YELTES 784,4 m 689 m (altitudemáx.) 12,4 km 3,6 km 621,5 m CIUDAD RODRIGO 596 m Ponte de Marialba 8,3 km 12,4 km 5,3 km 758,5 m (altitude máx.) Vale da Mula 689 m Aldea del Obispo 718 m Alameda de Gordón 663,3 m GALLEGOS DE ARGAÑAN 12,6 km 5,2 km 3,5 km 540 m Ponte do Rio Côa 739 m ALMEIDA 685 m Valverde 8,8 km 6,7 km 7,4 km 7,8 km 557 m Póvoa del Rei 633,6 m PINHEL 584 m Valbom 605 m Ponte do Abade 862 m TRANCOSO 6,4 km 9,1 km 11,9 km 650 m Benvende 3,5 km 9,5 km 3,8 km 2,7 km 592 m Arcozelo do Cabo 763 m SERNANCELHE 590 m Penso 564 m Vila da Ponte 839,9 m (altitude máx.) 14,6 km 10 km 5 km 451 m Ucanha 759 m Sarzedo 696,8 m MOIMENTA DA BEIRA 9,3 km 6,3 km 5,3 km 6,9 km 387 m Nostim Peso da Régua 529,5 m LAMEGO 258 m Valdigem 883,5 m (altitude máx.) 13,2 km 6 km 8,4 km 157 m Ovelhinha 316,7 m MESÃO FRIO 779 m Padrões 412,4 m (altitude máx.) 8,5 km 7 km 5 km 336 m Caramos 264 m Telões 95,9 m AMARANTE 425,2 m (altitude máx.) 12 km 5,8 km 315,7 m FELGUEIRAS 156 m Arco de Pombeiro 8,9 km 4 km 7,8 km 236 m Fraião 128 m Caldas das Taipas 194,5 m GUIMARÃES 436,7 m (altitude máx.) Falperra Vila de Prado 17 m Penegate 127 m Anais 238 m 274,8 m (altitude máx.) 7 km 12,1 km 8,7 km 7,6 km 190,5 m BRAGA 400,4 m (altitude máx.) 10 km 6 km 2,9 km 30 m Arcozelo Alto da Labruja 2,3 m PONTE DE LIMA 230,9 m (altitude máx.) 11 km 5,7 km 6,1 km 9,7 km 18 m Cruz de São Telmo 31 m O Porriño 83 m Mós 50,8 m TUI 275,3 m (altitude máx.) 11,2 km 2,6 km 4,7 km 34 m Valença 172 m Gontomil 200,7 m RUBIÃES 128,1 m (altitude máx.) 16 km 4,9 km 30 m Briallos 10,1 m PONTEVEDRA 153,3 m (altitude máx.) 5 km 7 km 8 km 31 m O Pobo 5 m Pontesampaio 13,5 m REDONDELA 164,9 m (altitudemáx.) 6,3 km 6,7 km 5,7 km 60 m São Miguel de Valga 147 m Carracedo 24,8 m CALDAS D’EL REIS 12,7 km 5,2 km 6,2 km 40 m A Escravitude 103 m Francos 265,7 m 9,9 m PADRÓN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Introduction

St. James' pattern

As we approach Compostela, references to St. James multiply. Today's stage is a real preview of what you will find the next day. But if in Compostela we find the end of the Jacobean legend, with what for many is the urn of the apostle (for others it is his cenotaph), Padrón is the beginning of his mythical arrival in Galicia. We will get to know that story further ahead.

The stage is divided into two forest sections, crossed by narrow paths: old ways, open by crowds of anonymous arms long gone, kept between walls and old trees. Just outside Caldas, the medieval bridge over the Bermaña River reminds us that the way is as old as the memory of men. The only climb of the day is up to Gurgollón, but it is worth resting a while in Carracedo, as the green Galician landscape is beautiful.

From the top, the Bermaña River valley is replaced by the Valga River valley, which accompanies us to Pontecesures. Once you have crossed the Arousa lagoon, you will find yourself in Padrón and, however much you want to rest, you must plan a visit to the parish church and the Carme fountain, where you will learn the story of the arrival of St. James' body to the Galician coast.

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