8. From Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

This stage of the Camino Portugues is very manageable and not very long; it can be done in five hours. There are fewer bars and facilities today than in the previous days, thus stocking up is important.

You should take a 700-meter detour between Portela and Briallos to visit the waterfalls in the Parque Natural Ría Barossa, settled among restored mills.

Today you will pass through the villages of Alba, A Portela, and Briallos. In Alba, the church of Santa Maria de Alba is beautiful, in A Portela you can find the church of San Mamede, and in Briallos, a village of 400 people where there is an Albergue.

Caldas de Reis is the most interesting place you will pass today. This town is well known for its hot springs and it sits at the confluence of the Bermaña and Umia rivers. The O Muiño tavern opened in 1947 is well worth visiting here as well.

Some pilgrims who want to finish the Camino Portugues may decide to extend their journey today until San Miguel de Valga and from there the next day head directly to Santiago de Compostela, thus saving a day.

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