22nd September - Day 12 Camino Portugués 🇵🇹
Ansião- Rabacal 18.9km / 11.74 miles
💤 I had such a good night sleep! I woke up at 8.30am totally refreshed and ready to go!
I had the place to myself as the French man also staying had left super early. No rain and the sun was shining, it was a nice walk out of the town Ansião crossing over the River Navajo.
🥘 I wasn’t hungry so decided not to stop for food. I loved passing through the small villages on the way. Alvorge was really cute and had a sweet cafe, where I stopped for a 2 cheese and ham sandwich and a drink €5.
🌳 It’s really nice being out of the big cities and being in more of the Portugués countryside. Which is so beautiful 😍
⛪️ I’m staying in Rabacal at the Albergue opposite the church. €10 euro for a bed (lower bunk bed) and the place also has a swimming pool & sun loungers.
🍴There is a restaurant attached to the albergue which does a pilgrims menu in the evening at 7pm - bread and soup, with a main course either meat or fish - I choose fish with dessert all for €6
23rd September - Camino Portugués 🇵🇹 Rabacal - Cernache
17.4 km / 10.8 miles
💤 I didn’t get the best night sleep last night - which was a bit frustrating, not really sure why not.... It was dark and quiet - so who knows.
🥾Today’s walk starts with a climb out of the Rabaçal valley. Lots of country roads and small villages. The scenery was just beautiful. The elevation gain was around 467m, so really pretty good going.
📸 The route is so well sign posted it really does make life very easy. I think one of the great things about sharing the journey on social media is how much attention you end up paying to the areas you are going through. I’m always looking for a good picture or little clips to film for the vlogs to try and give you a sense of what’s going on and what’s it like.
Around 1pm I came across this fantastic little cafe. I spotted the ice cream sign from about 500 yards away!
🍽The cafe is at Conimbriga. It was the most perfect place to stop for lunch.
Chicken Salad €7 with a cheeky magnum ice cream for desert €1.40. I probably stayed for about an hour. I’m not in any rush.
🦶One thing I do find is that trying to get walking again - I’m so slow. My whole body just gets super tight and the muscles lock, it’s takes me about 8 mins to get going again. The blisters are still there, but it is what it is they are covered in compeed and after a while you do forget about them.
🛏 It’s about 4 miles to the albergue that I want to stay at. Which is located in Cernache.
🙏Thank you so much for following my Camino Portugués journey!!! I’m really excited about sharing the videos with you!!
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