Camino Portugues

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The first building in town is the rather imposing Monasterio de San Xoán Poio. Further along, as you descend from the monastery, there are several bars.

The Road

The camino descends from the Monastery and turns right at the bottom of the hill. Mind the traffic here, there are no barriers and not too many arrows. Follow the road to the first crosswalk and turn left to pick up a smaller country road.

Here there is one tricky turn. Shortly after crossing the road keep an eye open for a narrow path that turns upward on your left-hand side, it is right before a small B&B called A Marchanta. Follow it upward, then turn right, and then left at the fork onto a small dirt track.

This track leads you to the waterfront and a large park which plays host to all manner of celebrations, do not be surprised to find it full of teenagers hungover from a late night of partying or packed full with caravans. The arrows are not bountiful here but keep the water to your left and cross to the far end of the park where a paved road takes you uphill to join the main road.

This road is very busy and parked cars make for plenty of blind spots. Keep to the left as best you can and soon you will arrive at Combarro.

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I was surprised the app didn’t suggest the monastery. It is gorgeous and totally worth the 2.50 entrance. It is much better than the monastery in Armenteira.

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Delicious fruit iced beverage. And tapas to go with it!

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Lovely place to stop for an Americano and pastry. Kind helpful owners and delicious food!

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It's one of the most stunning monasteries I've ever seen, highly recommend a visit.

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I walked from Vigo, through the busy streets of Pontevedra across the bridge and up to the Monesterio. I had written to them and they offered me a room at a pilgrim rate that included breakfast.
There is a chapel in the hospederia, Mass at 9 am daily. The high altar is stunning. Daily Mass is at 20:00. After the long walk, I was grateful for food for the journey.
I was received with love and hospitality.
I stayed an additional night in order to spend time at the museum. I learned going into Combarro was not for me. On this journey I am not a tourist, I am a pilgrim. The chapel is open all day and the high altar is open during museum hours. I regret not spending time in adoration. Now that I know better, I will do better.
I’m learning that I am always a pilgrim, now and until I reach my eternal home.