For almost four weeks we walked on one of Spain's many caminos. Heading out from Sevilla we walked north on the Via de la Plata as far as Salamanca.
Via de la Plata blog
After a few lovely days in Málaga with friends, we made our way to Sevilla where we would start our camino.
We stopped by the cathedral to snap the obligatory photos of us heading out, then easily made our way through Sevilla and across the bridge to Triana. It was exciting to start seeing markers and to imagine what was ahead.
It was a very early start to the day as we had to be out of the albergue by 8:00, even needing to set the alarm to be sure we’d be up.
Finally, we had a good night’s sleep. What a relief. So although it would be a long day, we didn’t get going at the crack of dawn.
Portugal’s Rota Vicentina consists of two trails, the inland Historical Way and the coastal Fisherman’s Trail. Our route from Santiago do Cacem to Cabo São Vicente combined the two trail systems to give us great variety.
Rota Vicentina blog
After a couple of lovely days in Lisbon, it was time to head to the trail head in Santiago do Cacem. The trip would be easy with just a short walk from our hotel to the metro and on to the bus station.
The day dawned grey and drizzly which was not perhaps the auspicious start one wants, but breakfast at the hotel was simple but good.
The morning in Vale Seco started cloudy, but at least behind the cloud, I could see the sun. Perhaps today, the Dry Valley would be a little less wet.
The trail splits here with the Historical Way continuing south on an inland route and an alternate connector trail leading to Porto Covo and the start of the coastal Fisherman’s Trail which was our chosen route.