Oia is left
behind to start the second stage of the Portuguese Way along the coast in
Galician territory. The Camino runs along the cliffs to Cabo Silleiro from
where you can already see the Vigo estuary. Its lighthouse has been guiding the
ships that sail through these waters since 1866.
is a flat stretch, with hardly any trees, which runs through fields near
the beaches and cliffs. The greatest difficulty of this section is if the
Camino is carried out in the summer months, when it gets really hot. Although
the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, always to our left, will help the pilgrim to
continue the walk.
part of the Camino we cross the Vilar and Mato Vello rivers. We also cross the
road on several occasions to continue walking along the coast. At the level of
Cape Silledo, shortly before reaching As Mariñas, the Way ascends to Baredo,
where the Virgin of Cela is located.
continues along a track by O Ponte and we continue the route of the PO-2203 to
enter passing under the highway to Baiona and approaches the old
Castillo de Monterreal, now turned into a National Tourism Parador. Its fortress,
known as Fortaleza de Boi, was built during the 12th century and took almost
four centuries to complete the work. Thanks to this fortress the locality
resisted for centuries the attacks of pirate ships. The best known was the
victory over the English corsair Francis Drake in 1585.
This town, end of this
stage, has not only gone down in history because of its resistance to pirates,
but also because it was the first to receive the news of the conquest of
America, since the caravel La Pinta arrived on its beaches in 1943. Today the
traveler cannot leave this town, which has all the services for pilgrims,
without contemplating the chapel of Santa Liberata, a Baroque work from the
13th century and the monument to the Virgin of the Rock.