Day 36: Portomarin – Palas de Rei
Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes to yesterday. You exit from Portomarin crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, then you begin a steady uphill walk from 350m to 725m for 12km. A challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.
In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena built by the Knights Templar. Soon after in Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins, are well worth the short detour off the Camino.
Your destination Palas de Rei, known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there. A small country town with plenty of shops, bars, and cafes. Most of town life revolves around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.