This morning, we decided to delay our departure since we only had about 8 miles to walk today, luckily. Our calves, feet, and quads were protesting loudly. After a leisurely breakfast, we ventured to the Barcelos Market, which is not just the largest in Portugal, but also one of the biggest in Europe. The scale of it was mind-boggling as we strolled through a diverse array of fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, and more.
The scenery didn’t change much today, but we encountered a swarm of Italian men on bikes—maybe around 50 of them zipping by. At one point, we passed a dammed-up stream with some Italians enjoying a swim in the pond it created. It looked enticing. Fortunately, our lodging was just a half-mile up the road, so after lunch, we took a refreshing dip in the pond, convincing a group of women to join us despite the chill.
The evening was capped off with a relaxing card game session, much-needed after a tiresome day. The place we’re staying is a repurposed old vineyard, featuring a massive stone vat once used for grape stomping.
Our rooms are quite spacious. It’s interesting to note that a significant majority of fellow walkers on the road are women, and we’re all enjoying the comforts of these lovely guest houses, while we think the bikers seem to favor the hostels.