Caminho Nascente Day 36: Celorico da Beira to Trancoso (~19km).
We set out in a reflective mood on our last day on the Nascente and walked in overcast conditions for most of the stage. There was a necropolis featuring rock-cut tombs early in the walk, but nothing especially noteworthy after that, with a little bit of elevation change but not as much as in some of the previous stages. As always on this camino, it was very rural and very scenic and the mountain views of recent days continued. I’m not a cat person by any stretch of the imagination (I’m mildly allergic), but this was a very picturesque scene on the trail:
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We arrived in Trancoso by lunchtime, and by the time we went out to explore the town a few hours later, it had turned into a beautiful afternoon. Trancoso is one of the ‘historical villages’ of this region and is very deserving of that moniker as it contains city walls and towers, a good castle and a well-preserved historic core. Overall, it was a really worthy end to this camino.
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So that’s it - sort of. After 36 days, we have finished the 650km of the Caminho Nascente, from the sea views of the Algarve to the overgrown grasslands of the Alentejo to the highest mountain range in Portugal, the Serra da Estrela. And what a camino it is! I’ll have more to say and write about it when we get home (whenever that
may be), but for now we are thrilled to have chosen this path and taken a step into the unknown. Thank you to everyone who has followed along for your support!
Tomorrow we turn northwest and join the Camino Torres midstream as we continue our slow journey to Santiago. We know almost nothing about this camino but I’m sure more adventures await!