Saturday, 20 June 2015

May 9th and 10th - Foz, a 'rest' day

Our hotel, just outside Foz, was very modern with the rooms all named after composers. Ours was 'Mozart'. We actually had a kettle in the room and the heating was on, lovely and warm and good for drying clothes as there was a radiator in the bathroom. We had arrived at lunchtime on the 9th but the restaurant was not open yet for the year. However the staff were only too happy to make us a tortilla and went out of their way to make us welcome. We took a short walk after siesta downhill and found that the yellow arrows were on the road here, useful.

On the 10th, our rest day, we decided to walk into Foz itself and followed the yellow arrows down to the coast road where they turned left (a triple arrow sign) but we turned right along to the coast path. This was stone slabs and although quite attractive at first we soon came to dislike it because it was so hard on the feet.

This day we followed it for some time before taking the road again where the path went round another headland. Beautiful scenery but we were getting hungry. After walking along the sea front we found a restaurant (Costumes do Mar) run by an Argentinian and had a genuine Argentinian asada for lunch. Wonderful. Another one of our memorable meals.

We then walked along the front again to the church of Santiago which was open so we were able to go inside briefly. Returning to the harbour and the play area/park we found the bronze statue of the fish-wife and then the three stone men, reminiscent of ' last of the Summer Wine'. The total walked for this, our rest day, was now over 9kms so we took a taxi back to the hotel.

Views along the path

The coast path and church of Santiago

The fisher-wife and the stone men

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