10km. An easy day with just a few hours’ walking, interrupted by a coffee break, a stop for lunch and a visit to a Lidl supermarket – they are similar to the Aldi business model. Yesterday’s stage plus today’s stage were actually one long 30km stage in our guidebook, but we decided to split it into 2 days. Thank goodness – I had tendonitis in one foot yesterday, and 22km was about as much as I could manage. And at the 6km point today, there was this absolute doozy of a hill which would have reduced me to tears towards the end of an already long day’s walk. Plus, the Hotel Dighton that we stayed at last night was lovely and it would have been a shame to miss its luxury and comfort.
Not a lot to say about only walking 10kms, other than that it was a pleasant stroll – all on paved roads, we crossed over the railway line numerous times, wandered through a few villages and we’re staying at Sao Joao da Madeira (St John of the forest), an industrial town of around 20,000. The town looks very modern, but is of Roman origin, and is famous for its hat and shoe manufacturing. We’re staying at the AS Hotel Sao Joao, which is on the main town square, and is excellent value at 25 euros including breakfast