Stage 2. O Porriño- Redondela
It begins in O Porriño and continues until the parish of Sanguiñeda. You can walk by the road N-550 or through the village of Veigadaña (with a pilgrim's hostel) to arrive in the town of Mos, where the Barroque Santa Eulalia Church and the 17th century pazo stand out.
A steep slope drives you to the cruceiro Os Cabaleiros, built in the 18th century, also known as the cruceiro da Victoria (Victory), which commemorates the expulsion of the French in the beginning of the 19th century. The route gets more challenging as you head to the place of Infesta, on the highest point, where you can visit the chapel of Santiaguiño de Anta, decorated with Jacobean symbols. Here you can find the cruceiro of Santiaguiño do Monte and the Roman milestone of the place of Guizán, which is part of the Roman road XIX.
After that, you take the road N-550 to the town of Redondela, well-known for its famous viaducts. If you have enough time, you should visit Vigo, the largest city in Galicia, having an interesting historic old town currently under restoration, an important port and beautiful beaches. From the top of O Castro Hill, the main vantage point of the city, you can see the Cíes Islands, jewels of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands, located in the ría (coastal inlet) of Vigo.
Again on the Way, passing by the town of Redondela, you cross the Strait of Rande, where the epic battle between the defeated Spanish-French fleets and the victorious Anglo-Dutch army took place in 1702. The bridge, joining both shores of the ría of Vigo, has been open to the traffic since 1981 and it has become an important symbol of the landscape in the southern part of Galicia.
The San Simón Island, located in the cove of the same name, in the Rande Strait, has been used for different purposes along history, from being a monastery to a concentration camp and a hospital. After undergoing an intense labour of restoration, it is now endowed with an auditorium, a library and a sea school. Every summer, it hosts the Sinsal Festival, featuring a lot of great artists of electronic and avant-garde music. The event is part of the series of Rías Baixas Festivals, and it is special not only because it is held in a paradisiacal environment, but also because you do not know its line-up until the artists are on stage.
Redondela has a rich archaeological heritage, with petroglyphs, dolmens or megalithic tombs and parietal art. The Romanization fostered the growth of the town, and the Way of Saint James became more important during the Medieval Ages. The train viaducts are symbols of the town and it also has a beautiful historical centre. Among the attractions to visit, some important examples are the Vilavella Convent, dated from the 16th century; the Romanesque Santiago Church, with a single nave and one tower, and an equestrian figure of the Apostle Saint James.