Arcade is a small village on the Portuguese Camino De Santiago in the Galicia region of Spain. The village serves as a stopping point between Redondela and Pontevedra.
Arcade played an important role in the Napoleonic Wars. The Battle of Puente Sampaio was fought at the mouth of the Verdugo River between the 7th and 9th June in 1809. Spanish forces commanded by Colonel Pablo Maorillo forced the French troops led by Marshall Michel Ney to retreat. This victory played an important part in the War of Independence and led to the evacuation of the French Tropes from Galicia.
So, let´s take a look at the things to do and see in 24 hours in Arcade.
The Village of Arcade, with its stone houses over one hundred years old, nestled in the green hills that plunge into tranquil bays, will transport you to another time. There are ancient Roman bridges, cobblestone streets, and narrow lanes that pass up and down through old-time neighbourhoods with traditional horreos on almost every home.
The village has cafes, restaurants, and bars to sit down, relax and enjoy the seafood that is abundant in this area.
Relax On The Beach
Arcade is located on the Atlantic Coast and, if you visit Arcade during the summer months, you will be blessed with many small coves and pristine beaches to take a dip (or at least wet your feet) after a long day on the Camino.
Many of the beaches have small bars and cafes serving simple cuisine.
Arcade is famous for its oysters – if you travel through Arcade in the first week of April, you will experience the village’s yearly oyster festival when thousands descend on the village.
Whether you are an oyster lover or newbie, throughout the year,, oysters are available from the small oyster bars dotted along the main street. Enjoy with a regional crisp white wine.
Puente Sampaio Bridge
The Puente Sampaio played a significant role in the history of Arcade being the main battleground where the French were defeated in the Napoleonic Wars (see above).
The bridge that runs over the River Verdugo was first constructed in Roman times. The bridge that remains today was rebuilt in medieval times. If you walk the Camino de Santiago, you will pass along the bridge on the way to Pontevedra.
Castle of Soutomaior
Castle of Soutomaior is a short drive from Arcade but well worth the visit if you enjoy medieval buildings. Built in the 12th century, Soutomaior was one of the major castles in the Galician region. You will have the opportunity to cross a functioning draw bridge and can walk around the battlements of the Castle giving you a glimpse of a time long gone.
If you plan on visiting Arcade on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago, I hope you enjoy your 24 hours.
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