The route starts at the cathedral of Oporto, to go down to the banks of the Douro and continue along the river promenade to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean, in the place of A Foz. And from this locality to the exit of Oporto, you will follow the route through wooden walks that alternate with well paved cycle paths, crossing the localities of Matosinhos, Leça de Palmeira, Lavra, Angeiras and Labruge.
On your way, you will find several forts (such as the Forte de São Francisco Xavier or Castelo do Queijo), chapels and churches of great beauty, as well as countless beaches and several parks. You will pass by the Castro de Sampaio, the ruins of a small Iron Age settlement, and continue along the beach passing by the Ornithological Reserve of Mindelo, leaving behind churches, aqueducts and convents, until you reach Póvoa de Varzim.
Póvoa de Varzim is a perfect stop to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach on its large sandy beaches.
One of the iconic places of this town is its aqueduct, declared a National Monument. Of great cultural interest are also: the Fortress of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the Church of La Misericordia and the Chapel of Santiago. But you can’t miss a walk through the traditional fishermen’s quarter, along Paseo Alegre and Rua da Junqueira, appreciating the beautiful tiles of the Manueline architecture and enjoying the rich local gastronomy: fresh fish and, for the more carnivorous, the famous picanha.
Since leaving Porto can be excessively long and tedious, an option widely used by pilgrims is to leave Porto by public transport to Matosinhos and start walking from there, just 13 kilometres from Labruge. In this way, 30 kilometres will separate you from Póvoa de Varzim.
Places of interest
- Foz do Douro seafront promenade
- Jardim do Passeio Alegre
- Lighthouse of San Miguel O Anjo
- Forte Sao Joao Baptista da Foz
- Felgueiras Lighthouse
- Forte de São Francisco Xavier “Castelo do Queijo” (Castle of Queijo)
- Beaches: Molhe, of the English, Senhora de Luz, of Ourigo, Gondarém,
- Man of Leme…
- Castro Sampaio – Labruge
- Mindelo Ornithological Reserve
- Fisherman’s Neighborhood – Póvoa de Varzim
- Fortress of Our Lady of the Conception – Póvoa de Varzim
- Aqueduct – Póvoa de Varzim
- Tripas a moda do Porto
- Cream cake
- Caldeirada de peixe