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In this stage we leave the characteristic coastal environment of Esposende to go a little inland, although you can rest assured that we will meet the ocean again on our arrival in Viana do Castelo, also known as the golden filigree. Besides, just because we leave the coastline for a few kilometres doesn’t mean that we won’t find spectacular scenery, right?

Map

We leave Esposende heading to Marinhas and going into an interior stretch of the route and after walking through a few streets and running into the
Civic Center of Mar
We arrive at the church of Belinho, which gives us the starting signal on our way to Viana do Castelo. Our next destination and reference point is the parish of Antas, from where the most beautiful part of the stage begins: the descent to the river Neiva.

Once we have crossed the river, the paths will be predominantly uphill. We will pass by the chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the church of São Tiago. From here, we still have one more church to pass, the church of São Romão de Neiva, before arriving at the village of Chafé. Here we will have to take the detour to Vilanova de Anha.

The next point is to get to Darque, from where we will be very close to the famous Eiffel Bridge, which we will have to cross to get to Viana do Castelo.

A place with seafaring roots, Viana do Castelo will be the perfect place to enjoy a good cod, a food that is closely associated with Portuguese gastronomy. If you wander through its historic centre, you will come to Praça da República, where you can see the Misericórdia building and the chafariz (fountain), built in the 16th century. As for religious buildings, the cathedral, in Romanesque style, and the Church of the Agony stand out.

To consider

The crossing of the Neiva River, which is generally quite fast-flowing, is done through a pontella or platform of granite slabs, without a handrail, so we must take extreme precautions.

Places of interest

  • Church of San Bartolomé do Mar
  • Castelo do Neiva
  • Boa Viagem Farm and Chapel
  • Cathedral of Viana do Castelo
  • Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Agonia – Viana
  • Gil Eanes Vessel
  • Museums: costume, chocolate, art and archaeology museums
  • The Chafariz

Typical dishes

  • Bacalhau (in its many forms of preparation)
  • Grilled sardines
  • Various fish
  • Green wines
  • Roast Frango with potatoes and rice

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Hostels

Pousada da Juventude Foz do Cávado

Address: Alameda do Bom Jesus, 4740-322 Fão, Portugal

Phone: +351 253 982 045

Email: Unavailable

Web: https://www.pousadasjuventude.pt

Pousada da Juventude in Viana do Castelo

Address: Rua de Limia, 4900-405 Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Phone: +351 258 838 458

Email: [email protected]

Web: https://www.pousadasjuventude.pt

Pilgrims' hostel São João da Cruz dos Caminhos

Address: Rua do Carmo, 1, 4900-469 Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Phone: +351 258 822 264

Email: [email protected]

Web: https://cruzdoscaminhos.blogspot.com.es

Towns

Viana do Castelo

Town: Viana do Castelo

Povince: Viana do Castelo

Population: 91362

Esposende

Town: Esposende

Povince: Braga

Population: 33325