First day as a bicigrino on the Portuguese Way by bike from Oporto through the interior. Here we go! You will start pedalling following the signs to get out of the city of Porto, which will be long and tedious because the surrounding villages are practically annexed to the city.
During the first 20 kilometres, the landscape will not be very scenic, due to the presence of warehouses and industrial estates. But not to worry, the good things are yet to come. After passing the Vairão Monastery, you will enjoy a beautiful descent to the Ave River, after crossing the stone bridge you will be at the lowest point of the whole route.
Now it’s time to climb the sprockets to face the demanding slope that will take you to the village of Sao Mamede. On the way down, you will come across the beautiful church of Arcos, where you can stop to rest your legs.
Shortly before leaving the district of Oporto, you will come across the village of Sao Pedro de Rates, where you can stop to get your credential stamped. After 40 kilometres, you will continue ascending until you reach the church of Pedra Furada and then descend along a path that will take you directly to the entrance of Barcelos.