We left Porto after a fabulous three days and headed northward towards Spain stopping in Esposende (65km) and tben Caminha (55km) and finally Valença (45km).
Link to video clip at bottom of this post (5.06 minutes) or here if you can’t wait.
The 65km to Esposende had some very nice pieces of track with some great vistas. The reflection in the chapel window at the Boa Nova lighthouse was spectacular.
But it also had some of the toughest descents that we have come across to date.
At the bottom of this stretch of track was the old Roman bridge across the Rio Neiva.
It was just beyond this river crossing that we reached the 500km point of our ride from Lisbon. This was at a waymarker located at a place called Moledo.
It was at this point we encounter sea fog as we joined the coast again. The temperature dropped markedly, down to 22°. This didn’t last too long before it lifted.
Our accommodation in Esposende was average as was the evening meal and breakfast. Ann did discover she had a liking Portuguese greens wine. Our accommodation for Caminha was found through booking.com and the closest place to the town we could get was 5km further north, although still on the Camino path. This was due to our late booking and the numbers of pilgrams on the track from this point. What a find. It’s called Villa Idalina. It is a 100 year old Portuguese mansion that has been turned into a boutique hotel with only space for 10 guests. We were given a tour of the property by the owner who explained the history of the house. It was pure luxury and inexpensive as it was beyond a days walk for most pilgrims. This extra distance didn’t concern us on our bikes.
The grounds were stunning to walk around after a long day.
The Interior was just as amazing.
There were a couple of interesting stops before we crossed the border that allowed us to chat with the locals.
We spent a rest day looking around the fortified city of Valença.
We finally crossed into Spain for the last leg of ”Our Camino”
4 thoughts on “Northern Portugal”
Another excellent video – thanks for sharing your experiences. Good luck for the last short ride to your destination.
Guess emotions will be riding high!
What a fabulous journey you’ve taken us on. When do you actually leave Spain and where to next?
We are in Barcelona until 5 August then go to Madrid, Manchester then Paris
HI Graeme and Ann, I just commented on your last video, but not sure if you got it. Anyway – If not, I will re-post. I was having difficulty with my password, but think I got it resolved. Your trip looks so amazing and makes me miss our times on the Danube. Keep on bikin’! xo Heather
On Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 12:10 PM, Smith’s Journeys wrote:
> Graeme posted: “We left Porto after a fabulous three days and headed > northward towards Spain stopping in Esposende (65km) and tben Caminho > (55km) and finally Valença (45km). Link to video clip at bottom of this > post (5.06 minutes) or here if you can’t wait. The 65km to” >
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