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Published: October 4th 2016
14 September 2016, day 16, Wednesday. From Porto to Povoa de Varzim. 19 miles. Hotel Axis Ver Mar Conference and Beach Hotel.
We head out the door of the Carris Hotel in Porto, our eager band of five for Julian and Moira's first day and our 16th day. We have the steep walk up to the Sao Bento metro train station for the subway line that we will take to the coastal town of Matosinhos. The trains are packed as it is rush hour but there are individuals on the train platforms to answer questions. We get off at Mercado, the next-to-last stop as it is the nearest stop to the 'lifting bridge.' We rapidly climb the spiral staircase as we do not want to have to wait if the bridge is being lifted. We cross the River Leca.
We stop for the first cup of coffee and then head for the coast and the Portuguese El Camino coastal route.
We pass by a large oceanside swimming pool and an impressive stone fort, steadily walking toward a large faro (lighthouse.) We walk along a wide boulevard to pass the faro that acts as a pilgrim 'beacon' and on
to the chapel, Capela, that is built on a large rocky promontory over the sea.
A constant landmark is a huge gas-fired power station. It is a huge enterprise and many storage tanks are being built.
We are now walking on one of many boardwalks which are much easier on the feet and legs than asphalt.
We pass by where a shipwreck occurred. It is a very rocky coastline and the waters treacherous.
Next is a memoria obelisk telling of the July 8 1832 landing by King Pedro and 7500 men of his liberal army that marked the end of an absolutist regime. I can not even begin to imagine that number of men advancing upon land here from the rough sea.
At Casa do Mar there is a traditional stone fisherman's shed and nearby are replica Roman salt tanks.
We are now in the area of S. Paio where archeological investigations continue, exploring the myths and meaning of the ancient settlement.
Rain clouds have now become serious and we just make it to a cafe before the heavens open. We wait until the squall has passed and then find our way across
the Rio Ave with the huge church and monastery of Santa Clara staring down upon us from its lofty heights. We are now in lovely Vila do Conde with its cobbled alleyways.
We now wearily trod on to Povoa do Varzim where we will stay for the night.
Tot: 3.16s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 6; qc: 45; dbt: 0.042s; 3; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 2;
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