Section 18 - Porto and the North

Esposende / Caminha

The section begins in the city of Esposende to north, until arrive at Viana do Castelo.

Viana is rich in emblazoned palaces, churches and monasteries, monumental fountains and water features that constitute a wealth of heritage worth visiting.

Facing the sea, that was responsible for Viana’s history, a baroque church guards the image of Nossa Senhora da Agonia, patron saint of fisherman.

Viana – is also known for its filigree gold work – has maintained its traditions, as can be seen in the Museum of Costume (costume and gold), the Municipal Museum (emphasis on the typical Viana tableware is displayed here) and the ship Gil Eanes.

In this city you can also visit the fishing port, and watch the departure of the boats for fishing.

Continuing trip to north, visit the Vila Praia de Âncora beach, which stretches from the fishing port to the mouth of the Âncora River. You can also visit the Lagarteira Fort at  Portinho or the Barrosa Dolmen. Between Vila Praia de Âncora and Caminha you find Moledo beach with an equally extensive white sand. In Moledo you can spot the Ínsua Fort on a tiny island, 200 meters away from the coast. Here there is a well for drinking water, notable for is at sea, being one of only three existing in the world.

Near the end of the section, and the route of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, lies the city of Caminha. A fortified border town situated at the mouth of the Minho River, with magnificent beaches, landscapes of rare beauty, mountains and rivers, a true diversity of landscapes. These lands are rich in have environmental, landscape, and natural, heritage and cultural resources. From the historical heritage we can highlight to visit “Torre do Relógio”, the “Muralhas”, the “Chafariz” and the Nossa Senhora da Assunção Church. From the natural heritage we highlight the Minho River Estuary and the National Camarido Forest (protected area).

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Points of Interest

Heritage: 21 Nature: 2 Beach: 38 Information: 6 Bike Shops: 9 Accommodation - Campsite: 7 Accommodation - Youth Hostels: 3 Accommodation - Hotel: 1 Transport - Train: 10

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Section 18

Esposende / Caminha: 52

  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Information
  • Bike Shops
  • Accommodation - Campsite
  • Accommodation - Youth Hostels
  • Accommodation - Hotel
  • Transport - Train