Section 29 - Porto and the North

Esposende / Caminha

The section starts from the town of Esposende northwards, always along the coast. The next town, Viana do Castelo, is approximately 20 kilometers away.

Viana do Castelo is a city filled with historic palaces, churches, convents, as well as fountains and water features, that constitute a heritage worth visiting.

Facing the sea – an entity that has profoundly influenced the history of Viana do Castelo – you’ll find a baroque church housing the revered image of Senhora da Agonia, the patroness of fishermen. Annually, the Pilgrimage of Senhora da Agonia brings forth multitudes, enveloping the city’s streets and squares in the joyous revelry of the Gigantones & Cabeçudos festivities.

On Santa Luzia Mount, the Basilica of Santa Luzia is a unique marvel with Romanesque-Byzantine design. It offers an amazing view of the Lima Valley and the coastline, ranked as the third most beautiful panorama in the world by National Geographic Magazine..

Viana is known for its gold filigree, a tradition it holds dear. This is evident in the Costume Museum, which showcases costumes and gold, the Decorative Arts Museum, and the Gil Eanes ship.

Within this city, you’ll encounter the Fishing Port, where boats set sail for their fishing endeavors.

Continuing northward, your journey leads to Vila Praia de Âncora Beach, stretching from the fishing port to the mouth of the Âncora River. Nearby attractions include the Lagarteira Fort in Portinho and the Barrosa Dolmen.

Between Vila Praia de Âncora and Caminha lies Moledo Beach, characterized by an equally extensive expanse of white sandy shoreline. Here, you can observe the Ínsua Fort situated on a small island 200 meters from the coast. A unique feature is the presence of a drinking water well in the midst of the sea – one of only three in the world.

As this section ends, you’ll arrive in Caminha, a fortified border town at the juncture of the Minho River’s mouth. It offers magnificent beaches, beautiful landscapes, mountains, and rivers, thus presenting a breathtaking diversity of scenery. Along the river, the Minho River Ecotrail begins, continuing towards  Valença. Among the historical heritage, notable sites to visit include the Clock Tower, the Seventeenth Century Walls, the Fountain and the Mother Church. From the natural heritage we highlight the Minho River Estuary and the Camarido National Forest (a protected area).

Points of Interest

Heritage: 21
  • Situated close to the sea, the Manueline Torre da Roqueta is clearly visible with its parapet of merlons and projecting balconies, supported by brackets and machicolations. Its structure is typical of fortified military architecture.

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  • Fortified Complex of Caminha
    The fortifications consist of curtain walls and ramparts from the 17C: the Baluarte da Matriz, next to the Parish Church; Baluarte de Santo António, next to the Convent of Santo António; the wall of Muralha da...

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  • The royal coat of arms can be seen above the main entrance and the covered balcony is supported by thick brackets and machicolated, a mediaeval defensive process that was still in use at the end of the 17C, involving the pouring of hot liquid over...

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  • Right next to Forte do Cão, the small and calm Gelfa Beach, while without any lifeguard, is a splendid site for a coastal stroll, particularly with younger members of the family who can also play in the children's park.

    The sands, where the...

  • Church from the 15th c. with gothic structure and manueline and renaissance decoration.

  • The Casa da Misericórdia, as it was known, is a valuable and original example of seventeenth-century civil architecture, designed by João Lopes, the Younger.

    The façade has two tiers of loggias, supported by sculpted columns, resting on a...

  • The museum is housed in an 18th century palace and displays a unique and vast collection of ceramics from all over the country, dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries (including examples of the 17th century blue faience and regional pottery...

  • The construction of this sanctuary dedicated to Santa Luzia and the Sacred Heart of Jesus was begun in 1904 and continued until 1959. Designed by architect Miguel Ventura Terra, who was succeeded by architect Miguel Nogueira after the death of his...

  • Viana do Castelo Parish Church
    The two large towers surmounted by chamfered merlons reveal the mediaeval origins of this fortress-church.

    Note also the beautiful doorway on which are sculpted scenes from Christ´s Passion, flanked by...

  • Clock Tower
    Crenellated tower belonging to the medieval city walls, classified as a national monument. The tower bestrides one of the old city gates, in the form of a double arch.

Nature: 1 Beach: 34 Heritage: 21 Beach: 34 Heritage: 21 Beach: 34 Information: 4 Bike Shops: 9 Accommodation - Campsite: 7 Accommodation - Youth Hostels: 1 Transport - Train: 10 Transport - Boat: 2

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Section 29

Esposende / Caminha: 51

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