This is one of the longest stages in the upcoming days, and until you reach Vila Praia de Âncora, it’s always uphill. During this ascent, you’ll encounter small Portuguese villages with a unique and irresistible charm for those in love with this seaside corner.
The arrival in Vila Praia de Âncora is on the descent and brings us closer to the sea once again. Here, after a few kilometers, we have one of the most beautiful moments of our whole course. After a meeting with the Chapel of Santo Isidoro, we are always leaning against the sea, close to the boulders of other times, observing the majestic mountains that we will cross in a few moments. Thus, Caminha is a little poorly kept secret for hikers, as it has everything you need for a restful night.
Just 5 kilometers from our exit of Viana do Castelo you will find a small space with a light and calm lake, in which you can put your feet and enjoy the landscape. Only 1000 meters away there are the waterfalls of the poço negro (black well). A piece of heaven for the more adventurous.
It is not on plain sight for those who do not observe the path they pass by, but it is one of those plaves for those who know the true soul of the way to Santiago. Hidden away in a person’s backyard are effects and decorations that seem hardly appropriate to the place you are in. A moment of strangeness and a glimpse to marvel at human creativity.
Vila Praia de Âncora is the perfect place for those who want to rest a little, eat or, who knows, stay overnight. With a vibrant and colorful center, you want to know a little better who lives here, works here and the pilgrims who have decided to stay here.
Caminha seems to be divided between a time gone by and today. With a modern and lively square, restaurants of all kinds (there is even one that has vegan menus) and old buildings and churches – as beautiful as their ideas, it is suitable for anyone who wants one last great night before making up their minds on whether to go to Valença or take the Ferry.
Em princípio não! As setas amarelas estão bem identificadas no chão. Se por acaso estiveres na dúvida basta olhar em volta e ver em que direção os restantes caminheiros estão a ir. Outra ideia é perguntar a alguém como ir em direção à igreja do Carvalhido.
Os incidentes tendem a ser mínimos e muitas pessoas fazem o caminho sozinhas. No entanto, a segurança pode ser subjetiva. Muitos caminheiros fazem o caminho, por isso, em caso de receio podes sempre pedir ajuda.
Esta é a etapa mais urbana do percurso português. À entrada de Vairão é notável a diferença de paisagem natural.