Póvoa do Varzím - Marinhas

Exploring the Portuguese Coastal Way offers pilgrims a unique blend of coastal landscapes and local culture. The stage from Póvoa de Varzim to Marinhas is particularly varied, alternating between maritime and rural stretches, making it an ideal route for those looking to experience both the Atlantic coast and the charm of Portuguese villages.

Póvoa de Varzim: The stage begins in Póvoa de Varzim, where hikers can enjoy a promenade (Av. dos Banhos) that offers a relaxed atmosphere with music and beach bars. This area is flanked by apartment blocks, offering a mix of leisure and urban life.

A Ver-o-Mar: Continuing north, the path reaches A Ver-o-Mar. Here, the promenade becomes Av. dos Pescadores. This stretch includes wooden walkways that cross the sand, allowing for enjoyment of the sea breeze. A point of interest is the Caminho Beach Bar, a Camino de Santiago-themed spot that invites a refreshing stop.

Aguçadoura: Moving towards Aguçadoura, pilgrims encounter an old windmill and a more natural landscape with walkways along the coast. The route offers sea views and the opportunity to explore small coastal communities.

Apúlia: In Apúlia, the path passes through the village church and briefly goes inland, where one can enjoy a shaded stretch under pine and eucalyptus trees, providing a respite from the coastal sun.

Fão: Upon reaching Fão, pilgrims cross the Cádavo River via a metal bridge and continue through the old town, where they can appreciate the local heritage and enjoy amenities such as the promenade by the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.

Esposende: The route then leads to Esposende, a key point with extensive services for walkers. Here, one can choose to follow the coastal path or cross the urban center, depending on each pilgrim's preferences.

Marinhas: Finally, upon reaching Marinhas, the journey concludes in a quieter setting, ideal for resting after a day of walking. Here, the São Sebastião Chapel and the Red Cross are notable points of interest before ending this stage.

Each of these locations offers a mix of culture, history, and natural beauty, elements that make the Portuguese Coastal Way an attractive option for pilgrims.