Viana do Castelo (Monserrate)

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  • Day4

    Viana do Castelo

    July 17, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C



    heute bin 6.30 gestartet ... der Weg war diesmal weniger ansprechend...ich lief die ganze Zeit an einer Hauptstraße entlang die eigentlich nur kerzengeradeaus ging und die Sonne brannte gnadenlos.. gut dass ich ne Cap dabei hatte... etwas Sonnenbrand konnte ich am Rest der nicht bedeckten Körperstellen nicht vermeiden ... inklusive die ersten Blasen unterhalb der grossen Zehen..
    Die letzten Kilometer waren megaanstrengend da ich vor Schmerzen in den Beinen kaum laufen konnte.. ordentlich Muskelkater...

    Aber jammern hilft ja nix...😂😂

    Ich bin froh nach dem Tag gestern noch was drauflegen konnte..denn die Berge kommen ja erst noch... wie ich mich drauf freue..lol

    Anbei die schönsten Eindrücke vom wenig beeindruckenden Weg heute..😋

    Bis morgen 😘😘
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  • Day8

    Day 3 of Camino De Santiago

    September 5, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    So day 3 was even more bleh than day 2. It started off rainy and muggy again. Today, I saw less pilgrims. Maybe 10 at the church in the morning to get our stamps then everyone dissipated. I walked with the gay couple from the hostel for about an hour and then stopped to get a bite to eat for breakfast so they went on their way. From there I had the choice to stay on the marked path or go towards the ocean on the "riskier" unmarked path. Since this was on the ocean, I decided to choose this way. Not to late after I was starting to regret my decision! Not only was the path on the ocean unmarked, but it was sand dunes after sand dunes of climbing. Not to mention there were bulls everywhere on this beach. I've never seen bulls on a beach. I was praying they would stay put. They did. My feet were hurting so bad at that point that I decided to take my shoes off and walk bare feet in the ocean. Was it ever freezing!! (Please remind me to go somewhere in the Mediterranean after this walk 😑) But it was better than taking the suffering from the blisters. To give you an idea, of the pain I decide to cut up pads to tape to my socks inside my shoes.. 😑😐.

    The more you walk the camino the more you will try anything to heal the pain you are creating!!!

    Anyway. 30 km later I had arrived at the ferry to cross over to Viana Do Castelo. This wonderful town. My GPS gave another 55 minute walk to my albergues. You've got to be kidding me! How did I not notice this when I booked it! Ugh. If I thought that was bad! I get to a the flight of stairs to go up to Santa Luzia. Well. That's the way to my room for the night! There must of been something like 500 steps. If someone can find out how many there were please do tell me! It felt like 1000 at this point. About half way through I notice a funicular going up from the city to the top. You have to be f*cking kidding me!!! 😡😡😡 #%×*$#!!!! Thanks GPS for telling me I had another option!

    Many breaks later and some cursing - I get to the top. Why would someone do this walk and put themselves through this much suffering! The albergue was nice but strange. Almost too quiet. On top of that the doors didn't have a lock. I guess I'll be sleeping with one eye open. I used the funicular to go get some food in the city and called it a night at 8pm. Let's hope tomorrow is better.
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  • Day156

    Spain to Portugal

    September 18, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    OK so journey was horrible lots of swell and wind on the nose 10-15mph despite forecast of North veering North west less than 10mph until around 5pm, also drizzling on and off. So my first impressions of Portugal as we arrived were not great we had to start slaloming to avoid pots as well. But we reached dry land and the marina guy was great help in us moor showing us where to go in town and the town Viana do Castelo is pretty. We took a funicular (probably spelt wrong) up to the Basilica at Monte de Santa Luzia stunning views. If you look really carefully Take Five's masts are just to starboard of Tower block. We also wandered aimlessly in town so some random photos as well.Read more

  • Day133

    Viana de Castelo

    October 4, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We travelled south out of Spain through beautiful scenery, stopping in Pontevedra, a very elegant town to refuel and stock up prior to entering Portugal.
    We had an overnight stop at a Camperstop motorhome site adjacent to the marina and a famous Eiffel rail and road bridge in this large town on the Limia river.
    The town a short walk away was very interesting with an old historical section.
    Trying to get to grips with the auto toll system on some of the Portugese motorways. Apparently we will be able to set up payment for the electronic tolls at the first service station on the motorway. Because we stopped so far north in Portugal we had not yet reached this point. Hopefully tomorrow it will be resolved, as we only have 5 days to pay any charges before being fined!!!
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  • Day16

    P3D4 18/374 km

    August 13, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    730 We had breakfast at the hotel at 830, so we started later today. Not very pleasant walk partly along a main street with lot of traffic and on a long (1.2km) bridge across Rio Lima. Second "breakfast" in a bar in Viana do Castel (beer, brandy, port wine).
    We took the elevator to Santa Luzia and walked from there down through beautiful eucalyptus + pine forest to Carreço. There were also lot if blackberries.
    On the way I have realised that I had forgotten to return the key from our room. At Carreço we found a post office and I was about to send to key back by a mail. But first I have called the hotel, the owner told me he was just now nearby returning from his work in Afife, so he could pick the key up. What a lucky coincidence.
    We had one beer and than we walked another 3 km to Afife where we took the train to Gondarém.
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  • Day1

    ... in Viana do Castelo

    May 24, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    First 3 days and 70 km done. No major injuries to report. Let's see how today's 28.5 km killer goes! All downhill from there.

  • Day4

    Follow the rainbow & Viana do Castelo

    November 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nachdems nachts gescheit gewütet hatte, wars morgens ganz klar unklar: hinter uns eine schwarze Front, vor uns Sonne und Regenbogen 🌈.
    Aber hilft ja nix und weit ist es auch nicht. Nach größtenteils trockenen zwei Stunden am Meer und durch Kulturlandschaft erreichen wir tatsächlich nach einigen Rückfragen die Busstation und lassen uns nach Viana do Castelo fahren.
    Hier genießen wir noch die Aussicht oben vom Berg bei der Kirche Santa Luzia, schauen das Städtchen an (echt alt und klein) und lassen uns noch einen Fisch schmecken 🎏
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  • Sep8

    Etappe 3: Povoa de Varzim - Esposende

    September 8, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Nach einem ausführlichen Frühstück, sind wir heute gegen 9:45 zu unserer dritten Etappe aufgebrochen. Nachdem wir die letzten Brotreste vom Frühstück an die Möwen verfüttert hatten, führte unser Weg wieder einige Kilometer (ca. 13 km) auf dem bekannten Holzweg direkt am Atlantik lang, und später durch eine öde ländliche Gegend mit Gemüsefeldern und unwegsamen Kopfsteinpflasterstraßen. Der sehr anstrengende Etappenabschnitt endete an einem der schönsten Strände den wir je gesehen haben. Dort machten wir zwischen den Dünen eine längere Pause um dann noch einmal die letzten 7 km in Angriff zu nehmen. Unser Weg endete in Esposende, dachten wir zumindest. Das mit sehr viel Liebe eingerichtete Hostel Eleven konnte uns leider keine Schlafplätze mehr zur Verfügung stellen, weshalb wir mit dem Taxi wieder 2,5 km zurück fahren mussten, um im Ort Fao in einer leider nicht ganz so gemütlichen Pilgerherberge unterzukommen. Den wieder sehr anstrengenden Tag beendeten wir mit einem leckeren Essen in einer coolen Tapas Bar direkt gegenüber unserer Unterkunft. Laufstrecke: 24 kmRead more

  • Sep9

    Etappe 4: Esposende - Viana do Castelo

    September 9, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Um unseren Füßen heute etwas Erholung zu gönnen und mehr Zeit für die Besichtigung der schönen Hafenstadt Viana do Castelo zu haben, hatten wir uns entschlossen den Weg dieses Mal mit dem Bus zu fahren. Nach einem ca. 4 km langen Fußmarsch zur Bushaltestelle in Esposende, fuhren wir ca. 25 Minuten bis nach Viana do Castelo und begaben uns dann direkt auf Suche nach einer Unterkunft. Da am selben Tag im Ort ein größeres Motorsportevent stattfand, waren viele Hostels bereits ausgebucht. Doch wir hatten bei der zweiten Anlaufstelle Glück, und konnten ein ordentliches Zweibettzimmer für 10€ pro Person in einer schönen Jugendherberge direkt an einem kleinen Segelboothafen beziehen. Den Rest des Tages nutzten wir für eine kleine Besichtigung der Stadt und zur Erholung.Read more

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