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Camino Portugues Coastal | Day 1

 Porto to Labruge, 26.46 km

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Good morning on day one of the Camino Portugues. A twelve-day pilgrimage from Porto to Santiago on the Coastal route.

 

I woke up this morning at 5:30 am and was out the door by seven. A quick breakfast and I was following the Douro river down to its inevitable crash with the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacle in full display at the Felgueiras Lighthouse.

 

Matosinhos beach is the first of many to come along the trip. Modern, massive and with a historic fort. The sea was angry just how the surfers like it.

 

It was 11:23 am and a cool 15c, and after a quick break at a local garden, I crossed the Ponte movil to the quite beachfront neighborhood of Leça da Palmeira. A mere 4km away, you can find the famous 1926 Lighthouse of Boa Nova.  At 46 meters tall it’s one of Portugal’s tallest.

 

I had lunch at a grassy field with the unexpected company of two pilgrims I will come to see a few more times along the way. The panoramic views from the stone marker at Boa Nova chapel were breathtaking, or was it the oil refinery in the distance?

 

The wooden walkway was a surprising addition to an almost perfect day. A snack with a great view and a couple of charming fishing villages here and there and I was at the albergue in Labruge around 5 pm.

 

The one-kilometer walk down to the beach to witness my first sunset on the Camino Portugal was worth enduring the cold and the unpredictable strong gusts of wind.

 

But then it was time to enjoy a delicious meal at a pizza restaurant. What a better way to end a perfect day on the Camino?

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Daily Cost Breakdown

€03.00 Breakfast

€00.80 Snack

€01.75 Snack

€10.00 Albergue

€25.00 Dinner

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€40.55 Total

Today's stage broken down with the help of Google Earth.

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Accommodations:

Albergue de Peregrinos do Porto

+351 220 140 515

+351 912 591 321

Rua Barão de Forrester, 954

www.albergueperegrinosporto.pt

ing@albergueperegrinosporto.pt

Albergue Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar

+351 226 05 60 00

+351 910 27 49 82

C. Arcediago Van Zeller, 50

www.seminariodevilar.pt

Pousada de Juventude de Porto

+351 226 17 72 57

+351 226 16 30 59

+351 925 66 49 83

C. Paulo da Gama, 551

microsites.juventude.gov.pt

porto@movijovem.pt

Porto Downtown Hostel

+351 222 01 80 94

Pl. Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 66-1º

www.portodowntownhostel.com

portodowntownhostel@gmail.com

Porto Lounge Hostel

+351 222 08 51 96

Rua do Almada, 317

portoloungehostel.com

Being Porto Hostel

+351 222 011 977

Rua de Belomonte, 13

beingportohostel.com

Foz do Douro

Residencial Portofoz

+351 226 172 357

Rua do Farol, 155 3º

Hotel Boa-Vista

+351 225 320 020

Esplanada do Castelo, 58

www.hotelboavista.com

Casa das Laranjas

+351 965 445 624

Travessa das Laranjeiras, 33

www.casadaslaranjas-porto.com

Suites Foz O Porto

+351 917 550 670

Jardim Antero de Figueiredo, 42

Apartamento da Foz

Rua da Senhora da Luz, 85

Agra Traditional Houses

Rua da Agra, 54

Hostel Fishtail

+351 229 380 345

Rua do Godinho, 224

www.fishtail.com.pt

Pensão Central

+351 229 380 664

Rua Brito Capelo, 599

www.pensaocentral.net

O Valentim Hotel

+351 224 053 781

+351 961 030 593

Rua Gago Coutinho, 11

ovalentim.com

Pensão Leão de Ouro

+351 229 380 673

Rua Conde São Salvador, 162 1ª

leaodeouro.com

Residencial D'el Rei

+351 229 372 914

Rua Brito Capelo, 843

www.hoteldelrei.com

Leça da Palmeira

Residencial Luso-Brasileira

+351 229 953 860

Rua Dr. Augusto Cardia Pires, 57

Holiday Inn Express Porto Exponor

+351 229 995 400

Av. Dr. António Macedo, 163

www.ihg.com

TRYP Porto Expo Hotel

+351 229 990 000

Rotunda da Exponor, s/n

www.melia.com

Aldeia Nova

Casa Velha

+351 965 072 203

Rua de Almeiriga Norte, 2510

www.casavelhamatosinhos.com

B&B Casarao Paraiso

+351 933 446 305

Rua de Almeiriga Norte, 2694

B&B Caravela

Rua de Almeiriga Norte, 2764

Camping Orbitur

+351 229 270 571

Rua de Angeiras, 1262

angeiras@orbitur.pt

orbitur.com

Apartment Beach Lavra Porto

+351 912 702 409

Rua Fernando José Oliveira Maia, 86 R/C Esq

Albergue de peregrinos São Tiago de Labruge

+351 229 284 686

+351 961 180 256

Rua de Labruge, 1720

Casa da Praia Guest House

+351 910 894 591

Av. da Liberdade, 439

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