You can start walking the Camino from the Cathedral Se in Porto or from Matosinhos, which shaves off 8 km and is easily reached by metro or bus, Matosinhos is a fishing port and beach that the people of Porto visit in droves during the summer for some R&R. The first stop on our route was Povoa de Varzim, (PdeV) and I was delighted to discover that I could take the Porto Metro all the way there. After checking out of the hotel I walked up to São Bento station and took the metro to Trindade on route D – yellow line, where I changed platforms and a moment later bordered route B – red line, taking just over an hour to reach PdeV. The cost was E2.80. It is the last stop on the red line.
PdeV is a modern resort town with lots of shopping, but it is the magnificent beach, that you will entice you. With golden sands, seashells, and clear waters that extend along the entire length of Povoa de Varzim, I know because I walked it. We were booked in at the Axis Vermar, which was close to the beach and had a pool although too cold to swim. I took another long walk on the beach and collected seashells and took some photos. Back to the hotel for coffee and a sandwich and I relaxed with my book. This hotel is geared to conventions, and conferences and the evening meal here reflected that. This was not a hotel for Camino walkers.