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Day 4 Povoa de Varzim to Esposende – Actually Ofir Beach near Fão

Ofir Beach Portugal

Today I took the A.V.Minho bus line,* to Esposende. It was a 25- minute walk to the PdeV bus station, which in May 2019 has a new station in the process of being built. You pay for your ticket on the bus. They do have change and most fares are by distance, about 2-3 Euros. The bus station is in the town center near Almada Square. The buses do not run on time but it is best to be there for the scheduled stop time. I found using the rometorio app gave me the information that I needed and then I could look at other sites to make sure that I had selected the best route.

Ofir Beach Portugal

The Axis Ofir Beach Resort hotel address is registered, as being situated in Esposende but is in reality located just outside the town of Fão, 3km away from the town center of Esposende, and Ofir beach is an additional 1km walk! A 30 minutes bus ride plus my additional 4km walk and it was hot! That taught me to read the walking notes; even though I was not walking the Camino route, it would have been helpful. Sensible packing of a sunhat and a lightweight shawl protected me from sunburn. I walked to Ofir from Esposende over the Ponte de Fão bridge of the Cávado River, which is part of the Litoral Esposende protected landscapes. I then turned right to walk down to the Axis Ofir Beach Hotel, passing homes, hotels, and apartments, some derelict but ripe for redevelopment.

Ofir Beach Portugal

The area is stunningly beautiful with large sand dunes, pine trees and the wonderful beach for surfers, sunbathers, and swimmers. Fishing in the river as well as forested areas for hiking and biking. At low tide, many rocks become visible; the locals here call them “The Horses of Fão”. Although this was an Axis hotel, the look was, very different. A good walk along the beach and some paddling made for a nice afternoon followed with coffee and my reading time. We had a wonderful meal with wine and a good breakfast the next day so we were very pleased. 

*The Minho Bus Line starts in Porto and goes all the way to Viano do Castelo.

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