10 APRIL 2018
0.0km (Rest Day)
Accommodation – Porto:
I’m really glad we have a rest day today … and although it is still raining, we are planning to see more of the beauty of Porto!
We’ve learned over the years that one of the best ways to see a new city, is to get on their Hop on Hop off busses to find their most significant places.
Today we are not pilgrims, but tourists exploring a beautiful city!
But first, we had to pay a visit to the Cathedral Se. This is the place from where pilgrims start their Portuguese Camino if they choose to begin their journey in Porto. We’ve made use of this opportunity to obtain stamps in our credentials.
The Cathedral Se in Porto – it has been altered and embellished many times since its inauguration in the 12th century
As we’ve got on the Hop on Hop off bus, it started to rain (again). It was a pity, because we could not really take any photo’s. But we did had the opportunity to learn that Porto has a great history and so much beauty.
A familiar sight – covered in our rain jackets – this time on the Hop on Hop off bus ☺️
Praca da Liberdade (Liberty Square) is Porto’s main square and it connects the old town with the modern part of the city
Towards the end of the bus tour, the rain subsided and we could actually see the ocean. We love the sea and was looking forward hiking along the coast from tomorrow.
What a lovely sight – the view of the ocean in sunshine!
As we’ve got back to the Cathedral Se, the sun disappeared behind the clouds and the rain was back. We ran to the closest restaurant on the river bank and ordered the biggest cup of hot chocolate and coffee we could get to warm us up. It was also time for lunch and we’ve indulged into the fine bread of Portugal!
Lunch time on the banks of the river Douro
The bus fare of this morning included a trip on the rio Douro. As the heavy rain changed into a light drizzle, we’ve made use of the opportunity to find our way to the boat for a cruise on the river.
A cruise on the Douro river
By now we’ve had enough of playing tourist in the rain! We would have loved to see more of Porto, but one can only be so cold and out in the rain for this long!
We’ve taken the metro back to our hostel and packed our backpacks again. My feet got (some) rest and hopefully I would be able to continue on our Portuguese Camino with renewed power!
We’ve bought some ingredients at the local supermercado and Berto made us a huge bowl of pasta that we’ve finished off with a bottle of red wine … we’re back on the Camino again!
A meal to get us back into the spirit of our Camino tomorrow
There is this one photo that I just have to share … I wore my hiking sandals today with a spare pair of my hiking socks. It was the most colourful socks I could find in the shop 😁. When I look down to my feet his evening, I could just laugh at the colour schemes of my sandals and socks … it is only on the Camino that one dares to walk in public like this!
Not a pretty sight, but I’ve walked around like this in Porto all day!
We went to bed early … because from tomorrow, we will walk the more known route of the Portuguese Camino … Porto to Santiago.