The long summer of this year still surprises me well into December, its warmth brings back great memories of that stage through the lands of Portugal which finished in the ancient city of Viana do Castelo.
That day we started in the tourist city of Esposende, nearby the sea and surrounded by dunes which hid vast coast of white sand. After these landscapes of virgin beaches, we walked into dense forests of the sea coast. We listened to the whisper of the sea waves through the green wall. We could also smell it but the only thing we saw was the path of the Camino de Santiago which put me in mind of those corredoiras of Galicia.
People take care of the Camino in this area as their own. This is a tradition that was inherited and also was transmitted to me naturally. You very soon feel like you’re a big part of it. You never feel oneself a stranger to this world. The town of Castelo do Neiva was the best example of this.
To round off this day we arrived to the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. Again, pilgrims of the past crossing an old metal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel who previously built the famous tower of Paris. This bridge over the Lima River was the last obstacle before walking into the stony streets which make up the city.
Just a short break in an old hostel due to the fact we were really looking forward to being part of that atmosphere. We walked through its streets and had dinner that night. Let me show you this scenery by way of the images captured by my camera, I hope you enjoy them as I did in the recent past.
From Esposende to Viana do Castelo. (Camino de Santiago Portugués por la Costa)
Photography by Woman To Santiago