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Povoa de Varzim to Rates

DeeBee

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2021
We are starting from Porto along the coast and are toying with the option of walking to Rates from Povoa de Varzim along the old train line/ bike route/ ERP. Watched a youtuber cycle it-it looks pretty dull, but it is off road and about 10-12 km. Has anyone done this? Would walking from Vila do Conde to Rates provide more interest? How long does the "cars too close for comfort" last? Thanks
 
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Flog

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2021
I don't know about walking from Varzim across, but from Vila do Conde to Rates is a pleasant walk, apart from a short stretch on a curved cobbled street with high walls on both sides with no footpaths. Unfortunately, my experience has shown that Portuguese drivers can be very aggressive, the total opposite to Portuguese people in general..
 
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I don't know about walking from Varzim across, but from Vila do Conde to Rates is a pleasant walk, apart from a short stretch on a curved cobbled street with high walls on both sides with no footpaths. Unfortunately, my experience has shown that Portuguese drivers can be very aggressive, the total opposite to Portuguese people in general..
agreed! I remember getting the tip of one of my poles stuck between the cobbles and causing a jam whilst I tried to wriggle it out! The drivers were not amused :) Much hooting and exchange of finger gestures :) Otherwise Portugal and its people are well worth the Camino.

Samarkand.
 

anfear

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June 2012, Leon to Santiago, 12 days and one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far!
Have done several Caminho 'routes' from Porto to Rates over the past few years. My partner and I also cycle the now 'paved all the way' cycleway (about 14km) from Povoa metro station to Rates and beyond regularly, most recently yesterday. We were just wondering why pilgrims don't use it more as it is much more pleasant and beautiful than the 'traditional' route - a lot of it along the road, from Vila do Conde to Rates.
 

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