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Viana do Castelo to Praia da Ancora

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An easy day walking across dunes and sea promenades to Praia da Ancora.
Distance 18.6 km
5:00 h
172 m
171 m
Before leaving Viana do Castelo, take time to climb the funicular to the eucalyptus-clad hill of Monte de Santa Luzia or visit the exquisite neo-Byzantine Temple to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for panoramic views of Viana. Heading out of the city, cross many beaches via wooden footbridges over the dunes and walk along sea promenades. Discover the Fort of Santiago de Barra as well as the impressive wind mills of Montedor.  Reach Praia da Ancora, where you can perhaps take a dip in the sea!
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Laura Paterson
Update: August 01, 2018
Highest point
141 m
Lowest point
4 m

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This walk is part of the following itineraries:




Viana do Castelo (12 m)
41.693172, -8.826904
41°41'35.4"N 8°49'36.9"W
29T 514404 4615724


Praia da Ancora

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These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.


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41.693172, -8.826904
41°41'35.4"N 8°49'36.9"W
29T 514404 4615724
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Robbyn Dodd
September 06, 2021 · Community
Description in app doesn’t match the trail at all. No sand dunes or promenade. Be prepared for steep climbs over stone streets and through forests. It’s a beautiful trail, just not what’s described. There is also an issue in Carreço where the trail wants you to cross a railroad track, but there is no where to go. After some investigation we figured out someone built a concrete wall at the entrance to the trail. We were able to climb over an continue on. Side note, Macs route did not follow the yellow arrows on the trail coming into Carreço. Maybe they would have circumvented the wall issue.
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Arnold and Nancy Ames
March 06, 2020 · Community
Best yet...Very beautiful and a particularly nice spot by one stream....Don't miss the mill right there.
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When did you do this route? March 05, 2020
Vickie McKee
August 31, 2019 · Community
Oddly the description in this app is for a beach route but the map is for the main, non-beach Camino de Costa. I liked the little lanes and the part in the hills.
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18.6 km
5:00 h
172 m
171 m
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