Through the Vouga Meadows
The ninth day of the Route begins in Pinheiro da Bemposta, at the Parish Church (Rua Padre José Mário de Sousa), and ends in Águedaat the Parish Church (Largo Dr. António de Mello). This stage is 29 km long, and it can be completed in 7hrs. There are barely any difficulties along the way and the altitudes range from 5 to 181 metres; it is a medium level of difficulty. It is a long stage of the Route, but provides the ideal conditions to enjoy a peaceful and pleasant day’s walking.
You will make your way through the area of the Vouga river system, where there is abundant water and verdant fields. The climate is mild and the area’s proximity to the coast provides a refreshing sea breeze. As a natural setting it is outstanding, and the rural landscape is dotted with small villages, towns and historic cities.
Over the course of the day the Route passes through the Municipalities of Oliveira de Azeméis, Albergaria-a-Velha and Águeda. The former belongs to the Metropolitan Area of Porto, while the latter two form part of Central Portugal’s region of Aveiro. Throughout this stage logistical support is available for walkers and pilgrims.