We slept in and then lazed around reading and writing until we realized how much time had passed, after 2pm already! Time had come for a walk, but where would we go? We studied the map and decided to start out in the direction of the nearest beach – over 6 km away. We’d see how far we could go on foot and could always take the bus back, if we tired of walking.
Fairly soon, we dropped downhill to the river and walked along its pathway. We passed under the Arrabida Bridge and soon came to an area teeming with birds, Observatorio de Aves. We had to stop – not from fatigue but due to opportunities for birdwatching. We spotted a grey heron, yellow-legged gulls (adults and juveniles), ruddy turnstones, house sparrows, mallards and one other species of birds that we couldn’t easily identify.
We enjoyed watching the birds, but we needed to move on. The sun shone, and the temperature was perfect for walking so we kept up a good pace. Before we knew it, we were at the 5 km point. We hadn’t said anything to each other, but we knew what the other was thinking: we’re approaching the place marked on the map with a mini-golf symbol.
Yes, we’d studied the map when we arrived in Porto and noted the symbols for museums, notable churches, theatres, parks, and to our great surprise, saw one symbol for mini-golf. Now we were almost there.
The sun was dropping in the sky. We knew time had come to head back.
Wait! We came to see the beach and hadn’t yet seen what it looked like. We walked a few meters further on, gazed down at the beach, took a photo, turned around, and started back to Porto.
….to be continued with “Sunset stroll along the Douro River”