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Matosinhos receives inaugural cruise with visits to Caravela Vera Cruz

Santiago Maritime Way

From the 6th to the 8th of June, Matosinhos will host the first inaugural cruise of the Camino Marítimo de Santiago.

When passing through Matosinhos, the general public will have the opportunity to visit Caravela Vera Cruz. Built in 2000, as part of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of Brazil, Caravela Vera Cruz is an exact replica of the old Portuguese caravels.

Upon arrival in Matosinhos, the councilor for Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism, Marta Pontes, and the councilor for Sport, Vasco Pinho, attended the reception of the delegation.

Tomorrow, the day of the holiday of Senhor de Matosinhos, it will be possible to visit Caravela Vera Cruz at the Cruise Terminal. The visits will take place between 10:00 and 13:00 and between 14:00 and 19:00. There are guided tours for schools and free tours for the general population. Schools must pre-register to geral@aporvela.pt and the school visit lasts 30 minutes. Entry is free.

This initiative stems from a new project by UPSTREAM Portugal and Fórum Oceano, within the scope of the National Network of Nautical Stations in Portugal, which aims to reinforce the international visibility of the Portuguese itineraries of the Caminhos de Santiago and, at the same time, strengthen the synergy between the land routes and seafarers.

It is the first “Maritime Way to Santiago”, in national territory and it intends to recreate part of the journey of the “Stone Barge” that, according to legend, in the first millennium, transported the body of the Holy Pilgrim from Palestine to to Galicia.

The Nautical Way will take place over a total of 17 days and consists of nine stages, starting in Vila Real de Santo António, and stopping at the ports of Vilamoura, Lagos, Sines, Cascais, Peniche/Nazaré, Ria de Aveiro, Matosinhos and Viana. of the Castle. The route continues towards Baiona, ending at the port of Vila Garcia de Arousa, in Galicia (Spain), from where passengers will have to complete the route on foot to Santiago de Compostela.

This route will be carried out by about 20 vessels (guest sailboats), including the Caravela Vera Cruz, which will be in Matosinhos between June 6th and 8th.

This new maritime route, whose passage we have highlighted in our city, allows a different approach and perspective of the Way, in a strong commitment to the discovery of the coastal landscape, the recovery of local history and culture, presenting a new modality and alternative for carrying out this very special itinerary. and emblematic.

Matosinhos, as an integral part of this inaugural cruise and given its inseparable connection to the sea, is strongly committed to receiving and monitoring this project in the best way, which will certainly start a new format for carrying out the Way to Santiago and will bring a new dynamic to this segment of enormous tourist potential.


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