Running alongside the Atlantic in Porto, Portugal
10 Jan, 2017, By Manuel A.
It was very interesting to read in The Guardian in 24 December 2016 in the article “My best travel discovery of 2016”, Katie Parla, Rome-based food writer:
“In 2016 I trained for two marathons – challenging enough for a person with no natural athletic ability. But when I’m on the road, the physical challenge of long-distance running is amplified by a lack of motivation. On a recent trip to Porto, I would have much preferred to explore the city’s food and drinks scene than hit the pavement, but I dug deep and got in a good 30km.
I did a quick Google search and read that Gaia, the area on the other side of the Douro from downtown Porto, had a long, safe well-lit path along the ocean. Beginning in the Afurada district and ending near Espinho’s golden beaches, the path includes wooden walkways above undulating dunes and paved promenades with ocean views. There are cafes and restaurants along the way, so when I needed water, I could make a quick stop. I prefer to run at night, so it was pure joy to go so far afield, safely, in a new city.”
In Portgall we can do it running (with a sport specialist that help you to be prepare and be fit) or cycling (with a biologist which help you to get a perspective of the nature of this beautiful landscape).