Tradition and Innovation
The eighth day of the Route begins in Lourosa at the Chapel of the Feira dos Dez (Chapel of Sts. Michael and Lucia), and ends in Pinheiro da Bempostaat the Parish Church (Rua Padre José Mário de Sousa). It is 29 km long and can be completed in around 7hrs. There are barely any difficulties along the way and the altitudes range from 5 to 308 metres; it has a medium level of difficulty. The day’s walk covers a varied landscape consisting of a predominantly rural region with a few cities. Despite being a lengthy stage of the Route it has everything needed to make it a pleasant walk and well-suited to a pilgrimage.
Over the course of the day the Route passes through the Municipalities of Santa Maria da Feira, São João da Madeira and Oliveira de Azeméis; a region, which has for many centuries linked the coast with the inland areas. The climate is mild and the environment offers a setting made up of gentle slopes descending into the valleys with their fields irrigated by rivers and streams.