Where the sidewalk ends and the boardwalk begins, Santa Cruz, Portugal 

This morning we had coffee and ouriços (a delicious almond pastry which is a specialty of Ericeira) at Casa da FernandaWe began our walk and followed a sidewalk and then boardwalk that kept the ocean to our left. About three miles down the road, the sidewalk disappeared and there was no shoulder on a blind curve-filled road. We continued on cautiously as one more obstacle joined in, a misty fog. At the eight mile mark, we took a break at a pastelería. Over a delicious dark chocolate and strawberry ice cream, we decided it was too dangerous and no fun jumping out of the way of traffic. We called an Uber to take us the last eight miles to Santa Cruz. We checked in, and went to explore the town. It is a much smaller beach town, but has a much larger beach than Ericeira. Many shops are closed for the season. The beach is beautiful with boulders, interesting benches and boardwalks.Along with a sign, not for tides or marine life, but for UV index. There are plenty of restaurants open along the beach and delicious local seafood is available along with a beautiful sunset. We have changed our original plan of forging a new route along the coast from Lisbon to Porto. It really is too craggy a coast with no roads or paths to travel safely on foot.We will spend a day in Obidos and a few days in Porto. We will then follow a well-marked Caminho along the coast before we head to Spain and Santiago de Compostela. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s