Vila da Conde is a seafaring port and holiday resort on the coast about 30 kms from Porto. The first thing I saw when I arrived was a long and well preserved Roman aqueduct which had brought water to the town. After checking into Hotel Brasau and dumping my backpack, I went across to the Post Office to post my Spanish Camino Guide back to Australia, saving myself 600 gms to carry!
I then set off for a 15 min walk to see the Atlantic Ocean. There was a very fresh breeze and big surf waves when I got there. A few brave souls were stripped off and sunbathing on the beach, with windbreaks protecting themselves from a northerly wind.
On the way back I chanced upon a seafood restaurant, where all manner of fish was being grilled over charcoal. This was possibly the best spot to have lunch on a sunny day. I chose JL's favourite: salmon plus half a bottle of Mateus Rose. Perfect!
Opposite the restaurant was a reconstruction of a Portuguese sailing vessel from the C16th. Being Monday, the actual Museum of Shipbuilding was closed (another sad face!).