Caminha da Costa

What a day to go running! This video is of a half marathon run that I did down the Atlantic coast of the very north of Portugal along a portion of the coastal Camino Portuguese pilgrim route. I started in Caminha by the Minho River, which also acts as the border between Portugal and Spain, before working my way down the oceanside pathways and beaches to the village of Carreço, where I was staying at the Albergue Casa do Sardão. Along the way, I popped in to the main oceanside towns of Praia do Camarido, Praia do Moledo, Vila Praia de Âncora, and Praia da Duna do Caldeirão. I also had a few moments to briefly explore two very old fortresses, Forte do Cão and Forte de Paçô, as well as the Montedor Lighthouse right at the end as I arrived at my destination.

I hope you enjoy this run, which was certainly one of the best I’d ever done, at least in terms of the ambience of the sun, sea and general good vibes of the people I interacted with along the way.

Be blessed,
Jyri

The Mouth of God

This is a video of a 15km run from my ‘Runography’ series, from my starting point in my home-away-from-home, the city of Caldas da Rainha, through some farmlands and forest trails, to an absolutely stunning destination on the Atlantic coast, a spot I now personally call the ‘Mouth of God’.

Life force vibrating.

Medulla Oblongata,

through it flows your love.

The Mouth of God | Jyri Manninen

This very special place is the narrow inlet to the bay of São Martinho do Porto, a popular tourist town located between Foz do Arelho, at the mouth of the Lagoa de Óbidos, in the south, and Nazaré, the home of European big wave surfing, in the north. Please enjoy the amazing views, including from the top of the massive sand dunes at the start of the Rio Tornado; and I also hope you enjoy the haiku poem (also narrated in the video), which I wrote as a dedication to this unforgettable experience.

Be blessed,

Jyri

The ‘Mouth of God’.

Good Success!

This is the brief documentary of one of my favourite runs ever, a 34km one from the surf mecca of Baleal on the Portuguese Silver Coast to the major inland urban centre of Caldas da Rainha, well known for its famous thermal spa hospital. The first 16km leg of the journey saw me moving north along the Atlantic coastline to Bom Sucesso (lit. ’good success’), which is located on the northern banks of the mouth of the Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos lagoon).

After a welcome lunch break, I headed off on the second leg of 18km, following the nature trail that hugs the lagoon’s shoreline. As I left the lagoon behind me, I climbed to the hilltop village of Arelho. From the high vantage point at the Arelho village church, I took a brief moment to reflect on the trails that I had just covered, with a panoramic view looking back over the entire lagoon, which was fortuitously accompanied by the ringing of the church bells!

After leaving Arelho, I entered into some serene countryside, basking in solitude in the blazing late afternoon sun, as I meandered through forests and farmlands to finally reach my destination at the municipal square of Caldas da Rainha.

Thank you for sharing this running adventure with me, and be blessed,

Jyri

Golden sunset at Caldas da Rainha