Miramar
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MIRAMAR

Only 10 km (6 miles) south of Porto and 5 km (3miles) north of Espinho Miramar is a small seaside resort famous for its 17th century Capela do Senhora Pedra chapel perched precariously on a wave-beaten headland jutting out from the beach. The village is an up and coming trendy residential suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia, close to the towns of Gulpilhares and Arcozelo. Its proximity to Porto results in Miramar being easily accessible by bus and train. Miramar has useful facilities such as several cafés close to the beaches, bars, car parking, a private sports club with tennis courts and the Clube de Golf de Miramar golf course.

BEACHES

Praia de Miramar

Praia do Senhor da Pedra


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There are actually three beaches in Miramar, bordering the village of Francelos in the north is the Praia da Sãozinha which flows seamlessly into the Praia do Senhor da Pedra that surrounds the chapel and joins on to the Praia de Miramar on the southern end.

Praia da Sãozinha

A long narrow beach accessed via two wooden boardwalks which traverse the dunes and the delicate coastal vegetation. Off from the beach, there's ample parking and a couple of cafés and a mini supermarket.
41° 04' 21.7" N | 08° 39' 28.8" W

Praia do Senhor da Pedra

The beach surrounding the chapel is known as the Praia do Senhor da Pedra. The dunes are thinner here. The beach is closer to the town with its amenities, including several eateries. Look out for the Farturas Vitórias bakery that specialises in this traditional Portuguese pastry similar to churros and is very popular in Portugal. Swimming here is better at the southern end of the beach, away from the chapel and the bed of rocks it sits on. The expanse of sand widens here. The water is tame and good for bathing during the summer months. In winter, the swell which appears here attracts surfers. Although popular with the local populace from the neighbouring areas Praia do Senhor da Pedra is not yet an international tourist destination and never gets crowded.
41° 04' 09.8" N | 08° 39' 27.8" W

Praia de Miramar

The Praia de Miramar continues south from the Praia do Senhor da Pedra varying in width along the way. It passes the Miramar Gold Club in the southern end. On the northern end, two beach bars where a wooden walkway begins and allows access along the length of the beach and protects the dunes which flank the sands here.
41° 03' 59.97" N | 08° 39' 24.5" W

CAPELA DO SENHOR DA PEDRA

The marvellous 17th century Capela do Senhora Pedra chapel is perched precariously on a wave-beaten rock formation jutting out into the Atlantic. These rocks have been sacred for millennia and served as a pagan altar. Two azulejo panels which frame the portal attests to the existence of a pagan temple. Exactly which rituals were carried out here or to which deity the temple was dedicated, is subject to conjecture. Today the chapel is a subject of an annual pilgrimage by Neo-pagans.

The chapel was built in 1686 adopting a baroque/rococo style. Siting on its pedestal, this cute hexagonal chapel has survived battering waves for over three centuries. Steps lead up to the main entrance and up a second tier which takes you around the back of the shrine. Inside there's three ornate guilted alters with a scene on the crucifixion in the centre.

Alameda do Sr. da Pedra, 4410 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 03' 59.97" N | 08° 39' 24.5" W

Capela do Senhor da Pedra

Capela do Senhor da Pedra

Cycling to Miramar

Travelling To Miramar

• Linha de Aveiro Urban trains (Comboios Urbanos) to and from Porto Timetable

Espirito Santo operate the buses from Vila Nova de Gaia to Miramar, #45
Espirito Santo Website

There's an excellent dedicated cyclepath which runs from Vila Nova de Gaia and follows the river and coastlne all the way to Miramar. If you feel too tired to cycle back you can return by train, cycles are permitted onboard.

Cross the Arrabida bride and head south on the A1, Take A44 to R. das Moutadas in Vila Nova de Gaia. Take the exit towards Gulpilhares from A29. Take the exit onto A29 towards Espinho/A25/Aveiro/A8/Lisbon.

TOP TOURS

Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch (optional) and Wine Tasting

Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Uncover the mysteries of Porto on this full-day sightseeing tour with lunch. Meet your guide and spend the day travelling through the city's charming corridors, compelling neighbourhoods and seeing its historic landmarks. Learn about Porto's history, including the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro River and much more. Then, enjoy a traditional local lunch and continue your journey to the Sé Cathedral, São Bento Railway Station and more. This is the best tour for first-time visitors to orient themselves to many of Porto's wonders. See the city through the eyes of a local.

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Porto Premium 3 in 1: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram Tour and Guindais Funicular

Porto and Matosinhos Small Group Tour with Douro Cruise, Lunch and Wine Tasting

Porto and Matosinhos Small Group Tour

The most complete one day tour to the cities of Porto and Matosinhos. A professional guide in a new comfortable vehicle equipped with air-conditioning will accompany you on a journey you will never forget. You will get to know the most emblematic places and understand the whole history that surrounds this city. Lunch will take place at a typical restaurant. We will visit the Porto wine cellars of one of the widely respected producers on a global scale. Being next to the Douro River you will then take a boat trip across the six bridges. Leaving the historical centre behind we will head to Matosinhos, a city that borders north with Porto known for the beauty of its beaches, connection to the sea and by the famous acronym WBF - World's Best Fish.

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MIRAMAR GOLF CLUB

Miramar Golf Club

Established in 1932, Club de Golfe de Miramar is one of Portugal's oldest courses. When opened it was targeted towards the home market. Located in the famous resort of Miramar, Arcozelo, in Vila Nova de Gaia, 10 km south of Porto. It is built on sandy soil close to the “Senhor da Pedra” chapel. The par 35 course is a traditional link with nine holes, allowing for short games or full rounds. It is one of the finest executive courses in the Iberian Peninsula, with views over the Atlantic Ocean and a tricky layout.
Minimum handicap requirements: men: 36, women: 36

Daily: 08h30 – 20h00



Contact Details
Avenida Sacadura Cabral, 4405-013 Arcozelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. | 41º 03' 44.73" N 08º 39' 13.03" W
+351 227 622 067 | cgm@cgm.pt |  Website

The Course

Inauguration year:

1932

Holes:

18

Par:

70

Distance:

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Architect:

Frank Gordon

Amenities

Practice Areas:

Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Area

Hire:

Golf school, clinics, driving range, putting green, swimming-pool, kids’ lounge

Lessons:

Individual, Group

Club House:

Pro-shop, Restaurant & bar,

Main events:

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