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  1. ChrisT

    Portuguese Camino

    I finished the route from Porto in mid October and having followed the Brierly stages I needed a rest day in Ponte de Lima. I found it hard to start with the distances on the first 3 days. Had they been the last 3 days it may not have been an issue. It wasn't a problem as Ponte de Lima is lovely...
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    Portuguese Camino

    Hi Tony, the way was well marked and I didn't take the wrong path any time so no issues there. Plenty of hostels and Albergue too. The route caters well for pilgrims.
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    Portuguese Camino

    The biggest hill was on around day 4, the day I left Pone De Lima. That's the only one that really sticks in my mind and that was steep. Other than that, while there were hills there was nothing too strenuous. There is a very steep downhill into Redondela. I used the Brierley guide which I like...
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    Portuguese Camino

    Interesting you should say that as someone else I spoke to who had done the CF said the same. I had only done Sarria to Santiagia previously so don't really have anything to compare it to. I found everyone friendly enough and it did get busier after Tui. I wonder if its because there are...
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    Portuguese Camino

    You can spend as little or as much as you like, it depends on where and what you eat and drink. I managed on around 50 Euro a day which included the nights accommodation. A bit more when we got to Santiago. That wasn't skimping at all. Decent meals and a few drinks in the evening. I found the...
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    Portuguese Camino

    There is some road walking but very little on busy roads. Mainly on quite roads, I didn't find it an issue.
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    Portuguese Camino

    Hi Tawny, Yes, there were women who seemed to have set off on their own at least and then were walking with other people. It is well catered for along the route. There are plenty of well placed coffee shops along the way. There were people from all over the world I spoke to. Everyone was very...
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    Portuguese Camino

    I only had a limited amount of time and I think the Central worked out to be the shortest. If I had more time I may have tried a longer route. That said, I am happy I did the Central.
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    Portuguese Camino

    It can be a bit tough on the feet, especially in Portugal as there are a lot of cobbled sections. There is also quite a bit of road walking. I walked in walking shoes rather than boots which worked for me. But yes - particularly in Portugal it can be tough on your feet.
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    Blister product advice

    I used the Compeed roll on every morning and again at night. I wore my flip flops in the evenings to let air around my feet. Seemed to work as I didn't get any blisters on the Portuguese over the last couple of weeks. I might not have anyway but who knows.
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    Portuguese Camino

    Hi All, I finished the Portuguese Camino, from Porto to Santiago, Central Route, on Wednesday 10th October and thought I would share a few observations in case it helps others. Firstly it was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone...
  12. ChrisT

    Credential Valenca

    Hi, I was wondering if it possible to pick up a credential in Valenca? Thanks, Chris.
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    Santiago to Porto Airport

    Thanks Rob, I think the bus will be our best option. It doesn't sound too bad! Cheers, Chris.
  14. ChrisT

    Santiago to Porto Airport

    Hi Liliom, You will be ahead of me, I don't start until later in September. I intend to walk from the airport. It seems as though that's possible reading the forum. Good look with your camino!
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    Santiago to Porto Airport

    Thanks Rob, Did you book the bus ahead of time and are they quite reliable? Cheers, Chris.


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