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    2-Weeks on the Primitivo

    Hi there, Last year I walked a section on the Camino Frances, then later in year, 2 weeks on the Portuguese. I would like to walk for approx 2 weeks (annual leave from work), this time with 2 novice Camino walker friends within reach of an airport to UK or Ireland. Ive been reading other posts &...
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    Starting in Barcelona- have 2 weeks.

    Thanks Freddie, Will look at Irun as a starting point.
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    Starting in Barcelona- have 2 weeks.

    Im planning on staying with family in Barcelona before joining the Camino del Norte and have about 2 weeks. I dont actually want to get to Santiago as this is my third Camino (Previously walked the Camino Frances and Portuguese), am more interested in the countryside and experience and to reach...
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    Boots vs walking sandals on Camino Portuguese

    Im just back from walking this Camino.I finally decided to wear my trail shoes in the end, but just about managed to get by, walking through very wet and muddy streams and lanes, climbing up and down very steep hills with loose stones and endless cobbled streets, so common in Portugal. By the...
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    Boots vs walking sandals on Camino Portuguese

    Im now in two minds aboutt whether my recently bought Scarpa Enigma Trail shoes will offer me enough water protection and support at the end of May/first week in June. I wore boots on my last Camino in May which were definately needed, but hoped I could wear these lighter shoes as Ive broken...
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    Lisbon to Santiago in September

    I really do believe that much more is gained from the experience of spending time walking alone, than with a group or gang. Yes, so much of my wondeful memories are of my fellow pilgrims, their stories, jouney, kindness and of course - Buen Camino that kept me going. However, equally rewarding...
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    Thanks so much fellow-pilgrims for your warmth and interest in my journey from Oporto. I have decided not to make any firm plans about reaching Finnisterre in a designated time, but to heed John Brierley's advice - to take the Mystical route, follow my heart and trust in the path I am led... I...
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    My friend and I have just returned from our first Camino, from Sarria to SDC in 5 days. We had such an amazing and special time that we have already booked flights from Dublin to Oporto, leaving on 27th May, and have given ourselves 2 weeks to complete which I believe will be plenty of time. We...