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    Any especially memorable Albergues on Camino Portuguese?

    O Ninho was easily the funkiest and most welcoming albergue I stayed at on my journey. Translated from the Portuguese, it means “the bird’s nest,” and the word is used in the vernacular to express an affectionate connection with one’s home. There were a number of lodging options in the town of...
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    Cathedral Closed...Is the Camino still worth it?

    Abruptly, he posed a question that no one else on the Camino had asked me. “This Camino…would you do it again?” “Yeah, I would do it again,” I said. “Not me. If you want to find God, then get yourself a bedpan and spend time at a hospice. That would be better than all this walking. At times it...
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    Transport back to Porto

    The Website "Rome2Rio" will give you train, bus and air connections between any two places in Europe! Just put in the destination and the city you will be leaving from and it will give you all the options. Terence Callery
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    How about posting your favorite photo(s) of "unusual" doors on the Camino

    This was taken in Ferrol at the start of the Ingles Route March 2019 Great Victorian door knocker! Terence Callery
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    camino tips

    Another website I stumbled onto was www.annieswalkers.com, which was full of sage advice by Annie, who has made a small business of taking others on the Camino as a guide and planner. The single best piece of advice came from Annie, who was adamant about getting hiking shoes or sneakers a size...
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    5 things most pilgrims don't do on the Camino (but should)

    Learn to "Chi Walk" in order to make your pilgrimage more of a walking meditation! I was no longer walking in the same aggressive way as when I trained over the winter in Maine. Instead, I began to walk in a way that conserved energy. I called it “sleepwalking” at the time. Now I refer to it as...
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    Restaurant splurge - Matosinhos

    Amazing Food on the Portuguese Camino!!! The city of Mealhada, population five thousand, stretches out over nearly four kilometers. One guide book suggested that I skip Mealhada altogether and target a very nice hotel and restaurant called Três Pinheiros that was located just one kilometer from...
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    My thoughts on being a "solo" women Camino Walker Spring 2019

    The approach to the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima meanders through the tiny hamlets of Anta, Bouça, Paço, Pereira, and Barros, which seemed to merge into one as I drifted through them. This five-kilometer portion of the Camino parallels the Rio Lima, and it transitions from fields with sheep...
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    Newbie questions

    Take the Portuguese Route which is way less crowded. Food is way better and people friendlier. This route is very flat and easiest walking of all the Caminos. This is from" Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment" The official pilgrim welcome office in Santiago de Compostela...
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    Single rooms on Primitivo?

    I pre-booked some when I knew I that I would be in that town - like Oviedo for example first night. Or if the place was the only hotel in town. some days I did not book since I did not know how far I would walk. But this Camino is deserted in February, you will have more competition for rooms in...
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    Single rooms on Primitivo?

    I think the rates in February are lower than after holy week, plus you have to specifically ask for the special low pilgrim rate and also lower if you get without breakfast.
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    Single rooms on Primitivo?

    Oviedo -- Hotel Vestusta 35 Euros Grado --Hotel Auto Bar 20 Euros Salas --Hotel Solo 20 Euros La Espina --Hotel Dakar Salas --Palacio de Maras 50 Euros but really worth it - Like a Paradore Hotel! Campiello --Hotel Casa Rural Herminia 30 Euros Pola de Allende --Hotel La Nueva Allandesa 25 Euros...
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    The (Unofficial) 99 most frequently asked questions regarding any Camino !

    Is Saint James really buried in Santiago de Compostela?
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    Heading to Lisbon!

    Check out these art museums in Lisbon! I slept like a baby. I had been awake for thirty-two hours since my head had lifted off my pillow at my place in Cushing, Maine. I was unable to sleep on the overnight Iberia flight from JFK to Madrid, so I really needed the sleep going into my first day...
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    The Unlikely Rise of the Pastel de Nata, and Why It’s Suddenly Everywhere

    The sheer number of pastry shops in Portugal was staggering. Referred to as “pastelarias,” these eateries are founded on the secular trinity of the highly caffeinated coffee, the sugary sweet pastries, and the community offered by the place where everyone goes to talk. Café culture is part of...

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