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    Barca do Lago, an old Caminho crossing.

    In Esposende two sections of the Caminho come together. The Coastal route comes northwards from Póvoa do Varzim and enters Apúlia. From São Pedro de Rates there is section which connects the central route to the coastal, it enters through Fonte Boa. The route of this section is not random...
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    Easier to follow the beach north of Póvoa do Varzim.

    For those who prefer to follow the beach on their caminho northwards it has been increasingly easier with added board walks on the dunes going north of Porto. Recently some additions have been make to extend and connect portions of boardwalks. North of Póvoa, in Aguçadoura, Praia do Mestre and...
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    The weather has been awfull lately in Portugal. Particularly here in Santarém. I've seen hundreds of pilgrims (going to Fátima) on the roads. Poor guys were soaking wet. A few with backpacks, so maybe going to Santiago. I hope people have brought proper equipment, I wouldn't like to be walking...
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    Caminho Interior 2015, from Vila Real, by bike

    Here is a sort of trip report ... This was a last minute thing. A friend, with whom I had already done my first camino, was unhappy with the weather for beach holidays, so wanted to go to Santiago instead. Between the coastal and the interior routes I opted immediately for the latter. The plan...
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    Avoid mistakes in São Pedro de Rates

    I have today heard of yet another couple of pilgrims taking the wrong turn in São Pedro de Rates. Following the central route of the Portuguese you get to the center of S. P. Rates, near the church via an old train track now converted to eco route. You must turn and go alongside the church to...
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    Porto to Santiago, 7 day plan

    Although I'm in shape, a round one :lol: , I've done several walks 25 - 35 km in trails with 800 - 1000 m ascent. So I'm not stranger to a bit of walking, still, am I pushing to far with a 7-day plan for walking Porto to Santiago de Compostela? My plan is: Porto to Rates ~45km (longer because...