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  1. peregrina2000

    Operaçao Bom Caminho — National police campaign

    A friend of mine just sent a link to a youtube video publicizing the GNR’s (Portuguese National Police) new 2022 effort to enhance safety and add patrols to the caminho routes north of Porto. I think this shows that the Caminho is becoming more of a recognized entity in the...
  2. Fred2a

    Sexual harassment Camino Portugues oct 2021

    Hi, I just completed the camino portugues from Lisbon. I am very thankfull that I had access to such a amount of informations on this forum before leaving and will post myself soon. But before that I would like to make a report on the bad experiences some of my fellow female travellers had to go...
  3. I

    LIVE from the Camino Beware of a man in outskirts of Aviles near Salinas!!!

    Hello All, I wish I would share more positive post , but today I was assaulted by a young man literally on the entrance of a small passage through the little forested bit . I am adding a a screenshot of exact location .There is a way on Buen Camino app which is marked red at exact same spot...
  4. L

    Solo travel - Lisbon to Porto

    Hello - I am a single woman in her late 50s hoping to walk (solo) from Lisbon to Porto and meet with friends to continue on to Santiago. I have been advised that the Lisbon-Porto section is not the safest for a single traveller. I've been told there are thefts and exhibitionists along the way...
  5. biarritzdon

    Pilgrim Rescue near Roncesvalles 6/1/21

    A German pilgrim had to be rescued by helicopter last Wednesday in the snow storm near Roncesvalles. A friend of mine Biarritz says the fine will be 12000 euros.
  6. peregrina2000

    Assault near Lisbon on the Portugués

    As I think anyone reading this thread already knows, there was a violent attack on the Caminho Portugues last week. This thread explains the details. There are many moving pieces, with different endeavors ongoing to document and report. I do not speak for AB, but I know that she is...
  7. A

    Pilgrim stabbed and attacked at knife point after Sacavem, was able to escape

    Hello everyone, This is a difficult story, but as it happened only three days ago, it is important for people to be aware and I would appreciate help (the report is filed with the police, but was seemingly not taken very seriously) with further resources or steps to take. The short version is...
  8. peregrina2000

    Harassment on the way to Fátima

    For almost a year now, the Fátima Association (Rodrigo), Santarém Hostel (Mario), and the Via Lusitana have known about incidents involving an elderly (about 80) man on the route to Fátima. He is located about 10 km from Santarém and 2 km before Quinta de Val Flor. He is well known on the...
  9. Gwaihir

    LIVE from the Camino Snow. Primitivo Yay or Nay?

    Heya peregrino peeps. I've been live on the Camino for longer than four months and this is my first "live" post, derp. Anyway. We're here in Ribadeseya and snow is closing in on us. It's on the hilltops very close to the Camino, the Picos de Europa are completely snowed under (so pretty), and...
  10. MaggieQYogini

    Any wild life safety concerns on the French Way??

    I plan to go on my 1st Camino (the French Way) in the last week of May to June of 2020. Watched many YouTube videos and reading the Forum. Being the journey treks through large areas of wilderness, are there any danger with wild life?
  11. D

    Wearable Warning Lights for Pilgrims/Walkers

    With the shorter days of Fall while walking Camino Ingles in late October, I wanted to make sure that Jill and I were as visible as we can be for motor vehicle and bicycle traffic. Aside from other wearables, I wanted a wearable warning light that was bright and had the capability to be set to...
  12. LesBrass

    What3Words App for Safety

    My husband sent me this link and suggested I download the App What3Words. The developers have mapped 3 metre squares across the globe. Every square is identified by three random words. If you can send those words to any emergency service they will know where you are. Here’s the article ...
  13. dqduncan

    Theft in Lezama before Bilbao

    THEFT in Lezama. (right before Bilbao): WARNING....there is a big man about 100kg who appear to pose as a pilgrim just as albergue opens. He goes in as soon as the first person leaves, pretends to look for something and leaves ..vanishing quickly . It’s dark and people are groggy. Seconds...
  14. J

    Lisbon to Santiago in July! A few questions:)

    Hi! First of all I wanted to ask if anyone is going to be walking the Portuguese Camino in July? I’m starting out from Lisbon on the morning of June 30th and would be great to know if I’ll be completely alone on the route or not as I’m slightly concerned with the posts I’ve read about flashers...
  15. lizlane

    Fear NOT...Solo Hiker's Best Whistle for Safety

    I bought this whistle for personal safety for my training and to wear on the Camino. It weighs one ounce. If a flasher exposes their person to you in the city, this whistle is so supremely loud, I only blow it at public pools to scare the kids and out in the country so I will be practiced in...
  16. I

    Warning on the start of the Camino Portuguese.

    Hi there, I am a solo female traveler and started my Camino Portuguese today from Porto. I was followed by a man in a white van for the beginning of my walk on the coastal route. He looked local, wearing a purple top and light pants. He followed me on the board walk and was making kissing...
  17. trecile

    Cell phone theft deterrent

    I bought this leash for my cell phone that I will attach inside my sleep sack at night. I was originally looking at it thinking of pickpockets when I'm in Paris before the Camino. The tether can also be looped around the wrist for a wrist strap. Also handy for people who tend to drop their...
  18. S

    Tuscan Region Safety

    Hi Guys! I posted a question the other day and received wonderful answers so I am hoping I can get the same here with this thread. Since I will be doing this alone what are the safety precautions I should be taking? Is it dangerous to go by yourself? Are you supposed to bring mase with you...
  19. Ponygirl1961

    Camino Frances or primitivo as a solo older woman

    I was originally planning to walk the Frances route in July 2019 and have booked airfare and taken time off. Now I am reading about the Primitvo route and trying to decide between the two. I have a fear that one may be too crowded but the alternate fear is that the other may not be as safe for...
  20. jrickards

    Security of backpack/contents overnight

    By overnight, I'm not referring to hotels but the "typical" hostel-type accommodations. Of course, I'll have my pack (with clothes, toiletries, etc) plus maybe a point-and-shoot camera (haven't decided on this yet), cellphone and of course, wallet with cash, credit card and passport. Of course...