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2 weeks on Portuges route

Lucy Keenan

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Camino(s) past & future
2016 Northern Route, 2017 Santiago to Muxia and Fisterra. 2018 Frances, 2018 Ingles, 2019 Portugues

I thought i would able to do the whole camino but niw i only have 2 weeks.
What is the nicest?
Not bothered about a compostela.

mark camilli

Camino(s) past & future
Frances & Fini/Muxia 2016, Coastal Portuguese 2018, Fatima 2019, Mozarabe 2020
Hi Lucy, I did the coastal with my wife from Porto in 2 weeks last year ( including Variante Espiritual which for me is a must). We loved Portugal so much we are going back this year and walking from Valenca south to Fatima.
Buen Camino


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Caminho portugûes (2016)
I agree - most people do Porto > Santiago in ten days, so that's plenty of time for short days and the Variante Espiritual. I agree with Mark that the V.E. is not to be missed.

Lucy Keenan

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Camino(s) past & future
2016 Northern Route, 2017 Santiago to Muxia and Fisterra. 2018 Frances, 2018 Ingles, 2019 Portugues
Thank you both.
I will have a look at the route.


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Send a PM to Camino Chris. She is on the Coastal Route now, walking with her adult son. You might ask to get on her email distro of daily updates, with photos. So far, she is having a great time. Tell her Tom recommend you.

Hope this helps.

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
I loved BOTH the Coastal and the Central on the Portuguese Way. Either choice would be fabulous.

Depending on how fast you walk, and if you actually have 14 full days, you could also consider the Primitivo. It is a glorious mountain walk. Click on the link to see how it can be done in that time. We took 13 days to do it, and even had one rest day in Lugo.

If you are not worried about getting to SdC, you could also consider the amazing route on the San Salvador, over the mountains from Leon to Oviedo, for 5-6 days, then continue on the Primitivo from Oviedo, (I recommend one day here to see the city), then 8 more days to Lugo, or however far you get. These days on the Primitivo, IMHO are the best anyway, especially if you have already walked from Melide to SdC where the Primitivo joins the French Way!

If you do the San Salvador, you can get the Salvadorana, a special certificate for completing the San Salvador, instead of the Compostela in Santiago! I thought that was kind of special!

I have lots of photos of my walks, if you click on the links, to help you decide. Happy planning and I wish you the best of journeys!

David Tallan

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Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I started in Porto at the cathedral and walked down to the river and along the river to the ocean. Then I walked along the seashore and boardwalks (the Senda Litoral) to Vila Chã. The next morning I continued along the coast to Vila do Conde where I turned right and headed towards the Central. I then walked the Central to Santiago de Compostela. All in, I took 13 days to walk it but I was taking it easy. The Village to Village guide had it in 12 days and Brierley has it in 11. Some people do it in 10. It should be eminently doable in two weeks.

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