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Advice on walking the Portuguese Camino from Porto

Maccool

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Camino
Good afternoon
My partner and I are flying in and out of Porto in Feb and have 5 days plus one back in Porto to experience the area. We had wanted to possibly do some of the Portuguese Camino and I was wondering if you might have some advise on what might be do-able? Perhaps take a bus or train and just do a part of it? What would you suggest might work and towns that we could see and walk through that will give is a taste?
And should we consider the Coastal Route or Central route?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Graeme
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
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Hi Mccool! How lucky you are to go to Porto, it is such an amazing city!
I have walked the central route in 2017 and loved it. That said, the stretch just out of Porto I skipped due to it being too urban and not so pleasant - I took the train out.

A suggestion woulb be to walk the coastal route out of Porto, as the walk along the river is very pretty, until you feel satisfied. You will have lovely views and probably reach some nice places, such as Vila do Conde and Viana do Castelo, which will give you a taste of it.

Bom caminho!
 

Lindy Lou

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2018 Portuguese, VDLP September 2019
I walked the Portuguese Coastal last September. I recommend you take the Metro out of Porto to Matishinos (16 stops) and start there. Fishtail Hostel is fabulous and a street away from the Camino. Then every town for the next few days are a delight. Viana do Costello ( we had a rest day there - so beautiful) , Vila do Conde, Amaroso = glorious. You cant go wrong really. All on the beach/coast and fabulous food and wine tossed in for good measure!
 

dfborg

Don to la Mancha
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2013 Camino Portugues 2015 Camino Frances (2017)
Hi Mccool The walk along the Rio Duro is very nice , find your way to the cathedral and then just make your way to the river ,you can't get lost . An alternate route would be to take the metro to Matosinhos and start up the coast from there, either way you will have a great time.

Bom caminho
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
It sounds like you want to experience some of the Camino in Portugal and aren't terribly focused on making it to Santiago and getting a compostela. With that in mind, I would advise starting at the cathedral in Porto, walking down to the river and along the river to the ocean, then north along the seashore to Vila do Conde. From Vila do Conde, I would cut over to the Central route at Arcos and walk north from there to Ponte de Lima, passing through Rates and Barcelos on the way. Along the way, the Casa da Fernanda between Barcelos and Ponte de Lima is a nice place if it works out as one of the places you stop for the night. (Incidentally, this is the same route as appears in a pilgrim account from the late 16th century.)
 

robproct

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP from Lisbon 2018
I agree David. Anything to avoid the straight walk out of Porto, 12km along the footpath beside busy traffic before finally getting out of the city. No fun, or take the tram. So take the coastal out of town to Vila do Conde and then inland to Sao Pedro de Rates for the night and then on to Ponte de Lima for the wonderful walk up over the hills and then down the other side to Barcelos and on to Lugar do Condo and stay at Fernanda's but call ahead to book.
 

Camino Chris

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Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I walked the Portuguese Coastal last September. I recommend you take the Metro out of Porto to Matishinos (16 stops) and start there. Fishtail Hostel is fabulous and a street away from the Camino. Then every town for the next few days are a delight. Viana do Costello ( we had a rest day there - so beautiful) , Vila do Conde, Amaroso = glorious. You cant go wrong really. All on the beach/coast and fabulous food and wine tossed in for good measure!
I am booked at the Fishtail in Matishinos in May! I'm glad to get a thumbs up that it was a good choice!
 

Chris Moon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
1 (2017)
I'm planning on walking the coastal route early April, this is'll be my first Camino and I'm 69.
Could anyone let me know how long approx it should take? I'm thinking of allowing 14 days is that reasonable?
Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated

warm regards,
Chris
 

Lindy Lou

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2018 Portuguese, VDLP September 2019
That’s how long I took last September. Includes one rest day. Days ranged from 28kms to 14kms. It’s fairly flat till Galicia- that’s when some hills crop up.
 

MarthaD

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues May 2019
I'm planning on walking the coastal route early April, this is'll be my first Camino and I'm 69.
Could anyone let me know how long approx it should take? I'm thinking of allowing 14 days is that reasonable?
Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated

warm regards,
Chris
Buen Caminho Chris...you may already be on your way. I leave May 1 from Los Angeles and will also walk the coastal then cut over at Caminha to the inland route into Santiago!
So happy for you!
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
I agree David. Anything to avoid the straight walk out of Porto, 12km along the footpath beside busy traffic before finally getting out of the city. No fun, or take the tram. So take the coastal out of town to Vila do Conde and then inland to Sao Pedro de Rates for the night and then on to Ponte de Lima for the wonderful walk up over the hills and then down the other side to Barcelos and on to Lugar do Condo and stay at Fernanda's but call ahead to book.
I think you better look on the Portuguese map ! Your sense of direction is a little bit confusing.
After São Pedro de Rates first comes Barcelos - Lugar do Conde ? It is Lugar do Corgo by the way...does not exist as a town or village. It is the name of a house in the the village of Vitorino dos Piães.
There after comes Ponte de Lima and than you go over the mountains to Rubiães to Valença do Minho and Tui .
 

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