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After walking Frances n Del Norte Portuguese Next ?

Camino(s) past & future
Camino St James Apr 2017
#1
Last year was the start of my Camino,s . in April I walked from St Jean to Finistere.
This year I walked the Del Norte Irun to Santiago. I’m now thinking the Portuguese Da Costa.Porto to SDC. While the del Norte was great I missed the social side that the Frances offered, the del Norte
was too quite, is the Portuguese busier than the del Norte?

Are there other Caminos busy like Frances ? Maybe walk Croatia ? It has to be fairly flat.
Any advise would be great

Thx

Jim
 

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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#2
Hi Seamus!

CP is not as busy as CF, but you do see pilgrims every day, you can form a camino family and you will meet people over and over again along the trail.

It is a beautiful trail (I walked Central, but people say Coastal is gorgeous too), with amazing cities, fabulous food and lovely people. There is only one day with a big uphill (Alto da portela), all other days are quite flat or very little ondulation. I would easily recommend it! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino St James Apr 2017
#3
Thx Anamya,
The Camino family aspect has always been great.
I’m thinking doing Porto to SDC . Thx for advise

Jim
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#4
I walk the Camino Portugues but the inland route. There were nowhere near as as many people as on the CF. Like someone else wrote I’m sure you will be able to meet lots of people. I am going to be walking on the Norte this September. One of the main reasons is I like the solitude and the quiet. There were nowhere near as as many people as on the CF. Like someone else said I’m sure you will be able to meet lots of people. I am going to be walking on the Norte this September. . That’s what is really cool about all the different Caminos, there’s something for everyone. I am sure the coastal route is a lot easier than the Norte will be.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino St James Apr 2017
#5
I walk the Camino Portugues but the inland route. There were nowhere near as as many people as on the CF. Like someone else wrote I’m sure you will be able to meet lots of people. I am going to be walking on the Norte this September. One of the main reasons is I like the solitude in the quiet. That’s what makes all the Caminos go aroun there were nowhere near as as many people as on the CF. Like someone else road I’m sure you will be able to meet lots of people. I am going to be walking on the Norte this September. One of the main reasons is I like the solitude in the quiet. That’s what is really cool about all the different Caminos there’s something for everyone. I am sure the coastal route is a lot easier and the Norte will be.
Many thx I found the Frances more fulfilling than the del Norte....will look into Da Costa Portuguese more......
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#6
Last year was the start of my Camino,s . in April I walked from St Jean to Finistere.
This year I walked the Del Norte Irun to Santiago. I’m now thinking the Portuguese Da Costa.Porto to SDC. While the del Norte was great I missed the social side that the Frances offered, the del Norte
was too quite, is the Portuguese busier than the del Norte?

Are there other Caminos busy like Frances ? Maybe walk Croatia ? It has to be fairly flat.
Any advise would be great

Thx

Jim
A quick look at the statistics on arrivals from the cathedral in SdC will make it clear that there are no other caminos as busy as the Frances. The Portugues is as close as you can get in terms of popularity and it still lags well behind. It should be busier than the Norte if not as busy as the Frances. After the Portugues, your best bet in terms of finding crowds is to walk on the last 100 km of some of the other routes.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
#7
Last year was the start of my Camino,s . in April I walked from St Jean to Finistere.
This year I walked the Del Norte Irun to Santiago. I’m now thinking the Portuguese Da Costa.Porto to SDC. While the del Norte was great I missed the social side that the Frances offered, the del Norte
was too quite, is the Portuguese busier than the del Norte?

Are there other Caminos busy like Frances ? Maybe walk Croatia ? It has to be fairly flat.
Any advise would be great

Thx

Jim
The Portuguese is a little lonely.
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - 2017; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia - 2018
#8
I walked in Portugal 3 times, the most sociable is definitely the central route from Porto. End of Apr-May was busy, great infrastructure there, pilgrim's menus everywhere. Met great people on the way. As far as I understand it it's not yet as busy as the French but getting there, it's crowded in summers. Could be fewer people on the coastal way. Bom Caminho! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino St James Apr 2017
#9
I walked in Portugal 3 times, the most sociable is definitely the central route from Porto. End of Apr-May was busy, great infrastructure there, pilgrim's menus everywhere. Met great people on the way. As far as I understand it it's not yet as busy as the French but getting there, it's crowded in summers. Could be fewer people on the coastal way. Bom Caminho! :)
Brill many thx
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#10
Possibly the Portuguese route is actually busier than what the statistics show. Being a much shorter camino than the Frances, those walking it will be in closer proximity to each other, so although fewer numbers, possibly there are more options for developing friendships than it appears.
 

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