great photos of Camino Portugues, can i ask, it looks like you did the coasta route from Porto to Valenca? if so could you tell me how easy or difficult it was - is it sign posted ? and what of accommodation.
yes you are right. i walked along the coast, too. my main problem was that i wanted to skip the industrial area of Porto, as you walk out of the city. i took a metro. but from there on, who spoke english, nobody knew about the camino. so i ended up taking a walk along the highway, because everybody knew santiago is that direction, to the north. then again i took a bus, cause nothing was interesting on the highway, and arrived finally arrived to Viana do Castelo. that is already on the shore of the ocean. there it was too late, around ten in the evening to find the albergue, so i took a room, for 20 euros,a single one. from there on, i followed the camino. everything is signposted very well. people were stopping me, encouraging me, just asking if i am a pilgrim.... so everything went on very well. the route is ok, you walk in forests, some hills, but they are not hard, and along the shore. on e portuguese man told me it is the easiest way of all one thing i did not know: the firemen welcome you without paying!!!!!! every pilgrim can stay at the BOMBEIROS in Portugal so don't panic if you do not find an albergue. it is a tradition for the firemen to house pilgrims!!! but only in Portugal after that in Spain there are plenty of albergues, very beautiful ones!!!!!
Hi Monica, Thanks for your reply, can i ask if you would get away with walking shoes on the coastal route or would you need boots! sounds like more sandal and shoes area?
Route from viana do castelo to valenca sounds ok and very do able would you recommend it? the beginning sounds hard to follow so we may do that part in land and then back out to the coast at viana
you do not need boots for the route. i took a Merrel walking shoe, designed for summer. in the front it has some little holes, it is very breathable, but also rain goes in in the front part. so my problem was the rain, every day. so, i would say if you take a shoe, without little holes .... sorry i do not know what's the right word. you need to be waterproof, and maybe a sandal for sunny days.... but i walked only with the walking shoe... it was enough, with 2 pairs of wool socks, for change when one got wet.
i would recommend this route, definitely!!!!! it is very beautiful. i would say from all stages this one is the best!!!!!! my opinion: but i am a sea-addict
i just read some other posts, some of them say you should take the metro from Porto just to Forum Maia, and then you do not get lost.... but there are trains,or buses, which stop almost at every little town, so it is easy to get to Viana do Castelo.