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Bag delivery service in the Portuguese Camino/ accommodations

bootscobler

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Portuguese Camino May 2022
Does anyone know what company to use for a bag delivery on the Camino Portuguese (from Porto)? Also is everyone winging the accommodations at this time? Or should I make reservations for an accommodations? I’m going in May! Thanks!
 
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Tuitrans and Pilbeo provide this service on the Portuguese routes.


 

Flog

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It's very quiet just now. In Porto there's a complete absence of pilgrims and tourists. Yesterday, a fine day, I found many places closed and vacant and met just one pilgrim en route as I took a walk 30km up the coast to Vila do Conde. There I spoke with the hospitalera at Santa Clara (it has been closed for almost 2 years) and she told me with sadness, she doesn't think it will open again. A shame, I have nice memories of staying there. She told me of limited options further up the coast.

Of course it's mid January and none of this may be relevant in May, I hope not, but I would at least check on accomodation options ahead..
 
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bootscobler

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It's very quiet just now. In Porto there's a complete absence of pilgrims and tourists. Yesterday, a fine day, I found many places closed and vacant and met just one pilgrim en route as I took a walk 30km up the coast to Vila do Conde. There I spoke with the hospitalera at Santa Clara (it has been closed for almost 2 years) and she told me with sadness, she doesn't think it will open again. A shame, I have nice memories of staying there. She told me of limited options further up the coast.

Of course it's mid January and none of this may be relevant in May, I hope not, but I would at least check on accomodation options ahead..
That’s so sad to hear but hopefully by May ñ, things could turn around. This is one of the reasons I want to reserve at least a few days of accommodations to ensure I get a place to stay. It’s also my first Camino
 

Letsgocamino

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May 2013 Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino Portuguese Porto to SdeC May 31 2017.
That’s so sad to hear but hopefully by May ñ, things could turn around. This is one of the reasons I want to reserve at least a few days of accommodations to ensure I get a place to stay. It’s also my first Camino
Have a fabulous trip bootscobler. My sis and I started our Portuguese at the end of May 2017 from Porto and it was incredible. Beautiful.
 

J F Gregory

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It may open more in May. We walked from Porto last October and had no difficulty finding a bed at the end of the day.
 

shirleypie

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Does anyone know what company to use for a bag delivery on the Camino Portuguese (from Porto)? Also is everyone winging the accommodations at this time? Or should I make reservations for an accommodations? I’m going in May! Thanks!
That’s so sad to hear but hopefully by May ñ, things could turn around. This is one of the reasons I want to reserve at least a few days of accommodations to ensure I get a place to stay. It’s also my first Camino
I am leaving Porto on may 7. I will be doing the coastal route then crossing over to the central route at Vila do Conde. Because of current covid conditions I have booked all my stays thru Booking. Com and Airb&b and I am currently seeking baggage transfer also. I got an email by Tui trans saying they will not intermix Routes (Coastal & Central) and will not pick up at air Airb&b. I am working on other transportation as we speak to find the easiest way to transport. Where theres a will theres a way! 🤞
 

Flog

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That’s so sad to hear but hopefully by May ñ, things could turn around. This is one of the reasons I want to reserve at least a few days of accommodations to ensure I get a place to stay. It’s also my first Camino

I don't mean to paint a bleak picture for you, I'm sure it will improve in Spring, but I just wouldn't rely on or judge it by previous years.
 
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CaptainBonnie

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Plan: 2 week to arrive at Santiago de Campostela in 2 weeks. Start 12th Nov 2017
Tuitrans and Pilbeo provide this service on the Portuguese routes.


Hello
Are you sure tuitrans and others privuddc
Tuitrans and Pilbeo provide this service on the Portuguese routes.


 

CaptainBonnie

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Hello
Are you sure tuitrans and others privuddc
Hello are you sure they provide services from Lisbon all the way to Santiago de Campostela at Euro 4/drop? Or only from Porto??
Very Best
Capt Bonnie ( Vivek )
 

CaptainBonnie

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Plan: 2 week to arrive at Santiago de Campostela in 2 weeks. Start 12th Nov 2017
That’s so sad to hear but hopefully by May ñ, things could turn around. This is one of the reasons I want to reserve at least a few days of accommodations to ensure I get a place to stay. It’s also my first Camino
Hello Boots!
I am contemplating between Camino Portuguese Central and Camino Del Norte( much tougher much longer) with the latter possibly more organised after Easter ( 4th week April 2022).
Very Best!
 

auburnfive

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I am leaving Porto on may 7. I will be doing the coastal route then crossing over to the central route at Vila do Conde. Because of current covid conditions I have booked all my stays thru Booking. Com and Airb&b and I am currently seeking baggage transfer also. I got an email by Tui trans saying they will not intermix Routes (Coastal & Central) and will not pick up at air Airb&b. I am working on other transportation as we speak to find the easiest way to transport. Where theres a will theres a way! 🤞
We did the exact route and Caminofacil moved our luggage. Not sure about Airbnb though, they like to have someone there who will accept your bag.
 
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CaptainBonnie

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Plan: 2 week to arrive at Santiago de Campostela in 2 weeks. Start 12th Nov 2017
Yeah from Porto Many Possibilities..
It’s the 640-240 = 400 km
From Lisbon to Porto where there is nothing organised such as Correos..
For people with genuine physical problems that stretch is a definite disadvantage.. someone mentioned Euro 1.00 / km
meaning Euro 400:- minimum… i believe it’s much more.
Very Best
 

David Tallan

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1989
Something to consider is to make sure your accommodations accept transported bags. When I stayed in the albergue in Rates, there was a fellow who arrived looking for his backpack which had been rerouted to a nearby shop because they don't accept shipped bags (and seemed reluctant to accept pilgrims who ship bags).
 

James X

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Caminho Central Português: October 2017
Caminho: Coastal / Litoral / Lost: September 2018
I used Tuitrans for 3 Caminhos and found them brilliant, however I used Caminofacil for my last Caminho as they were 40% cheaper and just as good. Their interactive user-friendly website was another advantage over Tuitrans
 

bootscobler

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Portuguese Camino May 2022
I used Tuitrans for 3 Caminhos and found them brilliant, however I used Caminofacil for my last Caminho as they were 40% cheaper and just as good. Their interactive user-friendly website was another advantage over Tuitrans
Thank you! This is great information!
 
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design4life

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@bootscobler As far as reserving/winging it, it's impossible to predict how many walkers there will be on the Portugués this spring so I re-planned my canceled 2020 Camino by reserving everything through booking.com. I was surprised that many places I'd reserved in 2020 were filled three months ahead! But lately I've been contacting albergues and, honestly, they don't know either what to expect! So I'm inclined to keep the booked rooms for long walking days when I'll arrive late, and count on albergues when I know I'll arrive around mid-day. I've done that on past walks and it's given me peace of mind.
Regarding weather and clothing, there are lots of forum threads on this. I have a kind of standard kit bag after 4 spring and fall caminos -- a sequence of layers from t-shirt, to sun-protective long-sleeve blouse, to merino pullover, to an old Patagonia puffy, and a lightweight Gore-tex rain jacket that is both rain and wind-protective but also "nice" for the cities. I bought an Altus in 2018 (search forum to find out about this) in Sarria and, boy, was that smart, as it rained the rest of the way to SDC! I have two pair quick-dry pants but try to wear the khakis every day and save the black ones again for "nice." Thai "elephant pants" and Teva sandals for after-walk lounging, wine drinking, and walking to shower. Everyone has their own favorite number of socks. The key is .. everything hand-washable and quick-dry! But do clothing searches and get lots of suggestions.
 

bootscobler

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Portuguese Camino May 2022
@bootscobler As far as reserving/winging it, it's impossible to predict how many walkers there will be on the Portugués this spring so I re-planned my canceled 2020 Camino by reserving everything through booking.com. I was surprised that many places I'd reserved in 2020 were filled three months ahead! But lately I've been contacting albergues and, honestly, they don't know either what to expect! So I'm inclined to keep the booked rooms for long walking days when I'll arrive late, and count on albergues when I know I'll arrive around mid-day. I've done that on past walks and it's given me peace of mind.
Regarding weather and clothing, there are lots of forum threads on this. I have a kind of standard kit bag after 4 spring and fall caminos -- a sequence of layers from t-shirt, to sun-protective long-sleeve blouse, to merino pullover, to an old Patagonia puffy, and a lightweight Gore-tex rain jacket that is both rain and wind-protective but also "nice" for the cities. I bought an Altus in 2018 (search forum to find out about this) in Sarria and, boy, was that smart, as it rained the rest of the way to SDC! I have two pair quick-dry pants but try to wear the khakis every day and save the black ones again for "nice." Thai "elephant pants" and Teva sandals for after-walk lounging, wine drinking, and walking to shower. Everyone has their own favorite number of socks. The key is .. everything hand-washable and quick-dry! But do clothing searches and get lots of suggestions.
Aww thank you for the tips!! I’m definitely a newbie on the Camino and I’m not sure what is the best for me. I have preboked my accommodations because I might get panic attacks if I find no place to stay after 15 miles of walking. This way I have peace of mind. The only expensive ones are the one in Baiona and Santiago so if I find a nicer place to stay other than the one I booked I don’t feel bad losing the money. I didn’t allocate for rest day though but I figure on the days I’m really tired I’ll take a taxi halfway to my accommodations but we shall see how I do. Thanks again. Btw do you have tips on places to eat that you absolutely loved along the way of the coastal portugués?
 

design4life

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CF 2014/2015/2018 Kumano Kodo 2019 Portugués 2022
I'm walking the Central and haven't walked the Coastal. I think you should ask your question in a more related thread so that the info appears there for everyone interested in your topic. As far as losing your money, ONLY book a fully cancellable option because none of us can predict whether or how Covid will raise its ugly head again. There are people on the forum who've had to cancel multiple trips since 2020. Don't commit any money in advance!
 

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