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TuiTrans can transport luggage from Porto to Santiago. Perhaps they have a ĺink/source for Lisbon. See more in this web --Does any know how we can send our backpacks from Lisbon to Santiago and have them stored until we finish our walk.
I guess it depends on what you mean by "tourist". I haven't seen many people at all using pilgrims' accommodation who weren't in possession of a credencial and proceeding towards Santiago. Do you mean people who are not travelling for religious reasons? I'm not so sure that is necessary. The cathedral itself now does not require it, giving out Compostelas to people who claim "spiritual" rather than religious reasons. And many who do not start looking for a spiritual or religious experience find that they have recieved one before it is done. In either case, how could we tell that looking from the outside? Or are you a tourist rather than a pilgrim if you choose to travel in some comfort rather than maximizing your hardship? Firstly, those who do are less likely to stay in albergue dorms. Secondly, while some pilgrims may be ascetics, that has never been the case for all pilgrims (as anyone who has read the Canterbury Tales can attest).We do indeed “travel our our own pilgrimage” but we also want to discourage tourists using pilgrims’ accommodation - an increasing trend which I have witnessed over the past 20 years!
Not an answer to the specific question but, in responding to those who pose a similar question, I ask the question “why?”. There may, of course, be very valid reasons for forwarding baggage but, in the spirit of the Camino, I encourage subscription to the view that you carry all you need.
Here I tend to be very much a minimalist, without compromising on safety, wearing light weight gear, resorting to making additional purchases en route, if needs be, invariably from street markets, and discarding (responsibly!) unwanted garments as and when. As a rule of thumb I carry only a pack which can be conveyed as cabin baggage on flights (from UK).
I almost always send a suitcase to Santiago from my starting point, but haven't had to send it from Portugal yet.Yes indeed I did ask about sending baggage through for storage and not my daily backpack. We are more then happy to carry our small daily backpacks on our Camino. My reason for the question is that we are traveling in several different countries over four months a require extra gear. We do not wish to lug any extra on the Comino then needed.
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