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Best Map book Camino Portugese from Porto to Santiago

Paul Roby

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 France
2019 Portuguese
Hi, we plan to walk the camino portugese from Porto to Santiago in April 2019 and I would like to know which resource in best and what is the value.
There is 'A Camino Portuguese Guide', 'Maps only the the Camino Portuguese' and 'A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugués: Lisbon - Porto - Santiago'
I'm sure there are many others so what is the best?
 
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surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
I used the John Brierly guide "A pilgrim's guide to the Camino Portuguese: Lisbon-Porto-Santiago", it's fairly accurate, although I'd have bough just the maps if I had the chance as thet are lighter to carry. The book gives you plenty of other info on the route though. The comprehensive and relevant list of albergues have a look here: http://www.vialusitana.org/caminho-portugues/albergues/
 

MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
The best resource is Luis Freixo's Blog as its the best and is free see http://www.caminador.es/. You can view his maps of each stage of every Portuguese Camino (and there are rather alot of caminos to do including another new one thanks to Luis la Via Mariana via Arbo to add to the list from Braga! ) in alot of formats like Google Maps, Wikiloc or pdf which I prefer to use as you can download to your Smartphone and use offline so you don't need internet or drain your battery.
 

loumura

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
The best resource is Luis Freixo's Blog as its the best and is free see http://www.caminador.es/. You can view his maps of each stage of every Portuguese Camino (and there are rather alot of caminos to do including another new one thanks to Luis la Via Mariana via Arbo to add to the list from Braga! ) in alot of formats like Google Maps, Wikiloc or pdf which I prefer to use as you can download to your Smartphone and use offline so you don't need internet or drain your battery.
 

loumura

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
The best resource is Luis Freixo's Blog as its the best and is free see http://www.caminador.es/. You can view his maps of each stage of every Portuguese Camino (and there are rather alot of caminos to do including another new one thanks to Luis la Via Mariana via Arbo to add to the list from Braga! ) in alot of formats like Google Maps, Wikiloc or pdf which I prefer to use as you can download to your Smartphone and use offline so you don't need internet or drain your battery.
But from what I can see, it does not offer all the maps in English
 

Via2010

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Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Do you really need english explanations for using a map? I think, most signs used in maps are self-explaninig or international.

I used both the Brierley guide-book in 2013/2014 and his maps in 2017. In my opinion, his "maps" offer one problem: they are rather sketches than proper maps, i. e. they do not really reflect the distances. Sometimes 1 cm is half a mile, sometimes it is about 2 km. So it is nearly impossible to deduct from his maps how long you still have to walk. And the "maps"-edition (unlike the guide-book does not show the connection from Vila do Conde to Rates. So I could only walk that because I had done it before.

The information about accomodation included in the "maps" was up-to-date and proved very useful. It is a very handy booklet which makes you independent from your smartphone and will even survive hard rain.

BC
Alexandra
 

MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
Yes that's right a map is a map ! He has all formats too so for example you can open Google Maps & see where gou are (and the marked Camino) while walking !
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
The best resource is Luis Freixo's Blog as its the best and is free see http://www.caminador.es/. You can view his maps of each stage of every Portuguese Camino (and there are rather alot of caminos to do including another new one thanks to Luis la Via Mariana via Arbo to add to the list from Braga! ) in alot of formats like Google Maps, Wikiloc or pdf which I prefer to use as you can download to your Smartphone and use offline so you don't need internet or drain your battery.
I went back and looked at it and I'm not sure it is the best resource. For example, just looking at the first couple of days of my walk, it doesn't show Vila Cha where I slept the first night in an albergue (it should be between Labruge and Vila do Conde), and it shows the camino connection from Vila do Conde to the Central linking at Rates when, in fact, following the arrows, it linked at Arcos. And that's just the first two days. After that, I stopped looking. I found other guidebooks and apps more complete and accurate for what I walked. Not to denigrate the effort that went into this, but I would not hold it up currently as the sine qua non of resources.

http://www.caminador.es/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/02-PLANO-GUIA-2013-2.png

If you go into the PDFs, they do provide a lot of detail, but the information appears to be about ten years old.
 
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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 used the Brierley guide when walking from Lisbon. No problems with that.
The next times I walked the Portuguese caminho I just followed the yellow marks and prepared myself by looking on google maps what was the next place to stay the night so was informed about the distance to walk.
I bought a Portuguese guidebooklet last year -will be a problem for you if you do not speak Portuguese but it gives all stages and distances in numbers.But I speak Portuguese so it is easy to say for me.
This year I will follow the waymarkers again and use google maps.
 

MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
I went back and looked at it and I'm not sure it is the best resource. For example, just looking at the first couple of days of my walk, it doesn't show Vila Cha where I slept the first night in an albergue (it should be between Labruge and Vila do Conde), and it shows the camino connection from Vila do Conde to the Central linking at Rates when, in fact, following the arrows, it linked at Arcos. And that's just the first two days. After that, I stopped looking. I found other guidebooks and apps more complete and accurate for what I walked. Not to denigrate the effort that went into this, but I would not hold it up currently as the sine qua non of resources.

http://www.caminador.es/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/02-PLANO-GUIA-2013-2.png

If you go into the PDFs, they do provide a lot of detail, but the information appears to be about ten years old.
David,

You need to go back to the Home page of his Blog and start from there http://www.caminador.es/

The map you've shown is a redundant superseded map from 2013.

Here's the actual page you need to go to http://www.caminador.es/?page_id=1978&fbclid=IwAR0rOMo8N0bEG854JY-nFivbpxyrhne-uwNkMtsjP2u2dR5eJ3O5-KjeI5k

And for the map of the stage http://www.caminador.es/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CAP.01.Guiax2_.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0chlXulaf277PGEinTYa7RKdSpCmgo5JUEYiYwv_nxy0lAIZtW5p9F3Oc

Luis has much more detailed information on each stage as well as on all of the caminos which originate from Portugal in multi formats including Google Maps. No other resource comes close to this level of information and it's all free to access. All this and more from the man who founded the shoreline route (as well as as the Mariana Way which you should walk in the future !). He even orginally painted the very arrows you followed from Porto as far as to Redondela So yes I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. In fact most subsequent resources have used his info including Brierley etc
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
David,

You need to go back to the Home page of his Blog and start from there http://www.caminador.es/

The map you've shown is a redundant superseded map from 2013.

Here's the actual page you need to go to http://www.caminador.es/?page_id=1978&fbclid=IwAR0rOMo8N0bEG854JY-nFivbpxyrhne-uwNkMtsjP2u2dR5eJ3O5-KjeI5k

And for the map of the stage http://www.caminador.es/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CAP.01.Guiax2_.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0chlXulaf277PGEinTYa7RKdSpCmgo5JUEYiYwv_nxy0lAIZtW5p9F3Oc

Luis has much more detailed information on each stage as well as on all of the caminos which originate from Portugal in multi formats including Google Maps. No other resource comes close to this level of information and it's all free to access. All this and more from the man who founded the shoreline route (as well as as the Mariana Way which you should walk in the future !). He even orginally painted the very arrows you followed from Porto as far as to Redondela So yes I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. In fact most subsequent resources have used his info including Brierley etc
I stand corrected. In my defense, however, I will say that I did go to the home page of his blog and the out of date information I got, I got from clicking on what appeared to be the right links. So it appears that, as knowledgeable and important as he is, he is not always scrupulous about removing old content when replacing with the new.

I will no longer deny that he is the best, most detailed, most accomplished, and most up to date source of information. But I would caution people visiting his site to be careful of what they are looking at to be sure it is not older information that has remained there, if they are just going to the home page and browsing rather than following a direct link that someone has provided to the information they need
 

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