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Isca-camigo

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Braga to Caldelas 17km
Hi interested all a group from Barcelos/ Braga has been walking this Camino in one stage a month since February, the organiser Jose Eusebio who also filmed this video also walked this route last year in six days from the 26/12/2018 to New Year's Eve, he has a video on his YouTube site for that. This video gives a good taste of the 1st stage, it seems like it is mostly hard surfaces but having seen other stages this is only a one off apart from maybe the last day in to Santiago.
 
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Isca-camigo

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2nd Stage Caldelas - Campos de Gere's 30km
They walked this stage in March.
 
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Isca-camigo

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Campos de Gere's - Lobios 26km
The 3rd stage shows what will be a big factor on this Camino, the rainfall. The area it passes through has a higer annual rainfall than any other area in this corner of the Iberian peninsula, they also pass into Spain but will go back into Portugal in later stages.
 
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Isca-camigo

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4th Etapa Lobios - Castro Laboreiro

This stage took place in May and passes back into Portugal, you are also building up for the highest point , which happens straight after Castro on the next stage
 
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Isca-camigo

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5th Etapa Castro Laboreiro- Cortegada

This stage has the highest point of the Camino almost after the start but then you spend most of the day descending, you pass back into Spain, the stage is given as 31km but I have seen several other sources give it as 28km.

I watched a live feed for the start of this Camino in June on my facebook it was pouring down, that is the nature of this Camino.
 
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Isca-camigo

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6th Etapa Cortegada - Beran(100km from Santiago)
This is the latest stage they have walked which they did on Sunday. They pass through Ribadavia which will probably in the long term become a busy starting point for many pilgrims, it is 109km from Santiago. it also has national rail connections ( well Leon, Ourense and Vigo) and is the center of the Ribeiro wine industry.
One of the reasons this route got official recognition was the historical proof of the presence of The Order of Malta along the way and the large number of Churches with recognition of St James.
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
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Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Thanks @Isca-camigo .
For those of us on the ignorant end of the spectrum...some background info about this way, please?
 

Isca-camigo

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Hi VN, I became aware of this route in 2010 after my 1st Camino, i was a typical newbie looking for routes to walk. The group who were promoting it were trying to get official recognition and had waymarked the Galician areas and put tracks onto Wikiloc.. The route and the move to get it recognized seemed to become stagnant for a few years but since 2014/15 groups from both side of the border have been stepping up their efforts, which has resulted in official recognition from the Cathedral, it probably makes no difference to me and you but for them and their efforts I am quite pleased.

The original group and their website ' Association Camino Xacobeo Minoto Ribeiro had a lot more on the historical significance of monuments and the activity of Order of Malta in the area.

So I am pretty much ignorant as most people about this route, but as a typical Camino addict I have my eye on any new potential 'fix'+ it's a completely new route into Santiago in its own right and goes around the back of the train station in Santiago and it probably even goes right past Ivar's house.

Just to add to infrastructure there is an Albergue de Peregrinos in Braga right next to the Ze, Caldelas at the end of the 1st stage is supposed to be opening one this month,Covide 3km past Campos de Gere's is opening one very soon as well. I found by complete chance a throw away remark in a review which seemed to suggest that a Casa da Rectoral 1-2 km before Pontevea is going to become an Albergue, that is about 20 km from Santiago.
 
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MyDestinationGalicia

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Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
6th Etapa Cortegada - Beran(100km from Santiago)
This is the latest stage they have walked which they did on Sunday. They pass through Ribadavia which will probably in the long term become a busy starting point for many pilgrims, it is 109km from Santiago. it also has national rail connections ( well Leon, Ourense and Vigo) and is the center of the Ribeiro wine industry.
One of the reasons this route got official recognition was the historical proof of the presence of The Order of Malta along the way and the large number of Churches with recognition of St James.
Thanks for sharing. I will be promoting this Route alot in the future.. must keep in touch.. cheers
 
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