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Caminho from Lisbon April 2022?

trecile

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Anyone else thinking of starting from Lisbon next April? I've walked from Porto (Central route after Vila do Conde), so I'll probably decide once I'm there whether to finish on the Coastal or Central. It seems that the weather should be pretty good for walking in April. I would like to have some pilgrim company between Lisbon and Porto, but I'll be fine if I'm mostly solo until Porto.
 
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jungleboy

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Anyone else thinking of starting from Lisbon next April? I've walked from Porto (Central route after Vila do Conde), so I'll probably decide once I'm there whether to finish on the Coastal or Central. It seems that the weather should be pretty good for walking in April. I would like to have some pilgrim company between Lisbon and Porto, but I'll be fine if I'm mostly solo until Porto.
That should be a nice time, especially if it’s later in April. Easter week (April 17 is Easter Sunday in 2022) is not the camino-disrupting mega-event in Portugal that it is in Spain but it’s still something to take into account.

‘Abril águas mil’ (a thousand rains in April) is a common expression in Portugal as there is a more rainfall than March (charts for different cities here). But overall the weather should be pretty good.
 

amy374

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April 2022
I am thinking about starting from Lisbon mid-April. I have just started my planning - wondering about the advisability of booking accommodations in advance (I would prefer not to after the first day or two).
 

peregrina2000

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Looks like the Alpriate Albergue will re-open in March 2022! At least that’s the plan now. Highly recommended as a first night from Lisbon. Maybe too short a stage for some (21 km from the cathedral), but it’s a great stopping point IMO.

 

lt56ny

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Looks like the Alpriate Albergue will re-open in March 2022! At least that’s the plan now. Highly recommended as a first night from Lisbon. Maybe too short a stage for some (21 km from the cathedral), but it’s a great stopping point IMO.

Anyone else thinking of starting from Lisbon next April?

Terri when I walked I got to this Albergue pretty early in the day and I was the 8th person. It was the end of September when I started. I would say by the time they opened the albergue an hour or so later there were 4 or 5 pilgrims turned away and sent to the church. I think they were put up on mats.
I will probably be doing the CP next October from Faro. I think this time I will do the variant to Fatima and then rejoin the CP. Heard it was really nice and peaceful.

 
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BlueBowers

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Terri when I walked I got to this Albergue pretty early in the day and I was the 8th person. It was the end of September when I started. I would say by the time they opened the albergue an hour or so later there were 4 or 5 pilgrims turned away and sent to the church. I think they were put up on mats.
I will probably be doing the CP next October from Faro. I think this time I will do the variant to Fatima and then rejoin the CP. Heard it was really nice and peaceful.

Thanks for this as I am considering a start at Fatima next fall. Five years ago I had an unofficial start at Lourdes, so this makes sense for my second Camino.
 

trecile

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Looks like the Alpriate Albergue will re-open in March 2022! At least that’s the plan now. Highly recommended as a first night from Lisbon. Maybe too short a stage for some (21 km from the cathedral), but it’s a great stopping point IMO.

21 km for a first day? Sounds perfect to me!
 

Davybhoy

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I am considering April from Lisbon though i have a few hoops (work, vax, family) to jump through, before it becomes a definite plan. Was hoping to do it back in 2020 but... well you know...

If i do indeed proceed, i hope to go through Fatima and am still deciding whether to then walk east from Fatima back to Tomar (which i dont want to miss) or carry on north.
 

Friend from Barquinha

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April can be a glorious month, particularly in the central area. The article quoted/linked to above talks about 9 days of rain in the month, but our experience has been that that can easily include 5 or 6 days when there's maybe an hour or two of showers, and the rest of the day is sunny. Typically warmer than you would expect!
 
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That should be a nice time, especially if it’s later in April. Easter week (April 17 is Easter Sunday in 2022) is not the camino-disrupting mega-event in Portugal that it is in Spain but it’s still something to take into account.

‘Abril águas mil’ (a thousand rains in April) is a common expression in Portugal as there is a more rainfall than March (charts for different cities here). But overall the weather should be pretty good.
And 25 April is independence day
 

trecile

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That should be a nice time, especially if it’s later in April. Easter week (April 17 is Easter Sunday in 2022) is not the camino-disrupting mega-event in Portugal that it is in Spain but it’s still something to take into account.
That's good to know. I was looking at booking for just after Easter until the end of May. But if I can get a better fare by leaving earlier it's good to know that Easter (and Semana Santa?) isn't as disruptive as it is in Spain.

And 25 April is independence day
Will that cause issues with accommodations?
 

dougfitz

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I am considering April from Lisbon though i have a few hoops (work, vax, family) to jump through, before it becomes a definite plan. Was hoping to do it back in 2020 but... well you know...

If i do indeed proceed, i hope to go through Fatima and am still deciding whether to then walk east from Fatima back to Tomar (which i dont want to miss) or carry on north.
I have a similar dilemma. I hope to walk after Easter, provided the Australian government opens up overseas travel and resolves the quarantine arrangements, etc, etc.

I have planned around going to Fatima, but don't want to miss Tomar. As things get closer, I will look at ways of visiting both Fatima and Tomar. It could even be a bus excursion from Fatima to Tomar. Then do I return to Fatima to continue, or strike north from Tomar?

I know that I could walk from Fatima to Tomar as well, but I'm not keen on doing more than about 20 km/day, which would make that a two day transit.

In the meantime, I will keep watching this sub-forum and take in any (useful) suggestions those with experience of these routes have to offer.
 

jungleboy

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I have planned around going to Fatima, but don't want to miss Tomar. As things get closer, I will look at ways of visiting both Fatima and Tomar. It could even be a bus excursion from Fatima to Tomar. Then do I return to Fatima to continue, or strike north from Tomar?

I know that I could walk from Fatima to Tomar as well, but I'm not keen on doing more than about 20 km/day, which would make that a two day transit.

In the meantime, I will keep watching this sub-forum and take in any (useful) suggestions those with experience of these routes have to offer.
This is just a personal opinion, but I don't think Fátima is nearly as interesting as it fame suggests. Yes, it's a pilgrimage destination, and a very important one in Portugal. But it's only 100 years old as a pilgrimage site so it doesn't offer the same type of history, traditions and architecture of medieval pilgrimage destinations. It can also be a bit touristy/tacky in terms of the souvenirs/paraphernalia stalls.

On the other hand, Tomar is fabulous, and the Convento do Cristo there is, I think, the most impressive historical site on the entire CP. The stages north of Tomar are also some of the nicest on the CP between Lisbon and Porto.
 
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peregrina2000

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I have planned around going to Fatima, but don't want to miss Tomar. As things get closer, I will look at ways of visiting both Fatima and Tomar.
Take a look at some of the threads describing a walking route between Fátima and Tomar. The route had been dubbed “caminho nascente,” but I think that label has been taken over by the caminho starting in the south of Portugal in Tavira and moving up the eastern side of the country till it joins with the Camino de Torres. So I am not sure what name to use for Fátima to Tomar.




 

Davybhoy

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Frances (August 2019)
Portuguese (planned August 2020)
I have a similar dilemma. I hope to walk after Easter, provided the Australian government opens up overseas travel and resolves the quarantine arrangements, etc, etc.

I have planned around going to Fatima, but don't want to miss Tomar. As things get closer, I will look at ways of visiting both Fatima and Tomar. It could even be a bus excursion from Fatima to Tomar. Then do I return to Fatima to continue, or strike north from Tomar?

I know that I could walk from Fatima to Tomar as well, but I'm not keen on doing more than about 20 km/day, which would make that a two day transit.

In the meantime, I will keep watching this sub-forum and take in any (useful) suggestions those with experience of these routes have to offer.
Yep @dougfitz i hear you. I have been planning since late 2019 and i still haven't come up with a perfect solution. I can walk from fatima to tomar in a day but it may not leave time to look around Tomar after i arrive.

And yes if scomo opened the borders that would be a huge help too!!!
 

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