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Camino from Porto

peter.bt

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Hi All

I am planning for my first Camino, hopefully will be able to do so in September 2022.

Not to be overly ambitious, I decided on the Portuguese route, starting from Porto. I planned for a mixture between the coastal and central route. Would appreciate your views on the stages that I have planned:

Day 1 - Porto to Matosinhos
Day 2 - Matosinhos to Vila do Conde
Day 3 - Vila do Conde to Esposende
Day 4 - Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Day 5 - Viana do Castelo to Caminha
Day 6 - Caminha to Tui
Day 7 - Tui - Porrino
Day 8 - Porrino - Redondela
Day 9 - Redondela to Pontevedra
Day 10 - Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Day 11 - Caldas de Reis to Padron
Day 12 - Padron to Santiago de Compostela

From what I have read, most changed to the Central route at Vila do Conde. I am planning to do so in Caminha, as I would love to stay at the coastline more. The reason why not to keep at the entire Coastal route is I want to cross that bridge at the border of Portugal and Spain. I do wander, though, if Caminha to Tui is on the official CP route.

Day 1 is of course a very short route, but I just want to take it a bit easy on the first day. Going all the way to Vila do Conde seems a bit daunting on a first day.

Appreciate any views or ideas from you experts out there. Thanking in advance.
Regards, Peter.
 
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Hi Peter,
Your itinerary makes sense and is absolutely doable if you're an experienced and fit hiker. Caminha to Tui features a scenic path along the Minho River up to Valença, where you can cross the bridge to Tui. As for it being "official," that doesn't matter because the Pilgrims Office will issue you a Compostela for stamps you've received after you begin the last 100 km at Tui or Porriño.
You could also, of course, take the ferry across at Caminha and continue up the Coastal to Vigo before heading inland to pick up the Central at Redondela.
I agree that trying to reach Vila do Conde on the first day is a tad ambitious. I do have one question: is it essential for you to complete the journey in 12 days? The reason I ask is you might need more flexibility in case you encounter bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In 2018, my wife and I got stuck two extra days in Pontevedra because she came down with food poisoning.
Buen Camino!
 

Jeff Crawley

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2018
From Porto to Matosinhos is just a slog through a cityscape - even if you stick to the riverside. Catch the Metro to Matosinhos market hall instead, cross the river by the footbridge and head towards the beach.
There is (was) a tourism office there where you can pick up a stamp and away you go!
Use the day saved as a rest day - as @biarritzdon says, Pontevedra is a good place for a halt.

Boa Caminho!
 
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David Tallan

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From Porto to Matosinhos is just a slog through a cityscape - even if you stick to the riverside. Catch the Metro to Matosinhos market hall instead, cross the river by the footbridge and head towards the beach.
There is (was) a tourism office there where you can pick up a stamp and away you go!
Use the day saved as a rest day - as @biarritzdon says, Pontevedra is a good place for a halt.

Boa Caminho!
I liked the riverside walk, and I liked starting my walk at the Cathedral in Porto rather than in Matosinhos. To each his own.
 
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I liked the riverside walk, and I liked starting my walk at the Cathedral in Porto rather than in Matosinhos. To each his own.
I feel the same way. We liked the symbolism of starting at the Porto cathedral and getting our first stamps there.
 

camino.ninja

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The official coastal route goes over Tui. It is the only official route in Portugal.

But taking the the coastal route in Spain over Baiona and Vigo is just as valid, as it is the official coastal route in Spain.

The route over Matosinhos is not the official coastal route, but the Senda Litoral. I think most people walk that route out of Porto. But I think all of them have their own charm.

Feel free to mix the routes as you wish. They are all very nice and very different.
 

Jodean

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The walk along the river, going through Porto is interesting. Why would anyone want to miss this???? Start your Camino at the cathedral and start walking.
 

Paintboy2

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2021
The way between Caminha and Valencia is very beautiful, walking on the hillside next to the river with a great view of Spain on the other side. Have fun.
 
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I am happy to start from Porto on the 19th, walk along the Douroand arrive in Matosinhos to enjoy a good swimm in the Piscina das Marés and a tea with pasteis athttps://fr.wikiarquitectura.com/b%C3%A2timent/masion-de-te-boa-nova/
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I will take my time along the Coastal Camino
 
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Grousedoctor

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2021
From Porto to Matosinhos is just a slog through a cityscape - even if you stick to the riverside. Catch the Metro to Matosinhos market hall instead, cross the river by the footbridge and head towards the beach.
There is (was) a tourism office there where you can pick up a stamp and away you go!
Use the day saved as a rest day - as @biarritzdon says, Pontevedra is a good place for a halt.

Boa Caminho!
Let me echo what Jeff said. We took the metro from downtown Porto up to Matosinhos and started there at the market. Because we arrived very late into Porto the night before, and since we wanted a stamp from the cathedral which didn’t open until 9 am, we got a late start. Had we been able to start walking earlier, like most mornings, we would have easily been into Vila do Conde early to mid afternoon. That would be my suggestion for your Day 1. Bom Caminho!
 
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peter.bt

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2022
Hi All

Thanks for your wonderful and useful views. They are all for considerations when finalizing the stages to stop at.

I definitely need to walk the stretch from Porto to Matosinhos. From the videos I saw in Youtube, it is not to be missed. And I want that first stamp from the Cathedral.

@kenwilltravel , I hope by September 2022, I would not need to work no more. That will give me flexibility on time. Having said that, my trip to Portugal would have started a week before. I intent to spend about a week in Lisbon and Porto before starting the Camino. So, all in all, it will be about 3 weeks. Time may not be a factor, but cost does. Thanks for pointing out the unforeseen circumstances, though. I am prepared to extend if the need arises due to things we can't foresee.

Thanks again for all your views. I am quite comfortable with what I read, especially on the Caminha to Tui stretch. Now is to go more detail research, and hopefully will be able to do my first Camino next year.

Buen Camino!
 

Canada Wanders

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CF 2015
CP 2018
Not much I can add to so much excellent advice above, except the really cool thing….do not leave Porto without trying the Pasteis de Natas! The custard tarts, some places it is a joy just to watch them get made, and get one straight out of that super hot oven!
Porto is a city well worth exploring as well, we returned after getting to Santiago, 12 days to get there, 3 hour bus ride to return! Spent 3 glorious days enjoying that beautiful city.
 
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Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I hopped on a passing bus when I got a bit bored walking out of Porto, but then got off when I started to feel guilty! So funny, who cares? Do spend time in Porto. It really is a lovely, very accessible small city. My plug is a visit to the Palacio da Bolsa. It is stunning. And I loved the cafe where each evening couples dance the tango, outside on the sidewalk.
 

Peter396

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Hi All,
Just a note as I'm currently in A Guarda on day 4 of my camino. I crossed the Minho by private taxi boat this afternoon from Caminha to A Pasaxe. The ferry is moored to the dock and not operating due to COVID so if your plan is north through Baiona you'll need 10 euros to cross [if you're alone].
The launch is big enough for about 6 but I'm not sure that it's licensed to carry that many? I was told if there were 2 of us the price would be 5 euros each.
Another excuse to chat to your fellow pilgrims.
Buen Camino.
Peter
 
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Hi All,
Just a note as I'm currently in A Guarda on day 4 of my camino. I crossed the Minho by private taxi boat this afternoon from Caminha to A Pasaxe.
If you have time in A Guarda, there are some interesting ancient Celtic excavations on top of Monte Santa Tecla, which overlooks the town. This includes some reconstructed huts, which reminds you how short people were in those days.
 

Peter396

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If you have time in A Guarda, there are some interesting ancient Celtic excavations on top of Monte Santa Tecla, which overlooks the town. This includes some reconstructed huts, which reminds you how short people were in those days.
Thank you Ken, kind of you to suggest the visit but my feet need a rest and as you know the seafood here is exceptional and will be getting my full attention this evening...
 
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Jodean

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MIne was the Justinus church in Frankfurt Höchst. Part of the Jakobsweg in Germany.
 

Mycroft

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Hi All

I am planning for my first Camino, hopefully will be able to do so in September 2022.

Not to be overly ambitious, I decided on the Portuguese route, starting from Porto. I planned for a mixture between the coastal and central route. Would appreciate your views on the stages that I have planned:

Day 1 - Porto to Matosinhos
Day 2 - Matosinhos to Vila do Conde
Day 3 - Vila do Conde to Esposende
Day 4 - Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Day 5 - Viana do Castelo to Caminha
Day 6 - Caminha to Tui
Day 7 - Tui - Porrino
Day 8 - Porrino - Redondela
Day 9 - Redondela to Pontevedra
Day 10 - Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Day 11 - Caldas de Reis to Padron
Day 12 - Padron to Santiago de Compostela

From what I have read, most changed to the Central route at Vila do Conde. I am planning to do so in Caminha, as I would love to stay at the coastline more. The reason why not to keep at the entire Coastal route is I want to cross that bridge at the border of Portugal and Spain. I do wander, though, if Caminha to Tui is on the official CP route.

Day 1 is of course a very short route, but I just want to take it a bit easy on the first day. Going all the way to Vila do Conde seems a bit daunting on a first day.

Appreciate any views or ideas from you experts out there. Thanking in advance.
Regards, Peter.
Camino Portugues Costal is my favorite of all my pilgrimages. Did it September 2019. I spent 4 days in Porto to be sure to get over jet lag and because I wanted to see the sites. So I had no problem with the idea of taking the metro to Matosinhos first thing one morning and starting from there.
Many towns along the way large enough that if I needed anything I could find a shop.
I will say many locals were surprised people were walking in September--they said the previous five Septembers had been hotter than normal, and indeed it was quite hot--the tourist guides with the average temperatures had not caught up with global warming. (Don't know what the weather's been like since then.)

In any case, bom caminho.
 

yourheromad

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Year of past OR future Camino
2011
I am curious about crossing from the coastal to the central route. Are the ways marked? Between Caminha and Tui? Are there any other crossings? Thank you!
Hi Peter,
Your itinerary makes sense and is absolutely doable if you're an experienced and fit hiker. Caminha to Tui features a scenic path along the Minho River up to Valença, where you can cross the bridge to Tui. As for it being "official," that doesn't matter because the Pilgrims Office will issue you a Compostela for stamps you've received after you begin the last 100 km at Tui or Porriño.
You could also, of course, take the ferry across at Caminha and continue up the Coastal to Vigo before heading inland to pick up the Central at Redondela.
I agree that trying to reach Vila do Conde on the first day is a tad ambitious. I do have one question: is it essential for you to complete the journey in 12 days? The reason I ask is you might need more flexibility in case you encounter bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In 2018, my wife and I got stuck two extra days in Pontevedra because she came down with food poisoning.
Buen Camino!
 
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camino.ninja

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Primiti+Salvador 19
Portug. 17,18,20
Catalan 17
Norte 17
Plata 18
I am curious about crossing from the coastal to the central route. Are the ways marked? Between Caminha and Tui? Are there any other crossings? Thank you!

yes, it is part of the official coastal route in Portugal. It is very well marked and albergues along the route as well
 

David Tallan

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1989
I am curious about crossing from the coastal to the central route. Are the ways marked? Between Caminha and Tui? Are there any other crossings? Thank you!
I crossed between Vila do Conde and Arcos, a day or two after Porto. The way was well marked. It gave me a taste of walking along the seashore as well as a chance to see Barcelos and Ponte de Lima and to stay at Casa da Fernanda.
 

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