Bom caminho Juan Carlos. I suggest to start in Valença so you will have a nice walk over the famous bridge over the Minho river. Mind that there is an one hour time difference between Portugal and Spain Portugal is one hour earlier.
Bom caminho. Beautiful walk from Lisbon. Don't forget to stop at the albergue in Santarèm. Great place to be. Highlight. The Christo Convent in Tomar. We forgot to visit it last year but a month ago we did beautiful.I'm starting from Lisbon in exactly 8 weeks. Time moves too slowly sometimes!
Okay. We did the same last year. Day 3 is a dangerous day.. Walking alongside a busy road from Alverca de Ribatejo to Azambuja. We skipped it and took the train. If you do take a safetyvest with you so you can be seenI will be starting from Lisbon.
Thankyou Albertinho. I will note down for day 3. I heard that coming out of Porto was dangerous as well. Thought I might take the coast onwards from Porto. See how it goes. Would love any recommendations of Albergues to stay. I was planning on putting safety threads on my pack. Hate walking the roads but unfortunately it's part of the way. I've made note of those places above that you suggested. Thanks.Okay. We did the same last year. Day 3 is a dangerous day.. Walking alongside a busy road from Alverca de Ribatejo to Azambuja. We skipped it and took the train. If you do take a safetyvest with you so you can be seenView attachment 11319
Nice place ,worth to be visited..Coimbra, Porto, Braga(make a detour by bus from Barcelos and visit the beautiful church of Bom Jesus do Monte )
Nice places to sleep..the albergue in Santarèm, the albergue just outside Mealhada (albergue Hilário) the casa Diocesana just outside Albergaría -a-Velha ,casa da Fernanda in Vitorino dos Piaês the best of the caminho Portuges. Between Barcelos and Ponte de Lima
Great hostals too if you prefer them,specially in Spain. If you want them send me a pm.
Thankyou I was just looking at the map trying to work that out. Thanks againTake the coastal out of Porto from the center or from Matosinhos (metrostop Mercado starts at the bridge where the detour due to John Brietley's guide start. We did the same last year. Go to Vila do Conde and than inland to São Pedro de Rates where is a nice alberge. from Rates you!ll follow the arrows to Barcelos. Nice route.
I will. It's helped me loads so far. I love reading the forum the only problem is it makes me want to be out on the camino 24/7.Look back on this forum. A lot of information about this matter some month ago a.o from Diogo92 and. Peregrina2000. From me you also find a lot and off course from many others. Great forum to get your information from
I think it is not a problem but a,nice looking forward to your departure within a couple of daysI will. It's helped me loads so far. I love reading the forum the only problem is it makes me want to be out on the camino 24/7.
congratulations !My husband and I completed our Camino de Portugues da Costa last week (our first Camino) and started from Matosinhos along the coast all the way to Caminha.
We took the train from Porto as we were concerned about the busy highway and we were happy we did as two other pilgrims said they wished they had listened to others' advice as it was a harrowing experience navigating thru the traffic. It was a beautiful walk along the coast and there were a couple of inns and albergues that we would recommend: the youth hostel in Fao and the albergues in Marinhas and Povoa de Varzim. We went inland from Caminha to Valenca and agree that going thru the old fortress in Valenca and crossing the bridge to Tui was a beautiful experience.
We love our first Camino, wished we had not brought some of the things we did and actually got rid of a few clothes and things along the way. Now, we know what to bring for the next time.
It could have been possible because walking in the direction of Valença in Caminha to the outskirts you allmost pass the dock of the ferry and could be possible someone in an albergue talked about it because the ferry is the link to the next place on the Portuges da Costa route.Albertinho, no we did not see it. We decided to go inland and join the traditional route to experience meeting more pilgrims. We found not as many pilgrims on the coast which was great when it came to lodgings. However, we enjoyed meeting more pilgrims on the Tui to Campostela route and even got to exchange emails with some of them. We had a mini-reunion on the steps of the Santiago cathedral; it was quite touching when we saw each other at the pilgrims' mass.
My father and I will be leaving from porto on the 22nd of august. We may see you on the trail.
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