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Camino Portugues - Coastal vs Central

dfox

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF (4/2017)
CP (5/2019)
CF (5/2021)
It appears most messages in this forum in the past few weeks referring to the Coastal route of Camino Portugues, seldom mentioning the Central route. In addition, there is no sub-forum for the Central route in this forum.

#1 - Is it most pilgrims are on the Coastal route in this time of a year, May / June? (Some pilgrims would begin their pilgrimage on Coastal route than re-route to the Central route.)
#2 - There is nothing worth mentioning on the Central route?
#3 - As I am planning my next pilgrimage on the Central route next May and I'm hungry for information about it. Where are this information available?

Many thanks in advance,

DF
 
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jsalt

Jill
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
In addition, there is no sub-forum for the Central route in this forum.

Hi DF, there is no subforum for the Central Route because the main Camino Portugues forum (where you have posted this message) is about the Central Route. (Yes, I agree, it’s confusing!)

Most people walk the Central Route. You should be able to find a lot of info about it if you use the search facility. Any specific questions, just ask, and we’ll try and provide answers.

The Coastal Route is relatively new, so lots of people are now enquiring about it.

The Variante Espiritual is very new.

Happy planning.

Jill
 

haikutaxi

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Portugués (May 2012)
Coastal Camino Portugués (October 2013)
Camino Inglés (planning for ?)
It appears most messages in this forum in the past few weeks referring to the Coastal route of Camino Portugues, seldom mentioning the Central route. In addition, there is no sub-forum for the Central route in this forum.

#1 - Is it most pilgrims are on the Coastal route in this time of a year, May / June? (Some pilgrims would begin their pilgrimage on Coastal route than re-route to the Central route.)
#2 - There is nothing worth mentioning on the Central route?
#3 - As I am planning my next pilgrimage on the Central route next May and I'm hungry for information about it. Where are this information available?

Many thanks in advance,

DF
I walked both and loved both.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
I did Central last year and loved it.

Porto is an amaing city, and Barcelos is suuuper cute. the food along the route is beyond amazing.

Going central you can also stop at Casa da Fernanda, a lovely lady that welcomes peregrinos at her house is a way almost unbelievable. (She told me her dream is one day to welcome Celine Dion at her place, so if any of you know the singer, please let her know!).

And for all that is said about Cebreiro in the CF... the Alto da Portela was way more challenging, imho. But it was also the day my salami sanduich tasted the best, because I was SO HUNGRY when I finished that hill! :D

If you can read basic Spanish, the website https://www.gronze.com/camino-portugues is a great source of information.
 

Guilherme Ribeiro

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Português- 2017
Camino Português - 2018
Camino Primitivo- Agosto 2019
Camino Invierno - 2020
Hi pilgrims Buen Camino . I'm Guilherme , i already have walked and biked the camino portuguese . In on month i will e walking again the portuguese way. But before In the next two weeks I will be the hospitalero on the albergue "Casa de Recoleta" in Tamel ! Im very happy and ansious and look forward to give all a warm welcome!!!!
 
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Ed Aster

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances May 2017
Just finished the Coastl route and loved it. Walking along the coast was an added treat along with good stretches of forest and farm fields.
\Buon Camino
 

Rossco

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2015, Camino Portugues 2017, Camino Finisterre 2017, Le Puy Route (Sept. 2018)
I did Central last year and loved it.

Porto is an amaing city, and Barcelos is suuuper cute. the food along the route is beyond amazing.

Going central you can also stop at Casa da Fernanda, a lovely lady that welcomes peregrinos at her house is a way almost unbelievable. (She told me her dream is one day to welcome Celine Dion at her place, so if any of you know the singer, please let her know!).

And for all that is said about Cebreiro in the CF... the Alto da Portela was way more challenging, imho. But it was also the day my salami sanduich tasted the best, because I was SO HUNGRY when I finished that hill! :D

If you can read basic Spanish, the website https://www.gronze.com/camino-portugues is a great source of information.
I agree about Casa da Fernanda. What an amazing woman.
 

Guilherme Ribeiro

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Português- 2017
Camino Português - 2018
Camino Primitivo- Agosto 2019
Camino Invierno - 2020
The Portuguese Central Route is most special Camino ever!
 

jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
#2 - There is nothing worth mentioning on the Central route?
There's plenty! For me, some highlights on the central between Porto and Redondela were: staying at the monastery at Vairão, the Romanesque church of São Pedro de Rates, Casa da Fernanda, Ponte de Lima, both Valença and Tui, and the country walking through vineyards and olive trees.

Our new podcast episode is about the choice between the central and coastal routes. @Elle Bieling has written guidebooks to both and she joins us to talk about the highlights of each route and the differences between them.
 

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