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Camino Portugues Oct-Nov?

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, Camino Portugues 2018
#1
Hello peregrinos!
I will be doing my second camino and I cannot wait! This time I am walking the Portuguese way, from Lisbon to Santiago. I will be starting the 3rd week of October. I am trying to anticipate the weather,albergues and the flow of the days in general. I am also contemplating walking the coastal route from Porto to Spain. This camino I want to pack as light as possible. I have a good idea of exactly what I would bring if I were to do the Camino Frances again in September, but the camino Portuges in the late fall I have no idea what to expect. Especially weather: rainy? All day downpours? What exactly am I in for? And albergues: blankets? I hope to stay at the donativos or the cheapest albergues when possible. I have a wonderful down sleep sack that I brought last camino but didn't need. It keeps me warm and I get cold easily but will I need this? It weighs over 800g so is big conundrum! Any other relevant insight and tips from those who know this camino especially at this time of year much appreciated! Gracias!
 

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SofWalker

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Portuguese Way, Oct - Nov 2018
#3
Me and a friend are starting around that same time so I am glad you asked these questions. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Camino ('18)
#5
Good thread, also starting last week of October from Porto. I've found the list of accom posted here, but I'm still not clear if the albergues themselves stay open past October? I anticipate finding sparser lodging but hopefully enough open to lay our heads?

Thanks!
 
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surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - 2017; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia - 2018
#6
I walked between Santarem and Porto last Oct, 19th to 29th 2017. Weather was pretty good, sunny and warm, sometimes even hot during the day, wish I had taken shorts, colder in the morning but manageable. Occasional rains, not showers, drizzles mostly, poncho will do. Relatively easy route, apart from plenty of cobblestones, trail runners could be fine there. Re Lisbon-Porto: good alergues there, all or most of them have blankets and bed linens, so I only used my sleeping bag a couple of times, don't remember any donativos there up to Porto, apart from very basic Casa de Misericordia in Sao Joao. Another Casa de Misericordia in Santatem is 5 euros and has everything. Not many pilgrims there at that time of the year though, and some albergues could be closed from the begining of Nov, check it here Via Lusitana website. If you want to stay in municipal alberguies Lisbon-Porto make sure you are ready to walk 30+km every day till Coimbra, it gets easier after that. From Porto the infrastructure is great even in out of season, especially on the central route. One of my companions continued on the coastal from Porto, at the begining of Nov, was fine, more and havier rains and colder though. I'd take a sleeping bag with you as if it rains it could be cold in the albergues, and not everywhere heating is available. Bom Caminho! :)
http://www.vialusitana.org/caminho-portugues/albergues/
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés (2014, 2018), Finisterre (2014, 2018) Primitivo (2015), Portuguese var routes (2017, 2018)
#7
Please read my in-depth blog, for more info, starting at The Many Ways on the Camino Portugues. The beginning is hard, as @surya8 states, then it gets easier. There is a train that parallels the Camino here, so you could always take it as a shuttle as needed. The Portuguese are extremely helpful and friendly.
 
Camino(s) past & future
November (2018)
#8
Hello peregrinos!
I will be doing my second camino and I cannot wait! This time I am walking the Portuguese way, from Lisbon to Santiago. I will be starting the 3rd week of October. I am trying to anticipate the weather,albergues and the flow of the days in general. I am also contemplating walking the coastal route from Porto to Spain. This camino I want to pack as light as possible. I have a good idea of exactly what I would bring if I were to do the Camino Frances again in September, but the camino Portuges in the late fall I have no idea what to expect. Especially weather: rainy? All day downpours? What exactly am I in for? And albergues: blankets? I hope to stay at the donativos or the cheapest albergues when possible. I have a wonderful down sleep sack that I brought last camino but didn't need. It keeps me warm and I get cold easily but will I need this? It weighs over 800g so is big conundrum! Any other relevant insight and tips from those who know this camino especially at this time of year much appreciated! Gracias!
Hi Yogapilgrim, I have a ticket to Lisbon on October 18 so sounds like we are sort of close. I too wonder about the weather but expect "fallish" temps similar to New England in the states. Plan to stay a day or two in Lisbon, get my bearings, then start. I also considered the coastal route but I have read that this time of year can be quite windy there and unpleasant walking. If I like the Camino, may try that one next year before the summer heat. Thoughts?
 

cstraq72

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2018)
#9
Hi Yogapilgrim, I have a ticket to Lisbon on October 18 so sounds like we are sort of close. I too wonder about the weather but expect "fallish" temps similar to New England in the states. Plan to stay a day or two in Lisbon, get my bearings, then start. I also considered the coastal route but I have read that this time of year can be quite windy there and unpleasant walking. If I like the Camino, may try that one next year before the summer heat. Thoughts?
Where have you heard about the winds? This is the route we were planning, so I’d like to know what we’re up against.
 
Camino(s) past & future
November (2018)
#10
Gosh I wish I could say as I have been all over the web doing research. Sorry I don't know where I read it. Maybe some else on this board will verify or debunk my comment.
 

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