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Camino Portuguese from Lisbon in early March - accommodation options

Natty81

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Camino(s) past & future
March 2018
Hi all
I wondered if anyone had any knowledge of the accommodation options open/available for the Camino Portuguese, specifically the Lisbon to Porto section? I plan to start around 1st March but I am a little concerned that nowhere will be open to sleep!
Any information is very much appreciated.
Thank you so much
Natalie
 

Via2010

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Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Hi

I walked the Central from Lisbon in March 2014 and had no difficulty in finding accomodation. Since then the possiblities for accomodation have increased. Before Porto there are only few albergues. Youthhostels, hostales and cheap hotels are open the whole year.

For accomodation see this: Via Lusitana - Accomodation

Only the albergue in Alpriarte is closed until the middle of March. But this should not be a big issue as the Camino crosses the Railway Lisbon-Santarem at various railway-stations. So just book an additional night in Lisbon, go back by Train (runs every 30 min) and continue the next day.

BC
Alexandra
 

jimmyc

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Camino(s) past & future
2015
I walked in May 2016 and the Alpriate was open. Alpriate is at the 15km mark. If you are not up to walking 31kms on the first day I suggest you use the train option as suggested by VIA2010 above.
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Hi all
I wondered if anyone had any knowledge of the accommodation options open/available for the Camino Portuguese, specifically the Lisbon to Porto section? I plan to start around 1st March but I am a little concerned that nowhere will be open to sleep!
Any information is very much appreciated.
Thank you so much
Natalie
Everywhere are cheap hostals on the way from Lisbon
The poussada de juventude in Moscavide (near the Lisbon former world exhibition ground Parque das Nações.)
Hostals in Alverca de Ribatejo
Vila Franca de Xira
the Santarém hostal in Santarém. Highly recommended
Hostal Casa da Tia Guida in Golegã https://www.casadatiaguida.com/en-gb
Highly recommended
Tomar. We slept at the Bombeiros Volontarios , the voluntary firebrigade. quite qn experience
We slept in a school in Cernache, with monks is a retrait home in Albergaría a Velha
A nice hotel inSão Joã da Madeira .
And many more. See the website of Vialusitana
This caminho from Lisbon was one of our best caminhos ever since we loved it
This is Portugal on its best .

Pega bem e bom caminho
 

Pilger99

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Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
Alpriate will be closed in early March. I'd say it more than 20km to the Cathedral of Lisbon, not just 15km. You have to walk another ~5km before you get to the train station. Unfortunately I don't know about the bus company and schedule from here (the stop is right in front of the albergue).
Staying in Lisbon a second night is OK, but make a prebooking if you like to stay e.g. at the youth hostel in Moscavide (Parque das Nações). You can also take the train forward to Vilafranca de Xira or Azambuja, where you find accomodation. I found heating sometimes very attractive (March & November), so I prefer DP hostel rather than staying in Alverca in a cold pension at a busy road.

Gronze.com has the most actual and complete list of places to sleep for the way. The real prices are sometimes a bit up, but in general the difference is less than 5€. So it's more accurate than a traditional guide book. If you understand Spanish it's also like a complete guide book. Unfortunately Gronze does not mention the alternative routes passing Fatima. There is probably a bit more places to sleep than Monsanto leaving Santarem straigh north. You may go north again, but I would recommend to walk towards Tomar, with an impressive aqueduct and castle.

Day light is still a bit short in March. It becomes light at 7am, but breakfast is often served later. It gets dark and cold at 6:30pm.
 

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