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Camino Portuguese - Starting in 2 Weeks

Spduncan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal (May 2018)
#1
Hello everyone. I am a solo female starting my camino in early May. I still have not settled on a route and would love some input. Coastal or Central. My biggest fear is loneliness and I have heard that the central is more populated.

I am also wondering if there is anyone else starting in early May that I may run into.

I am truly looking forward to this experience, but the closer I get to my departure date, the more anxious I get. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

Bom Caminho!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes (11th September 2014) via Piedmont to SJPP,
then Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela

Via Francigena, Ramsgate,Canterbury ,England to Rome,
via France,Switzerland and Italy. April to July 2016
#2
I’ll be starting in Fatima 4th May , across to Tomar , then up the Central route... I’ll be with a couple of others ... and I’m sure many more !!

Look forward to your Caminho , don’t be anxious , embrace whatever is given you, and return it with a smile !!

Bom Caminho !!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago-Finisteree 2016; St Jean-Pamplona 2017
#3
We have just done the Central route. Plenty of pilgrims but never too crowded. Lots of charming villages. Loads of places to eat. Rural unless you hit towns. Highly recommended
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013) Frances (2014) St. Oswald's Way (2015) Le Puy (2016) Portugues (2018)
#4
Hi, Spduncan,
I'm walking the central route now. You will have plenty of company but nothing is crowded, at least so far. I'm in Barcelos and expecting to see more pilgrims after Tui. You would not be lonely on this route.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#6
I walked from Lisbon last September and hit Porto early October. I walked Central route. There were lots of pilgrims but never crowded and as others said lots of really lovely towns, fantastic Portugues people and scenery.
But, for me, too much road walking.
I am not big on walking with people, love people at breaks and in the evening. Not much of a Camino family guy! But that’s me. You are different and you will have no problem meeting some of the greatest people on earth and maybe form a Camino Family to call your own!!! Don’t worry, the Camino will always give you what you need. If you truly need people you will have wonderful people surrounding you. But you never know you may need solitude and quiet more than you realize. And for my next Camino on the Norte maybe I will end up in a family of with one or two very close brothers or sisters. It’s my 4th Camino and it’s been different every time.
One step at a time! Buen Camino
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - 2017; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia - 2018
#7
You can have it both actually, if you walk along the ocean to Vila do Conde on the first day out of Porto and then switch to the central way. Many people do that, you can ask around in Santa Clara albergue in Vila do Conde if you want company to get to Rates/Barcelos - so you enjoy the ocean first and then find the true Camino spirit on the central way. I walked there last May, was pleasant, no rush for the beds, people are great, portions are huge and weather should be warm or even hot. Bom Caminho! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Arriving Porto May 17, 2018 walking to Santiago
#8
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
 

Spduncan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal (May 2018)
#9
You can have it both actually, if you walk along the ocean to Vila do Conde on the first day out of Porto and then switch to the central way. Many people do that, you can ask around in Santa Clara albergue in Vila do Conde if you want company to get to Rates/Barcelos - so you enjoy the ocean first and then find the true Camino spirit on the central way. I walked there last May, was pleasant, no rush for the beds, people are great, portions are huge and weather should be warm or even hot. Bom Caminho! :)
Thank you so much. That's a great idea. I can't wait to get going!!!
 

Aroha

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning the Camino Portugues in 2018
#10
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
I am going in mid June and am wondering the same thing - will I need a sleeping bag on this route? It will also be my first Camino and I'm wanting to keep my pack weight as low as possible but I won't sleep if I'm cold. It's a dilemma..
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago de compostello to Finisterre
#11
I am going in mid June and am wondering the same thing - will I need a sleeping bag on this route? It will also be my first Camino and I'm wanting to keep my pack weight as low as possible but I won't sleep if I'm cold. It's a dilemma..
We went as a family (with 16 and 19 year old daughters) early last June 2017, from Porto to Santiago via the central route. We got train out of Porto to skip the first 1/2 days walking on roads. While there are many cobbled streets and footpaths, there were some alternatives along the way. The towns were beautiful and choice of accommodation in bigger towns substantial for June. Most places cost €10-€12 in albergues with private rooms costing from 20-40€! We rarely booked ahead! Enjoy. Envious!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago de compostello to Finisterre
#12
We went as a family (with 16 and 19 year old daughters) early last June 2017, from Porto to Santiago via the central route. We got train out of Porto to skip the first 1/2 days walking on roads. While there are many cobbled streets and footpaths, there were some alternatives along the way. The towns were beautiful and choice of accommodation in bigger towns substantial for June. Most places cost €10-€12 in albergues with private rooms costing from 20-40€! We rarely booked ahead! Enjoy. Envious!!
We just brought light sleeping liners from lidl. They were fleece like which worked a treat as were warm enough and with extra blanket usually provided by most places were entirely adequate!
 

Aroha

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning the Camino Portugues in 2018
#13
We went as a family (with 16 and 19 year old daughters) early last June 2017, from Porto to Santiago via the central route. We got train out of Porto to skip the first 1/2 days walking on roads. While there are many cobbled streets and footpaths, there were some alternatives along the way. The towns were beautiful and choice of accommodation in bigger towns substantial for June. Most places cost €10-€12 in albergues with private rooms costing from 20-40€! We rarely booked ahead! Enjoy. Envious!!
Thank you so much for your reply and advice re: accom. I'm going with a lightweight summer bag from Decathlon that was suggested, along with my silk liner. At £6.99 for the bag, and weight of 550g. What's not to like :) Thanks again.
 
Camino(s) past & future
None to this point
#14
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
For my part, I brought a sleeping bag liner, which I believe proved necessary at one of the albergues where I stayed. I also had a towel with me that I don't believe I ever needed (I stayed in albergues for four of the ten nights I was walking). If by toiletries you're referring to toilet paper, that was always provided, though perhaps some have it with them while walking as precaution.

Bon/Bom/Buen Camino/Caminho :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
The French way may 2015
#15
Hello everyone. I am a solo female starting my camino in early May. I still have not settled on a route and would love some input. Coastal or Central. My biggest fear is loneliness and I have heard that the central is more populated.

I am also wondering if there is anyone else starting in early May that I may run into.

I am truly looking forward to this experience, but the closer I get to my departure date, the more anxious I get. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

Bom Caminho!
Hello

My Friend and I will be starting from Lisbon on the central route on May 11 maybe we will see you along the way
 

KariC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho portugûes (2016)
#16
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
Toiletries yes. No need to bring a sleeping bag, assuming you're not planning to start anytime between now and October. The albuergues aren't like hotels- they don't provide soap, toothpaste, etc, for the pilgrims.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sections of Frances in 2016
Portuguese Camino from Lisbon 2017
June 2018 Primitivo and Norte
#17
Hello everyone. I am a solo female starting my camino in early May. I still have not settled on a route and would love some input. Coastal or Central. My biggest fear is loneliness and I have heard that the central is more populated.

I am also wondering if there is anyone else starting in early May that I may run into.

I am truly looking forward to this experience, but the closer I get to my departure date, the more anxious I get. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

Bom Caminho!

I did the Portuguese last June. Lisbon to Porto I didnt meet any other peregrinos at all. Then I did the Central Route, Ponte de Lima (it was beautiful) was where I met my first other walking partners and from there on 20 to 40 people per day.
Great weather for me but too hot for most people.
Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances May 2017
#18
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
Hi Joyce, I’m arriving in Porto on the 17th also, will be happy to connect , I did the Frances last year and am doing the Coastal from the 17th thru June 1.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Le Puy to SJPP to Santiago de Compostelle to Finisterre. Environ 1700 km.
#19
I am walking from Lisbonne to Santiago de Compostelle starting on May 27.. Buen Camino.
 

MALM

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2018
#20
My husband and I are starting on May 11 from Porto...coastal and senda litoral routes, then central route as we move into Spain.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés May/June 2017
Caminho Português (May 2018)
#21
Thank you so much. That's a great idea. I can't wait to get going!!!
I will start from Porto on 11 May. Walk to Matosinhos, then Vila do Conde and cross to the Central route via Rates to Barcellos. I met wonderful people on the Camino Francés last year. Trust that my path will cross with more this year. Bom Caminho!
 
Camino(s) past & future
May (2018) Portuguese,trying to decide on central or coast route
#23
Hello everyone. I am a solo female starting my camino in early May. I still have not settled on a route and would love some input. Coastal or Central. My biggest fear is loneliness and I have heard that the central is more populated.

I am also wondering if there is anyone else starting in early May that I may run into.

I am truly looking forward to this experience, but the closer I get to my departure date, the more anxious I get. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

Bom Caminho!
Hello everyone. I am a solo female starting my camino in early May. I still have not settled on a route and would love some input. Coastal or Central. My biggest fear is loneliness and I have heard that the central is more populated.

I am also wondering if there is anyone else starting in early May that I may run into.

I am truly looking forward to this experience, but the closer I get to my departure date, the more anxious I get. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

Bom Caminho!
Hello , I am arriving May 4th in Lisbon..was going to Porto that day if i arrive early enough

I have read that you can bus 10 k out of Porto to bypass the city before the walk

I am Male , also alone and trying to figure out perhaps starting on the coast
and then going inland..

today i am getting the pack together ,at least trying , anyway stay in touch.

i will check this site again before i leave M 3rd.

I have the whats app on my phone
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Santiago
2014 Ferrol -Santiago
2015 Porto -Santiago
2018 Porto -Valença
#27
Hello , I am arriving May 4th in Lisbon..was going to Porto that day if i arrive early enough

I have read that you can bus 10 k out of Porto to bypass the city before the walk

I am Male , also alone and trying to figure out perhaps starting on the coast
and then going inland..

today i am getting the pack together ,at least trying , anyway stay in touch.

i will check this site again before i leave M 3rd.

I have the whats app on my phone
You can take bus # 500 to Matosinhos or the metro to Matosinhos Mercado and start from there along the coastal or take the metro to Póvoa de Varzim till Vilar do Pinheiro and walk from there directly on the Central ( inland) route to Vilarinho and São Pedro de Rates
 

Kazles

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016
#28
I am trying to keep my packing list to the absolute lightest possible. Is it really necessary to carry sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries if there are hostels all along the route. Or am I thinking too much like hotel accomodations? Can you offer advice?
Instead of a towel, take 3-4 dishwipes - we call them Chux downunder. They are light, rinse out and dry quickly. I used a light sleeping bag and silk liner at every albergue, but if you stay in casas or hotels you won't need them. Essential toiletries are small shampoo bottle which does for soap, and usual dental and perspiration small bottles and sunscreen. Maybe tea tree oil. And blister gear. You can replenish at pharmacies or small stores. Bom Caminho. I did this in May 2016:)
 

jbdron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(April May 2013)
#32
Hello Lisbon Pilgrims, anyone starting out tomorrow? The 9th of May? Lisbon to Santiago. I would love to start out with you if so!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2012 and 2014, Norte June 2017, Primitivo July 2017, Portuguese May 2018
#33
We’re starting from Porto May 27th. Haven’t decided coastal or central yet...would like to do a bit of both and then Espiritual Variante
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012
Camino Portugues May 2018
#34
I'll be starting on May 20 from Porto going on the coastal route to Vila do Condo first and then cutting across to join the Central and proceed on to Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, etc.
 
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