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Coastal Route (vs. Central) - How much soft trail vs. hard surfaces?

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John H.

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CF - 2017
CP Central - 2017
CP Coastal - 2018
CF - [hopefully again someday]
Hello: I walked CP central route last year and enjoyed it. I recall that the central route had a lot of road walking - more than the CF. Does the coastal route involve as much concrete and pavement walking or does it have any more soft trails? I am considering doing the Coastal route in September.

Ed Aster

Camino(s) past & future
Frances May 2017
I am on the Coastal now in Redondela, it is a great trek. You will experience quite a bit of cobblestones in Portugal,quite challenging. So far it has been a combination of boardwalks, forest trails soft or with smooth boulders. Needless to say something for everyone. So far not a lot of high speed motorway but I do expect that in a day or two. Enjoy all that the Camino gives you.
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