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Coastal vs Central Portuguese route

EL LECHERO

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I'm interested in walking the Portuguese Camino in April/May. Can I have some pros and cons of both?
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Firstly, just to avoid confusion with names, the options from Porto are the coastal and the central. Further east, there is another route called the Portuguese Interior but it is completely separate from the routes you are considering.

As for coastal vs central, if you’d like your answer in podcast form, we did an episode with @Elle Bieling, who has walked both, on this very topic. It’s Episode 1.4 Central or Coastal?
 

nzotto

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Firstly, just to avoid confusion with names, the options from Porto are the coastal and the central. Further east, there is another route called the Portuguese Interior but it is completely separate from the routes you are considering.

As for coastal vs central, if you’d like your answer in podcast form, we did an episode with @Elle Bieling, who has walked both, on this very topic. It’s Episode 1.4 Central or Coastal?
Firstly, just to avoid confusion with names, the options from Porto are the coastal and the central. Further east, there is another route called the Portuguese Interior but it is completely separate from the routes you are considering.

As for coastal vs central, if you’d like your answer in podcast form, we did an episode with @Elle Bieling, who has walked both, on this very topic. It’s Episode 1.4 Central or Coastal?
And don’t forget the Litoral path which goes along the beach.
 

MaxHelado

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Portugués via Variante Espiritual 2022
Whoah! Don't confuse me! :eek:
I thought the Coastal and the Litoral were the same thing?
Doesn't Litoral translate as Coastal?
 
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EMILE M

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I WALKED THE ENTIRE CAMINO FRANCES IN FALL 2011, ALSO I WALKED FROM LE PUY EN VELAY TO CAHORS, FRANCE IN MAY, 2013 (About 350 Km) I PLAN TO WALK THE CAMINO DEL NORTE IN MID SEPTEMBER (2015)
And don’t forget the Litoral path which goes along the beach.
The Camino da Costa variant is recommended if you want to avoid the scorching heat of the interior route. I did the Portuguese Camino 5byears ago in May and from Lisbon to Porto I endured very hot temperatures. I opted for the coastal route to afterwards and indeed the coastal approach was more temperate and agreeable.
 

MaxHelado

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Portugués via Variante Espiritual 2022
Are the Camino Coastal, the Camino Litoral and the Camino da Costa all the same thing with different names? English, Spanish & Portugués?
 

Charlie Davenport

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May 20- June 20, 2017
I'm interested in walking the Portuguese Camino in April/May. Can I have some pros and cons of both?
Thanks
Rich
Find Efren González on YouTube and you can view on the most amazing videoblog the Camino Portuguese Coastal... Seriously, you can see what it is like day by day and experience it with a great guide
 

peregrina2000

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Are the Camino Coastal, the Camino Litoral and the Camino da Costa all the same thing with different names? English, Spanish & Portugués?

It is confusing. The Coastal Route is not the same as the Littoral Route. The map I’ve linked to here shows it very clearly. The littoral route, hugs the water more closely.


You can see that the two weave in and out and frequently intersect (this reflects where the sleeping options are). This makes it easy to zig and zag — coastal one day, littoral the next.
 

lt56ny

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10/22 Aragones/Frances
Firstly, just to avoid confusion with names, the options from Porto are the coastal and the central. Further east, there is another route called the Portuguese Interior but it is completely separate from the routes you are considering.

As for coastal vs central, if you’d like your answer in podcast form, we did an episode with @Elle Bieling, who has walked both, on this very topic. It’s Episode 1.4 Central or Coastal?
And don’t forget the Litoral path which goes along the beach.
It is confusing. The Coastal Route is not the same as the Littoral Route. The map I’ve linked to here shows it very clearly. The littoral route, hugs the water more closely.
Call me confused. I get confused sometimes when I mention the Central and the Interior, thinking that they are interchangeable when they are not.
Next year I will do the CP but I want to start near Faro. When I get to Porto I will do the Coastal/Litoral and just try to stick near the ocean. I figure if I am looking left and i can see the beach like right next to me I am there. ;)
 
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MaxHelado

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Portugués via Variante Espiritual 2022
It is confusing. The Coastal Route is not the same as the Littoral Route. The map I’ve linked to here shows it very clearly. The littoral route, hugs the water more closely.


You can see that the two weave in and out and frequently intersect (this reflects where the sleeping options are). This makes it easy to zig and zag — coastal one day, littoral the next.
Perfect.
The map clears it up nicely for me.
I had no idea that there were 2 "coastal" routes!

PS peregrina2000; are you by any chance related to the Nimbus2000? ;)
 

MaxHelado

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Portugués via Variante Espiritual 2022
Now I am wiser (thank you peregrina2000) and know that there is the Portugués Coastal AND the Portugués Litoral, I would love to hear from anyone who can compare the two.

The Litoral sounds lovely but if it actually means walking across sand.......maybe not!
 
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Walking from Porto (da costa/litoral) Sept 2022!
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1st walk from O Porto in September!
Two things helped me decide:

Watching dozens of YouTube videos and reading this book by Brierley where all the variants are described (da costa, central, litoral, spiritual, plus more variants within more specific trails). I got it from Ivar, it was a great investment, and I'll take it with me in case there's route changes.

I ended up choosing coastal/litoral because I have asthma and that's the flattest 🤓

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EMILE M

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I WALKED THE ENTIRE CAMINO FRANCES IN FALL 2011, ALSO I WALKED FROM LE PUY EN VELAY TO CAHORS, FRANCE IN MAY, 2013 (About 350 Km) I PLAN TO WALK THE CAMINO DEL NORTE IN MID SEPTEMBER (2015)
Are the Camino Coastal, the Camino Litoral and the Camino da Costa all the same thing with different names? English, Spanish & Portugués?
The Litoral, Camino da Costa and Camino Coastal mean the same thing. You start the Camino da Costa at A Guarda, go North and eventually you'll end up at Redondela to rejoin the interior Camino.
 

Ultreia et Suseia!

Walking from Porto (da costa/litoral) Sept 2022!
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1st walk from O Porto in September!
The Litoral, Camino da Costa and Camino Coastal mean the same thing. You start the Camino da Costa at A Guarda, go North and eventually you'll end up at Redondela to rejoin the interior Camino.
It may seem like that but the senda litoral and the camino da costa are not the same thing.

The litoral path branches out of the coastal camino often to stick to the sea shore as much as possible while the coastal camino goes into forested areas and country lanes even climbing 110-150m hills.

Ultreia !
 
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EL LECHERO

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CF 2016 CP 2022 PORTUGUESE 2023
Firstly, just to avoid confusion with names, the options from Porto are the coastal and the central. Further east, there is another route called the Portuguese Interior but it is completely separate from the routes you are considering.

As for coastal vs central, if you’d like your answer in podcast form, we did an episode with @Elle Bieling, who has walked both, on this very topic. It’s Episode 1.4 Central or Coastal?
Thank you, it seemed my question turned into a discussion as to which route is what. I was looking for the Pro's and Con's through anecdotal advice from Pilgrims. BTW, Thank you for your input on the Camino Primitivo. I completed it April 7th and you were part of the reason I chose the Primitivo over 15 days on the CF.
 
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EMILE M

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I WALKED THE ENTIRE CAMINO FRANCES IN FALL 2011, ALSO I WALKED FROM LE PUY EN VELAY TO CAHORS, FRANCE IN MAY, 2013 (About 350 Km) I PLAN TO WALK THE CAMINO DEL NORTE IN MID SEPTEMBER (2015)
It may seem like that but the senda litoral and the camino da costa are not the same thing.

The litoral path branches out of the coastal camino often to stick to the sea shore as much as possible while the coastal camino goes into forested areas and country lanes even climbing 110-150m hills.

Ultreia !
Well I walked the Camino da Costa and it hugged the coastline.
It may seem like that but the senda litoral and the camino da costa are not the same thing.

The litoral path branches out of the coastal camino often to stick to the sea shore as much as possible while the coastal camino goes into forested areas and country lanes even climbing 110-150m hills.

Ultreia !
Just to clarify, I took a ferry from Camhina to Spain, then hiked to A Guarda, after which I hugged to coastline on the Camino da Costa all the way to Baiona, then Vigo , to finally rejoin the Camino interior at Redondela. The Camino da Costa hugs the coastline. Forested areas began near Redondela.
 

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