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CP Rest Day?

2020 Camino Guides
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Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (by train) 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta 19.
If you were to take a 'rest day' on the Camino Portugues Central between Porto and SdeC, where would it be? Some town of particularly appealing atmosphere, or historical significance?
 
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SabineP

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If you were to take a 'rest day' on the Camino Portugues Central between Porto and Sde C, where would it be? Some town of particularly appealing atmosphere, or historical significance?
Ponte de Lima has a very nice atmosphere, a wonderful market-town with some nice welcoming restaurants and bars.



I did like Tui, just across the border. I preferred it to Valenca but I passed that town on a Saturday, packed with day tourists. Might be quieter in the week.

And of course Pontevedra.
I really wish I stayed another day there.
 

FLEUR

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Viana do Castelo

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Pontevedra, Padron

If course it depends which routes you choose
 

Jarrad

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CF (2014)
Portuguese (2020~!)
I plan to walk the Portugues central route from Porto in early May. I too am looking at potential spots for a rest day (in addition to an extra night in Porto) and am interested in making some time to see some of the sights in and around Braga. My understanding is that one needs to find transportation to get to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, but I've heard that it is an amazing place and a pilgrimage site in its own right. I'm still investigating the best place to stop in order to make the visit.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Porto surely deserves more than one day.
I highly agree with people suggesting Valença, that fotress is impressive! and if you decide to advance a bit in the end of the day, Tui is just across the bridge.
 

kazrobbo

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CF(2012)
CP(2015)
St Olavs Way Norway(2016)
88 Temples Japan(2017)
PWC & VF(2019)
Israel (2020)
If you were to take a 'rest day' on the Camino Portugues Central between Porto and SdeC, where would it be? Some town of particularly appealing atmosphere, or historical significance?
Ponte de Lima would get my vote too.
Enough to see to spend a leisurely day wandering around but not too much so you do actually feel rested at the end of your 'rest' day.
Historic old town centre, beautiful parks & gardens (incl the tree-lined boulevard the CP follows as you enter the town), sculptures, the river, piped classical music in the main praça (piazza) & on the bridge itself...it's just lovely.
Bom caminho.
👣 🌏
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (by train) 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta 19.
Pont de Lima would get my vote too.
Enough to see to spend a leisurely day wandering around but not too much so you do actually feel rested at the end of your 'rest' day.
I've gotten several private messages saying the same thing.... Gonna have to take a close look at Ponte de Lima!
 

Terry Callery

Chi Walker
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"Slow Camino"
Ponte de Lima
I journaled this while doing the Portuguese route in February 2018.
The approach to the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima meanders through the tiny hamlet towns of Anta, Bouca, Paco, Periera and Barros which seem to merge all into one as I drifted through them. This five kilometer portion of the Camino parallels the Rio Lima and it transitions from fields with sheep and goats, to woodland pathways, to apple orchards and vineyards where grape vines are supported by rows of ancient tall slabs of granite, buried in the ground and sticking up like three-meter stone fingers. Finally, I found myself on the cobblestone promenade of the narrow park that runs along the Lima River skirting the entire northern side of Ponte de Lima. Giant plane trees, a type of sycamore, were planted on both sides of the promenade creating both a corridor and a natural shade canopy overhead. These trees had grown to 150 feet high as the riparian location was perfect for this species of deciduous trees which thrive in wetland locations. I stopped and sat on one of the park benches and decided that this has to be flat-out one of the loveliest riverside locations anywhere. Right here, along the sandy banks of the Lima River, a “farmers market” pops up every two weeks and is said to be the oldest outdoor market in Portugal. In addition to fresh produce, vendors also sell textiles, cheep clothing and household goods in a relaxed atmosphere created by the languidly flowing river and the old medieval character of the town.
 

PeterM

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2017)
My vote is Ponte de LIma. I did the CP in March/April 2019 form Lisbon to SDC and had a rest day at Ponte de Lima. Thoroughly enjoyed the rest day, a beautiful and relaxing town. Your choice 😃 but you have my vote.
Cheers
 

Paul Michetti

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese September "2019"
Our group of 5 did the Porto to SdC in September 2019. Ponte de Lima was my favourite town. If I were to do it again I would take a rest day there.
 

Albertinho

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2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Definitively Pontevedra.
 

Carmel L

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Completed CF Oct 2017. C.Portuguese Sept 2019
I walked CP to SDC in Sept this year - the Coastal route. So my vote is for Viana. Great place to visit. If you head this way try to stay at Donna Emilia - Fabulous bnb Hotel. I had my best meal the whole trip in Viana as well. Great Cathedral to visit on the hill, accessable by Furnicular. Cheers Carmel
 

David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
If it were me, I probably wouldn't pick Ponte de Lima, much as I loved the place. I would stay at Casa da Fernanda and the walk to Ponte de Lima from there is a short one, giving you plenty of time to see the town without taking an extra day there. Instead, I would probably take the day in Valença/ Tui. I would spend my last night in Portugal in Valença and cross the bridge the next day and spend my first night in Spain in Tui.

Other options are Pontevedra and Padrón. Pontevedra has lots to see including a very nice museum/art gallery. Padrón also has lots to see and is especially closely related to the history/legends associated with St. James.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Ponte de Lima has a very nice atmosphere, a wonderful market-town with some nice welcoming restaurants and bars.



I did like Tui, just across the border. I preferred it to Valenca but I passed that town on a Saturday, packed with day tourists. Might be quieter in the week.

And of course Pontevedra.
I really wish I stayed another day there.
You listed my favorites, as well.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I plan to walk the Portugues central route from Porto in early May. I too am looking at potential spots for a rest day (in addition to an extra night in Porto) and am interested in making some time to see some of the sights in and around Braga. My understanding is that one needs to find transportation to get to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, but I've heard that it is an amazing place and a pilgrimage site in its own right. I'm still investigating the best place to stop in order to make the visit.
The Bom Jesus site is very impressive and definately worth a visit. Good for a few hours or more and they have a cafe with outdoor seating, too. I'd post some photos, but I'm sure there are many google images.
 

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.
The Bom Jesus site is very impressive and definately worth a visit. Good for a few hours or more and they have a cafe with outdoor seating, too. I'd post some photos, but I'm sure there are many google images.
I plan to walk the Portugues central route from Porto in early May. I too am looking at potential spots for a rest day (in addition to an extra night in Porto) and am interested in making some time to see some of the sights in and around Braga. My understanding is that one needs to find transportation to get to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, but I've heard that it is an amazing place and a pilgrimage site in its own right. I'm still investigating the best place to stop in order to make the visit.
The shortest way to Braga is to walk to Barcelos and stay overnight an extra night.
From Barcelos it is 20 kms to Braga You can go by train or bus.
In the center of Braga is the tourist info. They point you out where the busstop is to the Bom Jesus do Monte , about 5 minutes walk from there.
The bus takes ten minutes to the sanctuary. Very nice and beautiful views over Braga.
If you like music. Braga is the center of the world for traditional Portuguese musical instruments like the cavaquinho, a ukulele like instrument with steel strings ,used in Portuguese folkmusic (not in Fado btw) and Brazilean choro music. There are about 6 manufacturers in Braga, most related to each other.
Braga is my favorite Portuguese town
 

Blister Bill

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Finisterre & Muxia (2018)
Camino Portuguese - Lisbon (2019)
Ponte de Lima
I journaled this while doing the Portuguese route in February 2018.
The approach to the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima meanders through the tiny hamlet towns of Anta, Bouca, Paco, Periera and Barros which seem to merge all into one as I drifted through them. This five kilometer portion of the Camino parallels the Rio Lima and it transitions from fields with sheep and goats, to woodland pathways, to apple orchards and vineyards where grape vines are supported by rows of ancient tall slabs of granite, buried in the ground and sticking up like three-meter stone fingers. Finally, I found myself on the cobblestone promenade of the narrow park that runs along the Lima River skirting the entire northern side of Ponte de Lima. Giant plane trees, a type of sycamore, were planted on both sides of the promenade creating both a corridor and a natural shade canopy overhead. These trees had grown to 150 feet high as the riparian location was perfect for this species of deciduous trees which thrive in wetland locations. I stopped and sat on one of the park benches and decided that this has to be flat-out one of the loveliest riverside locations anywhere. Right here, along the sandy banks of the Lima River, a “farmers market” pops up every two weeks and is said to be the oldest outdoor market in Portugal. In addition to fresh produce, vendors also sell textiles, cheep clothing and household goods in a relaxed atmosphere created by the languidly flowing river and the old medieval character of the town.
Agreed, unless you were unlucky enough to spend the day walking in torrential rain !
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Just to upset your apple cart, have you had a look at Elle Bieling's resources on the Portuguese? She might have something appealing that confirms some of the other suggestions above... I am afraid I am no use re resting days. We took a day in Porto before starting, and a day in Santiago to people watch before heading home. We did visit the City of Culture because the transport was free that day...but why did they do that? Santiago is its own city of culture. Anyway, I wish you luck as you make your mind up, and buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2017), Primitivo (2019)
I walked CP to SDC in Sept this year - the Coastal route. So my vote is for Viana. Great place to visit. If you head this way try to stay at Donna Emilia - Fabulous bnb Hotel. I had my best meal the whole trip in Viana as well. Great Cathedral to visit on the hill, accessable by Furnicular. Cheers Carmel
Hi Carmel, I am walking the CP in late September this year. Do you remember the name of the restaurant in Viana?
 

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