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Easter weekend arrival in Porto, start walk in Baiona

WendyMatthee

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese April 2019
Good day all.
We are a group of 4 that are arriving in Porto on Easter Saturday, 20 April 2019, early in the morning.
We plan to catch a bus to Baiona via Vigo from Porto and start our walk on the Sunday.
My questions are -
- will we be able to send our "holiday" clothes (in a suitcase) to C de Santiago for the end of our trip from Baiona, if not can we send from Porto airport.
-Will the luggage sending offices be open on the Saturday or Easter Sunday and will the buses still be running?
-Someone mentioned to me that bars, cafes etc ... might be closed on Easter Sunday, so might be a good idea to only start walking on the Monday. Can anyone confirm.
Thanking you in advance
Wendy
 

MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
You can use Oficina de Correos to transport any luggage in Galicia see https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/es/transporte-mochilas There's is a PO in Baiona. It's closed on a Sunday.

The buses will be running but the weekend service is different than during the week.

Bars, restaurants etc are all open..it's the shops/supermarkets/banks etc which are closed on Sunday or Bank Holiday.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
I would stay and participate in the Easter activities. It is a great cultural experience and start walking Monday.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Cycling Lisbon to Santiago - Oct/Nov 2015
2019? - TBD, I have 2-3 weeks and don't really like crowds
I'm not sure about Portugal, but Easter Monday is typically a holiday in Europe and has the same 'closings and schedules as Easter Sunday'. I found this out the hard way in France several years ago... I'm not sure what was/wasn't open on Saturday.
 

Pilger99

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
Portugal has only a few days when supermarkets are all closed.
Sunday its generally open for shopping, but not all shops and sometimes with shorter working hours. Easter Sunday is one of the real holidays, so even big supermakets are closed after 2pm.

Although Spain has some localities, that open their supermarkets every Sunday morning, that's not the rule. It's rather complicated to say what happens on easter. Thursday, Friday and Sunday should be closed for business, while easter monday is a regular working day in Galicia.
I doubt anyone nows all the local holidays in Spain and how they apply to shops.

I enjoyed staying in Pazo Pias (A Ramallosa). Its only 15€ per pilgrim and you can count with central heating. It's about 1 hour walking from Baiona and for sure the bus from Vigo has as stop in the town as well. The Albergue in O Freixo has no heating and I saw no supermarket. You can still go there and take the bus into Vigo to find shops and ho(s)tels.
 

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