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Are borders open?

From Gib you can choose the Via Serrana or Camino de la Frontera to join the VDLP. Turn left at Caceres to join the Via da Estrela toward Porto. See map on the following page:

If you're committed to Lisbon, you could go cross country along a similar route to the one that Pierre Louis Blaix took from Merida to Cabo da Roca. But that's a journey without arrows:
 
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If you can walk along the Spanish coast, after arriving in Portugal you could take the ecovia to Faro and then the Caminho Central to Santarém to join the CP.

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Nice map, I drove the route up thru Beja, Evora in search of all the fortresses (hiked daily) up to Bragança in January 2020 with my dog taking it slow. So much to see and yes I found many Camino markers. Looking forward to January 2022 to walk it all.
 

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Nice map, I drove the route up thru Beja, Evora in search of all the fortresses (hiked daily) up to Bragança in January 2020 with my dog taking it slow. So much to see and yes I found many Camino markers. Looking forward to January 2022 to walk it all.
I love the map, I’m a big convert to the southern Portuguese caminos after nine days on the Nascente (in Beja right now actually). Though my idea for the OP was not the Nascente but the Central further west as it joins the CP, though further north than Lisbon. But another option would be to do what we’re doing from Tavira to Santiago: Nascente-Torres-CPI-Sanabrés.
 
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I love the map, I’m a big convert to the southern Portuguese caminos after nine days on the Nascente (in Beja right now actually). Though my idea for the OP was not the Nascente but the Central further west as it joins the CP, though further north than Lisbon. But another option would be to do what we’re doing from Tavira to Santiago: Nascente-Torres-CPI-Sanabrés.
Would love to follow your Camino.
 

Friend from Barquinha

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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
I love the map, I’m a big convert to the southern Portuguese caminos after nine days on the Nascente (in Beja right now actually). Though my idea for the OP was not the Nascente but the Central further west as it joins the CP, though further north than Lisbon. But another option would be to do what we’re doing from Tavira to Santiago: Nascente-Torres-CPI-Sanabrés.
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See that big open area between Crato and/or Alpalhão to the east and Golega/Tomar to the west? There doesn't seem to have been any official research on routes through the area (that I've been able to find in English or my bad Portuguese), but I suspect there was once another "diagonal" route that cut through to Tancos (just northeast of Golega on that line between darker and lighter green) now part of Vila Nova da Barquinha municipality but once independent, and quite significant historically.

(Or an alternate route could have crossed the Tejo further east at either Constancia or Abrantes, as well, heading for Tomar, but the river is getting faster and harder to cross at these eastern points; at Tancos, it's relatively benign.)

In olden times, Tancos was on both sides (north and south) of the Tejo (Tagus). Now two separate towns, with a once-a-year religious festival that celebrates their links. And Barquinha--further west, and en route to Tomar--has a pilgrim's chapelthat is not on the present walkers' route at all, but enroute to Tancos, further east. It would make sense that there would be a link here to the Nascente route! Would be fun to explore.
 
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Are borders open?

From Gib you can choose the Via Serrana or Camino de la Frontera to join the VDLP. Turn left at Caceres to join the Via da Estrela toward Porto. See map on the following page:

If you're committed to Lisbon, you could go cross country along a similar route to the one that Pierre Louis Blaix took from Merida to Cabo da Roca. But that's a journey without arrows:
I don't mind not having arrows. I really like going "rogue pilgrim." Thanks for the tip. I just did the VDLP in September and October so am planning on staying on the west coast all the way up.
 
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See that big open area between Crato and/or Alpalhão to the east and Golega/Tomar to the west? There doesn't seem to have been any official research on routes through the area (that I've been able to find in English or my bad Portuguese), but I suspect there was once another "diagonal" route that cut through to Tancos (just northeast of Golega on that line between darker and lighter green) now part of Vila Nova da Barquinha municipality but once independent, and quite significant historically.

(Or an alternate route could have crossed the Tejo further east at either Constancia or Abrantes, as well, heading for Tomar, but the river is getting faster and harder to cross at these eastern points; at Tancos, it's relatively benign.)

In olden times, Tancos was on both sides (north and south) of the Tejo (Tagus). Now two separate towns, with a once-a-year religious festival that celebrates their links. And Barquinha--further west, and en route to Tomar--has a pilgrim's chapelthat is not on the present walkers' route at all, but enroute to Tancos, further east. It would make sense that there would be a link here to the Nascente route! Would be fun to explore.
Wow!!! Love the map.
 

ldvance

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2019
I leave next week to walk Gibraltar - Lisbon - Porto - SDC. I am familiar with and have been on the Camino beginning in Lisbon, but what about from Gibraltar to Lisbon. Has anyone done this? Any tips? Thanks -Gigi
I had researched this for my next Camino. There is via serrana to Sevilla, and la plata to Mérida, but then it’s country roads to Lisbon, no official Camino.

You can also use via Augusta from Gibraltar to Seville, and it stays on the coast til Cadiz.

I currently have changed my plans to walk further north to Salamanca and then turning left onto Camino Torres, connecting up north of Porto.
 
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