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Help with a Portuguese camino —Geira, Interior or Zamorano?

peregrina2000

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Like most of us, I have no idea when I’ll be able to walk again. But I think that it’s a good idea to have a bunch of camino plans ready to go at a moment’s notice, depending on how much time I have and depending on what season it is. Obssessive, yes, I know.

There are three short-ish Caminos in the northwestern part that all have my attention:

Zamorano-Portugués
Geira e dos Arrieiros
Portugués Interior

I will be researching all three but would appreciate any insight. Which of the three would you walk and why?

Thanks, bom caminho, Laurie
 
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Pelegrin

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I would do Geira e dos Arrieros if it had a good signallling.
I know parts of it as a tourist . I am particularly interested in the stretch Braga - Portela do Homen - Lobios - Entrimo - Castro Laboreiro and also Ribadavia,
The Portuguese part is very rocky (so the name Peneda in Peneda-Geres National Park) and I don´t know if there is too much tarmac or cobblestone to avoid difficult parts.
There is a Roman road in the Portela do Homem pass (the border) with some Miliari (milestones) and free pools with hot water in Lobios. In my case I could enjoy conversations with elder people in Portugal who still speak "old Portuguese".
 
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Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
It has been mentioned that the signalling for the Camino Geira might be completed by the end of this year, I'm not sure if that is the case now but I expect it to be done in the 1st half of next year.

My option would be for the Camino Geira so much of what I am hearing is almost too much good to be true, it certainly grabs the attention. The paths will be mostly natural but difficult in some places and very rural. I have 14 days for the CG next year I could go on to the coast and Finistera but my early morning flight out of Santiago is deterring me from doing this so I am looking at little add ons to this route to use up the time and arrive in Santiago on my last night. A 2 day detour would be to Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda
there used to be an Albergue de Peregrinos here but the site it was on was converted into a hotel, I have seen connecting routes from the CG it would be somewhere after Lobios where you would cross over a Serra and would rejoin the Camino there.
After Ribadavia the Camino misses Leiro and the San Clodio monastery https://www.turismo.gal/recurso/-/detalle/5175/san-clodio-do-ribeiro?langId=en_US&tp=8&ctre=33 but there is an option to detour from the Camino or maybe spend two days in Ribadavia and use one of the days to walk to the Monastery http://www.concelloleiro.org/senda-rio-avia/ .
There is lots of little detours, but those are the two main ones for me.
Buen Camino
 
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peregrina2000

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I found a good set of tracks for the Geira on wikiloc. 9 days with these stages. The author is Isa Isi. Looks like a good starting point.

Braga
Terras de Bouro
Portela do Homem
Ameijoeira
Cortegada
Berán
Beáriz
A Portela
Pontevea
Santiago

I was a bit disappointed that the trail doesn’t actually go through the town of Geres. It’s an old spa town, kind of a hub. So maybe, @Isca, you might want to consider a detour there. I remember walking in the eastern part of the park to a very beautifuld monastery in ruins, called Pitoes das Júnias, but that is probably too far from Geres to be an add-on.

Are these stages similar to the ones others have seen, planned, or walked? I haven’t even started to look at lodging options, which might require some reconfiguring of course.
 

MyDestinationGalicia

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2020
Yes I'm glad there's interest for camino from Braga to Santiago de Compostela known as Camino de Santiago da Geira Romana e dos Arrieiros. Here's the website link for further info https://debragaasantiago.com/etapas-camino-xacobeo/ There's also an alternative route which starts at the border between Portugal and Spain called Camino Miñoto Ribeiro that does @Isca-camigo (thanks for video link) pass San Clodio. Here's the website link for further info https://www.caminominotoribeiro.com/en/inicio.htm I'd recommend either route albeit Geira is the official historic route and the other is more an invention of the local mayors. Either way you will walk through the Ribeiro wine producing area where you can taste some of the very best red and white wines in Spain !
 
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There's also an alternative route which starts at the border between Portugal and Spain called Camino Miñoto Ribeiro that does @Isca-camigo (thanks for video link) pass San Clodio.
ENOUGH! Why is it that whenever I ask for information on a camino, the responses invariably just make me add more caminos to my ever growing list! o_O
 

Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
I found a good set of tracks for the Geira on wikiloc. 9 days with these stages. The author is Isa Isi. Looks like a good starting point.

Braga
Terras de Bouro
Portela do Homem
Ameijoeira
Cortegada
Berán
Beáriz
A Portela
Pontevea
Santiago

I was a bit disappointed that the trail doesn’t actually go through the town of Geres. It’s an old spa town, kind of a hub. So maybe, @Isca, you might want to consider a detour there. I remember walking in the eastern part of the park to a very beautifuld monastery in ruins, called Pitoes das Júnias, but that is probably too far from Geres to be an add-on.

Are these stages similar to the ones others have seen, planned, or walked? I haven’t even started to look at lodging options, which might require some reconfiguring of course.

I would say at least two of those stops do not have accommodation options, Portela do Homem
Ameijoeira
There is a stop I am not familiar or heard of yet on the Galician side
A Portela.
The Wikiloc poster may have had connections to these areas so was able to stay at those places or used some creative taxi drop offs and pick ups.
Most people who walk seem to do it in 9 days some in 8 or one person in 7, I'm going to go for 10 or more, I have waited so long for this it would seem a shame to rush it. My provisional stops are:-
Braga(H)
Caldelas(Alb)
Campos de Gere's(Alb)
O Banos- Entrimo( H's or Aptmts)
Castro Laboreiro( H's or B&B's)
Cortegada (CR or Pen)
Ribadavia( H) - There is some luxury accommodation here but I will go for the humble Hotel Caracas, don't know why, sometimes I get a fixation on staying at a place on Camino this is one of them.
Feas(CR)...
.'Feás (km 83)
Hospedaje: Casa Rural O Forno do Curro +34 609 855 238
Comidas por encargo: Bar Nictron +34 988 28 51 78 (muito recomendável)'

This is copied and pasted from the website for this route, the Casa Rural has a room set aside for pilgrims it only has two single beds.

Forcarei.. this place is 1.6km off route but has a couple of hotels, you would take the detour at about the 54-53 km mark.

Pontevea - There is a hotel spa just out of town but for a little while the town advertised an Albergue de Peregrinos before the virus hit, it listing was taken down soon after, hopefully it is offered again next year.
Santiago
I still have to add in detours and one two night stop( Ribadavia)
The Beran stop would mean that you would probably be doing a flying visit to Ribadavia before walking on the additional 4-5 km in the afternoon, or getting a taxi back in and out to visit the many rich historical and cultural sights of Ribadavia.
June can't come quick enough for me.
 
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Pelegrin

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Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
Yes I'm glad there's interest for camino from Braga to Santiago de Compostela known as Camino de Santiago da Geira Romana e dos Arrieiros. Here's the website link for further info https://debragaasantiago.com/etapas-camino-xacobeo/ There's also an alternative route which starts at the border between Portugal and Spain called Camino Miñoto Ribeiro that does @Isca-camigo (thanks for video link) pass San Clodio. Here's the website link for further info https://www.caminominotoribeiro.com/en/inicio.htm I'd recommend either route albeit Geira is the official historic route and the other is more an invention of the local mayors. Either way you will walk through the Ribeiro wine producing area where you can taste some of the very best red and white wines in Spain !
This is a lot of information about Geira.
Moitas Grazas !!.
 

Paul_Garland

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Frances 2012-18, VdlP 2013, Primitivo part 2018, Fisterra/Muxia frequently, VdlP Portugues parts
Like most of us, I have no idea when I’ll be able to walk again. But I think that it’s a good idea to have a bunch of camino plans ready to go at a moment’s notice, depending on how much time I have and depending on what season it is. Obssessive, yes, I know.

There are three short-ish Caminos in the northwestern part that all have my attention:

Zamorano-Portugués
Geira e dos Arrieiros
Portugués Interior

I will be researching all three but would appreciate any insight. Which of the three would you walk and why?

Thanks, bom caminho, Laurie
For the Zamorano, have a look at the fb group for Albergue Ricobayo. Photos and videos give a flavour, includes route info and accommodations. Note Ricobayo albergue may go to 'collect key from neighbour' status when it re-opens (I moved on in June), and that the albergue in Almendra del Pan won't be ready for a considerable time.
 
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MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Year of past OR future Camino
2020
I would say at least two of those stops do not have accommodation options, Portela do Homem
Ameijoeira
There is a stop I am not familiar or heard of yet on the Galician side
A Portela.
The Wikiloc poster may have had connections to these areas so was able to stay at those places or used some creative taxi drop offs and pick ups.
Most people who walk seem to do it in 9 days some in 8 or one person in 7, I'm going to go for 10 or more, I have waited so long for this it would seem a shame to rush it. My provisional stops are:-
Braga(H)
Caldelas(Alb)
Campos de Gere's(Alb)
O Banos- Entrimo( H's or Aptmts)
Castro Laboreiro( H's or B&B's)
Cortegada (CR or Pen)
Ribadavia( H) - There is some luxury accommodation here but I will go for the humble Hotel Caracas, don't know why, sometimes I get a fixation on staying at a place on Camino this is one of them.
Feas(CR)...
.'Feás (km 83)
Hospedaje: Casa Rural O Forno do Curro +34 609 855 238
Comidas por encargo: Bar Nictron +34 988 28 51 78 (muito recomendável)'

This is copied and pasted from the website for this route, the Casa Rural has a room set aside for pilgrims it only has two single beds.

Forcarei.. this place is 1.6km off route but has a couple of hotels, you would take the detour at about the 54-53 km mark.

Pontevea - There is a hotel spa just out of town but for a little while the town advertised an Albergue de Peregrinos before the virus hit, it listing was taken down soon after, hopefully it is offered again next year.
Santiago
I still have to add in detours and one two night stop( Ribadavia)
The Beran stop would mean that you would probably be doing a flying visit to Ribadavia before walking on the additional 4-5 km in the afternoon, or getting a taxi back in and out to visit the many rich historical and cultural sights of Ribadavia.
June can't come quick enough for me.
Yes some good choices here thanks for sharing. I know the owner of Caracas in Ribabavia vey well, Manolo. Their menu del dia is excellent and his house wine too as he makes it himself like most of the food including the pork! Fanatical Real Madrid fan and he's really poular in the town as he always gives fantastic service, doesn't speak a word of English though but his young son that looks like him can help.

I mentioned the alternative route from the group of local mayors that has got Government support see https://www.caminominotoribeiro.com/en/ I was really surprised that in a very recent Facebook post (that post dates my previous post update) they have a new map with a new route starting from Braga (on their website their Camino starts in Portela do Home) see
 

peregrina2000

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Thanks so much for this information, @MyDestinationGalicia

Trying to compare the two maps (Geira and Miñoto), am I right that the two caminos meet up somewhere near Pontevea, and the differences are that the Miñoto heads straight north from Braga and then along the Minho, while the Geira swings northeast from Braga through the park and then up to Pontevea?
 

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