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Leaving Porto by train/metro? Which station to stop?

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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Camino Frances (2015)
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#1
Dear all

We may start our Portuguese Camino (Central) next year. However, due to some time constrains, we are thinking about spending a day in Porto, but skipping the walk out of it taking the train/comboio/metro.

Does anyone know which station should we aim for?
(I've already ordered a guide to get some information, but it has not arrived yet and I'm really anxious to keep planning... so I decided to ask here! :D)
 

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Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#2
Hi Anamya
It is a good plan to spend a day in Porto, it is a beautiful city.
I went by metro from Porto to Forum Maia and the yellow arrows is around the corner from the metrostation in Forum Maia. Brierlys CP guide shows the way to the Camino from the metrostation Forum Maia and then it is a short walk to the auberge in Vilarinho. Part of the walk to Vilarinho is on a road with lots of traffic and not much space for walkers, but after the auberge in Vilarinho it is a beautiful walk.
Buen Camino to you
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Porto to Santiago (April 2013)
Portuguese Porto to Santiago (April 2014)
#3
Dear all

We may start our Portuguese Camino (Central) next year. However, due to some time constrains, we are thinking about spending a day in Porto, but skipping the walk out of it taking the train/comboio/metro.

Does anyone know which station should we aim for?
(I've already ordered a guide to get some information, but it has not arrived yet and I'm really anxious to keep planning... so I decided to ask here! :D)
Hello Anamya,
I've walked the Camino Portuguese twice and each time caught the metro from Porto to Vilar do Pinheiro. This is just a little closer to Vilarinho than Forum Maia and makes your first day a little easier. Take advantage of the extra rest time because the second day out to Barcelos is a long one.
Enjoy and Bon Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese' ' Frances' ' Norte' 'Salvador_prim' ‘le puy’ ‘Inglés’ ‘CDM’ ‘Invierno’ ‘Fin_Mux’
#5
Hi Anamya
Re your credencial. You can get one from the cathedral in Porto. If you bring yours with you, get a stamp on it in Porto at the cathedral and even if you don't have much time , try to look in the main railway station to look at the beautiful tile work inside. Awesome.
Buen Camino
 

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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#6
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'll study the maps and also make sure we have a great time in Porto!

This forum is amazing... I just came back from CF and you guys are helping me to nurture my dreams of Camino Portugues and Via Francigena. And they are growing well and healthy ^^
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2012, Portuguese 2015
#7
If you decide to take the coastal route at least up to Vila do Conde, take metro to Matosinhos as has been mentioned. Get off on the Mercado stop, which is the next to last stop. If you happen to get off at the Matosinhos exit, the last stop, you will have to back track to the bridge that goes over he river. That was our experience.
 

annakappa

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Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
#8
We took the #500 bus from opposite the main railway station, to Matosinhos. By doing that, we could enjoy the view all along the Douro and also enjoy the coastal ride until Matosinhos, where the bus stop was just before the bridge.
 

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