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Leaving Tomorrow- Coastal or Inland

Nyree Naina

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I’m here in Porto, leaving tomorrow. I still haven’t decided on either the coastal or inland route. I’m keen on other pilgrims on the road and of course beauty, anyone have a suggestion? Anyone else also walking from Porto soon? Thanks, Naina
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
I walk in three weeks and chose the inland route for a variety of smaller reasons, but mainly because it’s the historic route and I have plenty of opportunity to walk the coast at home. If neither of those are important to you, I've heard the coast is spectacular. Buen Camino! (Your next decision will be the Spiritual Variant or not!🤔)
 

Nyree Naina

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Shikoku
Assisi
Gangotri
Thank you. I keep oscillating!! There’s a shell marker on the Calle outside my hostel, I’m tempted to just follow it and see which path I end up on!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
That ALWAYS leads to adventure! Buen Camino!
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)
I attempted to walk the CP coastal route in 2018 and used the sea as a marker. It wasn't easy because despite how often I tried all roads led to Santiago on the central route. Why choose! 🤠
 
Camino(s) past & future
First one in 1977 by train. Many since then by foot. Next one ASAP.
I'm walking in September, and have chosen the central ("inland") route.
 
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Ducks

Walking for 3
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugese (2020)
Camino Frances (2021)
I’m here in Porto, leaving tomorrow. I still haven’t decided on either the coastal or inland route. I’m keen on other pilgrims on the road and of course beauty, anyone have a suggestion? Anyone else also walking from Porto soon? Thanks, Naina
Hi, I am walking the coastal from Porto, starting Wednesday. Slow Camino so I doubt we will catch up with you. Buen Camino and enjoy
 

pitztop

Solvitur ambulando
Camino(s) past & future
2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019. Maybe Camino Levante in 2021?
I walked the costal route last year (including the Spiritual route) and loved it! I have not walked the inland route so I can't compare the two. If you do decide to walk the coastal route, don't make the same mistake I did by walking in sandals on the beach and then continuing for the rest of the day in them (without socks) on the cobblestone roads. I developed the worst blisters of my life and suffered for the rest of my camino. This was totally my fault and my suffering could have been easily avoided. I'm sure you will enjoy whichever way you decide to go.
 

Bradypus

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Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
If having company of other pilgrims is important to you then the inland route might be better - three times as many pilgrims chose that last year compared with the coastal route. Though the coastal path is growing in popularity very fast.
 

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