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weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hooked! Considering take the Camino again. This time, probably Norte or Portuguese in September/October. Which one you would do if it were you? I know that both are very nice, but when you have to choose one, which one you would choose?

The painting is from my Camino Frances last year.
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kmccue

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
We did the Portuguese along the sense literal plus the spiritual variant. Loved it! Hiking was easy, fish was amazing
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
Hi Wei Ho, that's a lovely painting :)

Most people start the Portugues in Porto, and it takes around 10 days. If you start the Norte from Irun, it will take around 35 days of walking. So I guess time constraints, etc, will need to be factored into your decision. How much time do you have? Is it important to finish in Santiago?
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hi Wei Ho, that's a lovely painting :)

Most people start the Portugues in Porto, and it takes around 10 days. If you start the Norte from Irun, it will take around 35 days of walking. So I guess time constraints, etc, will need to be factored into your decision. How much time do you have? Is it important to finish in Santiago?
For me, time is not an issue. If I do the Portuguese way, I would do the whole way, probably carry on to Finisterra. I went to Muxia last time and missed out Finisterra.
 

Mark T17

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Kumano Kodo 2012
Frances Sept 2017 (bike)
Hi, I'm grappling with the same choice and I look like settling on the Norte from Irun, then changing onto the Primitivo through to SDC in May/June. By doing this route, I think I get the best out of the coast and the mountains without the crowds. I've watched a few youtube video's of the Portugues route and for me, its just not as inspiring as the northern route. I'm more interested in the scenic beauty, some solitude, time for reflection and physical challenge of the Camino, rather than a religious experience. If I get time, I plan on getting a bus through to Finisterre and Muxia for a couple of days. Happy to discuss.

Thanks
M
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
Happy to discuss.
The Norte really is spectacular. I'd just add two things:
1. There's lots of road and pavement walking on the official camino route. Make sure you take the coastal alternatives when you can (do a search for "coastal alternatives to the Norte's asphalt" on this forum, peregrina2000 has compiled a list).
2. There might not be the crowds of the Frances, but there are far fewer albergues (sometimes only one per stage, and with only 20 beds...) - so on occasion you need to flexible with accommodation. You can normally get a pension/ hostal/ hotel/ hostel for quite a reasonable price, and they offer pilgrim discounts. But I'd definitely advise budgeting a bit extra for this.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
The Norte really is spectacular. I'd just add two things:
1. There's lots of road and pavement walking on the official camino route. Make sure you take the coastal alternatives when you can (do a search for "coastal alternatives to the Norte's asphalt" on this forum, peregrina2000 has compiled a list).
2. There might not be the crowds of the Frances, but there are far fewer albergues (sometimes only one per stage, and with only 20 beds...) - so on occasion you need to flexible with accommodation. You can normally get a pension/ hostal/ hotel/ hostel for quite a reasonable price, and they offer pilgrim discounts. But I'd definitely advise budgeting a bit extra for this.
Hi Mark, the Norte sounds perfect for me apart from the possibility of short of beds in albergue along the way. I met a guy on the Frances way last October he said he walked part of the Norte before switched to Frances due to bed shortages. Seems there was pilgrims surge on the Norte last year.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
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The Norte really is spectacular. I'd just add two things:
1. There's lots of road and pavement walking on the official camino route. Make sure you take the coastal alternatives when you can (do a search for "coastal alternatives to the Norte's asphalt" on this forum, peregrina2000 has compiled a list).
2. There might not be the crowds of the Frances, but there are far fewer albergues (sometimes only one per stage, and with only 20 beds...) - so on occasion you need to flexible with accommodation. You can normally get a pension/ hostal/ hotel/ hostel for quite a reasonable price, and they offer pilgrim discounts. But I'd definitely advise budgeting a bit extra for this.
I am thinking of bring a ultra light tent for the Norte. Don’t know if this is practical.
 

The Kolbist

Member
Camino(s) past & future
past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
For me, time is not an issue. If I do the Portuguese way, I would do the whole way, probably carry on to Finisterra. I went to Muxia last time and missed out Finisterra.
Hi,
We did the Portuguese route in 2016 from Lisbon to Fatima then Porto to Santiago. It’s also a beautiful walk and easier for us than the Frances. Lots of friendly people. SeaFood was great. If you are walking for religious reason, this is a nice spiritual walk with a number of significant churches to the faith. We plan to do the Norte in 2020.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hi,
We did the Portuguese route in 2016 from Lisbon to Fatima then Porto to Santiago. It’s also a beautiful walk and easier for us than the Frances. Lots of friendly people. SeaFood was great. If you are walking for religious reason, this is a nice spiritual walk with a number of significant churches to the faith. We plan to do the Norte in 2020.
Glad to hear that. How was the accommodation situation on the Portuguese way? I will met to stay in albergue wherever it is possible.
 

The Kolbist

Member
Camino(s) past & future
past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
Glad to hear that. How was the accommodation situation on the Portuguese way? I will met to stay in albergue wherever it is possible.
In 2016, there were few, sometimes only one per town except for Santarem. From Porto, the number of Albergue picks up a little but still nothing compared to Camino Frances. You can check gronze.com and use google translate. Im pretty sure accommodations has changed a lot after 3 years. Buen Camino..
 

kmccue

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
Weiho, I love my painting. Do you ever do a painting with figures that are female? I was thinking it would be a cool gift for my Camino partner, but since we are both women, I'd like to see a female...even from the back.
Let me know it thats in the cards.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Norte is "tough" no matter how good of condition one might be in. IMO they do not compare to one another.
 

Mark T17

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Kumano Kodo 2012
Frances Sept 2017 (bike)
Hi Mark, the Norte sounds perfect for me apart from the possibility of short of beds in albergue along the way. I met a guy on the Frances way last October he said he walked part of the Norte before switched to Frances due to bed shortages. Seems there was pilgrims surge on the Norte last year.
Hi,

I've been crunching the numbers and April/May/June is probably the only time I can get 6 weeks off work anyway. I think if I start in early May and finish in June, starting on the Norte then switching to the Primitivo, the numbers shouldn't be too bad.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019: Ruta Asturianos Lebaniego / Apr 2018 Asturias / May 2016 CP: Portuguese
@weiho, That's a lovely, peaceful and serene painting!

My first Camino was on The Portugues (from Porto) and it was very, very lovely.
Buen Camino or Bom Caminho! ;)
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hi, I'm grappling with the same choice and I look like settling on the Norte from Irun, then changing onto the Primitivo through to SDC in May/June. By doing this route, I think I get the best out of the coast and the mountains without the crowds. I've watched a few youtube video's of the Portugues route and for me, its just not as inspiring as the northern route. I'm more interested in the scenic beauty, some solitude, time for reflection and physical challenge of the Camino, rather than a religious experience. If I get time, I plan on getting a bus through to Finisterre and Muxia for a couple of days. Happy to discuss.

Thanks
M
Hi Mark, thank you for your message. I rplied to you a few days ago and just now realized that my reply was posted to somebody else.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Hi Mark, thank you for your message. I rplied to you a few days ago and just now realized that my reply was posted to somebody else.
Mark,
The Norte during May & June will be less crowded, but you may hit an abundance of rain up there during that time not to mention the mud that goes along with it. It truly is a beautiful walk though.
 

BeatriceKarjalainen

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Finished: See post signature.
Upcoming: Nothing planned
Hooked! Considering take the Camino again. This time, probably Norte or Portuguese in September/October. Which one you would do if it were you? I know that both are very nice, but when you have to choose one, which one you would choose?

The painting is from my Camino Frances last year.
View attachment 55685
Lovely painting.
Views on Norte lovely but competitive feeling more sport than pilgrimage. At least in July/Aug.

Camino climate/friendliness/spiritual feeling better on Portuguese (walked from Lisboa). A bit more boring surroundings I would say but there are alternatives and most of the time ok.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
By saying competitive feeling, do you mean people rush for beds? I met a pilgrim who had just switched fro Norte to Frances. He told me that the number of pilgrims walking the Norte increased by 30% last year. You have to arrive at albergue before 11:00 am to secure a bed.
 

calmeg

Member
We did the norte and primitivo 4 years ago. Only missed 2-3 municipal albergues because one only had 12 beds (we walked another 200 metres to get a private albergue for 12 euros) and could not find one in Oviedo or Bilbao. I hope the bed race does not start on the norte as we return in 3 weeks!
 

bobbogram

Member
Camino(s) past & future
El Norte San Sebastián to Santiago; Portuguese Lisbon to Porto; Porto to Santiago; Geneva west
I’ve completed both - San Sebastián to Santiago in six weeks and Lisbon to Porto to Santiago in six weeks. El Norte may be like the first car you buy, the most memorable for only that reason. El Norte may be more physically challenging but not bad for a 66 years old with bad knees from basketball late into life. Portuguese seemed to have closer facilities and historical towns to linger in. Either will be great.
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Holly West

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Hooked! Considering take the Camino again. This time, probably Norte or Portuguese in September/October. Which one you would do if it were you? I know that both are very nice, but when you have to choose one, which one you would choose?

The painting is from my Camino Frances last year.
View attachment 55685
That is beautiful!!
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
I’ve completed both - San Sebastián to Santiago in six weeks and Lisbon to Porto to Santiago in six weeks. El Norte may be like the first car you buy, the most memorable for only that reason. El Norte may be more physically challenging but not bad for a 66 years old with bad knees from basketball late into life. Portuguese seemed to have closer facilities and historical towns to linger in. Either will be great.
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Thank you Bob! The photo looks beautiful. I guess it is from Norte.
 

BeatriceKarjalainen

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Finished: See post signature.
Upcoming: Nothing planned
By saying competitive feeling, do you mean people rush for beds? I met a pilgrim who had just switched fro Norte to Frances. He told me that the number of pilgrims walking the Norte increased by 30% last year. You have to arrive at albergue before 11:00 am to secure a bed.
It was a bit of a bed rush but it was not that I was thinking of. More of a feeling of doing it for sports reasons then anything else. People asking you how far have you walked, how fast not with a curious intent more to be able to brag them self (hard when they meet me who always do double "normal distances" ;-) ). A lot of people I met was taking badly about CF as it was to easy they did CN because it was harder... I missed open churches, pilgrim masses in the small towns etc. Of course I met lovely pilgrims as well but not as often as I have on the previous caminos. Less people walking by themself on Norte as well. Lots of friends doing an event together. But hey that is just my feeling, others might have a totally different experience.
 

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