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Planning my Senda Litoral in April/May

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MariaBi

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese 2020
Dear all, I am in process of planning my Portuguese Camino (the Litoral way) and got stuck on the Vila do Conde - Viana de Castelo part. I feel like breaking it into three stages, not the logical two (Vila do Conde - Esposende - Viana de Castelo). My original plan was:
1) Vila do Conde - Apulia - (somewhere between Marinhas and Mar) - Viana de Castelo. That would be 18 + 13 + 20 kms
Wouldn't this make a better option:
2) Vila do Conde - Fao - Chafe - Viana de Castelo? And that would mean 20 + 21 + 8 (can't imagine why the sums are not equal, I just measured from one accomodation to another) and give us more time in Viana de Castelo (almost a restday)
I have to plan and book the accomodations ahead and I would not like daily stages exceed 20 kms.
What do you think of that? Any ideas are appreciated
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
Dear all, I am in process of planning my Portuguese Camino (the Litoral way) and got stuck on the Vila do Conde - Viana de Castelo part. I feel like breaking it into three stages, not the logical two (Vila do Conde - Esposende - Viana de Castelo). My original plan was:
1) Vila do Conde - Apulia - (somewhere between Marinhas and Mar) - Viana de Castelo. That would be 18 + 13 + 20 kms
Wouldn't this make a better option:
2) Vila do Conde - Fao - Chafe - Viana de Castelo? And that would mean 20 + 21 + 8 (can't imagine why the sums are not equal, I just measured from one accomodation to another) and give us more time in Viana de Castelo (almost a restday)
I have to plan and book the accomodations ahead and I would not like daily stages exceed 20 kms.
What do you think of that? Any ideas are appreciated
Welcome to the forum!

Sounds like a good plan if you want to do short distances, and the places you want to stay at have availability.

8kms IS a rest day for me – a leisurely 2 or 3 hour walk followed by just relaxing somewhere in a nice place.

And Viana do Castelo is certainly worth spending a little time in.

I can’t plan “rest days”. I just know them when I “hit” them.

You arrive at a place and suddenly realise that you have to stop moving for 2 nights.

That’s the problem with pre-booking.

So if I HAVE to pre-book I always have Plan B, e.g. the bus schedule to the next place for the next day.
 

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