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Porto-Litoral-Spiritual-Santiago: Got Restaurant or Sightseeing Recommendations?

ICBWB

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May 2022 - Camino Portugues - Porto to SDC
Walking is man's best medicine.
—Hippocrates

My first Camino. Lodging reserved. Route selected...

Wondering if any experienced folks out there have recommendations for restaurants (I eat everything, except Jello), and/or sights to see, experiences to have?

Thank you.

May 11-14
Explore Porto

CAMINO:

Day 1 - May 14 Saturday

8 miles - Walk to Matosinhos

Day 2 -May 15 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vila do Conde

Day 3 - May 16 Monday
Rest day in Vila do Conde

Day 4 - May 17 Tuesday
15 miles - Walk to Fão

Day 5 - May 18 Wednesday
19 miles - Walk to Viana do Castelo

Day 6 - May 19 Thursday
Rest Day - Viana do Castelo

Day 7 - May 20 Friday
20 miles - Walk to A Guarda, enter Spain
Walk 17 miles to Caminha — there take ferry and walk 3 miles more to A Guarda

Day 8 - May 21 Saturday
19.5 miles - Walk to Baiona

Day 9 - May 22 Sunday
Rest Day - Baiona

Day 10 - May 23 Monday
17 miles - Walk to Vigo

Day 11 - May 24 Tuesday
10 miles - Walk to Redondela

Day 12 - May 25 Wednesday
13 miles - Walk to Pontevedra

Day 13 - May 26 Thursday
Rest Day - Pontevedra

Day 14 - May 27 Friday
8 miles - Walk to Combarro

Day 15 - May 28 Saturday
6 miles - Walk to Armenteira
(1300 ft in elevation gain)

Day 16 - May 29 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vilanova de Arousa
(All downhill/level; Stone and Water route)

Day 17 - May 30 Monday
28k - by Boat
2 miles - Walk to Padrón

Day 18- May 31 Tuesday
11 miles - Walk to O Milladoiro

Day 19 - June 1 Wednesday
5 miles - Walk to Santiago de Compostela

Day 20 - June 2 Thursday
Rest Day - Santiago de Compostela
 
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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2014 in Viana do Castelo I ate at 2 wonderful places: Casa Primera where fisherman ate delicious huge portions generally of fish and cheap; more upmarket but with a simple daily menu was O Laranjeira. The dining room was handsome with white linen, the Portuguese food creative and delicious. ...These remain delicious memories.
 
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ICBWB

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May 2022 - Camino Portugues - Porto to SDC
2014 in Viana do Castelo I ate at 2 wonderful places: Casa Primera where fisherman ate delicious huge portions generally of fish and cheap; more upmarket but with a simple daily menu was O Laranjeira. The dining room was handsome with white linen, the Portuguese food creative and delicious. ...These remain delicious memories.
Yum. Thank you, mspath!
 
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2014 in Viana do Castelo I ate at 2 wonderful places: Casa Primera where fisherman ate delicious huge portions generally of fish and cheap; more upmarket but with a simple daily menu was O Laranjeira. The dining room was handsome with white linen, the Portuguese food creative and delicious. ...These remain delicious memories.
There exist two places with the name O Laranjeiro in Viana do Castelo
A bigger hotel and a smaller pensão (pension / boarding house) I think you mean the pensão due to “ the diningroom was handsome you mentioned.
we stayed in the pensão what was great.
 

mspath

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There exist two places with the name O Laranjeiro in Viana do Castelo
A bigger hotel and a smaller pensão (pension / boarding house) I think you mean the pensão due to “ the diningroom was handsome you mentioned.
we stayed in the pensão what was great.
Albertinho,
Yes the hot link in blue refers to the small pensão. My husband and I stayed and ate very well there. Glad that you also enjoyed it.
 

Albertinho

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Albertinho,
Yes the hot link in blue refers to the small pensão. My husband and I stayed and ate very well there. Glad that you also enjoyed it.
Yes the blue linked one was it.
From the owners , a couple , the husband had walked the caminho.
They were very friendly and helpfull.
 
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Two restaurants that stand out for me are Puerto Guardes along the waterfront in A Guarda and Hotel Chef Rivera in Padrón. A Guarda is known for its seafood and my wife enjoyed the prawns and mussels. I did well with steak and mushroom sauce. Hotel Chef Rivera (which is both a hotel and restaurant) served a great baked scallops and vegetable potpourri for her, steak and Galician broth soup for me. Both are nice places with friendly staff.
 

ICBWB

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May 2022 - Camino Portugues - Porto to SDC
Much appreciated, kenwilltravel. Thank you for these tips, as well as all the great info in your books.
 
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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
Also in VdC I've always found the history of this ship and cod to be a fascinating account of renovation and repurpose.
I don't know if you can still tour it, but if so, the tour of the hospital ship Gil Eannes is great fun, fascinating, and gives a real sense of the average person's life in Portugal in the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Fishermen would leave, to fish off Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada, for the entire season, fishing in tiny dories.

Here's a 1967 CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) video about this:


The Gil Eannes, largely maintained by retired fishermen from that era, is an amazing historical artifact!
 
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From Braga to Santiago
Walking is man's best medicine.
—Hippocrates

My first Camino. Lodging reserved. Route selected...

Wondering if any experienced folks out there have recommendations for restaurants (I eat everything, except Jello), and/or sights to see, experiences to have?

Thank you.

May 11-14
Explore Porto

CAMINO:

Day 1 - May 14 Saturday

8 miles - Walk to Matosinhos

Day 2 -May 15 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vila do Conde

Day 3 - May 16 Monday
Rest day in Vila do Conde

Day 4 - May 17 Tuesday
15 miles - Walk to Fão

Day 5 - May 18 Wednesday
19 miles - Walk to Viana do Castelo

Day 6 - May 19 Thursday
Rest Day - Viana do Castelo

Day 7 - May 20 Friday
20 miles - Walk to A Guarda, enter Spain
Walk 17 miles to Caminha — there take ferry and walk 3 miles more to A Guarda

Day 8 - May 21 Saturday
19.5 miles - Walk to Baiona

Day 9 - May 22 Sunday
Rest Day - Baiona

Day 10 - May 23 Monday
17 miles - Walk to Vigo

Day 11 - May 24 Tuesday
10 miles - Walk to Redondela

Day 12 - May 25 Wednesday
13 miles - Walk to Pontevedra

Day 13 - May 26 Thursday
Rest Day - Pontevedra

Day 14 - May 27 Friday
8 miles - Walk to Combarro

Day 15 - May 28 Saturday
6 miles - Walk to Armenteira
(1300 ft in elevation gain)

Day 16 - May 29 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vilanova de Arousa
(All downhill/level; Stone and Water route)

Day 17 - May 30 Monday
28k - by Boat
2 miles - Walk to Padrón

Day 18- May 31 Tuesday
11 miles - Walk to O Milladoiro

Day 19 - June 1 Wednesday
5 miles - Walk to Santiago de Compostela

Day 20 - June 2 Thursday
Rest Day - Santiago de Compostela
I've walked these caminos sooo many times I should know where to eat well! Here's a few...

Porto
éLeBê Entreparedes
+351 22 112 6603

Matisinhos
Salta O Muro
+351 22 938 0870

Vila da Conde
Relíquia
+351 914 437 870

Fao
Tio Pepe
+351 253 981 510

Viana do Castelo
Tasquinha de Santiago
+351 968 200 610

A Guarda
Restaurante Casa Chupa Ovos
986 61 10 15

Baiona
Recuncho Mariñeiro
629 67 60 35

Vigo
Malauva Wine Bar
886 31 77 21

Redondela.
Malauva Wine Bar
886 31 77 21

Pontevedra
O Bioco
637 73 96 21

Combarro
Bar Pedramar
986 77 81 43

Vilagarcía de Arousa
Taperia Pé de Cuba
986 56 11 18

Padrón
Café Bar Ruta Xacobea
620 73 33 67

Milladoiro
Cafeteria Casa Da Cultura
981 53 84 06

Santiago

So many!! Spoil yourself in
A Horta d'Obradoiro
881 03 13 75

Or cheap tapas in

Bar Coruña
981 58 39 68

Taberna ~ O Gato Negro
981 58 31 05
 
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Portuguese Coastal (2018)
Portuguese Coastal, with Spiritual Variant (2019)
Much appreciated, kenwilltravel. Thank you for these tips, as well as all the great info in your books.
Thanks, ICBWB. If you have a few spare hours in A Guarda (and still possess some energy after a day of walking), you might also consider taking a quick taxi ride up the hill that overlooks the town and visit the ruins of a first century B.C. Celtic settlement: https://www.turismo.gal/que-facer/top-ten-dez-lugares-unicos/castro-de-santa-tegra?langId=en_US
You get a great view of the surrounding region from the summit. Buen Camino!
 

ICBWB

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May 2022 - Camino Portugues - Porto to SDC
I've walked these caminos sooo many times I should know where to eat well! Here's a few...

Porto
éLeBê Entreparedes
+351 22 112 6603

Matisinhos
Salta O Muro
+351 22 938 0870

Vila da Conde
Relíquia
+351 914 437 870

Fao
Tio Pepe
+351 253 981 510

Viana do Castelo
Tasquinha de Santiago
+351 968 200 610

A Guarda
Restaurante Casa Chupa Ovos
986 61 10 15

Baiona
Recuncho Mariñeiro
629 67 60 35

Vigo
Malauva Wine Bar
886 31 77 21

Redondela.
Malauva Wine Bar
886 31 77 21

Pontevedra
O Bioco
637 73 96 21

Combarro
Bar Pedramar
986 77 81 43

Vilagarcía de Arousa
Taperia Pé de Cuba
986 56 11 18

Padrón
Café Bar Ruta Xacobea
620 73 33 67

Milladoiro
Cafeteria Casa Da Cultura
981 53 84 06

Santiago

So many!! Spoil yourself in
A Horta d'Obradoiro
881 03 13 75

Or cheap tapas in

Bar Coruña
981 58 39 68

Taberna ~ O Gato Negro
981 58 31 05
Woo-hooo! The motherlode. A gourmand's gold mine. Thank you so much, MFA!
 

SabineP

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some and then more. see my signature.
Vila do Conde : Casa Venceslau.


Pontevedra : Pulpo at Casa Fidel.


Santiago de Compostela : the ones already mentioned and I like to add San Clemente.

 
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Walking is man's best medicine.
—Hippocrates

My first Camino. Lodging reserved. Route selected...

Wondering if any experienced folks out there have recommendations for restaurants (I eat everything, except Jello), and/or sights to see, experiences to have?

Thank you.

May 11-14
Explore Porto

CAMINO:

Day 1 - May 14 Saturday

8 miles - Walk to Matosinhos

Day 2 -May 15 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vila do Conde

Day 3 - May 16 Monday
Rest day in Vila do Conde

Day 4 - May 17 Tuesday
15 miles - Walk to Fão

Day 5 - May 18 Wednesday
19 miles - Walk to Viana do Castelo

Day 6 - May 19 Thursday
Rest Day - Viana do Castelo

Day 7 - May 20 Friday
20 miles - Walk to A Guarda, enter Spain
Walk 17 miles to Caminha — there take ferry and walk 3 miles more to A Guarda

Day 8 - May 21 Saturday
19.5 miles - Walk to Baiona

Day 9 - May 22 Sunday
Rest Day - Baiona

Day 10 - May 23 Monday
17 miles - Walk to Vigo

Day 11 - May 24 Tuesday
10 miles - Walk to Redondela

Day 12 - May 25 Wednesday
13 miles - Walk to Pontevedra

Day 13 - May 26 Thursday
Rest Day - Pontevedra

Day 14 - May 27 Friday
8 miles - Walk to Combarro

Day 15 - May 28 Saturday
6 miles - Walk to Armenteira
(1300 ft in elevation gain)

Day 16 - May 29 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vilanova de Arousa
(All downhill/level; Stone and Water route)

Day 17 - May 30 Monday
28k - by Boat
2 miles - Walk to Padrón

Day 18- May 31 Tuesday
11 miles - Walk to O Milladoiro

Day 19 - June 1 Wednesday
5 miles - Walk to Santiago de Compostela

Day 20 - June 2 Thursday
Rest Day - Santiago de Compostela
I'm going to be right behind you. I step off in Porto on 22 May and arrive in SDC on 3 June. Keep posting so I know what to expect.
 

klimmo

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Mozarabe: nov ‘19
Português coastal: oct-nov ‘21
Hi,

I second the hospital ship in Viana, add a stroll around the fort too.

Baiona is nice too, another ship to visit, and another fort.

I skipped Caminha et A Guarda, the first because I got set over from the Orbitur campsite (5euro), at the other side I followed the river and coast again (instead of direct route, very much enjoyed that, there's an art project with ancient signs on trees). A Guarda I just didnt feel, I kept walking north and spent two nights at the lovely albergue LaCala in Oia.

loved the first part of the Espiritual (day 1 and 2) but would recommend to make sure you have a boat as the walk out is definitely lacking charm.

Enjoy, there's good food everywhere, often in the small side streets of side streets.

buon camino
 

LouisaM

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Planning my Camino in May 2022!
I'm going to be right behind you. I step off in Porto on 22 May and arrive in SDC on 3 June. Keep posting so I know what to expect.
I'll be right behind you Dojo. Starting May 26 from Porto.
 

TMcA

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Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
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Pamplona to León
The restaurant in the Matosinhos Hotel was very good. A local woman, whom we met on a route in France, takes business clients there frequently.
 
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FourSeasons

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Camino de Costa/Senda Litoral
Porto/SdC Sept 2022
Walking is man's best medicine.
—Hippocrates

My first Camino. Lodging reserved. Route selected...

Wondering if any experienced folks out there have recommendations for restaurants (I eat everything, except Jello), and/or sights to see, experiences to have?

Thank you.

May 11-14
Explore Porto

CAMINO:

Day 1 - May 14 Saturday

8 miles - Walk to Matosinhos

Day 2 -May 15 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vila do Conde

Day 3 - May 16 Monday
Rest day in Vila do Conde

Day 4 - May 17 Tuesday
15 miles - Walk to Fão

Day 5 - May 18 Wednesday
19 miles - Walk to Viana do Castelo

Day 6 - May 19 Thursday
Rest Day - Viana do Castelo

Day 7 - May 20 Friday
20 miles - Walk to A Guarda, enter Spain
Walk 17 miles to Caminha — there take ferry and walk 3 miles more to A Guarda

Day 8 - May 21 Saturday
19.5 miles - Walk to Baiona

Day 9 - May 22 Sunday
Rest Day - Baiona

Day 10 - May 23 Monday
17 miles - Walk to Vigo

Day 11 - May 24 Tuesday
10 miles - Walk to Redondela

Day 12 - May 25 Wednesday
13 miles - Walk to Pontevedra

Day 13 - May 26 Thursday
Rest Day - Pontevedra

Day 14 - May 27 Friday
8 miles - Walk to Combarro

Day 15 - May 28 Saturday
6 miles - Walk to Armenteira
(1300 ft in elevation gain)

Day 16 - May 29 Sunday
15 miles - Walk to Vilanova de Arousa
(All downhill/level; Stone and Water route)

Day 17 - May 30 Monday
28k - by Boat
2 miles - Walk to Padrón

Day 18- May 31 Tuesday
11 miles - Walk to O Milladoiro

Day 19 - June 1 Wednesday
5 miles - Walk to Santiago de Compostela

Day 20 - June 2 Thursday
Rest Day - Santiago de Compostela
Looks like a good plan. I'll be following you and this thread so I can refer back to it once I start walking from Porto in September. Buen Camino!!
 

hecate105

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Make sure you check out the Port Wine Institute - amazing port list and historic building. (in Porto) Also - in lots of cafes in Porto have a 'Frankosinho' - it is the biggest snack you will ever get - definitely to be tried once..... (it has several meats, cheese, eggs, chips and gravy - so be hungry!)
Obvs in Padron have the peppers!!
Vino Verde all the way.....enjoy!
 

katie@camino

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Vila do Conde - Restaurante Republica
Ponte de Lima - Petiscas

I had very memorable, huge meals of cod and potatoes at these 2 locations. And I'm not even a fan of seafood at all! But my lord, they were delicious, filling meals. HIGHLY recommend.
 

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Also buffet breakfast at Pousada in Viana do Costelo. Catch the cable car up to the church (there's a wonderful albergue next to the church as well - the views are magnificent and the space is so lovely - probably my favourite bathrooms on any Camino -it's the small things) and then a short uphill hike to the Pousada. Buffet breakfast was delicious with great variety.
 
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The small restaurants in the side streets of Viana do Castelo are fantastic
Most of the restaurants in the main square in Caminha are good
In Santiago de Compostela, the Parador's set menu lunch for Euro 20 was really good.
In Porto, if you want top notch, try O Paparico
 

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