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Hi. I'm hoping to do the Portuguese camino coastal route from Porto in September. I've done the Camino Frances in 2015 and Portuguese central route in 2019. I'm reading up about the coastal route and I see where some people say that it can be very quiet and lonely. Can anyone who has done the coastal route around this time give any advice. Thanks.
 
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Hi. I'm hoping to do the Portuguese camino coastal route from Porto in September. I've done the Camino Frances in 2015 and Portuguese central route in 2019. I'm reading up about the coastal route and I see where some people say that it can be very quiet and lonely. Can anyone who has done the coastal route around this time give any advice. Thanks.
We have walked Caminos in September, although we did the Coastal Route in the spring of the year, and found it a great time with regard to weather. So, we walked the Coastsl route a bit off season, but we did not find it at all lonely. However, yes if you compare it to the CF, it’s much quieter. Nonetheless, there were a number of other pilgrims along with us following this route to Santiago.

Having also walked the Central Route, I can say it was just as enjoyable. We happened to have great weather so walking along the coast was delightful. Wonderful small towns to large cities dot the path you’ll follow: Caminha, Oia, Baiona, and Vigo.

My one recommendation, if you have an extra day in your itinerary, would be to follow the Variante Espiritual after Pontevedra. The next time we do this route I think we will lolly a bit around Pontevedra the day we leave that city and then overnight in Combarro before climbing the hill to Armenteria. We also found the boat ride from Vilanova de Arouza toward Padrón to be one of the highlights of the trip. I can’t imagine you having anything but a great Camino!
 
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Started September 20th during the pandemic; there was enough pilgrims then! (spend an extra day in Porto well worth it great city)
That year 7800 walked last year 52000 walked i think you will have enough company along the way!!!
Weather in 2021 was great 22- 27 C one rain day (27Cwas on Oct 12th in Santiago)
Have a wonderful walk
Buen Camino
Woody
 
I’m reading up about the coastal route and I see where some people say that it can be very quiet and lonely.
In the last couple of years the popularity of the Portuguese coastal has exploded. @Bradypus will no doubt be along shortly with some figures to illustrate that. So I wouldn’t expect it to be lonely these days.
 
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some people say that it can be very quiet and lonely
Hi, I walked the Coastal in May 2018, which is similar in numbers with September month (peak seasons), but I walked it in reverse. I lost count every day of the numbers of pilgrims I passed coming the other way. I tried, but after 100 I gave up. That was 6 years ago and apparently it is now a very popular route, so I doubt that you will find it quiet and lonely in 2024/5. Bom caminho!
 
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My wife and I will also be walking the coastal route in September. 18 days from Porto. We hope that it won’t be lonely.
 
I walked the Portugues coastal route in September 2018 from A Guarda. You'll have plenty of company, especially after Vigo (the 100km point). I may be doing the rest of the Portugues from Porto to Caminha in the fall or spring.

By comparison, I also walked the Aragones, which is very lonely and peaceful. Both are beautiful.

Buen Camino
 
I found that when I really connected with pilgrims was mainly at Albergues - so it may depend upon where you stay how much you connect with others? I found in the costal towns - there were more places to eat and fewer that catered only to pilgrims as this is a key vacation area, many places also included a simple breakfast so I did not connect as much over meals often eating alone as I ate my mail meal around 3 or so ( as I was often in bed by 9 pm) I saw lots of people and connected and walked stages with many but was different from the Frances where you had a crew that you walked with most of the way. I enjoyed the opportunity to reflect so I was not lonely. It is a different camino than the Frances which I appreciated!
 
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Just did it in Sept, 2023. Not at all lonely, but extremely busy! Both the Senda Litoral and Coastal, as I backtracked and did both for my website updates. I thought the Senda Litoral was a bit more busy, but not by much!
 
We start from Porto the second week of October and thinking we will be walking mostly by ourselves 😆

We are then walking the Ingles at the end of October and definitely not expecting many others on the route.

Buen Camino!
 
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I did it in Spring 2023. Very busy when it came to finding accommodation. My account is attached: you may find it useful
 

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I was on the Portuguese (central) last September and it was busy! If I stopped for a water break at least 50 people would walk past me. The weather, however, was great.
 
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Just did it in Sept, 2023. Not at all lonely, but extremely busy! Both the Senda Litoral and Coastal, as I backtracked and did both for my website updates. I thought the Senda Litoral was a bit more busy, but not by much!
I’m wondering where the Senda Litoral joins up with coastal before Santiago de Compostela. I’ve ordered a Brierleys map however in the meantime I’m getting confused as to where the Spiritual Variant joins at Padron and where the Senda Litoral ends.
I’m looking at starting my Camino in either Nigran or Vigo. So that I cover approx 112km.
If I complete the Senda Litoral will I achieve the required 100.
Thanks so much any info great fully received. 👏🏻😁
 
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Thanks for that. First Camino coming up. You can probably tell. 😂
My first is coming up as well. I begin my pilgrimage in Porto on August 5th. I'm a research junkie so I research everything to death.
 
Hi. I'm hoping to do the Portuguese camino coastal route from Porto in September. I've done the Camino Frances in 2015 and Portuguese central route I see where some people say that it can be very quiet and lonely. in 2019. I'm reading up about the coastal route and Can anyone who has done the coastal route around this time give any advice. Thanks.
Bit late with a reply; i doubt you will be lonely i walked in the pandemic in 2021 from Sept 20th to Oct 13th.
On the Coastal , Senda Littoral and the Espiritual Variant from Pontevedra!
Always found company when i wanted.
On October the 8th on the boat from Villa Nova De Arousa it was almost full ( it takes 150 pilgrims) only 7800 walked that year in 2023 52000 walked; you will make friends :)!
Have a great walk i loved it especially the Variant (a beautiful walk i will do again)
Buen Camino
Woody)
 

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