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Portuguese Camino starting late November

RachelK

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Hi Everyone.
I am planning a long awaited Camino with my daughter starting from Porto at the end of November 2022. We know the weather won't be great but as this is the only time we can go together it's a compromise we've decided to make. This Camino has been booked and rebooked many times since 2020 but reading and rereading threads on this forum have kept my enthusiasm high. Thank you all :)

We have around 21 days to walk; at this stage we plan to leave from Porto on the Senda Littoral to Vila do Conde then head over to the Central route. I'm assuming the Central Route will be better in terms of open infrastructure and more pleasant if it's cold and rainy plus this is the route I'd choose anyway for tradition and culture. We can use our abundance of time to bunker down if the weather is awful or, things going well, continue to Finisterre and Muxia.

So, a couple of questions...

I would love to do the Spiritual Variant but looking at earlier threads I suspect the boat will be unavailable (I'd say we'll be there around December 10). Is anyone able to comment on this? If the boat is unavailable is it worth walking instead or better to stick to the traditional route?

Also, I have a shoe quandary. After reading much shoe advice re cobblestones etc I have bought a pair of Hoka Bondi 8's, which I love. My plan was to take a pair of Teva sandals for nightwear and resting. However, now I'm second guessing myself because of the rain and I'm thinking I may have cold, wet feet for the whole walk and if it's raining at night Teva's, albeit with some nice warm socks, will also ensure wet feet. I'm thinking either I need to rethink shoes and get a waterproof pair, maybe Hoka Speedgoats, or take a second pair of old runners so I can at least have a dry pair at night. Can anyone share their wisdom on this?

Any other advice or feedback gratefully received. Thank you!
 
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PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese

TrvlDad1

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I’ve booked to Lisbon the end of November to walk to Coimbra. From what I’ve researched, I expect moderate temps, but wet. It’s a marine climate, so I hope the rain is sporadic, not continuous. In any case, I can’t wait to get on the Camino!
 

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You might be interested in looking at historic weather patterns

Thanks for posting that weather link. I used it for a few other places too, e.g. Edinburgh and found it informative and well laid out.
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Hi Everyone.
I am planning a long awaited Camino with my daughter starting from Porto at the end of November 2022. We know the weather won't be great but as this is the only time we can go together it's a compromise we've decided to make. This Camino has been booked and rebooked many times since 2020 but reading and rereading threads on this forum have kept my enthusiasm high. Thank you all :)

We have around 21 days to walk; at this stage we plan to leave from Porto on the Senda Littoral to Vila do Conde then head over to the Central route. I'm assuming the Central Route will be better in terms of open infrastructure and more pleasant if it's cold and rainy plus this is the route I'd choose anyway for tradition and culture. We can use our abundance of time to bunker down if the weather is awful or, things going well, continue to Finisterre and Muxia.

So, a couple of questions...

I would love to do the Spiritual Variant but looking at earlier threads I suspect the boat will be unavailable (I'd say we'll be there around December 10). Is anyone able to comment on this? If the boat is unavailable is it worth walking instead or better to stick to the traditional route?

Also, I have a shoe quandary. After reading much shoe advice re cobblestones etc I have bought a pair of Hoka Bondi 8's, which I love. My plan was to take a pair of Teva sandals for nightwear and resting. However, now I'm second guessing myself because of the rain and I'm thinking I may have cold, wet feet for the whole walk and if it's raining at night Teva's, albeit with some nice warm socks, will also ensure wet feet. I'm thinking either I need to rethink shoes and get a waterproof pair, maybe Hoka Speedgoats, or take a second pair of old runners so I can at least have a dry pair at night. Can anyone share their wisdom on this?

Any other advice or feedback gratefully received. Thank you!
Hi Rachelk

My partner and I set off from Porto late Nov 2019. We did the Central Route and loved it notwithstanding several very wet days where we got drenched. You should have seen the alberge with drying clothes everywhere. We've done 4 weeks in France and a week from SJPdP to Estella. All were magical in their own ways.

As for wet feet. For me I have found using my stiff cycling shoes work best as arthritis in my big toe means I have to avoid it bending. If you are a cyclist you'll know they have holes in the bottom to attach cleats. I taped over the holes and this kept most mud and water out except on those very wet days. No blisters at all.

We had warm to hot weather and it got quite cold at times too. Be prepared for whatever.

We arrived at SdC mid Dec and we took our time to get our compostellas arriving after 11am. I was the 10th to receive it that day so don't expect too many other pilgrims on your way. We did see a few but they were mostly going south.

We stayed in an alberge called The Last Stamp which closed for winter after we left. It was the last one to close. I would recommend it too.

I would do it again so don't let the talk of being wet put you off.

Buen camino
 

RachelK

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Hi Rachelk

My partner and I set off from Porto late Nov 2019. We did the Central Route and loved it notwithstanding several very wet days where we got drenched. You should have seen the alberge with drying clothes everywhere. We've done 4 weeks in France and a week from SJPdP to Estella. All were magical in their own ways.

As for wet feet. For me I have found using my stiff cycling shoes work best as arthritis in my big toe means I have to avoid it bending. If you are a cyclist you'll know they have holes in the bottom to attach cleats. I taped over the holes and this kept most mud and water out except on those very wet days. No blisters at all.

We had warm to hot weather and it got quite cold at times too. Be prepared for whatever.

We arrived at SdC mid Dec and we took our time to get our compostellas arriving after 11am. I was the 10th to receive it that day so don't expect too many other pilgrims on your way. We did see a few but they were mostly going south.

We stayed in an alberge called The Last Stamp which closed for winter after we left. It was the last one to close. I would recommend it too.

I would do it again so don't let the talk of being wet put you off.

Buen camino
Thanks so much for the info and encouragement Trevor. It's great to know that you had an enjoyable time despite the unpredictable weather. I checked out The Last Stamp - looks like it closes 15/12 so may make it there in time before heading to the coast.
 

RachelK

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You might be interested in looking at historic weather patterns

This is great, thank you trecile. I've compared the weather in Porto to where I live to get some perspective on both rainfall and temperatures. Looks pretty wet in December I must say bit at least not seriously cold.
 

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