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Portuguese Coastal - route ok?

Camino(s) past & future
March 2018
#1
Hi, Myself and some friends are planning on doing the first part of the Portuguese Coastal route next June and then I will continue onto Santiago with my husband for the second stage. I wonder does this itinerary look ok?

Walking day 1 Porto - Povoa de Varzim,
Day 2 PdV - Esposende,
Day 3 Esposende - Viano Do Castelo,
Day 4 V do C - Vila Praia de Ancora,
Day 5 V P de A to Oia,
Day 6 Oia - Baoina


Day 7 Baoina - Vigo
Day 8 Vigo - Redondela
Day 9 Redondela - Ponteveda
Day 10 Ponteveda - Caldas de Reis
Day 11 C De R - Padron
Day 12 Padron - Santiago

I think I'd like to make day 11 a bit longer to shorten the last day into Santiago - any advice?

Thanks in advance for any help
Ann-Marie
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#2
Exactly what we did in 2016 except we stopped in Caminha rather than Vila Praia de Ancora to balance the sections. Started at Matosinos rather than the city centre of Porto (you catch a Metro to Matosinhos Mercado).

All went well but hated Vigo, big, smell port.

The walk from Padron is a bit of a slog but it was 31deg the day we did it - I'm sure you'll manage!

BTW it's Baiona not Baoina - not being picky but if you get the wrong spelling locked in your head . . . I still have problems with Betzanos! ;)

Good luck!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2014), CF (2015), CP (2016)
#3
Greetings.
Your itinerary is pretty much what we did. In answer to your question, we pushed on about 5.5 km past Padron to the town of A Esclavitude and stayed at the hotel called Casa Grande de Capellanio. It was lovely, and cost about 40 Euro for a private room and bathroom. They offered breakfast and laundry service. There was an old church next door and a fantastic restaurant (Casa Eduardo) across the street.

Bom Caminho!
 

Aurigny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, 2016; Português Central, 2017; Port. Interior, 2017; Primitivo, 2018; Port. Coastal, 2018.
#4
It looks fine. I did it as a ten-day trip, with legs as follows:-

1. Vila do Conde
2. Esposende
3. Carreço
4. A Guarda
5. Baiona
6. Vigo
7. Pontevedra
8. Caldas de Reis
9. A Escravitude
10. SdC


All were pretty easy legs, with very little climbing involved; only the first day was much past 30 km, and even then along unchallenging terrain. VdC, Esposende and Pontevedra are most attractive night-stops. I found Baiona a little too touristy, and would try not to stay there again given my druthers. Vigo is best seen from a distance. The little fishing village of Oia is charming but tiny. If you're staying at A Escravitude or the vicinity, bring your own eats: the only place I found open at seven in the evening was the petrol station, which had a tiny but adequate grocery attached.

Bear in mind that although albergue accommodation on this route is adequate, you'll rarely have a wide selection from which to choose—or, in some places, any choice at all. I found the overall standard to be lower than on better-travelled caminos, and the prices higher. And in the summertime, when you're going, the cost of private accommodation in hotels or pensions is likely to be prohibitive, Vigo alone excepted. Losing the bed-race may well have expensive consequences.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances March-April 2016
Le Puy route April-May 2017
Camino Norte to Bilbao June 2017
#5
My two cents worth is be aware that it can be very hot and humid in June, then again it might be cool and dry. But if the former long days can really sap your strength and take the fun out of it. I would consider having a rest day in there somewhere which you might well be plannng given you are losing some of your companions part way through. There are no prizes for rushing and a lit to be said for slowing down and really taking in the experience
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - April-June, 2016
Portuguese Lisbon-Santiago - October, 2017
#6
Exactly what we did in 2016 except we stopped in Caminha rather than Vila Praia de Ancora to balance the sections. Started at Matosinos rather than the city centre of Porto (you catch a Metro to Matosinhos Mercado).

All went well but hated Vigo, big, smell port.

The walk from Padron is a bit of a slog but it was 31deg the day we did it - I'm sure you'll manage!

BTW it's Baiona not Baoina - not being picky but if you get the wrong spelling locked in your head . . . I still have problems with Betzanos! ;)

Good luck!
Why skip the walk out of Porto? It was lovely.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#7
Why skip the walk out of Porto? It was lovely.
Had been on the double decker tourist bus the day before and didn't really fancy a two hour trudge through a major urban area first thing in the morning! I don't like Burgos or Vigo either!
 

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