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Portuguese Coastal to Central link.

Jean Russell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Finisterre/Muxia 2016
I hope to walk part of the Portuguese Camino
in July and need info on crossing from the Coastal route eg from Vila do Conde to Rates to join the Central route. Any info please about links.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I hope to walk part of the Portuguese Camino
in July and need info on crossing from the Coastal route eg from Vila do Conde to Rates to join the Central route. Any info please about links.
I downloaded GPS tracks for the connection which I found very useful. I will try to find the file and post it here. I used maps.me to open it.
 

JohnMcK

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP to Naverette sept 14
finishing sept/oct 15
I crossed over 2 years ago and it was straight forward and marked. It involved some road walking.
 

twh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances May/June, 2018
Porto-Muxia-Finisterre Oct (2019)
I crossed over in October 2019. The municipal albergue is modern with hot showers, good beds, washing machine and just 7.50 euros. If you stay there be sure to check out the aqueduct just a few blocks to the east. The first building north of the Albergue (across the parking or paved lot) has a restaurant that is very good and inexpensive and open later than the others close by. I also recommend the app Maps.me No matter where you are on the camino (if you have purchased and downloaded the inexpensive routes) you can find your way back to the trail or a town, hotel or restaurant etc... I'll try to leave some visuals for you.
edit: FYI - to avoid any confusion and a bad choice - The Google Map pics show another "Blue" track/route that leaves Vila do Conde on a more north-east route. The Brierley Guide book shows this route with Grey colored dots. It is not recommended because it is not well marked.
 

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camino.ninja

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 5 6,16,17,18,19,20
Primiti+Salvador 19
Portug. 17,18,20
Catalan 17
Norte 17
Plata 18
I hope to walk part of the Portuguese Camino
in July and need info on crossing from the Coastal route eg from Vila do Conde to Rates to join the Central route. Any info please about links.
There's two routes, but the one they reccommend at the municipal albergue in Vila do Conde is the one where you turn right right after crossing the river.

vilar-o-conde-rates.png
 

Swift3

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP, Porto to SdC, May/June 2016
I crossed over in October 2019. The municipal albergue is modern with hot showers, good beds, washing machine and just 7.50 euros. If you stay there be sure to check out the aqueduct just a few blocks to the east. The first building north of the Albergue (across the parking or paved lot) has a restaurant that is very good and inexpensive and open later than the others close by. I also recommend the app Maps.me No matter where you are on the camino (if you have purchased and downloaded the inexpensive routes) you can find your way back to the trail or a town, hotel or restaurant etc... I'll try to leave some visuals for you.
edit: FYI - to avoid any confusion and a bad choice - The Google Map pics show another "Blue" track/route that leaves Vila do Conde on a more north-east route. The Brierley Guide book shows this route with Grey colored dots. It is not recommended because it is not well marked.
I second all that about the municipal albergue and the restaurant is a wonderful meal and fun place. Great maps, btw!!
 

Jean Russell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Finisterre/Muxia 2016
Thanks all for your useful info. One last question.. approx how many km is the route?
 

twh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances May/June, 2018
Porto-Muxia-Finisterre Oct (2019)
From Vila do Conde I walked 22 km to Pedra Furada, you can just see that name at the very top of the picture in the second map. I stayed at a private Albergue called Antonios. It had a warm feeling bar and restaurant and Antonio was personable. The next two possibilities are at 27 km and 31 km both of which are a pretty long day unless you leave early, have great weather and are not easily distracted by meeting the locals and stopping at too many cafes for beer and pastry and cafe con leche as I typically do. Those next 2 stops with accommodations would be in Carvalhal and Barcelos.
 

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