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Portuguese in early March

Camino(s) past & future
Frances (July 2016), Primitivo (July 2018), Portuguese (March 2019)
Hi, I’d appreciate some advice re the Camino Portuguese. I’m flying with my wife and two friends to Porto on 12th March, leaving for Santiago the next morning. The flight home is booked for Saturday 23rd March which gives us 10 full days of walking. Depending on what one reads, the central route is around 240km while the coastal route is perhaps 30km further. Both are fine from a distance point of view but with no experience of the Portuguese I’m interested in people’s views on both routes. Having found deep snow and ice on O Cebreiro last April I’d also appreciate any thoughts re likely conditions on the Portuguese in March. Many thanks.
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Hi, I’d appreciate some advice re the Camino Portuguese. I’m flying with my wife and two friends to Porto on 12th March, leaving for Santiago the next morning. The flight home is booked for Saturday 23rd March which gives us 10 full days of walking. Depending on what one reads, the central route is around 240km while the coastal route is perhaps 30km further. Both are fine from a distance point of view but with no experience of the Portuguese I’m interested in people’s views on both routes. Having found deep snow and ice on O Cebreiro last April I’d also appreciate any thoughts re likely conditions on the Portuguese in March. Many thanks


The highest point on the central Portuguese caminho is about 420 meters and the caminho Português central is situated relatively close by the Atlantic Ocean you probably will not face any snow. The snow appears more in the higher mountains situated at the north eastside of Portugal.
Be prepared for rain and wind The northern area is very green .

The coastal

Day 1 Porto to Angeiras 25 kms
2 Angeiras to Estela 20 kms
3 Estela to Esposende 21 kms
4 Esposende to Viana do Castelo 24 kms
5 Viana to Caminha 24 kms
6 Caminha to Santa Maria de Oia 21 kms
7 Oia to Ramalhosa 22 kms
8 Ramalhosa to Redondela 30 kms
9 Redondela to Pontevedra 20 kms
10 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis 20 kms
11 Caldas to Padrón 20 kms
12 Padrón to Santiago 24kms


The central

1 Porto to Vairão. 20 kms
2 Vairão to São Pedro de Rates 15 kms
3 São Pedro to Barcelos 20 kms
4 Barcelos to Vitorino dos Piães 18 kms
5 Vitorino to Ponte de Lima 15 kms
6 Pde Lima to Rubiães 18 kms ( highest poit 420 mtrs)
7 Rubiães to Valença do Minho 20 kms
8 valença to O Porriño 22 kms
9 O Porriño to Redondela 20 kms
See above Redondela to Pontevedra

Advice ,take the train from Porto to Viana do Castelo and start walking from there along the coast
Or take the same train ,go out at the station of Barcelos and start walking from there on the central route.

It can be an easy 240 kms devided by 10 but so it does not work.
The 18 kms between Ponte de Lima and Rubiães is a lot of climbing on an off road path. You will be happy to be in Rubiães that day.
If you have rain or strong winds at the coast your pace will go down .

Passa bem e bom caminho
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (July 2016), Primitivo (July 2018), Portuguese (March 2019)
That sounds like very good advice. I tend to push ahead and walk longer distances but my friends are older and are likely to be happier walking less rather than more. I’d very much like them to make it comfortably to Santiago so I’ll take your advice re the train and we’ll either walk the coastal route from Viana do Castelo or the central route from Barcelos. Many thanks for your help.
 

Robert Long

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept 2016
Camino Portuguse Oct 2018
Be prepared for sore feet and legs. We found walking on cobblestones, found during the first three legs of the central route, to be very difficult.

Buen Camino
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Be prepared for sore feet and legs. We found walking on cobblestones, found during the first three legs of the central route, to be very difficult.

Buen Camino
From Viana do Castelo nor from Barcelos cobblestones are an issue .
The cobblestones are part of an antique Roman road .
 

manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
Seashell be open and flexible to changing your planned itinerary based on the weather and, of course on how you or those in your group feel. Don't overdo it, public transportation is prevalent and if you have to move forward don't hesitate to use it! You'll be glad you did and everyone will appreciate it:)

I'll be following in your footsteps on the 16th:)

Ultreïa!

Mary
 

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