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Route marked between Vila do Conde and Arcos?

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Rowena

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Camino Frances (2015, 2018) Chemin de Saint Jacques (2016) Geneva Way (2017) Portugues (2019)
Hi,
I’m planning to walk from Porto in mid-October, taking the Senda Litoral as far as Vila do Conde, then crossing over to the Central route. I’m wondering how well the crossover route is marked. Can I just follow the markers, or do I need detailed maps?
I would also appreciate comments on the availability of beds at that time of year. I would rather not pre-book anything except the first and last night.
Thanks,
Rowena
 

JillGat

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Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I found the crossover from Vila do Conde easily. It was marked. I just walked it in June and it was not crowded at all. If you want to stay at Casa de Fernanda, you should make a reservation, though.
 

David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
What JillGat said. Basically, you just cross the bridge into Vila do Conde and turn right and walk along the river. The route markers won't be too hard to find. I also had the route laid out on my TrailSmart app as a backup, but I don't remember any challenges with the marking from when I walked it last October.
 

Rowena

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2018) Chemin de Saint Jacques (2016) Geneva Way (2017) Portugues (2019)
Thank you for your help.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I downloaded KML tracks for the Camino routes in Portugal, and it looks like there are two different routes to cross over to the Central route from Vila do Conde??

One that goes to Rates (red), and one to Arcos (orange)?

Which is the best way? Hopefully with the KML tracks on Maps.me we won't have a problem finding our way.

Screenshot_20190818-115854_MAPSME.jpg
 
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David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
My TrailSmart app took me to Arcos and it was relatively well marked and straightforward. I can't speak to the other route, as I've never walked it.
 

Rowena

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2018) Chemin de Saint Jacques (2016) Geneva Way (2017) Portugues (2019)
Brierley indicates that the route through Beirut to Rates is not recommended as waymarks have been mostly removed to discourage its use. However, he does give instructions for the route, as well as for the one that goes through Junqueira to Arcos.
 

Rowena

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2018) Chemin de Saint Jacques (2016) Geneva Way (2017) Portugues (2019)
Yes well, sorry, it’s that overly helpful auto correct again. I actually typed Beiriz!
 

Rowena

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2018) Chemin de Saint Jacques (2016) Geneva Way (2017) Portugues (2019)
A slightly related question:
Has anyone tried staying at the Parque Campismo Sol in Vila Chã, between Matosinhos and Vila do Conde? Brierley mentions it, and suggests it is as cheap as 5 Euros. (I checked for typos this time!)
 

David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
A slightly related question:
Has anyone tried staying at the Parque Campismo Sol in Vila Chã, between Matosinhos and Vila do Conde? Brierley mentions it, and suggests it is as cheap as 5 Euros. (I checked for typos this time!)
I didn't stay there, but rather at the donativo Albergue S. Mamede de Vila Chã, which was very nice and included, on the grounds, a museum to the local fishing industry.
 

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