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Spiritual variant question

dweeds

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Camino(s) past & future
planning Portuguese Coastal Way (May 2018)
Hi, I am planning my first Camino in May. Will start in Caminha on the Coastal Route. I am just now looking into the Spiritual variant, and I only see one hostel in Armenteira. It looks uninviting...is there any other place to stay, besides the fancy Pousada? It seems those are the only 2 options. Also, I'm thinking that this is the same number of days passing through Caldas de Reis, if we take the AM ferry up the river to Padron and walk straight on to SdC, is that right? Huge thanks, all.
 

dweeds

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planning Portuguese Coastal Way (May 2018)
Thank you! I heard you need to stay at least 2 nights...is that correct?
 

stratophile

Active Member
Hmmm. I don't recall having to do that. Best thing to do is to email them and inquire. I found them incredibly friendly and welcoming.
 

stratophile

Active Member
Happy to help. If there is a two-day requirement, please add a comment to this thread – I'll need to update my files for them. Good luck with your planning.
 

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016; CPort (Central) from Porto 2017;
CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
I've stayed at the albergue in Armenteria twice and i really quite like it - true, it doesn't really have 'character' but i love the walk from there into the bars (bit less than 1km) - quite rural and remote. And it's fresh and clean.

On my first walk through VE, I stayed a night at O'Costano, about 8km from Armenteira. Not much to do/see there and the accommodation is on a busy highway.

My second walk along the VE, after Armenteira, I was able to make it to Vilanova de Arousa in time to catch the boat to Pontecesures and from there walked to Herbon monastery, which was fab.

It's hard to predict how long the VE will take as the boat times seem to change hour to hour. Sometimes it's 6am or 7am, other times it's 2pm or 3pm and anywhere in between. Will have to stay flexible if you choose the VE. But i reckon it's totally worth it.
 
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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.
From Pontevedra you could walk in direction of the Variante Espiritual. After 3 kms direction Caldas de Reis you'll find a bridge to the left with a sign Variante Espiritual. by following the yellow waymarkers you'll end up in the village of Combarro . There we stayed the nigt in a room above a pub/bar nearby the harbour.
Next day there was the climb to Armenteiro. There after visiting the monastry we continued the fabulous "ruta de pedras e augas" a medieval path with sawmills and other medieval (ruins of) buildings " really a great walk. At the end of this path-about 6 to 7 kms. You can continue the waymarkers direction the village of Barrantes Just at the beginning of the village is a restaurant, os Castaños.the lady rents rooms and is very helpfull. From Barrantes it is 14 kms to Vila Nova de Arousa where the boat to Pontecessures is. The lady called to the organisation of the boat about thectimeschedule becquse it depends on the tides.
The boat went very early that day -we could not reach Vila Nova,a 14 kms walk - so she offered to take us there by car. By the way in Vila Nova is an albergue . The boatride in a kind of lifeboat is a fast and bumpy ride on the waves. Not very comfortable but spectacular Takes about one hour. Take warm cloths with you when going early in the season. Once arriving in Pontecessures it is an easy walk into Padrón where you'll find all facilities.
Do not forget to drink a glass or have breakfast at bar Dom Pepe II opposite the bridge that leads to the albergue. Ask for "bar Pepe". Everybody knows him and you will have a hilarious time at his place.

Passa bem e bom caminho
 
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gersevink

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Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino del Norte, Fisterra, Muxia
2015 Via de la Plata Sevilla Santiago
2016 Camino Portugues
Hi, I am planning my first Camino in May. Will start in Caminha on the Coastal Route. I am just now looking into the Spiritual variant, and I only see one hostel in Armenteira. It looks uninviting...is there any other place to stay, besides the fancy Pousada? It seems those are the only 2 options. Also, I'm thinking that this is the same number of days passing through Caldas de Reis, if we take the AM ferry up the river to Padron and walk straight on to SdC, is that right? Huge thanks, all.
De variante spiritual is erg mooi en albergue Armenteira is prima. Je bent een pelgrim of een tourisme.
 

Robert Long

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept 2016
Camino Portuguse Oct 2018
I was told by the Sacramento Camino group that while normally it is a two day stay at the monestary, if you call ahead they would make arrangements for one night. But you MUST make a reservation.

Buen Camino
 

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