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Travelling through Portugal summer 2021--to/from caminho walks

Friend from Barquinha

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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
For those travelling around Portugal one route or another, either en route to the start of your caminho, or returning home afterwards...good deals on the Portuguese railway system:


The system covers an amazing amount of the country (speaking from Canada, where passenger rail is almost an oxymoron, these days):

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(I should add that the 2nd-class tickets in Portugal are perfectly adequate. You get slightly more seat room in first class, but otherwise, they're pretty much the same. Same access to restaurant cars, etc.)

[Added about a week later--CP's rail-network map has not yet been updated. There now is a train link between Covilhã and Guarda in the northeast, meaning that the northern rail routes make a complete loop. https://www.andybtravels.com/news/portugals-beira-baixa-line-reopens-covilha-and-guarda Please excuse my Portuguese-train-nerdiness!]
 
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2021
For those travelling around Portugal one route or another, either en route to the start of your caminho, or returning home afterwards...good deals on the Portuguese railway system:


The system covers an amazing amount of the country (speaking from Canada, where passenger rail is almost an oxymoron, these days):

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Wow this is fantastic! Thanks very much for sharing.
 

Friend from Barquinha

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Wow this is fantastic! Thanks very much for sharing.
I think you said in your other thread, that you were just over 65. For anyone over 65, half-price all the time, without reservations, on any of the trains. I'm Canadian, like you, and under non-Covid circumstances was spending as much time as I could in Portugal. The trains are *wonderful* for travelling around. Don't need to reserve, lots of trains, lots of stations. One of the best things about the country.
 
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2021
I think you said in your other thread, that you were just over 65. For anyone over 65, half-price all the time, without reservations, on any of the trains. I'm Canadian, like you, and under non-Covid circumstances was spending as much time as I could in Portugal. The trains are *wonderful* for travelling around. Don't need to reserve, lots of trains, lots of stations. One of the best things about the country.
Yes I heard about the seniors advantage but didn't realize that there are seemingly no restrictions! I plan to stay in Spain and/or Portugal as long as possible. My doctor friend tells me that there are rumblings of a rough virus winter ... again :(
 
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2018
I think you said in your other thread, that you were just over 65. For anyone over 65, half-price all the time, without reservations, on any of the trains. I'm Canadian, like you, and under non-Covid circumstances was spending as much time as I could in Portugal. The trains are *wonderful* for travelling around. Don't need to reserve, lots of trains, lots of stations. One of the best things about the country.
The local trains are great fun if you have the time and want to savor the “real” Portugal
 
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jungleboy

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Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
Just for fun, since I’m also a train enthusiast, these are some camino starting points in Portugal you can reach by train based on @Friend from Barquinha’s map:

Lisbon - CP
Porto - CP central or coastal
Braga - Caminho da Geira e dos Arrieieros
Faro - Caminho Central to Santarém
Tavira - Caminho Nascente, which I have heard good things about 🤣

Viseu, for the Caminho Português Interior, is not on the map. I have previously read that it is the largest town in Europe not serviced by a train line.
 

peregrina2000

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And here’s a plug for the commuter lines! When I walked from Lisbon in 2008, I was living in Lisbon for the year, and did day walks all the way up to Tomar. Maybe only a few of those days were on the commuter lines, but though the commuter trains were more frequent, getting back and forth for a day‘s walk was always easy. In Golega, I remember having to get out to Entroncamento for the train, but other than that, it was super easy. North of Tomar, I went out for a few days at a time up to Porto and it couldn’t have been easier. I agree that the Portuguese trains are super.
 

Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I want to give a shout out for one of my very favorite hilltop villages with castle walls in Portugal where my family spent two days sightseeing while on a tour of the country.
It's Marvao...stunning!
(P.S. I realize I am a bit off topic.)
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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
I want to give a shout out for one of my very favorite hilltop villages with castle walls in Portugal where my family spent two days sightseeing while on a tour of the country.
It's Marvao...stunning!
I am pretty close to Marvão right now but it’s not on my current camino (the Nascente). It’s on the work-in-progress Caminho da Raia though, which I hope to walk soon!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I am pretty close to Marvão right now but it’s not on my current camino (the Nascente). It’s on the work-in-progress Caminho da Raia though, which I hope to walk soon!
Such a shame if you have to pass it up, Jungleboy, but I know you will find a way to experience it another time. 🚶👩‍🦯
 

Friend from Barquinha

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(On the Marvão distraction) Marvão is lovely, but a shout-out as well to Castelo and Portalegre, which are in the same basic area and get less publicity because they're not walled towns. They, too, are really worth a visit.

That whole area warrants some exploration. You can now get there by train, once a day (to Portalegre, anyway), and then there's a local bus system that covers the area. I haven't explored them personally, but I understand there's also a nice hiking network through the area since it's a state/whatever park--the Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede. And some Roman sites, I think!
 

movinmaggie

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016
I think you said in your other thread, that you were just over 65. For anyone over 65, half-price all the time, without reservations, on any of the trains. I'm Canadian, like you, and under non-Covid circumstances was spending as much time as I could in Portugal. The trains are *wonderful* for travelling around. Don't need to reserve, lots of trains, lots of stations. One of the best things about the country.
Wow, half price for over 65?! I wonder what I'd get for 85??🤔🏃
 
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ktchnofdngr

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Year of past OR future Camino
September 2013, June 2016, and July 2021(hopefully!)
Actually, advanced age is often a perk in Portugal. One of the days I took a local bus, as I got off, a woman took me in hand (literally) to lead me to the large Hostel managed by nuns. Very simple accommodations but a memorable communal dinner!
Do you remember the town/albergue name? I'm walking from Lisbon 🤞🤞🤞this July, and that is exactly the kind of place I love to stay at...
 

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