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Vila do conde a rates

amancio

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In my opinion, the best way out of Porto is down Douro river, then up to coast: Leixoes, Matosinhos, Angeiras, Vila do Conde, a beautiful way to start the Camino
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Frances 2017;
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In my opinion, the best way out of Porto is down Douro river, then up to coast: Leixoes, Matosinhos, Angeiras, Vila do Conde, a beautiful way to start the Camino
That's exactly what I did two weeks ago It was great, but I didn't like the turn eastward to Rates from Vila at all! One of my worst days, although having a bad cold didn't help.
 

LynneR

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CF '16, '18
That's exactly what I did two weeks ago It was great, but I didn't like the turn eastward to Rates from Vila at all! One of my worst days, although having a bad cold didn't help.
Hello,
Can you please tell me why you didn't enjoy it (other than your cold, of course).

I am debating between walking the central walk out of Porto or taking the coast up to Vila do Conde then connect back to the central. Both sound like they have their challenges, so I have to learn enough to know which challenges I want to take.

I am wondering about this connection walk you wrote about. Any opinions from experienced walkers are helpful. Thanks so much!
Lynne
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Hi Lynne,
The road was quite narrow and not much room on the shoulder. There were many cars zooming by and their tires made lots of noise on all the cobbles. I also didn't feel the few towns nor the scenery very nice on that stretch. It was a rather hot day, as well...nothing else I can add and it's all just my experience and opinion.
 
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dfox

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CP (5/2019)
Hello,
Can you please tell me why you didn't enjoy it (other than your cold, of course).
It’s May 16. We walked close to 7 or 8 km of boardwalk along the ocean. It’s overcast, windy and some on and off showers.
 

Pilger99

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addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
Unfortunately Depinho put no comment in this thread, but in Wikiloc we have one in Portugues:
"its the connection between VdC and Rates avoiding the busy roads". it should not be the same experience as in #5.
If you don't like that you can try the Ecovia between Povoa and Rates (~15km, orange line on the map).
It does not look like any danger from car traffic:
 

Pilger99

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It’s May 16. We walked close to 7 or 8 km of boardwalk along the ocean. It’s overcast, windy and some on and off showers.
Sounds lovely.
 

Depinho

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COSTA,CENTRAL,FRANCES,INGLES,GEIRA,
Unfortunately Depinho put no comment in this thread, but in Wikiloc we have one in Portugues:
"its the connection between VdC and Rates avoiding the busy roads". it should not be the same experience as in #5.
If you don't like that you can try the Ecovia between Povoa and Rates (~15km, orange line on the map).
It does not look like any danger from car traffic:
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Unfortunately Depinho put no comment in this thread, but in Wikiloc we have one in Portugues:
"its the connection between VdC and Rates avoiding the busy roads". it should not be the same experience as in #5.
If you don't like that you can try the Ecovia between Povoa and Rates (~15km, orange line on the map).
It does not look like any danger from car traffic:
O track que coloquei no aqui, via wikiloc, é uma ligação segura e direta Rates para quem quer ligar a Costa ao Central. Como dizem o caminho marcado por Touguinha é muito mau e vai ter a cerca de 5 km de Rates (ponte dos Arcos). Nenhum.destes caminhos são oficiais, são apenas ligações. O que indico é o que é entendo ser melhor e mais curto, sem muito movimento, tamb bom para bike.
 

Depinho

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[QUOTE = "Depinho, postagem: 748247, membro: 88490"]
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A faixa que coloca aqui, via wikiloc, é uma ligação segura e direta Tarifas para quem quiser ligar a Costa ao Central. Como os que dizem o motivo da Touguinha é muito mau e vai ter uma cerca de 5 km de Rates (ponte dos Arcos). Não há caminhos, não são oficiais, são apenas ligações. O que é o que está acontecendo é melhor e mais curto, sem muito movimento, tamb bom para moto.
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Depinho

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[QUOTE = "Depinho, postagem: 748247, membro: 88490"]
o
A faixa que coloca aqui, via wikiloc, é uma ligação segura e direta Tarifas para quem quiser ligar a Costa ao Central. Como os que dizem o motivo da Touguinha é muito mau e vai ter uma cerca de 5 km de Rates (ponte dos Arcos). Não há caminhos, não são oficiais, são apenas ligações. O que é o que está acontecendo é melhor e mais curto, sem muito movimento, tamb bom para moto.
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Jiu. https://pt.wikiloc.com/trilhas-trekking/vila-do-conde-a-rates-santiago-way-on-gpsies-com-36424881
 

Depinho

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[QUOTE = "LynneR, postagem: 745671, membro: 78910"]
Olá,
Por favor, você pode me dizer por que você não gostou (além do frio, claro).

Estou a debater entre andar a pé central do Porto ou apanhar a costa até Vila do Conde e depois voltar para o centro. Ambos soam como se tivessem seus desafios, então eu tenho que aprender o suficiente para saber quais desafios eu quero enfrentar.

Eu estou querendo saber sobre esta conexão a pé que você escreveu sobre. Quaisquer opiniões de caminhantes experientes são úteis. Muito obrigado!
Lynne
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Portia1

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Frances 2009, Portuguese 2012
Frances 2016, (Frances 2019)
Admittedly there are some places on this “connector” between Vila do Conde and Rates where you do take your life in your hands—walking in the “gutter” between road and walls but there are also some lovely areas. Was glad we made the switch because loved Barcelos (hit there for Market Day. A wonderful market worth planning to enjoy) and Casa Fernandas. Loved this route—the people, the food, and of course the Camino itself.
 

John Gilliland

The Pilgrim Continues
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Camino Ingles June 2017
Camino Portugues May 2019
Hi Lynne,
The road was quite narrow and not much room on the shoulder. There were many cars zooming by and their tires made lots of noise on all the cobbles. I also didn't feel the few towns nor the scenery very nice on that stretch. It was a rather hot day, as well...nothing else I can add and it's all just my experience and opinion.
We had the exact same impression around the same time.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I took a taxi from Vila do Conde to Rates mid May. It cost €5 and worth it for me. I went to the central route as the wind on the coast was too much for me.
Wish I'd taken a taxi on that stretch. It was about my only bad memory of the Portuguese Camino.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
For this reason I have put an alternative, shorter and safer, to understand that the one that is used is wrong.
I'm sure your information will be helpful to many other walkers.
 

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