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walking from Porto to Santiago

loumura

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
#1
Would love to hear from someone who has done the coastal part of the Camino from Porta to Santiago in the month of March! Certain info I haven't found as to the general weather...is it very rainy and/or windy? My husband and I are traveling for 4 months and this will only be part of our trip, so we need to know how to dispose of our carry on suitcase or at least figure out how to select where best to store them along the route! We both have back issues and must only wear large "fanny packs" that don't hold much so it would be great if we could catch up once in a while with our suitcases! Are there any seniors who have figured this out already? Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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megbs

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Camino(s) past & future
plan to do camino portugues in july 2018
#2
Hello!
I can’t comment on the weather in March, but there are definitely luggage carrying services. I met a lady who had her luggage transported, but a private company organised her trip so she did not do this herself. However I did notice the albergue in Viana do Castelo they advertised a luggage carrying service so I’m sure you can book independently. Bom Camino!
 

Ctshagr

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago 2017
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago 2018
#3
Would love to hear from someone who has done the coastal part of the Camino from Porta to Santiago in the month of March! Certain info I haven't found as to the general weather...is it very rainy and/or windy? My husband and I are traveling for 4 months and this will only be part of our trip, so we need to know how to dispose of our carry on suitcase or at least figure out how to select where best to store them along the route! We both have back issues and must only wear large "fanny packs" that don't hold much so it would be great if we could catch up once in a while with our suitcases! Are there any seniors who have figured this out already? Thanks for the suggestions!
Maybe this will help, I did the Portuguese way last March starting the 7th. Let me tell you it rained everyday sometimes very hard. But even though I had such a great time I’m thinking of doing it again. I left Porto headed to Vila do Conde then inland to Barcelo’s to Tui and eventually Santiago 11 full days. I carried a pack about 18lbs. With rain gear and warm clothes to change into after the day hiking. The albergue’s were great no complaints at all. I’m 71 yo so I took my time doing about 12-13 miles per day. If you do this don’t miss the Monestary in Padron.
 

loumura

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
#4
Maybe this will help, I did the Portuguese way last March starting the 7th. Let me tell you it rained everyday sometimes very hard. But even though I had such a great time I’m thinking of doing it again. I left Porto headed to Vila do Conde then inland to Barcelo’s to Tui and eventually Santiago 11 full days. I carried a pack about 18lbs. With rain gear and warm clothes to change into after the day hiking. The albergue’s were great no complaints at all. I’m 71 yo so I took my time doing about 12-13 miles per day. If you do this don’t miss the Monestary in Padron.
Thank you! This was very helpful. My husband and I are 66 and 69 respectively and haven't walked before. Coming from the Pacific NW, we are used to rain but we still don't like hiking in it. However, due to our complicated itinerary elsewhere, we have only two choices. Do it in March or skip it so I guess we will take our chances. Did you use a poncho? Or rain jacket? Will be need rain pants that are waterproof? Kind of sounds like we will! How cold was it walking? Any info would be gratefully appreciated and cudos to you both!
 

Ctshagr

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago 2017
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago 2018
#5
Thank you! This was very helpful. My husband and I are 66 and 69 respectively and haven't walked before. Coming from the Pacific NW, we are used to rain but we still don't like hiking in it. However, due to our complicated itinerary elsewhere, we have only two choices. Do it in March or skip it so I guess we will take our chances. Did you use a poncho? Or rain jacket? Will be need rain pants that are waterproof? Kind of sounds like we will! How cold was it walking? Any info would be gratefully appreciated and cudos to you both!
In response I used a rain jacket many pilgrims use a poncho. A drawback to using a jacket is it doesn’t cover your pack so you’ll need a pack cover. The temps were on the cool side sometimes a little sleet mixed in with the rain. I did bring a pair of rain pants nothing special used twice. The pants I brought dried fast so maybe I could have got away with them. Nights are cool bring something warm and keep it dry I used plastic bags. While walking I was always warm sometimes actually hot. Bring a pair of at least light gloves maybe water resistant I used a fleece glove. Or put my hands up my sleeves. LOL have a good one maybe I’ll see you there.
 

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J F Gregory

Portugal Coast - March 2019
Camino(s) past & future
March-April,2016 finished
March 2019 the Portugal Coastal Route
#7
Remember March is early spring, but also late winter. I also live in the PNW and the weather is very similar to Europe. Question for you. How do you hike in the PNC and not hike in rain. We hike all year in rain snow and every kind of weather. For us we take the summer off from hiking because I don't do heat well. We walked the Francis in Winter. I used rain jackets and rain pants when necessary. We are walking the Portugal next March also.
 
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Frances May 2017
#8
I walked the costal route in late May, fantastic!!! I used Tui trans to handle my backpack and they were great. 13 pick up and deliveries and not one hiccup.I did not go inland until the 10th day as required and really enjoyed the different villages/ports along the way. A little rain so used a poncho that came in very handy. I am 70 and found the Coastal route just the right degree of challenge. Great Pilgrims to meet along the way and good alone time to reflect and enjoy.
Buon Caminho
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2013 Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino Portuguese Porto to SdeC May 31 2017.
#9
Would love to hear from someone who has done the coastal part of the Camino from Porta to Santiago in the month of March! Certain info I haven't found as to the general weather...is it very rainy and/or windy? My husband and I are traveling for 4 months and this will only be part of our trip, so we need to know how to dispose of our carry on suitcase or at least figure out how to select where best to store them along the route! We both have back issues and must only wear large "fanny packs" that don't hold much so it would be great if we could catch up once in a while with our suitcases! Are there any seniors who have figured this out already? Thanks for the suggestions!
My sis used Tuitrans when we hiked CP in june. Very reliable.
 

loumura

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
#10
Remember March is early spring, but also late winter. I also live in the PNW and the weather is very similar to Europe. Question for you. How do you hike in the PNC and not hike in rain. We hike all year in rain snow and every kind of weather. For us we take the summer off from hiking because I don't do heat well. We walked the Francis in Winter. I used rain jackets and rain pants when necessary. We are walking the Portugal next March also.
Thanks for the info! Maybe we will run into you, who knows? No, we do hike some in the mountains in the PNW but if a lot of rain or snow is expected, we stay home...ha! We prefer fair weather and there is a lot of weather that is fine and not too hot to hike in during the summer and fall.
 

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