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Thanks so much for the reply. Yes, he does have the Brierley guidebook. He will be coming from Coimbra to Porto on Sao Bento railway so he should be able to see the tiles. Thanks again.If he has a copy of the Brierley guide book to the Portuguese Camino it gives maps. There's a fairly detailed map of Porto and it show cathedral, and marks different albergues. Do tell him to look at the Sao Bento railway station. It's walls are clad with amazing blue and white tile pictures .
I don't know where his journey begins or which station he'd arrive at.
We used the Brierley maps only book.
He has the credential because he was planning on starting in Lisbon and got one there. I just wanted to mainly know where he could find his first arrow.Hi. You need to check the opening times of the office in the cathedral. The cathedral will be open but the office might not be, you need the office for the credential. Note I say office but it is just a desk to the right of the door as you go In!
Or order one from Ivar on this website. Will arrive in days and saves you the stress!
And are there arrows on the river walk? I did this in 2009 but he has my guidebook so I can't refer to it. I followed the arrows and ended up on the busy road walk out of town. I am sure walking by the river would have been much nicer.From the cathedral tell him to just keep heading down to the river. The arrows are slightly confusing as they appear to go in all directions at times! Leading pilgrims out via the busy built up route out of town. The river walk is easy and pleasant. Just keep the river/ ocean on your (his) left.
Can you tell me which cathedral? Where it is located?
We walked until Caminha along the coast but came inland a little to Fao and the lovely albergue Casa da Matriz . At Caminha we went via Vila Nova de Cerveira then to Valenca and Tui. Then all the stops on the Brierley schedule from there to Santiago. Some good alternative routes now to avoid walking through industrial areas.Did you do the coastal route? He isn't doing that one.
I found the new one at the albergue in Ponte de Lima.This is a very old thread, but I just wanted to add that it seems that the Porto cathedral will not be selling the Via Lusitana credentials. I guess that means they will sell the ones from the Santiago cathedra. I bought a new Portuguese one in Lisbon a few weeks ago and plan to use it on my Camino this year. It is really one of the nicest, if not the nicest, credentials I’ve seen.
More info here: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/portuguese-credential-has-arrived.60265/
And as José Luís says in that thread, if peregrinos keep asking for the “Portuguese credential” in the Porto cathedral, maybe the cathedral authorities will decide to stock it. Seems to make sense, though I know you can use any official credential on any camino.