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For a young, healthy, in shape, first timer, which route would you suggest - the Camino Frances or the Camino Portugues?
I'm expecting your asking on behalf of another as see you've walked CF before?And if you are walking the CF a second time, try walking the route you did not take the first, whichever it was. That's what I did with zero regrets.
What time of year are you walking?For a young, healthy, in shape, first timer, which route would you suggest - the Camino Frances or the Camino Portugues?
Some of us have never had enough freedom to walk the entire Frances straight through.... I never have! But, in bits and pieces, two weeks here, three weeks there, I've walked the entire Frances twice, and some parts three times. ... No-one should think that they must do the whole 4-5-6 weeks Frances walk in one fell swoop!I'm with those who say it depends on how much time you have. With two or three weeks, I would walk the CP from Porto to Santiago or Finisterre/Muxia. With six weeks I would walk the CF from the French/Spanish border.
I see where the CF people are coming from and, if time is not a factor, I would definitely recommend the CF first. It is the more "archetypical" Camino that is generally reflected in books, movies, etc.
Good point. And I agree. But if someone is only ever going to get two to three weeks at a time, I would still advise doing the CP from Porto before the CF as a first camino. It allows them a complete Camino (and a slightly gentler one) as an introduction to the Camino experience, while still having a solid infrastructure and good pilgrim community. Then, if they find they like it, they can start on doing the CF in stages.Some of us have never had enough freedom to walk the entire Frances straight through.... I never have! But, in bits and pieces, two weeks here, three weeks there, I've walked the entire Frances twice, and some parts three times. ... No-one should think that they must do the whole 4-5-6 weeks Frances walk in one fell swoop!
May I ask why you thought the CP was not one of the best?I always advise the Camino Francés for a first camino.
It is the one described in the Codex Calixtinus, the 12th Century Book of St James, and the road followed by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the middle ages.
I have really liked lots of the other routes, and have walked quite a few (including the CP, which was OK, but not, imo, one of the best). Some routes are more spectacular (the Norte, the Primitivo, the Le Puy), some have been wonderfully enjoyable (the Via de la Plata, the Madrid), but the CF remains the one that pulls me.
For me it will always be "The Camino".
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