CAMINO Portuguese Costal (260 km) / Botafumeiro

16.06.2018 / 0 comments
CAMINO Portuguese Costal (260 km) /  Botafumeiro

Santiago de Compostela - why people do it and how to prepare for The Way - Botafumeiro - Guides and planning tools

Let's ask Wikipedia what is a pilgrimage ;) A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone's own beliefs.

Well, I made it because of curiosity. I wanted to see how it is to walk 260 km and I wanted to make it with my beloved friend, to get to know him better after 25 years. Also, it seemed to be a nice alternative way of travelling. I always liked to see the "real life" and Camino is the perfect way to see the picturesque little authentic villages, rewarding landscapes and wild forests (still safe enough for all the pilgrims). Last but not least the local inexpensive wine, the pastries and all the vibe.  There are few most popular and tens of alternative ways to walk the Camino. The most popular is Camino Frances / French Way. Camino Portuguese is popular as well. Here you will find a short and sharp review of the Camino Portuguese Coastal (260 km, from Porto in June 2018 within 11 days) with photos, distances and quite specific information about albergues. The coastal route is not so popular. 

DICTIONARY:

Camino / Caminho - The general name for the Way to Santiago de Compostela.
Peregrino - Pilgrim, the person who walks (or riding a bike or horse) the Way/El Camino. 

Credential del Peregrino - The pilgrim's passport you have to carry with you and get 2 stamps in a day: one from your shelter, another from some cafe or small chapel. You will get the little book for 2 € from the starting point, at the Cathedral.
Albergue - The inexpensive lodging, often Catholic shelter, often with bunk beds. Cost 5 € - 14 € for a bed. 

4-step ACTION PLAN:

  1. Watch the free full movie "The Way"
  2. Google and check youtube and choose your route. They vary from 100 km to 1000 km. Check Camino FORUM.
  3. Pack smart, pack light, this is the key!  Good shoes and blister plasters are the must-have! Here you find my travel light ultimate female packing list to walk the Camino in June 2018. 
  4. Get the PILGRIM PASSPORT for 2 € from the Cathedral you start your Camino and follow the yellow arrows, they lead you to the next Albergue. Do not over-think, just hit the road :)  Good site is also www.wisepilgrim.com.

Pilgrim passport. Travel light. Santiago de Compostela.

 Pilgrim passport and Albergue's map. The map we got from the first albergue from Povoa de Varzim.

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

Looking for the yellow arrows. Porto. Good shoes, good bag and merino TUUB are the ultimate must-have for the Camino de Santiago.

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB and best hiking shoes boots for camino. Santiago gtx low

El Camino #DAY1 from Porto to Povoa de Varzim (31 km)

Santiago de Compostela. Cobblestone road.

compostela from Porto To Santiago

1. The sleeping mattress was sooo unnecessary. 2. I was deeply grateful for my woollen leg warmers. No link to provide, I sew them by myself. Hint: cut off sleeves from an old jersey. Wool keeps you warm even in case all your clothes are wet. Also they provide cool vintage look ;)

El Camino #DAY2  from Povoa de Varzim to Marinhas (25 km)

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

Here we took a little offroad as we wanted to feel the Ocean, but the wooden way lead us away from the coastline.

travel light with tuub to camino portuguese, santiago de Compostela

El Camino #DAY2  from Povoa de Varzim to Marinhas

Scallop shell is the symbol of pilgrim.

El Camino #DAY2  from Povoa de Varzim to Marinhas

El Camino #DAY3  from Marinhas to Viana do Castelo (23 km)

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

The weather was pretty cold and it was raining often, which is not usual in Portugal in June. So I got a raincoat from a local store and my boyfriend got a big umbrella. Seriously he said it is much better than sweet in a raincoat.

Camino Santiago De Compostela

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

El Camino #DAY4  from Viana do Castelo to Caminha (29 km)

El Camino #DAY4  from Viana do Castelo to CaminhaViana do Castelo Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB. UPSHIRT. Reet Aus design. Estonian design. 
Hand in hand with my Up-shirt.  #EthicalFashion #ReetAus #EstonianDesign

El Camino #DAY3  from Viana do Castelo to Caminha

 

El Camino #DAY5  from Caminha to Valenca (29 km)

Albergue S.Teotonio is situated in a suburb, but near to supermarkets. Open til 8 pm, cost 5 €. Good coffee for 50 sents, big hall and kitchen, bathrooms are unisex and not very comfy. No heating. But there is self-service laundry near (the pink older shopping mall behind the modern mall). No bed sheets at all.

El Camino #DAY4  from Viana do Castelo to Caminha

New Camino-friends :) Marja from Sicily.

El Camino #DAY4  from Viana do Castelo to Caminha

El Camino #DAY6  from Valenca to Porrino. Hello Spain! (20 km)

Porrino: superlux dorm Sendasur Albergue. 12-14 €

TUI. Spain. El Camino #DAY5  from Caminha to Valenca

Porrino albergue lux

Porrino Sendazur Albergue was super lux. Modern, heated, soft bed sheets with all linen, hairdryer, laundry (4 €) with the dryer (2 €), good relaxed atmosphere, supermercato around the corner. No proper kitchen, but microwave and fridge. Morning cafe at their partners which was all lovely-lovely. The hudge croissants, fresh juice and coffee as good as everywhere. But something about the staff...Muah! 

El Camino #DAY7 from Porrino to Redondela (16 km)

MOS. Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

There was a very good travel goods shop at MOS, a little picturesque village between Porrino and Redonela. Also ALBERGUE SANTA BAIA DE MOS

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

 

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

Redonela albergue with nun

The albergue was lovely, with a real nun at the front desk. Albergue parroquial Santiago Apostol de Redondela.

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB. UPSHIRT. Reet Aus design. Estonian design. 
Having a wonderful afternoon on the balcony of albergue with my merino TUUB and Up-shirt.  

El Camino #DAY8 from Redondela to Pontevedra (18 km)

Albergue de la Virgen Peregrino, 6 €.  Hudge dormitory with 25 bunk beds in one room. The hall and kitchen are lovely and very pilgrim-friendly with all information on walls and leaflets. Laundry and dryer service. Toilets and bathrooms are pure but have the hand dryer - comes a handy when it's raining all day long. The staff will close doors at 9 pm and no-one gets in or out anymore. 

El Camino #DAY8 from Redondela to Pontevedra

Mostly the day was like this: highway, rain and shit...but not only, some awarding villages we met on the way:

El Camino #DAY7 from Porrino to Redondela

Passing the old bridge you will find a little restaurant with good day menu (a sup or salat, a dish of 4 fish! and a nice cake and coffee, good as always)

El Camino #DAY7 from Porrino to Redondela

official Albergue in Pontevedra

Imagine the room filling with 40 people, each having a wet raincoat and socks :D 

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB. UPSHIRT. Reet Aus design. Estonian design.

But the chill lounge was super lux and there was a big well-equipped kitchen, laundry for an extra fee. The bathroom was according to the dorm.

El Camino #DAY9 from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (23 km)

El Camino #DAY8 from Redondela to Pontevedra

Who knows what is this? Almost every house had this in countrysides. I saw corn inside but is it for drying or they keep it there over the summer?? Corn house :)

Village Barro. Fresh juice. Camino day 9

Travellers dream. Rewarding cafe in Barro. I could move in.

El Camino #DAY10 from Caldas de Reis to Padron (22 km)

Albergue de Padron 6 € besides the monastery in a very good location. Wooden bunk beds in a huge but cosy dormitory with provided sheet and pillowcase. Kitchen.

merino TUUB. Camino. Travellight. Padron park.

Resting after visiting the authentic fish and fruit market of Padron. Behind there is the monastery with albergue.

other travellers camino. The pilgrim car, pilgrim carriage

Other enthusiastic pilgrims in Padron.

El Camino #DAY10  albergue

El Camino #DAY10  albergue

El Camino #DAY11 from Padron to Santiago de Compostela (24 km)

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB. UPSHIRT. Reet Aus design. Estonian design.

Santiago de Compostela

Life is confusing sometimes.

El Camino #DAY10 from Caldas de Reis to Padron

 Last day the Way was quite crowded by pilgrims. Other days we met them, but not to often.

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

Happy pilgrim arrived to Santiago de Compostela.

El Camino #DAY10 from Caldas de Reis to Padron

 Behind the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (As the front door is under construction more than 5 years already)

botafumeiro

A Botafumeiro in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. KLICK to see the video. The dramatic ritual is not happening every day. Here is the INFO when to see the famous and rewarding ritual, a blessing for the exhausted but satisfied pilgrims who finished the Camino.

Camino portuguese costal. Travel light with merino TUUB.

The scallop with the logo is the sign of pilgrim. 

#DAY12 back in Porto. Alive & happy

Porto. Travel light with TUUB. wanderlust

Porto. blue church. Balhao. TUUB travel

Bolhao metro station and Rua de Santa Catarina. Lila line E brings you directly from the Airport to the vivid heart of Porto within less than 40 minutes and for 2.6 €. The lovely blue Chapel of Souls and many nice cafes serving local foods will take over from here. Difficult not to fall in love with this city.

Porto. Rua de santa Catarina

Busy and famous shopping street Rua de Santa Catarina. 

Culture in Portugal. Travel light with TUUB

You can find fine arts and palaces all over Europe. Just keep your eyes wide open. This exhibition was about Manuel Antonio Boaventura, the man who invented the plastic hammer in 1963. Free entrance.

 

Porto in June

 

 

I see El Camino as the alternative way of tourism and I really recommend it. And the superfine first layer merino TUUB, made by my team is the handiest garment for that kind of walk! Merino is warm, but not hot and it keeps you in warm even if wet from rain or sweat - you will get one of them, most probably both. Merino wool breathes and manages moisture better than any other fibre. Additionally, wool products will not stink as they are naturally antibacterial! I had no need to wash my merino TUUB not a single time within 11 days of walking in nature, highways, in rain and sunshine. Last but not least, it is very good for executing the change of clothes in public spaces like dorms or on the cafe - as it is a tube without a shoulder strap, if you get what I mean!

Buen Camino, friends!

& SHOP MERINO

 

 

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