Portuguese Camino in May: Day Five

Cossourado to Porrino Today was a tough day, about 35 kilometres in very warm conditions and we had to walk through several large towns and outer suburbs. While the arrows were still good for directions it was not always easy navigating large towns. The rural sections were always easier and more relaxing. The first large town that we walked into was the medieval walled town … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Five

Portuguese Camino In May: Day Four

Ponte de Lima to Cossourado Now that we have reliable wifi again I can write about our Camino. Day four was excellent. A warm day with a maximum of 26 degrees and we had about 24 kilometres to our destination of Casa de Capela in Cossourado, a very small town. As we left Ponte de Lima we saw a local market being set up by … Continue reading Portuguese Camino In May: Day Four

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three

  Barcelos to Ponte de Lima  We have spent two nights in Barcelos allowing us to have a rest day and make a side trip to the charming small city of Braga. More of that later. Yesterday we were pleased to arrive in Ponte de Lima after walking 34 kilometres partially in heavy rain. The good news was that it wasn’t hot and our waterproofs … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Two

    Arcos to Barcelos Today’s walk of about 18 kilometres was another straightforward day with no dramas. Apart from the afternoon heat walking conditions were again ideal and again we didn’t get lost. We saw more pilgrims along the route and swapped stories over coffee in the bars along the way or under the shade of a tree. Today’s route went through several small … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Two

Portuguese Camino in May: Day One

From Porto to Arcos On our first day we decided to take a soft option and catch a train for the first ten kilometres or so of the Camino so that we could avoid walking along the main highways. Not exactly the kind of thing real pilgrims do!We have also decided to walk the classic central route of the Portuguese Camino (about 250 kilometres) instead … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day One

Plans for Our Portuguese Camino

Anne-Marie and Giulio are embarking on the Portuguese Camino leaving from Porto on May 2nd. It will be 250kms in length and we plan to spend 11 days walking. We leave Adelaide on April 19th and will spend the first few weeks in Andalucia and Porto. If you would like to follow my new blog please visit foodandfootsteps.com and register your interest. Many thanks Anne-Marie Continue reading Plans for Our Portuguese Camino

Why walking a Camino should be on your Bucket List

In 2016 over 270,000 walked over 100 kilometres or cycled over 200 kilometres as part of one of many Camino routes which end in the northern Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela. Here are 10 reasons why you could consider completing a Camino. 1 Travel with Purpose – When you walk on a Camino your specific purpose is to find and follow the waymarkers to your destination. You might  be looking out … Continue reading Why walking a Camino should be on your Bucket List

The Mystique of the Camino de Santiago – Why are so many people walking to Santiago?

  I am sitting in a cafe next to the Santiago Cathedral enjoying a mint tea, listening to numerous church bells and watching the ebb and flow of walkers continuing to cross the finishing line with their packs and walking sticks, tour groups following their leaders and individuals here to observe the unique sights. It is impossible to count the number of walkers coming into … Continue reading The Mystique of the Camino de Santiago – Why are so many people walking to Santiago?

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela: the Camino has ended!

The last few days of walking have been fatiguing for me but there has been a huge sensation of our destination being within reach. Today is a joyous occasion because we scurried into the town of Santiago just in time to attend the famous Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral with the Botafumeiro swinging at 70 kms per hour.   Comments on the last five days Day … Continue reading Arriving in Santiago de Compostela: the Camino has ended!