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

Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

Ponte de Lima This small town is perhaps the most delightful we have seen so far. It may not be as big and popular as the lovely cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra but Ponte de Lima has a special charm. The oldest village in Portugal, it dates back to Roman times and also has excellent examples of medieval architecture such as the famous bridge … Continue reading Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

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

Picturesque Porto Hot Destination 2017

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN PORTO Porto has been voted top European travel destination for the third time in five years. Situated on the River Douro, colourful historic buildings and homes hug the steep slopes either side of the river. Walk just about anywhere in Porto and you have magnificent views in any direction. Be prepared for lots of steps and steep climbs and … Continue reading Picturesque Porto Hot Destination 2017