Camino de Santiago – hiking from Porto (Portugal) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Porto to Santiago hike with friends:

  • Portuguese Coastal Way
  • Two weeks (26.06 – 09.07)
  • Total 389 km of which
    • Hiking (w backpack) 284 km
    • Walking (w/o backpack) 77 km
    • Running 28 km

Daily hiking tracks:

Some other pictures:


One thought on “Camino de Santiago – hiking from Porto (Portugal) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

  1. Some tips and answers to frequently asked questions:
    * The trip cost was somewhere between €1500 and €1800. However, it is definitely possible to do it for half the price by staying in albergues instead of nice hotels and being more selective (pricewise) with your cuisines
    * Our daily routine: wake up – breakfast – hike (NB! 5-20 minute pauses every 6km) – shower – lunch – nap – look around in the place – dinner – sleep.
    * We walked on average 20+ km/day (plus additional distances to look around in places). Especially at the second part of the trip it felt too little: 30km or so would be optimal.
    * Heat adds extra layer of difficulty. Do early starts to minimise time spent during hottest stretches of the day. Use hat that also covers your neck. Use sunscreen.
    * We had pre-booked accommodation but you really don’t need it: there are many options available, especially for albergues.
    * Many water sources available pretty much all the time. Carrying 1 litre bottle would be enough.
    * Stamps: in order to get the diploma you need to collect at least 2/day. Pretty much all cafeterias and accommodations on the route carry stamps. The cathedrals (“official” stamps) are often closed or there’s nobody there to give you one. Don’t worry too much though, the “unofficial” stamps would do the trick.
    * Clothing: 3 shirts, 3 pairs of socks, 1 jacket, a hat, couple pairs of shorts, one pair of long trousers and some underwear is enough. Many options to do laundry, in some places free of charge.
    * The route we took is the less travelled one of Camino. At the final stretches the route was joined by a few other routes and the number of people on the route multiplied. In addition to the chance to meet nice people it brings issues such as increased waiting times in cafeterias, overtaking problems on narrow stretches etc. While it wasn’t a problem for us I can imagine that it is much so in most popular routes such as the French Way.

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