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An Unconventional Walk: Porto to Santiago

Porto

Porto to Santiago de Compostela

Join me as I retell the Porto to Santiago story of how six ladies bonded over long walks, blisters and shared washrooms. Our unconventional walk to Santiago will prove there are many ways to get there. I walked the Camino Francis in 2013 and thought I knew what to expect, but I should have known you never know until you are there.

Six women embark on an adventure of a lifetime. We begin planning months in advance and since we live in different cities met many times over skype. We did all the usual things you do to get ready. I won’t bore you with those things. These posts are the day by day we took to get from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Our walking dates were May 10 – 21, 2019.

Porto Planning
Patty is missing from the Picture

Arrival day Porto:

We landed in Lisbon and had to take the train from there to Porto, it is easy and I highly recommend it. Once you arrive in Porto depending on where you are staying you may have to switch trains. Stay on the same tracks just turn around the train to Sao Bento arrives there. Don’t be like us and go wondering around trying to find out if we needed another ticket or get to another track. You don’t the ticket form Lisbon covers it.

The train ride from Sao Bento is only 10 minutes at most. Once you get off you will be in a wonderful train station with a little fruit market at the front, grab some on your way to the hostel.

Porto
Fresh Cherries in the Train Station
Porto
Porto Train Station

Now, we chose our hostel because it was 250 meters form the train station, but when you take a wrong turn it is much further.  We finally found the Best Guest Hostel right on the Camino Path. Check in was smooth and easy but the rooms are all at least one flight of stairs up, ours was on the third floor. Because we were a group of 6, we lucked out many times with a private room all to ourselves.

 

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