Day Fourteen on the Camino Portugués
~ São João de Madeira to Porto, 35.61 Km (22.13 Miles)

Our day fourteen on the Camino Portugués was a very, very long day, filled with enchanting walks on Roman roads, an antique Monastery in Grijó and azulejo-tiled churches.

We were both excited and sad for this day. While we wanted to place the milestone of 400 kilometers under our belt, and while we looked forward to the city of Porto, we were sad that the face of the Camino would change afterward. 

We walked day fourteen in two sections. The first from São João de Madeira to Vila Nova de Gaia, a southern suburb of Porto. We walked the last two kilometers into the center of Porto the following day. The reason for this is that we had hotel points saved up from the Holiday Inn, that we used in vila Nova de Gaia, a southern suburb of Porto. It was such a treat to stay here, midway in our pilgrimage! However, I present the article as if we had walked the entire way in one day. 

If you desire to have advance reservations in Porto, click here. It may not be a bad idea in high season or on the weekends. 

"Blessed are you pilgrim, when you don't have words to give thanks for everything that surprises you at every twist and turn of the way."  ~ From the Beatitudes of the Pilgrim, slide show in the the Pilgrims's Office Chapel in Santiago



Map and Stats of Day Fourteen on the Camino Portugués

Here is my usual Google map of the day's route, uploaaded from my GPS files. If you wish to download my tracks for your own device, please see my introductory article to the Camino Portugués.

The map below is totally interactive, as you would expect from any Google map. I placed the albergues, hotels and cafés on the map that we visited and/or we passed by. For a complete list of accommodations including albergues, click here. Christian is constantly updating this file, so I hope it is useful to you!

Interactive Google Map of Day Fourteen on the Camino Portugués

Because we walked this day in two portions, there are two elevation profile maps.

Early in the day there is some climbing, then mostly downhill for the rest of the day. Even if the day is long, it is easy, elevation-wise. 

Elevation Profile for Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués, São João de Madeira to Vila Nova de GaiaElevation Profile for Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués, São João de Madeira to Vila Nova de Gaia

This profile, below, is of the last few kilometers before the end at the cathedral. It is known that if you walk to the River Douro, no matter which way you turn, it is uphill in every direction! You can see the drop to the river, and the walk back up, on the right side in this map! 

Elevation Profile for Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués, Vila Nova de Gaia to PortoElevation Profile for Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués, Vila Nova de Gaia to Porto

Photo-Rich Travelogue of Day Fourteen on the Camino Portugués

Arising early, we made ourselves breakfast in the kitchen at the Central Suites Impacto in São João de Madeira. They even had coffee and a Keurig machine available for guests in the kitchen. At least we didn't  have to buy coffee. 

We had a long way to go on day fourteen of the Portuguese Camino, so we wanted to get an 0-dark-30 start! I was pumped for the day, knowing that I could do the distance needed. It made it easier for me, to know that the next day would be a tourist day. 

The waymarks are easy to follow out of the city and I have no photos due to the darkness when we left our hotel. 

As we climbed up and out of São João, at the top of a hill, the sun greated us with a clarity of purpose! It was uplifting and fitting for our long, yet wonderful day to come. 

Sunrise over São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésSunrise over São João de Madeira

Farther along the Rua Dr. Antonio Gomes Rebelo we encountered this lovely church, the Igreja de Arrifana, framed in the brightening sky. We paused for a moment to admire it's blue tiles and its silouhette in the morning light. A nice wonder for our Camino. 

Azulejo-Tiled Arrifana Church, Leaving São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésAzulejo-Tiled Igreja de Arrifana

At the top of the first hill, we turned left here, continuing to walk through the northern suburbs of São João de Madeira.

Left Here on Rua Prof. Vicente Reis in São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésLeft Here on Rua Prof. Vicente Reis

Another left turn onto the Rua Banda de Música, which becomes the Rua Outeiro, and the view to the east, below, continued to surprise and thrill us. Was that the Atlantic Ocean we were seeing?? 

View Westward on top of hill in São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésView Westward on top of hill in São João de Madeira

Keeping straight on, the road becomes the Rua Ramalhal, here. The surprise for me in this photo was the drama of the pink flowering tree. I had no idea was it was, but it was eye-grabbing! I appreciated it so much. 

Along the Rua Ramalhal in São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésFlash of Pink Along the Rua Ramalhal

The Camino took a bend to the east, and the twist in the road presented the tidy gardens of this home as we entered the town of Escapães.

Quaint Gardens along the Rua Aldeia Nova in São João de Madeira on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésQuaint Gardens along the Rua Aldeia Nova

Several right turns that bend through town, and a very colorful wall appeared to us, quite dramatically on our left side. It looked like a kindergarden, and indeed it turned out to be so, when we read the sign announcing it was the Jardím de Infáncia de Sto. António (literal translation "Infant's Garden of St Anthony").

Approaching Albergue on Rua Dr Domingos da Silva Coelho in Aldeia Nova on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésApproaching the Albergue on Rua Dr Domingos da Silva Coelho in Aldeia Nova

As we stopped to look at the place, which fortunately we were curious enough to do so, we discovered that it is also an albergue!

If you look closely at the photo below you can see it says, "Casa de Álvore, Albergue de Peregrinos." Since this place is listed in absolutely none of the guides, I have included its contact information for you: Phone: 964-319-123, Email: ap.jieb1stoantonio@gmail.com, Address: Rua Dr. Domingoes da Silva Coelho, #177, Escapães, Portugal.

You can extend your day thirteen, 3.5 kilometers to this place from the center of São João de Madeira, if you want to shorten the extremely long day fourteen to Porto. 

Albergue Casa de Álvore in Escapães on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésAlbergue Casa de Álvore in Escapães

After walking through Escapães, we came upon the busy IC2 and one must turn left onto it. We were delighted and surprised to see many Fátima pilgrims with their bright yellow/green vests, walking from Porto, where a lot of them begin their pilgrimage to Fátima. It was just so odd to see so many pilgrims walking in the reverse direction!

Fátima Pilgrims on the IC2 on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésFátima Pilgrims on the IC2

The IC2 is wide and with a more than adequate sidewalk to keep pilgrims safe during this stretch. Unfortunately, their beloved granite setts (cobblestone) make up the sidewalk!

From the loftiest heights for the day, along this stretch, this charming view presented itself to us. I was absolutely sure I was now seeing the Atlantic Ocean off in the distance to the East. 

First Glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésFirst Glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean on day Fourteen of the Camino Portugués
Along the IC2 on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayFarther Along the IC2
Stay Straight on the IC2 for 3 Km on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayStay Straight on the IC2 for 3 Km
Shrine Along the IC2 on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayShrine Along the IC2

Remember, that shortly after this shrine is the Hotel Feira Pedra Bela, if you had plans to stay here, as I suggested as an alternative to lengthen your day thirteen. The hotel is behind the restaurant, the Pedra Bela, that is right along the IC2 on your right, (not pictured). 

After three long kilometers, we finally came to this spot, where the Camino turns to the right off the IC2. This turn may be easy to miss.

Turn Right on the Rua Estrada Romana Ahead on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayTurn Right on the Rua Estrada Romana Ahead
Close-Up of Turn to the Rua Estrada Romana on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayClose-up of Turn to the Rua Estrada Romana

The Rua Estrada Romana is a street name that should be intriguing to everyone, as it means the "Roman Road Street." Yes, this is where we will soon encounter the old Roman Road to Porto!

We first walked through this quaint portion of the road through the town of Airas.

Quiet Rua Estrada Romana on Day Fourteen of the Portuguese WayQuiet Rua Estrada Romana on Day Fourteen of the Camino Portugués

And then, suddenly ahead, the original Roman Road appeared! 

The Roman Road in Airas on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayThe Roman Road
Rich on the Roman Road in Airas on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayRich on the Roman Road on Day Fourteen of the Portuguese Way

At the end of the Roman road, we crossed the street below, the N223 at this lovely azulejo-tiled building.

Azulejo-Tiled Building at End of Roman Road in Airas on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayAzulejo-Tiled Building at End of Roman Road

After crossing the N223, the Roman road is a modern, paved road for a short ways, then once again becomes this antique road, below. 

The Antique Roman Road Continues North Toward Porto on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayThe Antique Roman Road Continues North Toward Porto

And then the old Roman Road ends, and the Camino takes a bend to the right to walk on the Rua Areiro into the town of Ferradal.

A garden at this home, below, with its lush, hanging wisteria caught me by surprise, as we rounded the bend. Just gorgeous and I breathed in the spring air and the beautiful blooms. 

Gorgeous Wisteria on the Rua Arieiro on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésGorgeous Wisteria on the Rua Arieiro

Continuing straight on and down the hill through town, the road becomes the Estrada Real Ferradal. 

Estrada Real Ferradal on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésEstrada Real Ferradal

The Portuguese Camino walks through the town of Vendas Novas next, on day fourteen, and the road becomes the Rua Vendas Novas, then changes to Rua Estrada Romana again! 

After about three more kilometers straight on down the Roman road, the sudden appearance of this pastry shop in Regato was one of the best wonders of my day! I gave thanks for a lovely place to take our break!

Doce Romana Pastry Shop on the Rua Romana in Lourosa on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésDoce Romana Pastry Shop

I don't know why this particular pastry shop tickled me so, but it did! I distinctly remember posing for this photo and feeling sheer joy at all the delights. However, I had my usual pastel de nata, and of course, café con leite!

Elle in the Doce Romana Pastry Shop on the Rua Romana in Lourosa on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésElle in the Doce Romana Pastry Shop

Just past the pastry shop, this Albergue sign for Grijó appeared. Someone had a sense of humor when they posted 8700 meters instead of 8.7 kilometers to the next albergue! Zoom in on the yellow arrow in the photo to see it! We got a hearty laugh out of the sign, another fun Camino surprise. 

8700 Meter Signpost to Albergue in Grijó on the Rua Romana on day fourteen of the Camino Portugués8700 Meter Signpost to Albergue in Grijó on the Rua Romana

After the town of Regato, the Camino intersects with the IC2 and turns right onto it once again for a brief distance and soon veers right onto the Rua Central da Vergada. Vergada is the next town. 

Signpost to Vergada on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésSignpost to Vergada on day fourteen of the Camino Portugués

The town of Vergada is easy on the eyes...

Walking through Vergada on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésWalking Through Vergada on day fourteen of the Camino Portugués

...and also has a café, below.

Café Belita in Vergada on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésCafé Belita in Vergada

Bending to the left and meeting the IC2 at this intersection, the Camino goes straight on and crosses the busy street. 

Cross the IC2 Here on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésCross the IC2 Here

We meandered left and right, following the signs until reaching the next town of Goda

The Rua Joaquim Domingues Maia in Goda on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayThe Rua Joaquim Domingues Maia in Goda

After walking through Goda, the Camino bends to the north, walks under the highway, the A41, on the Avenida Alminhos, then bends right on this quiet street, below. 

Rich on the Urbanizacao Flavio Avelar on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayRich on the Urbanizacao Flavio Avelar

Next a right turn and within a half kilometer or so, we walked through the small town of Chamusca, and its lovely chapel in the center.  We paused to admire the Capela de Santa Rita before continuing on. 

Capela de Santa Rita in Chamusca on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayCapela de Santa Rita in Chamusca

Forward onto the Rua Ermo from the town center, we walked under the second highway, the A1 on this lovely road, as we approached Grijó in Padrão.

Approaching Grijó in Padrão on the Rua Ermo on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayApproaching Grijó in Padrão on the Rua Ermo

Another 1/2 kilometer or so, we reaching the intesection here, in the background, where we turned left on the Rua Cardosl Pinto, with its high walls, containing the grounds of the monastery ahead, to walk into Grijó proper. 

A Look Back at Municiple Stadium of Grijó on the Rua Cardoso Pinto on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayA Look Back at Municiple Stadium of Grijó on the Rua Cardoso Pinto

It is important to note this street with its high walls, if you are planning on staying at the albergue in Grijó. After you see the high walls, the albergue is a mere 100 meters to your left. 

Albergue São Salvador in Grijó on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayAlbergue São Salvador in Grijó

We walked on another several hundred meters to see the most famous site in Grijó, the Monastery of St. Salvador, below. 

Entrance to the Mosteiro de São Salvador in Grijó on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayEntrance to the Mosteiro de São Salvador in Grijó

The long walk to the monastery with gardens at each perimeter was shady and very inviting. We stopped on a bench, had our picnic lunch here, took off our shoes and socks and propped our feet up. 

The silence here was a perfectly refreshing place to take our second break at almost 20 kilometers into our day fourteen. Almost 2/3rds of the way done. 

Mosteiro de São Salvador in Grijó on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayMosteiro de São Salvador in Grijó

We poked around the monastery, but unfortunately, the buildings were all closed. I would have loved to have a look inside at this historic place that has fallen out of use. If you wish to see more information on the monastery, click here

As we left the Mosteiro, just outside the gate is this cemetery, in the photo below. A group of Fátima pilgrims were resting on the steps, and of course, my ever-social husband sat down with them to have a chat. 

It turns out that lots of Fátima pilgrims were setting off from Porto on this day, as part of a large group. They were planning on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the sightings there. They were a jovial bunch, and I just had to snap a photo. 

Rich with Fátima Pilgrims on the Avenida Mosteiro de Grijó on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayRich with Fátima Pilgrims on the Avenida Mosteiro de Grijó

Heading back on the Camino, we came to this intersection in town, and turned right at the small chapel. 

In the Center of Grijó Turn Right at Capela on the Rua da Guarda on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayIn the Center of Grijó Turn Right at Capela on the Rua da Guarda

This way on the Rua da Guarda kept us out of the center of town, and on a quiet road that circumnavigated the Monastery grounds, again delineated by the high walls. 

High Walls of the Monestary Grounds on the  Rua da Guarda on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayHigh Walls of the Monestary Grounds on the Rua da Guarda

Just a bit more than 1/2 kilometer, we turned left on the street below...

Leaving Grijo ~ Left Turn Here on the Rua Casal de Baixo on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésLeaving Grijo ~ Left Turn Here on the Rua Casal de Baixo

...wound through the countryside to eventually  walk into the next town of Casal after approx. 1.5 kilometers. It was a very warm afternoon, with not much shade on the open road, so we took it where we could. 

Taking a Break in the Shade in Town Square of Casal on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésTaking a Break in the Shade in Town Square of Casal

Onward we walked, coming to the next town of Perosinho in another 1/2 kilometer...

Along the Rua Pereira Azevedo in Perosinho on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésAlong the Rua Pereira Azevedo in Perosinho

...turning left here at this signposted intersection.

Welcome to Perosinho on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésWelcome to Perosinho

After waking through Perosinho, we headed onto a path that led to the second section of the old Roman Road, below. 

Ancient Roman Road Towards Porto on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésAncient Roman Road Towards Porto
Rich on Ancient Roman Road on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésRich on Ancient Roman Road

These old Roman roads enchanted me so! I was so grateful to get a chance to walk a portion of my pilgrimage on these roads through time. It always sparks my imagination to envision past travelers and to wonder if actual pilgrims to Santiago walked in my very steps!

I was very grateful also, that these antique portions of road were in the countryside instead of through a city or town. It made it feel all that much more authentic to me. 

Elle on Section of the Roman Road on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésElle on Section of the Roman Road

The Roman Road continues, below, but the paved stones are now gone. 

Rua Bela Vista ~ Where the Roman Road Turns to Dirt on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésRua Bela Vista ~ Where the Roman Road Turns to Dirt
Continue on the Rua Bela Vista on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésContinue on the Rua Bela Vista

It was amazing to me that we were so close to a major highway, and buildings when we walked along this antique Roman Road section, immediately south of Porto.  Occassionally we could catch a glimpse of civilization, on our right shoulder, as in the photo. below. 

View of Porto Suburbs on the Rua do Alto da Serra on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésView of Porto Suburbs on the Rua do Alto da Serra

We climbed to the "Alto" or the top of the second highest elevation for the day, here in this photo, below. It was nothing very difficult at all. 

Turn off the Rua do Alto da Serra on this Path on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésTurn off the Rua do Alto da Serra to this Path
The Path becomes a Goat Track on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésThe Path becomes a Goat Track

And then abruptly, the path comes to a paved road, and leads he pilgrimage traveler to this street, in the suburb of Canelas. The city is just ahead!

Rua Mirante in Canelas, First Glimpse of Porto on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésRua Mirante in Canelas, First Glimpse of Porto

The road brought us to the outskirts of town and this welcoming archway. 

Entering the Southern Suburbs of Porto on the Rua Rio on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésEntering the Southern Suburbs of Porto on the Rua Rio

Then on to the Rua Rechousa to walk over the busy A29 and through the suburb of the same name. 

Walking on the Rua Rechousa on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésWalking on the Rua Rechousa, Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués

The Rua Rechousa becomes the "High Street of Towers:" 

Along the Rua Alto das Torres on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésAlong the Rua Alto das Torres

You can see several towers in this photo, farther along the street:

Continuing on the Rua Alto das Torres on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésContinuing on the Rua Alto das Torres
Parallel the IC2 on the Rua Laborim de Baixo on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésParallel the IC2 (A1) on the Rua Laborim de Baixo

The road takes a bend and comes to a "T" intersection, where a right turn on the Rua Corujeiras led us to a green area in Laborim de Baixo. We stopped in this park to have a quick snack from our packs, as I was running out of energy on this long day!

After our brief break we picked up and turned right onto the Avenida Gil Vicente to walk through a tunnel with the A1 rushing above. Just a few meters farther on, we found this clever passageway. 

Find the Passegeway on the Avenida Gil Vicente on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayFind the Passegeway on the Avenida Gil Vicente

We climbed the stairs of the passageway to bring us at last to the Avenida da República, the main north/south artery into downtown Porto!

It is still over three kilometers and about a 45 minute walk to the cathedral, when you join the Avenida da República at the top of these stairs. 

Up the Stairs and Join the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayUp the Stairs and Join the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia

You can see from my Google map above, that we left the Avenida and walked to the Holiday Inn in Vila Nova de Gaia to finish our day fourteen on the Portuguese Camino. 

The following photos were taken the next day, when we were fresh and without backpacks, to walk the final two kilometers to the Cathedral and spend a sight-seeing day in Porto. 

Rich on the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayRich on the Avenida da República

Just berfore the River Douro, there is a turn off, below, if you wanted to see the monastery, called the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar. We actully included a visit here during our early morning walk, and I highly advise it! 

The views over the river and of Porto are spectacular from the Monastery terrace, but I did not include any photos here. See my article on Porto to view them. 

Turn Here for The Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar from the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayTurn Here for The Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar from the Avenida da República

Below the monastery terrace on the right, we caught one of our first glimpses of the Cathedral of Porto ahead. 

Continuing on the Avenida da República Toward Porto in Vila Nova de Gaia on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayContinuing on the Avenida da República ~ First Glimpse of the Cathedral of Porto

There is this look-out area, below, where you can take in the views. I snapped so many photos! Here are a few:

Come to a Look Out Over the Rio Douro on day fourteen of the Portuguese WayCome to a Look Out Over the Rio Douro on day fourteen of the Portuguese Way
The Famous View Across the River Douro of Porto on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésThe Famous View Across the River Douro of Porto
Looking East to the Famous Port Houses Along the Southern Shore of the River Douro on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésLooking East to the Famous Port Houses Along the Southern Shore of the River Douro

Then, you walk on this bridge, the Ponte Luis I:

Train and Pedestrian Bridge, the Ponte Luis I Across the Rio Douro on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésTrain and Pedestrian Bridge, the Ponte Luis I Across the Rio Douro
Close-Up of the Sé do Porto from the Bridge on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésClose-Up of the Sé do Porto from the Bridge

The few remaining rampart walls of the city can be viewed from the bridge, called the Muralha Fernandina, and were built in the 11th and 12 centuries, according to a placard nearby. 

Looking Back at Rampart Walls, Muralha Fernandina and the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésLooking Back at Rampart Walls, Muralha Fernandina and the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar

After crossing the bridge, a pedestrian ramp takes you up to the cathedral, on the promotory on a high hill. Here is the cathedral, walking past the street leading to it, to view it on the north side:

View of the Sé do Porto from the Northern Side on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésView of the Sé do Porto from the Northern Side

The mounted effigy of Vimara Peres, the first ruler of Portugal in the 9th century, greets you!

The Statue of Vimara Peres Guards the Entrance to the Sé do Porto on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésThe Statue of Vimara Peres Guards the Entrance to the Sé do Porto

The northern portico of the Sé de Porto is lined with lovely murals. Here I am, posing like a turista for the photo!

Elle at the North Façade of the Cathedral of Porto with Azulejo Murals on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésElle at the North Façade of the Cathedral with Azulejo Murals

Walking around to the west side, the glory that is the cathedral comes into focus! It almost felt like arriving in Santiago!

The Cathedral of Porto's Main Entrance on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésThe Cathedral's Main Entrance
The Plaza of the Sé do Porto on day fourteen of the Camino PortuguésThe Plaza of the Sé do Porto

We had finally arrived in the center of Porto after 14 long days walking from Lisbon. We were 400 kilometers into our journey of over 700! Only 300 left to go!

Lessons Learned on Day Fourteen, Camino Portugués

We knew that this day fourteen, our last day before Porto was special, as the flavor of the journey was about to change. We were thrilled to be walking into the exciting and vibrant city of Porto, yet we were sad, knowing that the many more pilgrims who start from Porto would drastically change the face of our Camino. 

We had appreciated day fourteen more than most, as our energy was high to meet the length of the day. We marveled at the wonders along the way, and if our eyes stayed open, there were so many moments to take in the marvels that indeed, words could never adequately express. 

Salutation

May your own day fouteen on the Camino Portugués be filled with wonders at every turn, that you have no words to describe! May your eyes be open to seeing all these wonders with new eyes, and may your heart be filled with gratitude for all that is before you!





**Looking for reservations in Porto? Click here to make sure you get the best place, close to the Camino and the town center!


***Please note that I will be adding articles for each day that we spent on the Camino Portugués, as I write them. All 25 days! So check back frequently, or subscribe to my feed, to make sure you don't miss any! (To subscribe to my feed, go to the left Navbar, find "Recent Articles," and click on the little orange box on the top right hand corner)


And the Journey Continues:




› Day Fourteen on the Camino Portugués









New! Comments

Have you had a similar experience, or have something you'd like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment in the box below.



Search This Website:





Need suggestions on what to pack for your next pilgrimaage? Click Here or on the photo below!




Black Diamond Carbon Z-Poles

Our recommendation for the best trekking pole. Carbon fiber construction (not aluminum) makes them ultra light weight and invisible to airport security x-rays! Carry on the aircraft anywhere and save yourself lots of headaches. It worked repeatedly for us! Also hide your poles in your pack from potential thieves, before you get to your albergue! (See more of our gear recommendations!)






Our Recommended Discount Retailer for your Trail Clothing and Gear Needs!


Sierra Trading Post


My absolute favorite book on how to be a pilgrim: