In September 2022, I walked the Camino Portugues Da Costa, the coastal route, from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It was around 300 km in 14 days with links to each day’s walk below as well as extra decisions and packing info, as well as links to my other pilgrimage content. Bom caminho! Buen camino!
Preparation: Decisions to make, packing and gear list
Day 0: Exploring Porto, Portugal
Day 1: Porto city around the coast to Matosinhos (13km)
Day 2: Matasinhos To Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal (31km)
Day 3: Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende, Portugal (21km)
Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo, Portugal (27km)
Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora, Portugal (19km)
Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora, Portugal, to A Guarda, Spain (14km)
Day 7: A Guarda to Oia, Spain (15km)
Day 8: Oia to Baiona, Spain (19km)
Day 9: Baiona to Vigo, Spain (27km)
Day 10: Vigo to Arcade, Spain (27km)
Day 11: Arcade to Pontevedra, Spain (17km)
Day 12: Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, Spain (22km)
Day 13: Caldas de Rei to Padron, Spain (19km)
Day 14: Padron to Santiago de Compostela, Spain (27km)
Day 15: Exploring the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
I’ve also walked other pilgrimages:
- The Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury, England
- St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose, Scotland, to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, England
- More pilgrimage interviews and thoughts from other pilgrims
- Questions to consider on pilgrimage, whether religious or secular
My book, Pilgrimage, Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways, is out now.
L.D. (Larry) Wenzel
Amazing. I just got back from the very same Portugal Coast route on 0ct.1. I started walking from Porto/Mantosinhos onSept 16. I can see that you stayed in almost every town that I stayed in . Wow. Maybe you passed me along the way (I walk very slowly). I’m 72 years old. Would have loved to have met you. Followed you from back when you were just starting out with your first novel!!! There was very little self-publishing going on back then. If you like, maybe we could connect and compare notes. I’m an American living in Oslo, Norway. Let me know.
A little about my authorship. My present novel is “A Witch in the Wardrobe.” I combine the Narnia legacy of C..S. Lewis with a deadly thriller!!! I bet you have never seen anything like it. Check it out.
I just listened to the podcast. Congratulations Joanna on your pilgrimage. That’s a major achievement and inspiration too may of us. Kudos to you!
Jo Frances Penn