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Atalaia – Tomar 18.8km

Starting in Style

As usual, we prepared to leave at around 7am. Unusually though, breakfast was a beautifully furnished, massive dining room. Only two of us at a table that could seat twenty. We were staying in

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Tomar – Cortica 25.4km

The usefulness of Walking Poles

My arms got a workout on this stage from Tomar to Cortica. The pretty track went up. And up. And up. Using my walking poles as if I were skiing I propelled

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Cortica – Ansiao 20.1km

A special stamp for our Compostela

(Alvaiazere Albergue)
Last night our host Carlos treated us to a fine performance. He lined all our compostelas up. Then instead of just stamping them with an ink stamp, he got

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Ansiao – Rabacal 18km

An Early Start

We have a shorter walk today from Ansiao to Rabacal. Only eighteen kilometers. Starting at 6:30am meant there was just enough light to see the arrows. And being Saturday meant a long walk before

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Rabacal – Cernache 17km

A rough night with bad dreams

Why, as I’m settling into my Camino,did I have that ‘exam’ dream last night? Perhaps because of the very hard and uncomfortable bed! At least I’ve graduated from not being prepared

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Cernache – Fornos 20.8km

A special treat in Cernache

We are walking from Cernache to Fornos today. But first let me tell you what happened yesterday. After settling into our room, I took a walk through the village. There was obviously

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Fornos to Mealhada 16.1km

Meeting the locals

I love Portugal and the stage from Fornos to Mealhada was no different. Two elderly neighbours were sitting on the edge of the street outside their homes chatting and watching the world go by.

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Mealhada-Agueda 25.4km

Alternatives to Carrying My Pack

Mealhada to Agueda is a 25km stage.

For various reasons some people are unable to carry a backpack. Unlike the Camino Frances, the Camino Portugues does not have organised bag transport.  But

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