I have wanted to do this pilgrimage for a long time. I vaguely remember reading a book about it when I was younger and saying to myself that this was something I was going to do one day. Fast forward to my mum's 60th birthday last year and my 30th birthday this year and we are finally going! We are leaving May 17th for London for 3 nights to spend with my family. Then flying to Porto on May 21st before setting out on an 11 day walking trip through Portugal to Spain. We are planning to arrive in Santiago de Compostella on June 2 and staying 2 nights to enjoy the town before flying back to London for 4 nights. It will be a whirlwind of an adventure but I am counting the days till I am on the plane.
My mum and I have chosen to do the Camino Portuguese based on our short period of time we can take off from work. It is one of the shorter routes you can take and my mum has never been to Portugal so we thought it was the perfect opportunity. From Porto to Santiago it is roughly 240km. We will be walking with our packs on our backs for about 20ish (give or take) every day until we arrive in our destination. We are staying in a different town each night to break up the walk into a more manageable trip. My mum was a little apprehensive about the longer days so we have split them up, which is great because we can spend more time in each town.
We have been buying necessities for the trip for a few months now and I feel like we are feeling more and more ready. After booking all our accommodation and flights, it finally feels real! I am so excited to share this adventure on here with all of you. I won't be blogging while I am away, however, when I get back I will get to it. I can't wait to share how each day was for us and what each town was like. The foods we enjoyed, the places we saw and how amazing the overall walk was. I am not doing it for religious purposes, however, I feel like it will be a spiritual trip in its own right. Some of the roads and trails are ones that people have walked for thousands of years and just that alone is mystifying.
Below are some of the things we are packing with us. We are taking very minimal as we will be carrying it every day on our backs. It is suggested to not take more than 10% of your body weight, which will not be a lot for the two of us. Stay tuned for our adventure when we are back in June!
- 2x Pants
- 2x Merino tops (one long sleeve, one short sleeve)
- Hiking boots
- 2x Merino socks
- 2x sports bras
- 3x underwear
- Fleece pullover
- Walking poles
- Energy gummies (for emergency)
- First aid kit
- Charger (for phone and camera)