Our chapter recently hosted a virtual presentation by a peregrina friend Christie Moon. She has walked it twice and has some great tips to share in her presentation. Over the last few years, Christie and other pilgrims have raved about the Camino Portugués with the spiritual variant. I was intrigued and was planning to walk it 2020. My plans are on hold until the pandemic subsides, but I still hope to walk in Christie’s footsteps someday.
Christie has graciously offered the presentation recording for our chapter’s YouTube channel and my blog. Her talk runs about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Christie a mother of twins and a democrat. She quit her job in Seattle to walk the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago in 2016. After that, she ended up in central California working all over Northern California as Senior Counsel over investigations for Sutter Health. With only about 17 days of vacation a year and a passion for Caminos, in 2018 and again in 2019 she walked the Coastal Camino with Spirtual Variant and had plans to do it a third time in 2020. Christie is also an American Pilgrims certified Hospitalera since 2019. Now she is planning her retirement in Portugal in a few years. She hopes to serve at donativo Albergue de Peregrinos in Rates Portugal from time to time when retired.
Special thanks to Christie for putting this amazing presentation together! If you have specific questions for Christie, leave a comment below, or send me an email and I’ll forward it to her.
My first Camino was the Camino Portugués Central. See My Camino Portugués Stages and other Route Reports.
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We are planning on walking Camino Portuguese, starting in Porto, all the way to Santiago with the addition of the Spiritual Variant. If we walk from Porto, all the way to Vilanova de Arousa, gathering all the stamps available on the way, and then take the boat ride as a part of the Spiritual Variant, and then proceed to walk from Padron to Santiago, will we qualify for the Compostela? Could you please, confirm or clarify?
On the Internet, most people say yes but an email from the Cathedral office said the route was not officially recognized. Quite confusing.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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Hello, Kasia. We will be walking that same route starting in Porto on June 3. Maybe we will cross paths? This will absolutely qualify for a Compostela certificate because it is more than 100 km. When you get to the pilgrim office, just present your credential with stamps showing you started in Porto. Be sure to get at least 2 stamps a day.
I’ve gotten the Compostela both times that I did it.
I loved the video done by Christie Moon on the Portuguese camino. Her information on the Spiritual route really helped make our trip more enjoyable.
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