Pilgrim’s progress: stepping back to move forward

Connecting with yourself on the Portuguese Camino.

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A church just outside of the Spanish town of Tui.
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Yellow arrows direct you towards Santiago.
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The hostel in Portugal’s oldest town, Ponte de Lima.
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THE GUIDE

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  • It’s shorter: Most routes originating in France will take you a month or longer. The walk from Porto to Santiago, on the other hand, will take you between nine days and two weeks.
  • It’s easier: The Portuguese Camino is gently undulating with only a very short steep section — there are no Pyrenees to navigate. While still a physical challenge, it’s kinder on the legs.

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