'Buen Camino!’ Walking the Portuguese Way

Traveling in Portugal.

By BRIAN JABLON
October 17, 2019 15:41
'Buen Camino!’ Walking the Portuguese Way

Brian and Rinat Jablon at the Cathedral of St. James . (photo credit: Courtesy)

For the first time in five years, Rinat and I had a month free this summer. Taking advantage of this rare opportunity of no kids at home and no work, we made a plan to hike the Caminho Portuguese (the Portuguese Way) a 12-day, 260-km. backpacker trail from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Jesus’s apostle St. James the Great, also known as James son of Zebedee, is buried in the cathedral there. The Catholic faithful have been trekking along the medieval pilgrimage route since the 12th century. The trail, while challenging in parts, is doable by anyone in decent shape without major physical limitations.

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