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Bike Tour in the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago

Duration 9 Days
dates March - November
Type Self Guided
distance 259 km
Lodging Comfort

Cycle through the Coastal Portuguese Way of Santiago and enjoy a truly memorable ride as you cycle through a series of sandy beaches, gorgeous green countryside, traditional villages and historical towns, alternating between the Portuguese and Galician coast and inland areas.

This fascinating cycling trip is not for novices. To get the most of it, you’ll need basic bike maintenance skills and be confident riding on varied and uneven terrain.
Head inland, following quiet country lanes to Caminha and passing through the small, attractive city of Viana do Castelo. Stop for oysters in Arcade before using ancient stone roads to cycle through the forests and villages on your way to Pontevedra, a city full of intriguing squares and buildings. In the town of Caldas de Reis, test the temperature of the thermal waters and continue to pretty Padrón, which claims to have been  St. James initial burial site. Try the famous peppers here, then cycle onwards to your ultimate destination - Santiago de Compostela.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Porto
Arrive in Porto with free time to explore the city before starting your Camino.
The richness of its monumental and artistic heritage, the Port Wine cellars, and the many spots dedicated to leisure and culture are only some of the reasons that invite you to visit Porto. Your hotel is located in downtown Porto, near the Douro river and within walking distance of the famous wine cellars.
Overnight in Porto.
Day 02
Stage 1: Porto - Vila do Conde (35 km | 22 mi)
Start the Portuguese Coastal Way in Porto.
Leaving the iconic city behind, make your way to Matosinhos, home to the well-known Leixões sea-food market, to a top-of-the-line cruise terminal and several peaceful beaches. Wooden boardwalks and stone roads will then lead you along the coastline via a series of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and fishing villages until you reach the coastal town of Vila do Conde.
Overnight in Vila do Conde.
Day 03
Stage 2: Vila do Conde – Viana do Castelo (49 km | 30 mi)
Cycle beside the coast and across beaches before heading inland through market gardens, woodland, and villages. Admire the views as you cross the River Cávado to Esposende. The Camino goes on, taking you through villages and to the countryside speckled with rivers, woodland and mountain areas. The approach to Viana do Castelo, across an iron bridge over the Lima River, affords magnificent views of the valley and estuary. 
Overnight in Viana do Castelo.
Day 04
Stage 3: Viana do Castelo - Oia (46 km | 28 mi)
Today starts with a steady climb up a forested hill before descending to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora. The path then leads through the countryside until Caminha, where a brief ferry ride takes you across the River Minho (and the border) to the Spanish fishing village of A Guarda.
Cycle through A Guarda and follow the Camino along coastal pathways, forest trails, and tarmac roads. When you arrive in Oia, where you will rest for the night, take time to admire the 12th-century monastery that dominates this small but attractive village.
Overnight in Oia.
Day 05
Stage 4: Oia – Vigo (43 km | 27 mi)
Your journey starts along the coast, past small fields, occasional houses and villages, before crossing a small mountain to reach the pretty resort town of Baiona. As you leave Baiona behind, the scenery becomes more rural with intermittent villages and occasional forested areas. After a brief period on a busy road, you’ll cycle through another set of villages, as the city of Vigo appears in front of you. Ride through Castrelos Park park to skirt around the edge of Vigo.
Overnight in Vigo.
Day 06
Stage 5: Vigo – Pontevedra (34 km | 21 mi)
Cycle along Vigo’s city streets as you head northeast and follow the Ria de Vigo estuary line for views of floating mussel farms, the Cíes Islands and the city and port of Vigo as you ride between villages and through a forest. Cycle uphill through a forest, then down to the riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters. You’ll soon be amid the atmospheric squares of Pontevedra, where you can admire the medieval architecture as you sip a beer or wine with some tapas.
Overnight in Pontevedra.
Day 07
Stage 6: Pontevedra – Padron (43 km | 27 mi)
Although fairly long, the cycling trip to Padron is relatively hill-free, and you’ll spend the day surrounded by pleasant countryside.
Bathe your feet in the hot springs at the centre of Caldas de Reis, then gradually climb through a series of hamlets and a delightful stretch of woodland. Take some time to explore medieval Padrón and discover its deep connection to St. James, as well as its tasty green peppers (be careful, some of them are hot). 
Overnight in Padron.
Day 08
Stage 7: Padron - Santiago (25 km | 16 mi)
Leave Padron for the final cycling day of your Camino. Cycle through a series of Galician hamlets with traditional cottages and barns, as well as the imposing sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. After a delightful wooded area, you’ll begin to wind your way through the outskirts of Santiago and into the city centre.
Pass through a series of Galician villages and the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Enter the medieval streets that lead to Santiago Cathedral, where your journey ends.
Overnight in Santiago.
Day 09
Departure
After breakfast, end of services.
Make your way or we can arrange a Private Transfer from Santiago to Porto (optional).
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Dates & Prices


From 940.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Single Supplement: From 295€
 

More Information

Included
 
  • 8 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations (3* or similar);
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • 24 hours support line;
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell);
  • Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles;
  • Bike rental with pannier rack, pannier or handlebar bag, locker, quick repair kit;
  • 7 Bike Rides;
  • Personal Accident Insurance.

 
Extra Services
 
  • Dinners at the hotels during the way (6 dinners excluding Porto and Santiago): 170€/pax
  • Extra night in Porto (Hotel 3*): 118€ double bedroom / 90€ single bedroom
  • Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 118€ double bedroom / 103€ single bedroom
  • Private Transfer Porto Airport – Porto (up to 4 pax): 50€/car
  • Upgrade to electric bike: 230€/bike
  • Helmet (purchase): 40€
  • Handlebar Bag (rental): 41€
  • Gel pad for the saddle (rental): 23€
  • GPS device rental (rental): 54€

 
Not included
 
  • Transfers from and to the airport;
  • Dinners and Lunches;
  • Museum and Monuments fees;
  • Personal equipment;
  • Other personal expenses;
  • Touristic taxes;
  • All items not mentioned in “included”.

 

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