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Bike Tour through the Portuguese Coastal Camino to Santiago

Duration 9 Days
dates March - November
Type Self Guided
distance 258 km
Lodging Comfort

Cycle the Coastal Portuguese Way of Saint James and enjoy a truly memorable ride as you pedal by a series of sandy beaches, gorgeous green countryside, traditional villages and historical towns as you alternate between the Portuguese and Galician coast and inland areas.

This fascinating cycling trip is not for novices. To get the most out of it, you’ll need basic bike maintenance skills and be confident riding on a varied and uneven terrain.
Head inland to follow quiet country lanes to Caminha, passing through the small, attractive city of Viana do Castelo. Stop for oysters in Arcade before using ancient stone paths to cycle through the forests and villages to the city of Pontevedra, a city full of intriguing squares and buildings. The next town of note is Caldas de Reis, where you can test the temperature of the thermal waters. Pretty Padrón is where St. James is said to have been buried. Try the famous peppers here then pedal on to your ultimate destination of Santiago de Compostela.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Porto
Arrive in Porto with free time to explore the city before you start your Camino.
The richness of its monumental and artistic patrimony, the Port Wine cellars, the many spots dedicated to leisure and culture are only some of the reasons that invite you to visit Porto. The hotel is located in Porto downtown, near the Douro river, within a walking distance of the famous wine cellars.
Overnight in Porto.
Day 02
Stage 1: Porto (Matosinhos) - Esposende (46 km | 29 mi)
Private transfer Porto – Matosinhos

Start the Portuguese Coastal Way in Matosinhos after transferring from Porto.
Wooden boardwalks and pavements will lead you along the coastline via a series of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and fishing villages to the historical coastal town of Vila do Conde.
Then 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 enter Esposende.
Overnight in Esposende.
Day 03
Stage 2: Esposende – Vila Praia Ancora (42 km | 25 mi)
Cycle through a series of villages, countryside, and patches of woodland with rivers and mountain ranges. The approach to Viana do Castelo across the iron bridge over the River Lima affords magnificent views of the valley and estuary. There’s a steady climb up one mostly forested hill before the descent to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora. 
Overnight in Vila Praia Ancora.
Day 04
Stage 3: Vila Praia Ancora - Baiona (45 km | 28 mi)   
The day starts with a trip across the countryside to Caminha, followed by a brief ferry ride across the River Minho to the fishing village of A Guarda in Spain.
Cycle through the fishing town of A Guarda to follow the Way along coastal pathways, forest trails, and tarmac roads. Stop to admire the 12th-century monastery that dominates the small but attractive village of Oia. Your journey continues along the coast past small fields, occasional houses and villages before crossing a small mountain to reach the pretty resort town of Baiona.
Overnight in Baiona.
Day 05
Stage 4: Baiona – Vigo (25 km | 16 mi)
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 yet 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 the city.
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 line of the Ria de Vigo estuary 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 pedal to Padron is relatively hill-free and you’ll spend the day surrounded by pleasant countryside.
Bathe your feet in the hot spring in the center of Caldas de Reis then climb gradually 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.
Overnight in Padron.
Day 08
Stage 7: Padron - Santiago (25 km | 16 mi)
Leave Padron for the final pedal 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 wend your way through the outskirts of Santiago and into the city center.
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
After breakfast end of our services.
Make your own way or we can arrange a Private Transfer from Santiago to Porto (optional).
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Dates & Prices

From 919,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Low Season (01st March - 31st May and October): 919.00€
Mid Season (June and September): 934.00€
High Season (01st July - 31st August): 985.00€

Single Supplement:
Low Season: 285€
Mid Season: 324€
High Season: 366€

Note:  Other dates available on request! Please contact us for further information.

More Information

  • 8 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations (3* or similar);
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • 24 hours support line;
  • Private Transfer from Porto to Matosinhos;
  • 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 (buy): 40€
  • Handlebar Bag (rental): 41€
  • Gel pad for the saddle (rental): 23€
  • GPS device rental (rental): 54€

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


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