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CYCLE THE COASTAL CAMINO: Porto - Santiago (Self-guided)

Camino de Santiago

Gorgeous green countryside, traditional villages and historical towns.

Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way to St. Jame (Santiago) is an sensational and unforgettable adventure. It is an invitation to discover the Atlantic’s sandy beaches, ancient customs and welcoming people. From plateaus to mountains, from fields to coasts, monumental sites, works of art in the way of cathedrals, bridges, roads and monasteries, the route is full of pleasant surprises. The Coastal Way to Santiago is a route habitually taken by pilgrims coming from Portugal and by those choosing to cross the River Miño through A Guarda. The route, which heads northwards very close to the riverbanks, connects to the classic route that comes from Tui in Redondela.

Arrival to Porto

Free day in Oporto.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 1: Porto - Esposende (50 km)

Follow the coastline on wooden boardwalks and pavements where you’ll encounter a series of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and local fishermen at work before reaching the historical seaside town of Vila do Conde. Cut through the urban areas between Vila do Conde and the coastal resort town of Povoa de Varzim. 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.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Stage 2: Esposende – V.P. Ancora (42 km)

Today offers a series of villages interspersed with delightful patches of forest and rivers with views of distant mountain ranges. The Eiffel bridge over the River Lima offers spectacular views along the valley and estuary and the attractive historical and contemporary architecture of Viana do Castelo. There’s a steady climb up one mostly forested hill before the descent to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Stage 3: V.P. Ancora - Baiona (45 km)

Follow the coastal path between Âncora and Moledo and then continue to the pretty town of Caminha. A short, scenic ferry journey takes you across the River Minho to the fishing town of A Guarda in Spain. Then follow the Way through the town and along coastal pathways, forest tracks and tarmac roads to the small but attractive beachfront village of Oia with its 12th century monastery. Continue cycling through a rural coastal landscape of small fields, scattered houses and a few villages then cut across the mountains towards Baiona. This rugged uphill section offers a change of scenery and terrain before the final descent into the pretty resort town of Baiona.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Stage 4: Baiona – Vigo (26 km)

The residential outskirts of Baiona gradually lead to more rural terrain and scattered villages interspersed with patches of woodland. A stint on a busy road ends with another series of villages before you reach Vigo where you’ll cut through Castrelos Park to skirt around the edge of the city.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 5: Vigo – Pontevedra(35 km)

Leave Vigo via its main shopping street and follow one long road through a string of quiet hillside villages. After several kilometres you’ll swap houses for trees and views of floating mussel farms, the Cíes islands and the city and port of Vigo before the descent into the town of Redondela. Cycle uphill through a forest then down to the riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters. Ancient stone paths lead up through the woods and a scenic detour takes you along the River Tomeza. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a maze of atmospheric squares filled with tapas bars.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Stage 6: Pontevedra – Padron (41 km)

Although fairly long, the journey to Padron is not difficult and is mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Bathe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs and continue for a gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Stage 7: Padron - Santiago (25 km)

Leave Padron for the final stage of your Camino. Pass through a series of Galician villages and the magnificent 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 centre. Enter the medieval streets that lead to Santiago Cathedral where your journey ends.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Departure

After breakfast - end of our services

* NOTE: The Camino de Santiago by bicycle programme generally uses the same route that pilgrims follow on foot and there is no specific cycle route. The route is a combination of rural paths (asphalt, cobblestones or dirt), forest trails (dirt or gravel, uneven and sometimes rocky), secondary roads and some main roads (both on asphalt). Along the journey you may sometimes encounter some steep climbs and descents, so good advance physical preparation is necessary in order to do this trip.
It is essential that clients have experience with mountain bikes and basic bicycle repair knowledge, especially how to change a tire as punctures may occur during the Camino.

General Information

Duration: 9 days – 8 nights
Total distance: 260 km in 7 stages
Availability: March to November
Minimum of people: 2
Price per person (in double): from 840 Euros
Single supplement: from 240 Euros

Included
  • 8 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
  • 7 Days MTB bike rental - 20 gears bike with from suspension, disc brakes, 29' wheels and pannier bags
  • Luggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pilgrim Kit: passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira)
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English)

Not included

International flights, Arrival & departure transfers, Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary), Optional additional tours or activities during free time, Tips and items of a personal nature

Why book with us?

- We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support
- The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our hand picked hotels have en suite accommodation

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