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Biking Tour in the Pilgrimage Routes to Santiago de Compostela

Leisure | Self-Guided | Comfort | 8 Days/7 Nights | From 860.00€
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Cycle the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela. Pass by old bridges and paths that remain from Roman times. Visit the most important pilgrimage landmarks of Santiago and be amazed by the 800 years old Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

Follow the pilgrimage steps on the Portuguese ancient routes to Santiago de Compostela, dating back from the 12th century. The tracks and paths go gently north along ancient routes and cross historic cities, woodlands, churches, medieval bridges, stone altars or little water courses. Discover Port Wine capital, visit the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima and ride along paths that were already used by Romans 2000 years ago. Admire the beautiful estuaries of Vigo and Pontevedra, enjoy the town of Caldas de Reis and discover the history of Padron and its stone treasure. Enter Santiago de Compostela's Cathedral and embrace the Saint James. Visit the historic city center of Santiago de Compostela and be enchanted by its traditions and its typical cuisine.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Porto
The city of Porto is one of Europe's most ancient tourist destinations, chosen by many tourists and visitors. 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 down-town, near the Douro river, in a walking distance of the famous wine cellars. Welcome briefing at the hotel. Visit the old and beautiful Cathedral from the 12th century. This is one of the main points to start the Portuguese Camino and it is where you will receive the Pilgrim Credential. Visit the Porto Ribeira (down-town) by the River, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lodging: Hotel Carris
Day 02
Porto | Esposende | Barcelos - Ponte de Lima (33 km / 20 mi)
Before you start your route to Santiago, you will begin the day with a visit to Porto and to the Port Wine cellars. 45 min transfer to Esposende beach where you can have lunch by the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal strip stretching from Esposende to Ofir and Fão has been classified as a protected landscape area and is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of Portuguese northern coastline. Transfer to Barcelos to start the biking ride towards Ponte de Lima. Once we reach the Lima River we will bike in a cycling path that follows the river up stream all the way to Ponte de Lima. In this cycling path you be in deep contact with nature and admire a very beautiful landscape. Ponte de Lima is very typical city, whose inhabitants are very welcoming and the food is delightful.
Lodging: Inlima Hotel & Spa
Day 03
Ponte de Lima - Valença (43 km / 27 mi)
From Ponte de Lima you will bike on the "Caminho Português" to Santiago, starting by crossing the amazing Romanesque-Gothic bridge over the Lima river. This route still has remains of one major roman road, the Via XIX, built in the 1st century AD under the Emperor Augustus. You will notice some old bridges, stone paths or even the Roman milestones. This route is quite challenging with some steep climbs, mainly Labruja Mountain, but also beautiful sights and landscapes. After the mountain of Labruja you can stop at Rubiães to have lunch. Where there is a Romanesque church and a very typical medieval bridge. You will climb slightly to S. Bento da Porta Aberta church and start the great descend to Valença, where the Minho River defines the border between Portugal and Spain. This has been for centuries a passage way between the two countries and a region of some dispute. That explains the fortified city walls of Valença, where the city began.
Lodging: Pousada de Valença do Minho
Day 04
Valença - Redondela (32 km / 20 mi)
On the Spanish side, after crossing the metallic international bridge, you will find the city of Tui. The old part of the city of Tui and its magnificent Romanesque cathedral deserves a visit. Then you enter in the beautiful Louro Valley where you will pass by Ponte das Febres, a medieval bridge. You will pass by Ribadelouro and Orbenlle before entering one of the most strenuous parts of the Route: the Industrial Polygon of Porriño. In the town of Porriño you may stop for a while and admire several churches or the Mayor House which resembles a castle. You can opt to have lunch here or cycle a little more and have lunch in Barreiras which is the highest point of today's route. When you reach Barreiras you may wish to rest for a while. You will start the descend all the way to Redondela with endless sight of the beautiful bay of Vigo.
Lodging: Hotel em Redondela
Day 05
Redondela - Caldas de Reis (53 km / 33 mi)
Today's Route is long but it is mostly on flat terrain. The bike ride goes through the area of the "Rias Bajas", famous for its shellfish cuisine. The road widens through fields and vineyards towards the city of Pontevedra, where you can have lunch and visit the 18th century Sanctuary of the Virgen Peregrina, in the form of a shell. Visit also the San Francisco Convent and wonder by the historic city. You will then cycle between the railway and the Gándara River in a wet zone entering the woods of Lombo da Maceira. You will see several stone crosses along the way to Caldas de Reis and pass by the lovely fountain of Tivo. Caldas de Reis is known from Roman times for the quality of its waters of the Umia and Bermaña rivers.
Lodging: Hotel Torre do Rio
Day 06
Caldas de Reis - Santiago (43 km / 27 mi)
This will be the last section of your route to Santiago. Leaving Caldas de Reis you will enter the beautiful Bermaña valley with an ancient and majestic forest with hundreds of years. You will be able to see several admirable churches, pass by woods of luxurious nature and ancient watermills along the Valga river. You will pass by several villages, such as Pontecesures with its medieval bridge of roman origin, or Padrón, with immense Xacobean tradition. According to the legend, the boat with Saint James' corpse went up the river Ulla to Padrón. You will then reach Iria Flavia, the Episcopal seat before being transferred to Santiago de Compostela. Our final destination is not too far and in Milladoiro you can spot for the first time the towers of the cathedral. The entry in the monumental area of Santiago happens through Porta Faxeira heading to the cathedral.
Lodging: Hotel Compostela
Day 07
Free day in Santiago / Transfer to Porto
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and is where the ancient pilgrimage route ends. The final goal is the magnificent 800 years old Cathedral where you can attend to the midday pilgrim's mass. Admire the perfection of the Portico of Glory crafted by Master Mateo or the Romanesque porch of As Praterías, carved in the 12th century. Stand before the silver tomb of the Apostle and tightly embrace its statue in the altar of the Cathedral. Take the day to visit the superb historic city center or just relax in some of the coffee places in the old part of the city.
In the afternoon you will have a van transfer to Porto (2h 30m).
Lodging: Hotel Carris
Day 08
Departure
Morning transfer to the airport.
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Lodgings

Hotel Carris

Inlima Hotel & Spa

Pousada de Valença do Minho

Hotel Torre do Rio

Hotel Compostela

Hotel em Redondela

Dates & Prices

From 860,00€/person  |  Min. 4 participants

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Included

7 accommodations with breakfast
Airport transfers in program days
Luggage transfers
Maps and documentation
GPS device and GPS tracks
Insurance
A2Z t-shirt and water bottle

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