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Bike Tour through the Portuguese Coastal Way to Santiago | Self-Guided

Duration 9 Days
Type Self Guided
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 down-town, near the Douro river, in a walking distance of the famous wine cellars.
Overnight in Porto.
Day 02
Stage 1: Porto (Matosinhos) - Esposende (46 km)  
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
Cycling Tour 2: Esposende – Caminha (52 km)
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 along 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. Follow the coastal path that connects you to Moledo and continues inland to Caminha.
Overnight in Caminha.
Day 04
Cycling Tour 3: Caminha - Baiona (35 km)   
Start the day with a brief ferry ride across the River Minho to the fishing town 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
Cycling Tour 4: Baiona – Vigo (25 km)
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
Cycling Tour 5: Vigo  – Pontevedra (34 km)
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
Cycling Tour 6: Pontevedra – Padron (43 km)
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
Cycling Tour 7: Padron - Santiago (23 km)
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 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 our services.
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Dates & Prices


Prices:

From 869,00€/person: Low Season
From 969,00€/person: Mid-Season
From 1019,00€/person: High Season

Dates:

Low Season: 
March 15 to May 31 and October
Mid-Season: June and September
High Season: July and August

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

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Included

8 Nights of accommodation with breakfast included;
7 days Bike rental – Bike 27 V, wheel 29”, with pannier bags
Luggage transfer between accommodations – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag
Telephone support for emergencies;
Pilgrim passport (Credencial);
Road book of the way (in English);
Journey documentation;
Travel insurance
 
Extra equipment for bike

Travel bag for the handlebar: 3€/day
Gel pad for the saddle: 1,5€/day
GPS device with the route: 4 €/day
Helment (buy): 25€/person
 
Extra Services

Dinners at the hotels during the way (6 dinners): 125€ per person
Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
Private Transfer Porto Airport – City Center (up to 4 persons) – 35€
Upgrade to electric bike: 160€/bike
Single supplement: 198€ (Low Season); 205€ (Mid-Season); 235€ (High Season).
 

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