Cycling the Camino (coastal)

PORTO - SANTIAGO: Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Camino

Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Camino 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 camino of cathedrals, bridges, roads and monasteries, the route is full of pleasant surprises.

The Coastal Camino 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.

  • Santiago Way
    Santiago Way - Porto

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Total distance: 260 km
Availability: From March to November
Minimum of persons: 2
Price per person (in double): From 930€
Extra for single accommodation: From 290€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 8 nights accommodation and breakfast
– 7 days bike rental BTT (29 “wheel) with pannier bags
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Camino of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO PORTO
Recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site since 1996, Porto is one of the most important cities of the Iberian Peninsula. Its origins can be traced to the Bronze Age (8th century A.C.). Nowadays it is a dynamic city looking towards the future, where modernity and tradition go harmoniously hand in hand, and it’s this that places Oporto in the major European cities route. Its monumental and architectural wealth can only be compared to the dynamic and diversified commercial life it has to offer.
– Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation and the bike.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
2
PORTO – VILA DO CONDE – 35 km / 21,7 Miles
Leave the Porto city center and you will start in direction to Matosinhos and on the first stage you will cycle along the Atlantic coastline. The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will guide you until the town of Vila do Conde, an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interests.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
3
VILA DO CONDE – VIANA DO CASTELO – 49 km / 30,4 Miles
From Vila do Conde cross the town through the historic centre and in a couple of miles you will reach the Povoa de Varzim a popular town strongly linked whit the ocean. You will continue to head north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in the direction to Esposende, an old fishing village with a great setting on the estuary of the River Cavado. You leave Esposende cycling along the cycle-track and continue to hug the coast as you travel north admiring the views and the peace of the route. You will visit the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque until reach the historic town of Viana do Castelo through the Eifell’s old iron bridge over the River Lima.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
4
VIANA DO CASTELO – OIA – 46 km / 28,5 Miles
Leave Viana do Castelo and enter in a world of “old farms. You will cross the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads who split several 19th Century farmhouses. Continue until the old fishing village of Ancora. Follow the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until the secular Caminha to catch the ferry to cross the river to Spain. After crossing the river you head left along the river as it enters the sea passing another beautiful beach at “Camposancos” and you arrive in the Port of “A Guarda”. Cross the town and leave it in the direction to the beaches. Pass several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, you start the approach to Oia, with its monastery.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
5
OIA – VIGO – 43 km / 26,7 Miles
Leave the village of Oia and continue, next to the beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the sea beating on the rocks. Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you reach the top of “Cape Silleiro”, the path then crosses the road again and enters, rising up and circling round the top of Silleiro, and enter in “Baiona”. Continue this parallel to the beautiful town harbour and the route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you to “A Ramallosa” and Nigran. Continue to “Mount San Roman” to admire the wonderful view of “Islas Cies”. Enter the city of Vigo, crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the river “Lagares” until reach the city center.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
5
VIGO- PONTEVEDRA – 34 km / 21,1 Miles
Leave Vigo straight on surrounding the “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”. After “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” you reach Redondela.
You leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, and then Arcade, continue to Pontesampayoand after crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra, for a well deserved rest.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
6
PONTEVEDRA – PADRON – 41 km / 25,5 Miles
Start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra cyclig from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo. Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from here continue until enter in Caldas de Reis to the bridge of the Umia River. Leave this town along some enchanting stretches of the Camino, pass near the church of Santa Marina de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River, where you head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River you arrive at Padron, the place where, according to legend, the ship with the body of the Apostle Santiago was moored.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
7
PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 25km / 15,5 Miles
You start this last stage by leaving Padron and heading north until reaching the church of Santa Maria de Iria Flávia. It was here that two great Galician writers lived, the poet Rosália de Castro and the Nobel award winning Camilo José Cela, who was born next door to the church. We continue through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here you will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. You finally start to see Santiago de Compostela and a bit further, at Agro dos Monteiros, you can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, continue through the suburbs of the city that lead you to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Camino in this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for you.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
8
DEPARTURE
End of our services.

PRICES (per person in double bedroom)

Low Season(March, April, May and October): 930 Euros
Single bedroom supplement: 290€

Mid Season (June and September): 940 Euros
Single bedroom supplement: 320€

High Season (July and August): 980 Euros
Single bedroom supplement: 360€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 8 nights accommodation and breakfast
– 7 days of BTT bike rental (29’ wheel) with pannier bags and helmet
– Luggage transport between hotels (1 bag per person – up to 15 kg/bag)
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Camino of Santiago
– Travel documentation

EXTRA COST
Upgrade to E-Bike: 200€

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.

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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.
– Full customization to your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We know that this is a special event, so we pay special attention to every detail of the trip to transform this journey in a unique and memorable experience.
– We have a highly qualified team with several years of experience in the Portuguese Camino to Santiago. We place at your disposal a highly qualified team with wide experience and knowledge of the Camino to Santiago, able to help you to discover, interpret and feel the “Camino”.
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation.

 

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