Cycling the Camino

PORTO - SANTIAGO

Cycling the Portuguese Camino

The Portuguese Camino to Santiago on bike is an exciting and memorable journey. During the journey, the cyclist will know ancient customs and welcoming people, will make new friends with which to share solidarity and feelings and will discover a unique nature.

Cycling the Portuguese Camino means plunging into landscapes full of contrasts from plateaus to mountains, from fields to coasts, monumental sites, works of art in the camino of cathedrals, bridges, roads and monasteries. The route should be planned based on the rhythm, resistance and physical condition of each person or of the group.

Doing the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago by bike is, therefore, a splendid chance to live a unique adventure through an itinerary that has fascinated millions of pilgrims for centuries.

  • Santiago Way
    Santiago Way - Porto

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Total distance: 240 km
Availability: March to November
Minimum of persons: 2
Price per person (in double): From 810€
Extra for single accommodation: From 240€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 7 nights accommodation and breakfast
– 6 day bike rental MTB (29″ wheel) with pannier bags and helmet
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Camino of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

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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.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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PORTO – BARCELOS – 54 km | 33,6 Miles
Leave the “Sé” Square, and through the old city roads you’ll see some of the hallmarks of this “invicta” town. You will walk several kilometers through urban areas of the cities of Porto and Maia and their suburbs. You will go through Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos. Continue towards to the old village of “Rates”. Increasing woodlands, you pass the villages of Courel and “Pedra Furada”, then on rural roads you will reach the town of Barcelos where you will have time to visit the main monuments of this old market town.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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BARCELOS – PONTE DE LIMA – 33 km | 20,5 Miles
You will depart from Barcelos, following minor roads and continue until the river Neiva, which is crossed by a medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães. This is a day of rural roads, and a magnificent journey through the hamlets of Facha, Seara and Correlhã, finally reaching Ponte de Lima along the Avenue of Plátanos, beside the river, where you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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PONTE DE LIMA – VALENÇA – 35 km | 21,7 Miles
You leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima crossing the impressive Romanesque-Gothic bridge over the river Lima, with its 22 arches. After arriving at the far side of the bridge, we turn to the right plunging into the rural world represented by the farming parish of Arcozelo, but then, after Labruja, agriculture is scarce and the landscape until Portela Pequena is tree covered upland. These 2 uphill kilometres from Labruja are the most demanding of the whole Camino. Halfway up we find the Cruz dos Franceses and then climb to the Forester’s house. From the top of the climbat, it is an easy ride to the fortified town of Valença where the stage ends.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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VALENÇA – PONTEVEDRA – 56 km | 34,8 Miles
You will cross Rio Minho and on the far side you walk through the streets of the medieval village of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From here we pass the tunnel of the Convent of Clarissas and the Veiga bridge. Continue to the Valley of the River Louro entering the city of Porriño. Continue head north and pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas where starts a steep descent that leads us towards the centre of Redondela. You leave Redondela ind direction to Arcade, and continue to Pontesampayo and then climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, you easely reach Pontevedra.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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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
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PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 25 km | 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
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DEPARTURE
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PRICES (per person in double bedroom)

Low Season(1st March to 30th June | 16th September to 31st October): 810Euros
Single bedroom supplement: 240€

High Season (1st July to 15th September): 860 Euros
Single bedroom supplement: 260€

Supplement to E-Bike upgrade: 175€

SERVICES INCLUDED

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

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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.

 

CENTRAL CAMINO

Porto - Santiago

Porto – Santiago

Pt Lima - Santiago

Ponte de Lima – Santiago

Valença - Santiago

Valença – Santiago

Easy Camino

Easy Camino

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