Cycle the Camino Portugues Coastal Route: Porto to Santiago
Starting in Porto in Portugal, you’ll follow the road less traveled to Santiago de Compostela. You’ll cycle along some of the most amazing sandy beaches of North Portugal and Spain, such as those near Povoa de Varzim. Go for a dip in the clear waters of the Vigo estuary and cross one of the most cultural and historic areas of Portugal and Spain with medieval Camino towns like Pontevedra.
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A vibrant coastal city in the north of Portugal, Porto has loads to offer and is well worth an extra night to fully explore the city. Meander through the medieval streets of the Ribeira District and take a relaxing boat ride on the Douro river. Cross one of the many bridges to visit Vila Nova de Gaia where the port wine houses are located, offering tastings and tours of their cellars.
This picturesque coastal town sits on the estuary of Vigo where the Mino river enters the bay. Watch the sunset from the old Monterreal Fort which is now a Parador. Take a stroll between the small beaches, sparkling seafront, and the narrow streets of the old town. Discover the town’s many cafes and restaurants.
It is said the essence of Pontevedra is its hospitality. The embodiment of this is the Capela Da Virxe Peregrina which is recognised as a National Monument. What makes the Church unique and deeply connected with the Camino is the scallop shell shaped floor plan. This is not all Pontevedra has to offer, however. Explore the tree-lined avenues, discover the delicious food and enjoy the buzz of life around the historic centre.
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The entire old city of Porto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and there’s plenty going on here. Set on the bank of the Douro River near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is perhaps best known internationally for its famous Port wine. A wine that goes down very well on the countless terraces and restaurants in Porto!
Day 2 34km
POVOA DE VARZIM
From the city centre of Porto you will head out along the Douro River to the Atlantic coastline which you will follow north. Passing by beach resorts you may be tempted more than once to dip your toes in the sea today. To shorten the day you can take the metro to the coast to start from there. The end of today will have you in the linked coastal villages of Vila do Conde and Povoa de Varzim.
Day 3 45.6km
POVOA DE VARZIM
VIANA DO CASTELO
As you make your way to the market town of Barcelos for your last night in Portugal enjoy the change of scenery from beach to quiet country lanes, screened by eucalyptus and pine woods. Have a picnic or even a swim in the Rio Este and visit a parish church dedicated to St Peter and reputedly ordered by St James himself on his evangelisation of the peninsula.
Day 4 63.4km
VIANA DO CASTELO
Today continue along the coast of Portugal. You are following a boardwalk for a while before cycling parallel to the coast road on a very safe cycling path. Don’t race the locals, you are on holiday and can take advantage of the small villages you are crossing as well as the view points to use your camera, have a bite to eat or simply relax. You will cross the border to Spain on a ferry and arrive in Baiona via the cycle path again. Baiona is a jewel of a town. Small enough to be quiet yet big enough to have plenty to do and see.
Day 5 62km
The first part of the day coming out of Baiona is again marvellous with wild coast cycling along the cycle path. You will be passing through Vigo, the largest town of the region and while the busy roads will provide a contrast to the previous days, you will be in and out in 1h30, then heading to the classic Camino Portuges inland at Redondela. You finish today in the lovely town of Pontevedra. There is a great historical center and a vibrant atmosphere.
Day 6 64.6km
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Your final day of cycling on this section of the Camino will see you pass through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. A statue of Saint James in Ponte Cabras with his staff will show you the way. Stop in Caldas do Rei for a dip in its hot springs and visit the ruins of the Castro Lupario fort. Along your journey you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses of Galicia. And as you make your way towards Agro des Monteiros you will be able to see the spires of the cathedral in Compostela. In the afternoon, you will arrive in the City of the Apostle, where you can complete your journey with a visit to the Cathedral, a stroll around the old town and tapas in one of the charming bars.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
– Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre
– Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house!
– or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours)
– Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.
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