Cycle the Camino Portugues Coastal Route from Porto to Santiago

Stage 1 of 1

276.3km

7 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€885

Overall

Distance:

38 min | 55.3km average | 66.3 max

Ascent:

0 min |605.1m average | 1316.9 max

Cardio:

5   5   5

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Starting in Porto in Portugal, you’ll follow the road less travelled to the city of Santiago de Compostela. You’ll cycle along some of the most amazing sandy beaches of in the north Portugal and Spain, such as those near Povoa de Varzim. Go for a dip in the clear waters of the Vigo estuary to cool off after a day of cycling and cross one of the most culturally rich and historic areas of Portugal and Spain with mediaeval Camino towns like Pontevedra.

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Porto

A vibrant coastal city in the north of Portugal, Porto has loads to offer and is well worth an extra night before you start on your Camino to fully explore the city. Meander through the mediaeval 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.

Parador de Baiona Luxury Hotel on the Camino

Baiona

This picturesque coastal town sits on the estuary of the city 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 and try fresh seafood delicacies.

people walking the Camino Portuguese

Pontevedra

It is said the essence of Pontevedra is in 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 de Santiago is the scallop shell-shaped floor plan. This is not all Pontevedra has to offer, however. Explore the town’s tree-lined avenues, discover the delicious food, and enjoy the buzz of life around the historic centre's plazas.

Cycle the Camino Portugues Coastal Route from Porto to Santiago

Starting from € 885

PORTO

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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Mountain Bike (or E-bike on request for an extra cost)

Bike Breakdown Insurance

Repair Kit

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Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

PORTO

The entire old city of Porto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and there’s plenty going on here to warrant that title. Set on the bank of the Douro River near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is perhaps best known globally for its famous Port wine, wine that goes down very well on the countless terraces and restaurants in Porto!

Day

2

38 km

PORTO 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. To shorten the day you can take the metro from the city centre to the coast to start from there. Passing by tranquil beach resorts, you may be tempted more than once to dip your toes in the sea. By the end of the day you will reach the coastal villages of Vila do Conde and Povoa de Varzim.

Day

3

44.9 km

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

66.3 km

VIANA DO CASTELO BAIONA

Today we 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. Take advantage of the small villages you are crossing as well as the seaside viewpoints 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

62.2 km

BAIONA PONTEVEDRA

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 1 hour 30 minutes, then heading to the classic Camino Portugues inland at Redondela. You finish today in the lovely town of Pontevedra. There is a great historical centre and a vibrant atmosphere.

Day

6

65 km

PONTEVEDRA 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 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 Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon, you will arrive in the City of the Apostle itself, where you can complete your journey with a visit to the Cathedral, a stroll around the old town, and tapas in one of the city’s many charming bars.

Day

7

km

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 of Santiago.
– Continue with us along the wild Camino Fisterra (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the hotel in the lighthouse!
– Or take a bus to Fisterra to visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience. Buses depart from Santiago Bus Station at 9am and 10am. Buses return to Santiago at 4:45pm and 7pm. The journey takes 3 hours.

How to Get There

Getting to Porto, Portugal

We recommend flying directly into Porto, as it has many flights each day directly from the UK, Ireland, and main cities in Europe.

Fly into Porto

Ryanair flies direct to Porto from several cities in the UK and Dublin. Several other airlines fly to Porto Airport too. From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, take either the Linea Violet Metro or an urban bus.

    Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Fly from Santiago de Compostela

    Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport take 20 minutes, or you can request an airport transfer that will pick you up from your hotel.

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      Following the coastline on a mixture of cycle lanes and quiet country roads on gentle terrain makes this a great route to cycle.
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