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Camino Portuguese Coastal

Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way

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Organized pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
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Tour Description

Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way, de Oporto a Santiago

If you want to experience the Portuguese Way along the coast, why don’t you cycle it?

If you want to experience the Portuguese Way along the coast, why don’t you cycle it?

Pilgrims who decide to follow the Camino de Santiago by bicycle, popularly known as “bicigrinos“, are becoming more and more frequent.

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Experience details
Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

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Arrival in Porto. Enjoy your visit to this UNESCO heritage city. Stroll through its streets and taste the local gastronomy before starting the Camino de Santiago by bike.

Oporto - Esposende: 51 km

Today, your journey will take you to Esposende, but before arriving you will get to know the medieval quarter and the picturesque port of Póvoa de Varzim. You will discover the best views of the city and the coast from the top of the Convent of Santa Clara. Afterwards you will cross the Litoral Norte Natural Park.

Esposende - Vila Praia de Ancora: 43 Km

Today’s route is quite easy and will take you along the beautiful Atlantic coast, heading north. A quiet trail to enjoy the scenery and the coastal villages up to Vila Praia de Ancora.

Vila Praia de Ancora - Baiona: 43 km

Today’s route will follow the coast to Baiona and you will enjoy the incredible ocean views. You will also enter Galician territory, crossing the Miño River, the natural border between Spain and Portugal. In Baiona you can visit the Museum of the Caravela Pinta, the first ship to reach the Continent with the news of the discovery of America. Relive the past on your Camino!

Baiona - Vigo: 26 km

Today the route is a bit shorter, so if you want to relax and take a break, you will have time to take a swim at praia America in Nigrán. Always along the coast, today you will arrive in Vigo. The views will not leave you disappointed. You will be able to enjoy the magnificent Illas Cíes and its Natural Park on the horizon.

Vigo - Pontevedra: 35 km

Today’s 35 km won’t be overly complicated, and will allow you to discover a very important place in this region. Crossing the Verdugo river in Pontesampaio, you will visit a site of great historical interest, where the French army was defeated in 1809. A walk through the beautiful city of Pontevedra will be the perfect way to end the day.

Pontevedra - Padrón: 39 km

From Pontevedra to Padrón, today you will pass through the wonderful Natural Park of the Barosa River. Bikers enjoy its mills and waterfalls in the heart of the Galician nature, to regain strength towards Santiago.

Padrón - Santiago: 25 km

Today’s route is known for being the last and longest stage for traditional pilgrims, but it will not be so difficult for bicigrinos. Leaving behind the town of Padrón, famous for being the birthplace of great writers of Galician literature and for its green peppers, today’s destination is Santiago de Compostela. Don’t forget to ask for your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office!

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Difficulty profile route Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way

The Portuguese Coastal Way is considered a route of medium-low difficulty that is characterized by a smoother terrain and little slope. This makes it a suitable option for beginner pilgrims looking for a less physically demanding experience, families with children or elderly people.

Even so, the level of difficulty of this route may vary depending on the starting point, the physical condition of the pilgrim and the weather conditions at the time of the trip.

Distance

The Complete Portuguese Way from Porto has an approximate length of about 250 km. Although you can also do less kilometers if you decide to start in another starting point such as Tui or Baiona. The distance covered each day can affect the feeling of difficulty, so it is important to plan stages suitable for your level of fitness.

Terrain

Along the way, you will encounter sections with varied terrain, including dirt trails, rural roads, forest tracks and paved sections. It is possible that in some sections of the trail you may encounter uneven or rocky terrain that makes cycling difficult. In these cases we recommend you get off the bike and walk a few meters to prevent injuries and still enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Unevenness

Although there are sections with ups and downs, the slopes of this route are not excessively steep, so this route should not be a great physical effort.

Climate

Northern Portugal and Galicia have an oceanic climate. With mild temperatures on the coast (with strong winds in winter) and colder in winter season towards the interior. In winter it is common for temperatures to drop considerably, reaching 0º in January or February. Precipitation is also common. Intermittent and mild in autumn and intense and regular in winter.

Standard category

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Superior category

3*, 4* and 5* Hotels

Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.

Hoteles Boutique

These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character. They can be between 1* and 5*.

National Paradores of Spain

This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).

Rural tourism lodgings

Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury accommodation” despite of the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Frequent questions

From Oporto airport

  • car or cab: It is 12km to the city center, approximately 25 minutes drive.
  • subway: Take the purple E subway line from the airport to Trindade station. Frequency 30′ and with an estimated duration of 35′. For timetables and more information visit: https://www.oporto.net/metro
  • bus: Take the bus towards Cordoaria (LINE 601 or 602) or towards Hospital de São João (LINE 604). The trip takes about 1 hour. For schedules and more information visit: https://www.stcp.pt/pt/viajar/linhas/

From Vigo airport

  • Car or cab: It is 160km, during a journey of approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • bus: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to Urzaiz stop (Estación / Cotomondongo wall). 30′ journey and frequency every 30′. Another option is to take a cab to the station (10 minutes). Once there, we can take a bus (ALSA) to Oporto (2h trip). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es and www.alsa.es  
  • train: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to Urzaiz 13 stop. Frequency every 30′. Walk for 10 minutes to the train station Vigo Guixar. Once there, we can take a train (Renfe) to Oporto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es and www.renfe.com

From Lisbon Airport

  • car or cab: It is 315km, during a journey of approximately 3 hours.
  • bus: Take the subway (RED LINE) direction East (6 minutes ride). Frequency every 10′. Once there, we can take a bus to Oporto (3h and 30 minutes). For timetables and more information visit: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/ and https://rede-expressos.pt/es   
  • train: Take the subway (RED LINE) direction East (6 minutes ride). Frequency every 10′. Once there, we can take a train to Oporto (3h trip). For schedules and more information visit: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/ and https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

FromSantiago de Compostela Airport

  • Car or cab: 250km with an estimated duration of 5 hours and 30 minutes.
  • bus: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (ALSA) to Oporto (4h trip). For schedules and more information visit: www.alsa.es, www.flixbus.es y https://lugove.gal/es
  • train: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the train station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 20′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then we will take a train to Vigo (journey time between 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes). At Vigo Guixar station we can take a train (Renfe) towards Porto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es, https://lugove.gal/es and www.renfe.com

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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 262 Km
STAGES: 7 Stages
DURATION: 8 Nights
DIFICULTy: 2/5
START: Porto
PRICE: desde 975€

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