El Camino Portugués

Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike

Bicigrino en el Camino de Santiago desde Lisboa en bici

Tour Description

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike is a unique experience where you will cycle through beautiful landscapes, charming villages and historic cities. With Lisbon as your starting point, you will discover the essence of Portugal, exploring its colourful streets, witnesses of centuries of history, as well as its rich culture and gastronomy.

The Portuguese Way is the second most popular route after the French Way, ideal for bike-loving pilgrims seeking the perfect balance between adventure and serenity.

Experience details

Included Services

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

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike follows the route of the Portuguese Way, one of the most popular of the Camino de Santiago. During this itinerary, you will cycle approximately 595 kilometres in 13 stages.

If you are worried that the stages are too long or if you prefer a more relaxed pace, remember that our itineraries are totally flexible, so we can split them in two or add extra nights for you to rest.unique experience that will take you to discover the beauty of Portugal and Galicia.

Stage 1: Lisboa - Azambuja (61 km)

On this stage we will have the opportunity to explore a variety of landscapes, historical and cultural sites, and enjoy the rich history and natural beauty of the region. The route starts in Lisbon, the vibrant capital of Portugal. From this city, we will cycle north, passing through urban and suburban landscapes as we ride away from the city. As we progress along the route, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Tagus River and the surrounding countryside.

Stage 2: Azambuja - Santarém (33 km)

The first half of this stage offers some interesting spots as we walk along the banks of the River Tejo. However, the last 16 kilometres can be a challenge, as there are no towns and no shade. But don’t worry, because at the end of the road Santarém awaits us, a town full of history that will make you quickly forget the day’s efforts.

Stage 3: Santarém - Tomar (62 km)

This stage will take us through flat and sunny landscapes, surrounded by vineyards and cornfields. We will also experience ascents and descents on dirt tracks and we will pass through eucalyptus forests and some stretches of asphalt. At the end of the road, Tomar, the historic city of the Templars, awaits us, which is really charming and very touristic.

Stage 4: Tomar - Alvorge (48 km)

This stage starts along a beautiful path next to the river Nabão and then crosses pastures with holm oaks, olive trees and some pines. In addition, we will find areas of orchards and fruit trees scattered along the way. There will also be stretches on asphalt. The day ends in Alvorge, a charming village with white houses and a very welcoming atmosphere for pilgrims.

Stage 5: Alvorge - Coimbra (38 km)

The first kilometres of this stage are truly magnificent and undulating, undoubtedly the best since leaving Lisbon. In addition, in Rabaçal and Conimbriga you will find remains of its Roman past. The stage ends in the beautiful city of Coimbra, which was the first capital of the kingdom of Portugal after gaining independence from León in 1139, which houses one of the oldest universities in Europe and has a lively student atmosphere.

Stage 6: Coimbra - Águeda (49 km)

In some sections of this stage we will ride on fine sand tracks, as if we were on the beach, surrounded by pine and eucalyptus trees. Towards the middle of the stage, we will cycle several kilometres on asphalt, passing through industrial estates and road shoulders.

Stage 7: Águeda - São João da Madeira (45 km)

The departure from Águeda offers two options: cycling along the road or through an industrial estate. It is a relaxed and rural section, where we can immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of the Portuguese landscape. This stage is also notable for its passage through the old town of Bemposta. As we enter São João da Madeira, we find ourselves in an increasingly dense and industrial region, which gradually brings us closer to the nearby city of Porto.

Stage 8: São João da Madeira - Porto (35 km)

This stage combines urban and rural landscapes. We will cycle along a stretch of Roman road through a forest and then enjoy the fantastic entrance to Porto, crossing the bridge of King Luís I over the Douro river (called Duero in Spain).

Stage 9: Porto - Arcos (38 km)

The stage starts in Oporto and ends in Arcos. A route that will take us inland away from the coast. Cycling over the wonderful Dom Zameirote bridge we will discover the typical vegetation of the north of Portugal with its pine and eucalyptus trees, a good opportunity to take advantage of the shade of the forest while cycling along the route.

Stage 10: Arcos - Ponte de Lima (54 km)

Today we have a longer stage with a higher level of difficulty. We will reach the beautiful village of Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest in Portugal. We will be able to see the two sectors of the bridge, which crosses the river Lima and gives its name to the town, one sector from the Roman period and the other from the medieval period.

Stage 11: Ponte de Lima - Tui (38 km)

This stage will take us to Galicia, crossing the bridge over the Miño river that represents the natural border between Spain and Portugal. The city of Tui is undoubtedly worth a visit to its Cathedral and a relaxing stroll through its streets in the historic centre.

Stage 12: Tui - Redondela (34 km)

This is a medium level stage that will take us from Tui to Redondela where we will be able to admire the beautiful views of the Vigo estuary.

Stage 13: Redondela - Pontevedra (20 km)

Camino Portugués desde Oporto

The route of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike consists of a distance of approximately 595 km with a moderate level of difficulty, where you can find some mountainous sections and significant slopes at the entrance to Galicia.

Route

The terrain of the Portuguese Way from Lisbon by bike varies along the route, so you will cycle over a wide variety of terrain, including rural paths, agricultural fields, and road and asphalt tracks as you approach towns and cities.

Unevenness

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike has different characteristics along the route. The terrain can be more undulating in certain areas such as in the vicinity of Coimbra or between Santarém and Tomar; although in some sections, especially in the Sierra de Labruja and between Redondela and Pontevedra and Monte do Gozo, already in Galicia.

Signage

You will be able to follow the route without any problem by following the signs that indicate the route: stone cairns, the iconic scallop shell tile on the facades of buildings or urban constructions, yellow arrows or bronze scallops embedded in the floors of the streets.

We recommend you to look for these signs among the rural urban geography to be able to follow the Camino to Santiago, as sometimes they can be hidden or covered by some element such as cars or people, making you follow the wrong way. If you arrive at a crossroads without any indication and you do not know how to continue, we recommend you to go back to the last sign you have seen to try to reorient yourself.

Important note:
You may come across signage in the shape of the iconic scallop but it may not be accompanied by a yellow arrow pointing the way forward. If this is the case, you should follow the open part of the shell, i.e. the semi-circular part with the largest diameter, as if it were an imaginary arrow.

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

Route map

Touristic information

History of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike

The Way of St. James originated in the 9th century when the remains of the Apostle were discovered in Santiago de Compostela. The news quickly spread around the world, becoming an important centre of pilgrimage.

The historically and culturally rich city of Lisbon plays an important role in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, being the starting point for many pilgrims.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history dating back 3000 years. Its history is linked to its strategic position at the mouth of the Tagus River, the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, and being at the south-western tip of Europe, it was a strategic point for trade routes with Africa and America, which contributed to its cultural richness and diversity over the centuries.

Villages to visit on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike

Lisbon

Tui on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the most popular starting points of the Portuguese Way.

Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Its history dates back more than 3,000 years and it has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. Its streets are criss-crossed by the famous trams, symbols of the city and one of its inhabitants’ favourite means of transport.

Azambuja

This small Portuguese village is located in the district of Lisbon and stands out for its historical heritage reflected in its monuments and buildings. Among them, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, from the 16th century and considered a Building of Public Interest; and the parish church of San João Batista, of great architectural value.

Santárem

Santarém, a small medieval town that takes us back to the Portugal of the Middle Ages, considered the capital of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Among its most remarkable heritage is the Convent of São Francisco and Jardim das Portas do Sol, bounded by ancient walls and with one of the most important viewpoints in the region.

Coimbra

Former medieval capital of Portugal for more than a century due to its historical and cultural importance during the Middle Ages.

Porto

Porto on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike
A World Heritage Site, Porto is a cultural and architectural treasure on the banks of the Douro River.

Portugal’s third most inhabited municipality, declared a World Heritage Site for preserving one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular starting points for pilgrims on the Portuguese Way.

Tui

A small town whose border location means that it is considered to be the ‘gateway to Galicia’ from the Portuguese Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela. It preserves its medieval historical-artistic ensemble and the Diosano Museum, formerly a hospital for pilgrims, which can be visited today.

Redondela

Charming village located in the province of Pontevedra, at the mouth of the river Verdugo, in a privileged natural environment. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage, which makes it a destination where you can discover the beauty and authenticity of Galicia.

Pontevedra

Also known as ‘Boa Vila’ Pontevedra is a city with a long maritime and mercantile tradition that preserves one of the most important and elegant historic centres of Galicia. With a close relationship with the Camino de Santiago, Pontevedra is considered the capital of the Portuguese Way to Santiago.

Padrón

Located 22 km from Santiago de Compostela, this town is linked to the apostle St. James, as his remains came from Jerusalem to this city. It is also known for being the home of two important writers: the poet Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela.

Places of interest on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike

St. Simon’s Island

At the end of the Vigo estuary lies the island of San Simón, with a past shrouded in enigma and mysticism. It was a refuge for Templar knights and Benedictine monks during the Middle Ages and was attacked by pirates in the 16th century and a concentration camp during the Civil War. This island, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, although not directly on the Portuguese Way, many pilgrims choose to approach and visit this impressive place for its historical importance and cultural beauty on their way to Pontevedra.

Most important monuments on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike

St. George’s Castle in Lisbon

Situated on the highest hill in Lisbon, in the heart of the Alfama district, is St. George’s Castle, built in the mid-11th century during the Muslim occupation of the city.
It preserves 11 towers, courtyards, gardens and terraces with the best views of the Tagus River and the city, which has made it a National Monument.

La Sé de Santarém

This secular building, a former Jesuit College, is the greatest exponent of the city’s religious architecture. Its Mannerist-style façade and the Diocesan Museum, which is housed inside and which you can visit on your visit to the city, are particularly noteworthy.

University of Coimbra

Coimbra on the Camino de Santiago by bike
The University of Coimbra dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most prestigious in Europe and Portugal.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the University of Coimbra is one of the city’s most prominent buildings and one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe. The university complex, known as the Paço das Escolas, includes the impressive Torre da Universidade, St. Michael’s Chapel and other historic buildings that reflect the evolution of the university over time.

Cathedral of Santa María de Tui

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Santa María is one of the most important buildings on the Portuguese Way.
Despite being predominantly Romanesque in style, it has Gothic influences, with its entrance standing out, considered to be the first Gothic-style sculptural ensemble on the Iberian Peninsula. It also has a medieval cloister, the only one of its kind preserved in Galicia.

Church of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra

The church of the Pilgrim Virgin is one of the most symbolic and important buildings in the city of Pontevedra. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and an Asset of Cultural Interest, it combines late Baroque elements with Neoclassical forms, such as its main altarpiece, erected in the 18th century. It is dedicated to the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the province of Pontevedra and of the Portuguese Way, who guided the pilgrims from Baiona to Santiago; its peculiar scallop-shaped ground plan, symbol of excellence of the pilgrims on the Way of St. James, in which a cross is inscribed, stands out.

What to do on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon by bike?

Taste the local gastronomy

Taste the delicious Portuguese and Galician gastronomy in the different towns and cities along the Way. You can taste traditional dishes such as codfish, pastel de nada and octopus á feira.

Explore the culture of the Way

Along the Camino, you can visit a wide range of cultural and historical heritage such as churches, cathedrals and monasteries. You can learn about the history, architecture and culture of each region.

Enjoy wine tastings

Especially in the wine regions of Portugal, such as Alentejo and Douro, you will find wineries and vineyards where you can taste a wide variety of red and white wines. A unique experience that will undoubtedly enrich your journey along the Portuguese Way.

Frequent questions

From Madrid airport

Car or taxi: To the centre of Lisbon it is approximately 640 km with an estimated duration of 5 hours 40 minutes.
Bus: From the airport, you can take a bus (ALSA) to Lisbon with a duration of 10 hours 30 minutes. You can consult their timetables and more information at ww.alsa.es

From Santiago de Compostela airport

Car: It is approximately 550 km to the centre of Lisbon and takes about 5 hours.
Bus: From the airport, take a bus line 6A that will take you to the Intermodal Station. Once there, you can take a bus (ALSA) to Lisbon Intermodal Station with an approximate duration of 9 hours. You can check their timetables and more information at ww.alsa.es

From Lisboa airport

Car or taxi: It is approximately 15 km to the centre of Lisbon, with an estimated journey time of 6 minutes.
Metro: You can take a metro towards Aeroporto-Saldanha, which takes approximately 20 minutes.
Bus: You can take a bus to Lisbon bus station, which takes 8 minutes. You can check timetables and more information at www.aeropuertolisboa.pt

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Bicigrino en el Camino de Santiago desde Lisboa en bici

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 595 Km
STAGES: 13 Stages
DURATION: 14 Nights
DIFICULTy: 4/5
START: Lisbon
PRICE: desde 1190€

Why book with Galiwonders?

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We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are on the Camino

Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

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We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience organizing trips for people from all over the world.

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Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

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