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El Camino en bicicleta

Cycling the Portuguese Way

Tour Description

Cycling the Portuguese Way, from Porto to Santiago

If you want to live the Portuguese Way in an alternative way, why not do it by bicycle?

If you do not consider yourself a “normal” pilgrim, but rather a “bicigrino“, this is the route for you.

We remind you that if you are thinking about cycling the Portuguese Way, and obtaining the Compostela, you must ride a minimum of 200 km. However, this route will allow you to enjoy some unique landscapes, so the effort will have be worth it.

The Queen Isabel of Portugal traversed this route in the thirteenth century. Since then, many pilgrims have followed her steps.

Departing from Oporto you will discover one of Portugal’s most famous cities, which historic centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Here you can taste its wine, go for a walk along the Douro river, and enjoy delicious Portuguese food…

On your bicycle route, you will pass through the villages of Northern Portugal, such as Barcelos or Ponte de Lima. Moreover, you will enjoy its landscapes, and the friendliness of its people.

Once you have crossed the border in Valença do Minho (through the bridge that connects Spain and Portugal), you will reach Tui, in Galician land, and you will be able to follow your route towards Santiago.

The beautiful road is awaiting for you, crowned by forests and secondary trails in the Galician countryside.

Here you will be able to taste the typical and delicious products, such as the seafood from the Rías Baixas, or the Albariño, one of the most renowned wines in the area. You will also have the opportunity to ride your bike and get to villages such as Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, and Padrón.

If you already have some cycling experience and basic mechanical knowledge, we highly recommend you to take the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago on wheels. Be ready to have an unforgettable experience!

With our help, you will find a little easier way to complete the last 200 km of the Portuguese Camino by bicycle.

Are you ready to ride your bike?

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

Check in

Arrival in Porto, a UNESCO heritage city of great artistic and cultural interest.

Oporto - Arcos: 38 km

The stage starts in Porto and ends in Arcos. A route that will take you inland away from the coast. Passed by the wonderful Dom Zameirote bridge, you will discover the typical vegetation of the north of Portugal with its pines and eucalyptus trees, a good opportunity to take advantage of the shadow of the forest while you cycle along your route.

Arcos - Ponte de Lima: 54 km

Today a longer stage awaits you and raise the level of difficulty a bit. You will reach the beautiful village of Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest and most beautiful in Portugal. You will be able to see the two sectors of the bridge, which crosses the river Lima and which gives its name to the city. One sector dates from the Roman period and the other from the Middle Ages.

Ponte de Lima - Tui: 38 km

This stage will take you to Galicia, crossing the bridge over the river Miño which has always represented the natural border between Spain and Portugal. Undoubtedly the city of Tui deserves a visit to its Cathedral. Here you can rest strolling by its streets in the historical center.

Tui - Redondela: 34 km

A medium level stage will take you from Tui to Redondela where you will be able to admire the beautiful views of the Vigo estuary.

Redondela - Pontevedra: 20 km

Today’s stage is quite easy and will take you to one of the most beautiful villages in Galicia, Pontevedra. You will cross the river Verdugo in Ponte Sampaio where Napoleon’s navy suffered one of the worst defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio, your route will take you to Pontevedra. Here you can stroll through the historic centre with its squares and stone buildings, visit the Cathedral of Santa María and taste some of the typical products of the Rías Baixas.

Pontevedra - Padrón: 39 km

Today’s stage will make you discover Barro, and the beauty of the Barosa River Natural Park, with its waterfalls and mills. In today’s stage you will also pass through Caldas de Reis, emblematic point of the Way of Saint James. After passing through wooded paths and villages with some scattered houses, you will arrive at your final destination today, Padrón. This city known for being the cradle of great writers of Galician literature such as Rosalía de Castro and Camilo José Cela was, according to tradition, the first point seen by the ship carrying the remains of the Apostle Santiago. And who does not know the saying with reference to the peppers of Padrón que “uns pican e outros non” (some are hot and some not) ?

Padrón - Santiago: 25 km

Final stage of your bicycle ride, don’t forget to go to the Pilgrim’s Office to ask for your Compostela certificate. Passing initially through rural areas, the landscapes towards Santiago become more and more urban. The magnificent city of Santiago, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is worth a visit. Enjoy its streets in the historic centre and have a look at the Abastos market in order to get to know the local products of this region.

Check out

Check out Santiago

Standard Category Accommodations on El Camino en bicicleta

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.

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

Frequent questions

From Aeropuerto de Oporto

•Coche: En coche son 15,4 km que se recorren en 12 minutos aproximadamente.
•Autobús: Hay varios operadores que cubren este trayecto, como STCP, TerraVision PT, Get Bus, etc. El trayecto tiene una duración de media hora aproximadamente y un coste de entre 1-4€.
•Metro: Tomaremos la línea E desde el aeropuerto hasta Oporto ciudad. El trayecto tiene una duración de 27 minutos y un coste de entre1-4€ aproximadamente.

From Aeropuerto de Lisboa

•Coche: Son 305,7 km y el trayecto tiene casi 3 horas de duración.
•Autobús: Tomaremos un autobús desde el aeropuerto (Av. De Berlím – Aeroporto) hasta la Estaçao Oriente. Hay un autobús cada 5 minutos (para más información www.carris.pt). El trayecto dura 5 minutos con un coste estimado de entre 1-2€.
Desde la Estaçao Oriente tomaremos un autobús a Oporto, Campo 24 de Agosto. Un viaje con una duración de 3h 30 minutos y 19,00€ de coste (más información en www.rede-expressos.pt).
•Tren: Tomaremos un autobús desde el aeropuerto (Av. De Berlím – Aeroporto) hasta la Estaçao Oriente. Hay un autobús cada 5 minutos (para más información www.carris.pt). El trayecto dura 5 minutos con un coste estimado de entre 1-2€.
Desde aquí, tomaremos un tren hasta Vila Nova de Gaia, con una duración de entre 2:30 – 3 horas y un coste de entre 37-43€.

From Aeropuerto de Vigo

•Coche: 142,4 km y 1h 25 minutos de trayecto.
•Autobús: Primero debemos tomar en el aeropuerto el bus urbano L9A y realizar la parada en Avda. Aeropuerto 565 – Carballal. Este tramo tiene una duración de unos 4 minutos y suele pasar cada 30 minutos.
Luego, desde la Avda. Aeropuerto 565 debemos caminar hasta la Avda. Aeropuerto 656 y tomar el bus L25 hasta Rúa Pateira – Bloque 9. Hay un bus cada hora y tiene una duración estimada de 21 minutos. Para más información www.vitrasa.es .
Después caminaremos 913 m durante 10 minutos hasta la Avenida de Antonio Palacios.
Por último, tomaremos un autobús a Oporto, con una duración de 2h 25 minutos aproximadamente y 13,99€ de coste (más información en www.flixbus.es).
•Tren: Si elegimos ir en tren, primero debemos tomar la línea de autobús L9A, que nos lleve a Tva de Vigo 7, con una duración estimada de 24 minutos y una frecuencia de un bus cada 30 minutos. Para más información, www.vitrasa.es .
Luego, tras caminar 13 minutos (1km aproximadamente), llegamos a Vigo-Guixar, desde donde tomaremos el tren a Oporto – Campanha, con un coste de 14,95€ y una duración de 2h 22 minutos aproximadamente.

FromAeropuerto de Santiago

•Coche: 242,5 km de trayecto y 2h 26 minutos de viaje en coche.
•Autobús: Primero debemos ir del aeropuerto de Lavacolla a Santiago de Compostela (Estación de autobuses): Esta ruta suele tener una duración de 20 minutos y un coste de 3,00€ aproximadamente. Suele salir un bus del aeropuerto cada 30 minutos. Para más información, la empresa encargada de la ruta (aunque hay otras que también operan este trayecto, pero no con tanta frecuencia) es www.empresafreire.com . Otra opción es tomar un taxi desde aquí hasta la estación de autobuses (Con un tiempo estimado de 14 minutos y un precio que puede oscilar entre los 25 y 32€).
Luego, debemos tomar un autobús a Oporto, con un coste de 37,99€ y una duración de 3h 35 minutos aproximadamente.
•Tren: Para tomar el tren primero deberás tomar o bien un taxi (con una duración de 15 minutos y un precio que puede oscilar entre 24 y 34€) que te lleve hasta la estación de tren, o bien un bus que te lleve hasta la misma. En cuanto al bus, la ruta suele tener una duración de 23 minutos aproximadamente, con un precio de 3€ y una frecuencia de buses cada 20 minutos (para más información, www.empresafreire.com).
Luego tomaremos un tren desde aquí hasta Vigo- Urzaiz, con un coste de 11,50 y una duración de 50 minutos aproximadamente.
A continuación, tomaremos un autobús urbano, el L24, a Miragalla, de duración 4 minutos y un coste aproximado de 1-2€.
Luego caminaremos hasta nuestra siguiente parada Vigo-Guixar, desde donde tomaremos el tren hasta Oporto – Campanha, con un coste de 14,95€ y una duración de 2h 22 minutos aproximadamente.

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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 217 Km
STAGES: 7 Stages
DURATION: 8 Nights
DIFICULTy: 3/5
START: Porto
PRICE: desde 975€

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