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Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Cycling the Portuguese Way

Organized pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
| Autoguided Tour

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

Accommodation in a private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Route notes
Pilgrim's credential
24/7 phone support

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

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 lodging” despite the fact that they are
“luxury accommodation” despite 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
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 Porto 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 schedules and more information visit:
  • 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:

From Vigo Airport

  • Cab car: 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, take a bus (ALSA) to Oporto (2h trip). For schedules and more information visit: and
  • 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, take a train (Renfe) to Oporto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: and

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, take a bus to Oporto (3h and 30 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: and
  • train: Take the subway (RED LINE) direction East (6 minutes ride). Frequency every 10′. Once there, take a train to Oporto (3h trip). For schedules and more information visit: and

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:, y
  • 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 take a train to Vigo (journey time between 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes). At Vigo Guixar station take a train (Renfe) towards Porto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit:, and

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STAGES: 7 Stages
DURATION: 8 Nights
START: Porto
PRICE: desde 975€

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