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?
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.
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.
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.
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*.
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 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.