Cycling the Portuguese Way

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    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?

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    Day 1: Check in

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

    Day 2: Porto - 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.

    Day 3: 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.

    Day 4: 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.

    Day 5: 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.

    Day 6: 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.

    Day 7: 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) ?

    Day 8: 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.

    Day 9

    Check out Santiago


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