2 WEEKS BICYCLE CAMINO PORTUGUESE
Discover two distinct cultures and countries in this great 2 in 1 trip! Starting in the legendary Portuguese town of Porto, you’ll head straight North and discover the country’s unique Minho region, know for its ‘green’ wines. The second part of the trip is spent living the legendary Spanish culture. Discover the world of tapas, cañas and delicious seafood all while meandering thru peaceful rural villages. WARNING; some basic bicycle maintenance skills are required for our self-guided trips.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Daily Distance Moderate
Discover two distinct cultures and countries in this great 2 in 1 trip! Starting in the legendary Portuguese town of Porto, you’ll head straight North and discover the country’s unique Minho region, know for its ‘green’ wines. The second part of the trip is spent living the legendary Spanish culture. Discover the world of tapas, cañas and delicious seafood all while meandering thru peaceful rural villages.
PORTO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
1-2 Star Inns: 1,285€ *
3-4 Star Inns: 1,495€ *
Every day between:
April 1st – October 21st, 2020
March 23rd – October 24th, 2021
Average Daily Distance:
45km – 3 to 5 hours
- 9 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts (in 3-4 Star Itinerary Only)
- Luggage transfers
- Bicycle rental for duration of trip with pannier pack
- Private car transfer from Porto Airport
- Private car transfer to Santiago de Compostela Airport
- Access to 24 hour help line
- Personalized electronic guidebook which includes:
- daily route notes, elevation profiles & itinerary overview
- informative notes and videos of sites of interest
- restaurant reviews and suggestions
- Camino trail map & GPS locations of sites of interest
- essential services locator (banks, pharmacies, water, etc)
- food menu translator
- common spanish phrasebook
- tips for how to prepare & train for the Camino
- first aid & emergency situation tips
- Personal expenses
- Meals outside of breakfasts
- Data and phone plan for electronic device
- Potential taxi services to shorten days
- Electronic Device. Rental available on demand at extra cost
- Travel insurance
- Museum entrances & other paid visits
PORTO AIRPORT – PORTO – 0 KM
Arrival at Porto Airport and transfer to your lodging for the night, a 30 minute journey.
After checking into your lodge for the evening, you can choose to either sit back and relax or opt for a stroll around this town.
PORTO – 0 KM
Take a day to get over jetlag, get your bearings, pick-up your bicycle and discover Porto which is filled with interesting sites. In fact, its historical center was decreed a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1996.
PORTO – ARCOS – 41 KM (25 miles)
Porto is a large city city, we take our time to enjoy the various sites as we exit the city. Afterwards, the terrain is mainly gentle rolling farm lands, passing the medieval bridge of Don Zameiro on our way to Arcos.
ARCOS – PONTE DE LIMA – 58 KM (36 miles)
A lovely day amidst Portugal’s rural lands mixed with eucalyptus forests. Passing the impressive city of Barcelos, where you’ll discover the origins of the country’s famous symbol, the rooster.
The day ends in Ponte de Lima. Founded in 1125, it is one of Portugal’s oldest cities and the site of an ancient Roman settlement. Its long stone bridge is further testament of their presence.
PONTE DE LIMA – VALENÇA DO MINHO – 43 KM (27 miles)
First real challenging day in terms of climbing as you’ll pass the Portela Grande, located at 410m in altitude. You are rewarded with great views of the valley below from the top of this pass.
We end today’s ride in Valença do Minho. On the border with Spain, it is a beautiful Portuguese fortress town built solely for military purposes in the 12th century.
VALENÇA DO MINHO – REDONDELA – 38 KM (24 miles)
Crossing the Rio Minho, we say goodbye to Portugal and enter Spain. You’ll spend most of the day riding in the quiet Spanish countryside, discovering the peacefulness of rural Galicia.
REDONDELA – CALDAS DE REIS – 45 KM (28 miles)
Passing the occasional beach makes this day a perfect blend of coastal and rural scenery. Passing the city of Pontevedra and its impressive sanctuaries, we finish today’s ride at the legendary hot springs of Caldas de Reis. Perfect to soothe the muscles!
CALDAS DE REIS – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 44 KM (27 miles)
As you get closer to Santiago, you start cycling through more and more Eucalyptus treed forests. The aroma is simply delightful. Passing the village of Padron, where the boat carrying St-James’ remains landed.
A few more hills for the final miles into Santiago. There is tons to see and do, on top of enjoying the fulfillment of reaching your destination so take full advantage of the city’s sites!
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 0 KM
A well-deserved rest day in Santiago de Compostela. Take this time to pick-up your certificate of completion at the Pilgrim’s office, return your bicycle and attend the midday mass and see the legendary Botafumeiro in action.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA AIRPORT – 0 KM
Morning shuttle to Santiago de Compostela Airport.
PORTO – FREIXO PALACE HOTEL
An 18th century home transformed into a beautiful hotel. A fine example of Portuguese Baroque Architecture.
A 17th century home transformed into a beautiful small hotel. A fine example of the regional architecture.
POUSADA DE VALENÇA DO MINHO
Located in the old quarters of the city, it is a gorgeous historical building, renovated into a luxury hotel.
PONTE DE LIMA – MERCEARIA DA VILA
A lovely renovated home in the heart of the city. Wonderful hosts who make this place so special.