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Cycle The Coastal Way

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Duration

9 Days - 8 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 2 people

Availability

March to November

Overview

Gorgeous green countryside, traditional villages and historical towns!

Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way to St. James (Santiago) is a sensational and unforgettable adventure. It’s an invitation to discover the Atlantic’s sandy beaches, ancient customs and welcoming people. From plateaus to mountains, from fields to coasts, monumental sites, works of art in the way of cathedrals, bridges, roads and monasteries, the route is full of pleasant surprises. The Coastal Way to Santiago is a route habitually taken by pilgrims coming from Portugal and by those choosing to cross the Miño River through A Guarda. The route, which heads northwards very close to the riverbanks, connects to the classic route that comes from Tui in Redondela.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycle through a thousand years of history on the worlds’ grandest historical and religious trail, retracing the steps of countless pilgrims.
  • Discover the historic city centre of Porto, a World Heritage site, and indulge in the combination of ancient and contemporary architecture.
  • Explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Santiago de Compostela, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
  • Visit Baiona and witness the place where Carabela La Pinta made port after discovering the Americas.
  • Discover Pontevedra, an antique city founded by the Romans and considered by many the capital of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival to Porto
Day 1 - Arrival to Porto

Free day in Oporto.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Porto - Esposende
Day 2 - Porto - Esposende

(47 km / 29,2 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Follow the coastline on wooden boardwalks and pavements where you’ll encounter a series of wide sandy beaches and local fishermen at work before you reach the historical seaside town of Vila do Conde.
Cut through the urban areas between Vila do Conde and the coastal resort town of Povoa de Varzim. Then cycle beside the coast and across beaches before heading inland through market gardens, woodland and villages.
Admire the views as you cross the Cávado River to enter Esposende.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Esposende – V.P. Âncora
Day 3 - Esposende – V.P. Âncora

(42 km / 26,1 Miles – 4/5 hours)

This day offers a series of villages interspersed with delightful patches of forest and rivers with views of distant mountain ranges. The Eiffel bridge over the Lima River offers spectacular views along the valley and estuary and the attractive historical and contemporary architecture of Viana do Castelo.
There’s a steady climb up one mostly forested hill before the descent to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - V.P. Âncora - Baiona
Day 4 - V.P. Âncora - Baiona

(45 km / 28,9 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Follow the coastal path between Âncora and Moledo and then continue to the pretty town of Caminha. A short, scenic ferry journey takes you across the Minho River to the fishing town of A Guarda in Spain.
Then follow the Way along coastal pathways, forest tracks and tarmac roads to the small but attractive beachfront village of Oia with its 12th century monastery.
Continue cycling through a rural coastal landscape of small fields, scattered houses and a few villages then cut across the mountains towards Baiona. This rugged uphill section offers a change of scenery and terrain before the final descent into the pretty resort town of Baiona.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Baiona - Vigo
Day 5 - Baiona - Vigo

(45 km / 27,9 Miles – 2/3 hours)

The residential outskirts of Baiona gradually lead to more rural terrain and scattered villages interspersed with patches of woodland. A stint on a busy road ends with another series of villages before you reach Vigo where you’ll cut through Castrelos Park to skirt around the edge of the city.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 -Vigo - Pontevedra
Day 6 -Vigo - Pontevedra

(34 km / 21,1 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Vigo via its main shopping street and follow one long road through a string of quiet hillside villages. After several kilometres you’ll swap houses for trees and views of floating mussel farms, the Cíes islands and the city and port of Vigo before the descent into the town of Redondela.
Cycle uphill through a forest then down to the riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters. Ancient stone paths lead up through the woods and a scenic detour takes you along the River Tomeza. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a maze of atmospheric squares filled with tapas bars.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Pontevedra - Padron
Day 7 - Pontevedra - Padron

(41 km / 25,5 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Although fairly long, the journey to Padron is not difficult and is mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Bathe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs and continue for a gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga.
You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Padron - Santiago
Day 8 - Padron - Santiago

(25 km / 15,5 Miles – 2/3 hours)

Leave Padron for the final stage of your Camino. Pass through a series of Galician villages and the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute.
After a delightful wooded area you’ll begin to wend your way through the outskirts of Santiago and into the city centre. Enter the medieval streets that lead to Santiago Cathedral where your journey ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Departure

After breakfast: end of our services

* Addicional Information

* NOTE: The Camino de Santiago by bicycle program generally uses the same route that pilgrims follow on foot and there is no specific cycle route. The route is a combination of rural paths (asphalt, cobblestones or dirt), forest trails (dirt or gravel, uneven and sometimes rocky), secondary roads and some main roads (both on asphalt). Along the journey you may sometimes encounter some steep climbs and descents, so, good advance physical preparation is necessary in order to do this trip.
It is essential that clients have experience with mountain bikes and basic bicycle repair knowledge, especially how to change a tire
as punctures may occur during the Camino.

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Prices

Prices per person
Low season: March, April, May and October
-In double room occupancy: 910 euros
-Single room supplement: 280 euros

Mid season: June and September
-In double room occupancy: 930 euros
-Single room supplement: 320 euros

High season:July and August
-In double room occupancy:980 euros
-Single room supplement: 360 euros

Supplement to E-Bike upgrade: 200 euros

Included/Excluded

  • 8 Nights of accommodation with breakfast;
  • 7 Days MTB bike rental - Cannondale trail 6 (bike with front suspension, disc brakes, 29' wheels and pannier bags);
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max.15kg/bag);
  • 24 hour emergency support;
  • Pilgrim Kit: Passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira);
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English).
  • International flights;
  • Arrival & departure transfers;
  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary);
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time;
  • Tips and items of a personal nature.

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