The Portuguese Way by bike from Porto to Santiago

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Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Duration

259Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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3/5 Medium

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Porto
Individual arrival in Porto, a Unesco World Heritage City, whose historic center hosts over 150 monuments. Cycling along the Douro River will allow you to admire what this beautiful, vibrant city has to offer: the Bolsa Palace, which houses the Stock Exchange, the monumental church and tower of Clérigos and the Cathedral, are just some of the many places of great interest. Don't miss visiting the historic Lello bookstore, considered a gem of art nouveau-style neo-Gothic architecture, as it contains one of the most beautiful staircases in Europe.

Day 2: Porto – Barcelos (70 km; +/-578 m)
This stage will start on quiet cycling paths along the coast, crossing through a seabird reserve, skirting dunes and fishing villages, before heading inland and following the Portuguese medieval route to Santiago de Compostela that makes it a special experience. Whether you are religious or not, following the Portuguese Way on a bike to Santiago de Compostela is special. Barcelos, on the Cavado River, is known for its ceramics industry, but it is also a place of religious significance. Visit the 13th-century Mother Church.

Day 3: Barcelos – Ponte de Lima (34 km; +/-431 m)
In this second stage of the Portuguese Way by bike, you will reach Ponte de Lima, the oldest village in Portugal, famous for its beautiful and vast Roman bridge, composed of 24 arches. The next morning, at breakfast, you can sweeten your toast with the best honey from the estate's bees.

Day 4: Ponte de Lima – Valença (35 km; +/-711 m)
Leaving Ponte de Lima, you will enter a magical landscape made of mountains, forests and valleys. Valença, the fortified city where you will stay overnight, is located on the banks of the Minho River, on the border with Spain. A suggestive location, partly due to its 17th century double ditch fortifications that surround it with a breathtaking view of the Minho River and the Cathedral of Tui, in Spain.

Day 5: Valença – Pontevedra (54 km; +/-713 m)
After crossing the Spanish border on the bridge built by Eiffel in 1885, you will pedal north along the Louro River valley, through dense pine forests and magical landscapes of the Galician valleys. In Redondela, as you cycle towards Vilaboa, you will be able to admire incredible views of the Atlantic waterway, where the ocean flows inland. You will then reach Pontevedra, a picturesque village located on the Lerez River, which is definitely worth a tour in its well-preserved historic center. Make sure to visit the farmers' market and buy some delicious local cheeses.

Day 6: Pontevedra – Padrón (41 km; +/-442 m)
Today you will leave the Atlantic Ocean, traveling inland, through majestic forests and the picturesque Gandra River valley to Caldas de Reis, a pretty town and a cozy place for a coffee break or a lunch stop. The journey, about 15 kilometers to Padrón, will take you past the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo, gently cycling and enjoying the view of the banks of the Valga River. Legend has it that Saint James often preached on the mountains above Padrón, in a place called Santiaguino del Monte. Another legend says that the saint, striking a rock with his stick, generated a source of fresh water that still flows today.

Day 7: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela (25 km; +/-419 m)
Today the Portuguese Way by bike will take you to Santiago de Compostela, one of Christianity's greatest holy cities, an essential destination for so many people over the centuries. Be sure to visit the Cathedral, a place of History, devotion and hope. A charming city to finish your bike trip.

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela – Porto 
After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport and end of services.
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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Bike rental
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • Transfer to/from Porto airport
  • Overnight bicycle storage in hotels

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing
  • Guide and support vehicle (price on request)

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  • Time Range
  • Full refund
  • More 30 days of departure
  • 75%
  • Up to 7 days before departure
  • Not refundable

Minimum non-refundable rate: 40

The Portuguese Way by bike from Porto to Santiago

  • To travel the Way of Saint James, an unforgettable experience, and if you decide to face the Portuguese Way by bicycle, then the experience becomes truly unique
  • To admire amazing places like Barcelos, on the Cavado River, rich in historical monuments and Ponte de Lima, the oldest village in Portugal, famous for its 24-arch Roman bridge
  • To cross the Minho River on the incredible bridge built in Valença in 1885 by Eiffel
  • To stop along the way to chat with the locals, always ready to welcome pilgrims of all kinds and origins
  • To experience the unique emotion that comes from approaching, with the strength of your own legs, to Santiago de Compostela
  • To discover the wonders of Portugal by bike

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