5D Cycling Atlantic Way to Santiago
8 Days / 7 Nights / 5 Cycling Days
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Nature Cultural Cycling Self guided
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 2

 

This route takes you along one of the most scenic paths of the St. James Way, starting at the vibrant city of Porto, following north along the coast, passing vineyards, forests and green hills until reaching the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Imagine yourself traveling in time, as you pass through medieval towns, cross ancient bridges, and experience the coast that saw the caravels coming and going during the age of discovery.
 
Starting in Porto, the path goes through the Minho region and Galicia until the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Get ready to spend seven days experiencing the best of what nature and history have to offer. You will discover the less travelled St. James Way – the  Caminho Português pela Costa, experiencing it away from the crowds and closer to yourself. What are you waiting for?

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Arrive in Porto, transfer to the hotel Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto) Breakfast
2 Cycle from Porto to Esposende Hotel 3*  Suave Mar Hotel (esposende) Breakfast
3 Cycle from Esposende to A Guarda Hotel 2*  Villa da Guarda Hotel (Aguarda Galiza) Breakfast
4 Cycle from A Guarda to Vigo Hotel 3*  Mexico Hotel (Vigo, grupo Barcelo) Breakfast
5 Cycle from Vigo to Caldas de Reis Hotel 1*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis) Breakfast
6 Cycle from Caldas dos Reis to Santiago de Compostela Hotel 2*  Windsor Hotel Breakfast
7 Transfer from Santiago to Porto Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto) Breakfast
8 Departure from Porto    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Arrive in Porto, transfer to the hotel

Overnight: Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto)
Meals: Breakfast

Welcome to Portugal!
On your arrival to Porto we will pick you up and do the transfer to the hotel where you will be briefed on the tour.
Enjoy the rest of the day in the city. We suggest you roam free, take a stroll along the Douro River, visit the Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, visit and shop at one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world – Lello & Irmão bookshop, climb the Clérigos Tower for a stunning view of the city, or immerse yourself in Porto´s dining scene, the options are endless.
 
Transfer from the Porto airport to the city center approx. 30min


2: Cycle from Porto to Esposende

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Suave Mar Hotel (esposende)
Meals: Breakfast

Today´s ride takes you from Porto to the relaxed city of Esposende.
It starts at Porto´s Cathedral and crosses the old quarters towards the Douro River. From here on, the route follows north along the coastline. Halfway you find the city Vila do Conde, an important port city from the Age of Discovery. If you are curious about the voyages of those times take the opportunity to visit here a replica of a Portuguese Caravel. The path continues north along extensive golden sand beaches, and just before Esposende you will enter the beautiful nature reserve - Parque Natural do Litoral Norte. The day ends in Esposende where you will enjoy the city´s laid-back atmosphere.
 
Cycle 61,8km | 4H»5H | +310m | - 370m


3: Cycle from Esposende to A Guarda

Overnight: Hotel 2*  Villa da Guarda Hotel (Aguarda Galiza)
Meals: Breakfast

Today you are going to cross the border into Galicia, Spain. The route continues along the coastline, with a short detour inland before arriving to Viana do Castelo. Viana is an important pilgrimage stop on the Portuguese Coastal Way to Saint James. Explore the city with its charming medieval center. It is worth to climb the hill towards the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. The sights over the Lima Valley and the coast are amazing.
Back to the track, the route gets back to the coastline all the way up to Caminha, an elegant medieval town at the border with Spain. Crossing the Minho River, you will be at the fishing town of A Guarda, your home for the night.
   
Note: if you choose the Superior option, the day will end in Caminha, Portugal.
 
 
Cycle 57,7km | 4H»5H | +420m | - 420m


4: Cycle from A Guarda to Vigo

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Mexico Hotel (Vigo, grupo Barcelo)
Meals: Breakfast

After crossing the Minho river the terrain is not very rugged and after A Guarda town, is almost flat until Oia. Oia is place of an ancient monastery of the order of Cistercian that gave the name to this saint James Path alternative, the Monacal Path. From Oia onward the path run near cliffs, passes by cape Sillero, and follows the ancient Vereda Real until the old medieval Baiona. Just after Baiona the path divert from the main Camino, for cycling is preferable to go along the Ria of Vigo, and avoid the industrial area. You will end the day at Vigo, entering via Vigo's parks and gardens.
 
Note: if you choose the Superior option, the day will be: Cycle from Caminha to Vigo
 
Cycle 58,9km | 4H»5H |+590 | -630m


5: Cycle from Vigo to Caldas de Reis

Overnight: Hotel 1*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis)
Meals: Breakfast

Start your adventure going from Vigo to Redondela where you might ride in a very dense urban area. In Redondela leave the Ria of Vigo behind and go inland, crossing several medieval bridges. On the way you will pass Pontevedra, a town with a beautiful historical center. Across the roman bridge, you will enter the forest of Reiris y Lombo da Maceira. After, the path will join with the N550 road and reach the thermal village of Caldas de Reis.
On the way, just off the main path, you can visit the Barosa river waterfall and old river mills, and when you arrive at your final destination, Caldas de Reis you can also enjoy the romans thermal bath, still in function.
 
Cycle 56,7km | 4H30»5H30 | +900m | -930m


6: Cycle from Caldas dos Reis to Santiago de Compostela

Overnight: Hotel 2*  Windsor Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

The last day of this Pilgrimage goes by the woods and follows small beautiful rivers with water mills. In Padron there is the Iglesia de Santiago, the last stop before Santiago de Compostela. Take a moment to rest. Next to Padron is Iria Flavia, the place where the Body of the apostle came ashore into Galicia. 25km after, you will finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage destination since the 9th century. It’s now time to celebrate and have a great dinner in the surroundings.
 
Cycle 42,6km | 4H»5H | +690m | -460m


7: Transfer from Santiago to Porto

Overnight: Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto)
Meals: Breakfast

You have a free morning in Santiago de Compostela, take your time and enjoy this powerful place, also classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon there will be a private transfer to Porto and the opportunity to visit the north capital of Portugal. Discover the old quarter, walk by the river and drink some wine at Ribeira area. Wander around the large avenues of early XX century, and visit one of the most characteristic markets of the town, Mercado do Bolhão. Take a look to some of the old churches and modern architecture. Enjoy the city and its views.
 
Transfer to Porto 2h30min


8: Departure from Porto

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

On this departure day we will organize a transfer to take you to the airport or other place you have in mind in Porto.
Transfer will be organized to meet your schedules.

Dates & Prices
Dates Prices

 
Notes

Included

• Welcome transfer at the airport or train station in Porto to the hotel in Porto (D1);
•  Briefing at the Hotel with handover of documentation, GPS device for navigation + Bicycle fitting;
•  Booklet with detailed information on the tour, including maps;
•  GPS for navigation (How-to-use tutorial during the briefing);
•  Luggage transfer during Cycling days, Hotel to Hotel (D2 to D6 - 1 piece of Luggage)
•  Portuguese phone and phone assistance during the entire journey;
•  7 nights lodging on Superior (4*/3*)  or Comfort (2*/3*)  accommodations on BB basis;
•  Final transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto (D8);
•  Liability and personal accident insurance (as in Portuguese Law).
 
 
Excluded

•  Bicycle rent (see Bike Rental)
•  Lunch, dinners.
•  Personal expenses.
•  Extra Days for visit or rest
 
Bike Rental

•  5 Day Cycling Trekking Bike Rental (100€)
•  5 Day Cycling E-Bike Rental (115€)
 Bike rental includes Helmet, handlebar bag + small rear bag, pump, extra inner tube, toolkit and locks
 
Supplement

• Second Luggage Transfer up to 15kg (132€)
 
 
Optional services

• Extra days for rest or Visits
• Support vehicle (ask quotation)
• Hybrid bike or E-Bike rental (Bike Rental)
 



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