Pilgrims' way from Porto to Santiago by bike

from 880 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : PT1
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Sustained
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: Monday
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Your cycling tour on Pilgrims' way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela:

It is a pleasant bike ride following the medieval pilgrims’ way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. You will go past famous Camino de Santiago landmarks such as Barcelos, on the Cavado River, and Ponte de Lima with its world famous arched bridge. In Valença, you will cross the River Minho on the remarkable bridge built in 1885 by Eiffel, to Tui in Spain. All along the way you will have a chance to speak to the friendly local inhabitants who are always ready to welcome all who come to visit their region.
Sense the excitement that all pilgrims feel as they approach Santiago de Compostela. The air thrills with their enthusiasm and it is clear that this is one of Christianity’s greatest holy cities, a beautiful city to which so many people throughout the ages travelled. By all means, do visit the cathedral to Saint James. It is a place of history, devotion and hope. A lovely town to end your biking journey.

Day 1 : Arrival in Porto


Transfer from Porto airport to your hotel.
Porto, a World Heritage City, has a historic centre with over 150 listed monuments. Hiking alongside the Douro River is sufficient to make you aware of what this beautiful, lively city has to offer visitors: the Bolsa Palace housing the Stock Exchange, the monumental Clérigos church and tower and the Cathedral are just some of the highlights

Day 2 : Porto – Barcelos | 52 km


Whether you are religious or not, following the medieval Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela is a special experience. Barcelos, on the River Cavado, is known for its pottery industry, and is also of religious importance. You should visit the 13th century Mother Church. Every hour on the hour, you will hear the pealing of the church bells of the many parishes for which the city is famous.

Day 3 : Barcelos – Ponte de Lima | 39 km


On this second stage, you will arrive in Ponte de Lima, the oldest village in Portugal, famous for its beautiful 24-arch Roman bridge of immense. In the morning, spread your toast with the finest honey from the bees on the estate. Take your time enjoying a delightful breakfast.

Day 4 : Ponte de Lima – Valença | 40 km


Leaving Ponte de Lima, you will enter a magical landscape of mountains, forest and valleys. A land of flowers and silence. Valença, the fortified town you will spend the night in, rises from the banks of the River Minho, on the Spanish border. An awe-inspiring location, partly due to the 17th century double-moated fortifications that surround it, it offers breath-taking views over the River Minho and the cathedral town of Tui, in Spain.

Day 5 : Valença – Pontevedra | 45 km


After crossing the border to Spain over the bridge built by Eiffel in 1885, you will cycle northwards along the valley of the River Louro, through thick pine forests and enjoy the magical landscapes of the valleys of Galicia. At Redondela, as you cycle further north towards Vilaboa, you will have captivating views of an Atlantic waterway where the ocean streams inland. You are back to the land of fishermen. Pontevedra, picturesquely located on the River Lerez, deserves some time spent in the well-preserved ancient city centre. Be sure to visit the farmers’ market and buy some of the delicious local cheese for tomorrow.

Day 6 : Pontevedra – Padrón | 40km


Today you leave the Atlantic Ocean, travelling inland through majestic forests and across the picturesque Valley of the River Gandra to Caldas de Reis, a nice little town and a welcoming place for a coffee or lunch stop. The approximately 15 kilometres ride to Padrón takes you past the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo, again through a fascinating landscape, gently cycling with views of the banks of the River Valga. Legend has it that Saint James often preached in the mountains above Padrón, at a place called Santiaguino del Monte. Another legend is that the saint, striking a rock with his staff, released a spring of fresh water that still flows to this day.

Day 7 : Padrón – Santiago de Compostela | 25 km


The last stage is a little exciting for most people, as today you will indeed reach Santiago de Compostela. As you arrive in Compostela, you will sense the thrill in the air that all pilgrims feel as they approach the medieval sanctuary to Saint James. Clearly, that this is one of Christianity’s greatest holy cities, a beautiful destination for so many people throughout the ages. By all means, do visit the cathedral. It is a place of history, devotion and hope. A lovely town in which to end your biking journey.

Day 8 : Transfer from Santiago to Porto


Transfer to Porto airport.

The little extra with RandoVélo


  • “Wine experiences” package featuring 2 wine tastings and visits including :

. 1 wine tasting on the arrival day at Porto*
. 1 wine tasting in a local wine estate – in Ponte de Lima
*this is only available for clients arriving soon this day, because the last possible visit to the cellars is at 17h45 – subject to availability.

  • Special Wine & Dine package with 2 dinners – Barcelos & Santiago de Compostela – including :

. 1 Dinner in a typical Portuguese restaurant with traditional food & wine – in Barcelos
. 1 Special dinner at a typical Spanish restaurant, three courses menu & wines – in Santiago de Compostela

Select your category

standard category
Reference: PT1 STD
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 17th 2019
    from April 23rd to 30th 2019
    from October 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: Monday
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
880 € / pers.
Single supplement
300 € / pers.
High season
  • from April 18th to 22nd 2019
    from May 1st to September 30th 2019
  • Departure: Monday
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
1 020 € / pers.
Single supplement
300 € / pers.
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Your cycle hire

SPECIALIZED hybrid bike

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes)
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes)
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

CUBE e-bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes)
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes)
  • Helmet

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • Leave your bike rental at your hotel in Santiago de Compostela. We take care of its repatriation.
> Departure day
> Your journey
> Your arrival in Porto
> Return

Departure day

Departure on Monday.

  • From 1 to 4 people: departure possible other than Monday considering a supplement of € 110 / pers.
  • More than 4 people, departure at your convenience without supplement.

Your journey

  • Camino de Santiago is done using the ancient way used by pedestrians also. Mostly dirt roads and some steep roads.
    The bikes given have mountain tyres.
  • August period is not recommended.

Your arrival in Porto

On Day 1: transfer by motorcoach at 3:00 pm from Porto “Sá Carneiro” airport to your accommodation.

  • If you arrive after 3:00 pm, a private transfer to reach your accommodation is possible (please consult us).
  • If you arrive before 3:00 pm, an additionnal transfer before 3:00 pm could be provided (please consult us).

By train:
From Porto station: reach your hotel by your own, by subway or by taxi (20 euros) or please contact us for more information.

By plane:
Porto “Sá Carneiro” airport.
Take in charge and transfer to your hotel.

By car:
Possibility to park your car in Porto town center (contact us for more information).

Return

Coach transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto airport is included in your package.


Trip overall rating : / 1 testimonials

Bernard
France
travel date: 29 May 2017.
" Très bien "

Très beau circuit au milieu de paysages verdoyants.