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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

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$1860USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: PWS

Trip highlights


  • Experiencing both the Atlantic Coast and the Camino by bike
  • Arriving into Santiago with its historic cathedrals and impressive architecture
  • Enjoying a quieter pilgrimage route
  • Cycling in both Portugal and Spain

The Portuguese Coastal Way is a stunning alternative to the main route of the Portuguese Camino. The first half of this tour will have you cycling along the Atlantic coast, enjoying the view of the wild coastline and passing charming seaside towns en route. A ferry crossing will bring you from Portugal into Spain, where you will then join the traditional Portuguese Camino route and pedal into the famed city of Santiago de Compostela.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Set on the banks of the Douro River, Porto’s historical centre was declared a World Heritage site in 1996 and in the 12th Century it was in Porto that the country took its name and became an independent nation. Its maritime legacies and importance as a New World trading port have shaped its rich heritage. After checking in to your hotel, take the time to explore the city with its many cultural sites including the impressive cathedral and port wine lodges. Overnight in Porto.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you go to the bike shop to collect your bike. Today you will cycle along quiet country roads, passing a mixture of churches and historic sites. You will continue to head north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in the direction to Esposende, an old fishing village located on the estuary of the River Cavado. If you prefer to spend more time in Porto today and avoid the largely urban cycle to Esposende, it is possible for us to arrange an afternoon transfer from Porto to Esposende. An additional cost will apply and this needs to be pre-booked (speak to our staff for details, including price). You will still qualify for a Compostela Certificate on arrival into Santiago as you will have ridden just over 200km from Esposende to Santiago, which is the minimum requirement for cyclists. When taking this option, you need to be at the bike shop by 5pm for the bike fitting, as the transfer will be arranged from the bike shop at 5:30pm.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will continue cycling along the Atlantic coastine. You will pass through the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque until reach the historic town of Viana do Castelo. Later today you will pass farms before continuing to the fishing village of Praia de Ancora.

Meals:  B,D

This morning a short 10km cycle along the coast will bring you to the ferry terminal. From here you will take the ferry at Caminha in Spain, across the river Miño. The cost of the ferry is not included (around EUR6 + bike extra). You will then get back on the bike and cycle to Baiona.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will join the traditional Camino. You will cycle towards O Porriño, and then later in the day a short climb leads up to the chapel of Santiaguiño de Antas, and you will then cycle through pine forests en route to the fishing village of Arcade. Enjoy stunning views over the Bay of Vigo as you pedal towards the historic city of Pontevedra, where you stay overnight. In Pontevedra there are some interesting sites to be explored including the Santuario da Peregrin chapel and the Convento de San Francisco. The medieval town centre is a maze of cobbled laneways with tapas bars and cafes.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will pedal through chestnut groves, pine and eucalyptus forest. You will pass through the hamlet of Tivo and the village of Caldas de Reis, before crossing the River Umia and gradually climbing to the village of Santa Marina. Your destination for today is Padron, where the body of Saint James is said to have first landed, when it was brought to Santiago. As of mid July the O Burgo bridge in Pontevedra is closed, there is a temporary diversion of the Camino via the As Correntes bridge before returning to the usual route in A Santiña. The diversion is signed and local businesses and accommodation are aware, if you need to ask for directions.

Meals:  B,D

The final day takes you again through pine, oak and eucalyptus wood before climbing up to reach Santiago. You will pass a number of small villages en route, before spotting the spires of Santiago’s Cathedral in the distance. If you time your arrival well you will be able to attend the midday Pilgrim’s Mass in Santiago, a very special experience. This afternoon you are free to discover the many interesting sites of Santiago’s charming old town at leisure.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners - Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 7 nights in a combination of 3-4 star hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Mountain bike rental (standard model) with helmet, handlebar bag, panniers, water bottle, repair kit, lock & pump (gel saddle, toe clips, SPD pedals, bike upgrade options available: Advanced model MTB, electric touring e-bike, e-MTB - supplement applies) A standard trekking bike is also available on request. Please specify your preferred bike type when booking
  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • Digital information pack with route notes & GPX
  • Pilgrim's Passport
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Porto and from Santiago de Compostela
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Advanced model MTB, electric touring e-bike, e-MTB - supplement applies
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • Ferry on day 3
  • Excess luggage
  • We recommend bringing a handlebar phone holder – to follow the route more easily using GPX files
  • Items of a personal nature

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 The cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 24 to 55km / 15 to 34mi over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to hilly. There will be some dirt roads as well as the occasional rocky path used during this tour. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a good to high level of fitness. Minor roads with reduced traffic are customary on this trip and we recommend that you familiarise yourself with road cycling in light traffic in order to participate. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 15 Nov

Notes

H
High Season
Note:
High season from 15 Jul to 15 Sep, supplement applies
Note:
It is possible to book a transfer on day 2 to Esposende to avoid cycling this day through urban centres - supplement applies - must be requested at time of booking. Delivery of bike will be on the evening of day 2 if taking the transfer option.

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Priceper person from

$1860USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Helmet purchaseUSD$50
  • Bike upgrade supplement - premium MTBUSD$60
  • Fisterra Day Trip ex Santiago - departs daily from 14 April to 31 OctoberUSD$70
  • Optional bike upgrade supplement: e-MTBUSD$190
  • Single SupplementUSD$450
  • Solo Traveller SupplementUSD$500
*Prices listed are per person

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