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Portuguese Coastal Way Cycling – Porto to Santiago FULL CYCLE

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Portuguese Coastal Way Cycling: The Portuguese Coastal Way (also known as Caminho da Costa and Caminho da Senda Litoral) is a stunning alternative route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago #caminhoportugues. Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city Porto and will take you to charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing by ferry to A Guarda, in Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages and feel refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Camino route.

*We recommend cycling the Camino only if you have some cycling experience and if you have essential bike maintenance knowledge. Cycling the Camino de Santiago – How it Works.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard: 7 days/ 6 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
  • Superior Collection: Treat yourself to the top accommodation along the way, including unique boutique properties and historic ‘Parador’ hotels. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    Trip highlights

    • Explore colourful Porto
    • Be enchanted by the wild Atlantic beauty
    • Indulge in the best fresh seafood and wine
    • Stop for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches

    1 Porto

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    Start your Camino de Santiago journey in gorgeous and colourful Porto, with its UNESCO-listed old town, picturesque river front and home to Port wine. Discover the best of Portuguese hospitality before your Camino cycling adventure!

    2 Porto to Esposende - 62km

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    You can start your cycle from Matosinhos (take the metro to Mercado metro station). Explore pretty Vila do Conde harbour and its medieval district before you continue your Camino. Cycle up to the Convento de Santa Clara to enjoy the best views of the town and the surrounding coast. On your way to Esposende you will pass the popular seaside town of Póvoa de Varzim with its sandy beach front and cross the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte.

    3 Esposende to Vila Praia de Ancora - 42km

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    You will continue your cycling holiday on the Portuguese Coastal Way from Esposende, across the Coastal Natural Park, to finish at Vila Praia de Ancora. Make sure you stop to enjoy the stunning coastline or go for a swim in one of the many pristine sandy beaches.

    4 Vila Praia de Ancora to Baiona - 45km

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    From Vila Praia de Ancora you will continue cycling the Camino heading North, towards Galicia, stopping in the pretty pocket-sized city of Viana do Castelo. Taste the local cuisine, explore the historic centre and take the funicular to the Basílica de Santa Luzía for glorious views. Legend has it that the Romans were so impressed by Viana’s beauty when they reached the town in the first century BC that they thought they had reached paradise. After Viana do Castelo you will continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastline towards Caminha where you will take the ferry-boat Santa Rita de Cássia across the river Minho to Galicia. There are about 10 crossings per day from Caminha to A Guarda (schedule varies depending on the season, ferry doesn’t operate on Monday). Ticket fare not included in the holiday package. Once you land the other side of the river, you can choose to cycle straight to A Guarda or to take the scenic coastal route. From A Guarda you will continue following the coast all the way to the elegant seaside town of Baiona.

    5 Baiona to Pontevedra - 60km

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    Today, you will set off from majestic Baiona enjoying fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo, with the magnificent Illas Cíes and its Natural Park in the horizon. On a hot day, stop at the blue flag beach Praia América in Nigrán for a quick swim. You will be joining the classic Camino Portugues in Redondela. Your stop for the night is the buzzy historic city of Pontevedra, where you explore its old town: wander its cobbled streets, stopping for a bite al fresco or a refreshment in one of its many squares.

    6 Pontevedra to Padrón - 41km

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    Today, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras you will see the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick will show you the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing bath.

    7 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 25km

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    Your final cycling day on the Portuguese Coastal Way will take you through a number of small villages on your way to the sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Nearby on a hilltop sit the ruins of a fort known as Castro Lupario. Shortly after this you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia (cruceiros). As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to spot for the first time the spires of Santiago Cathedral. You will pass the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella, as you approach Santiago de Compostela.

    Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    8 Santiago de Compostela

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    Take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Santiago de Compostela is UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, socialising and enjoying a few bites with a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

    Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

    Porto - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses and relaxing country homes.

    Esposende - Standard

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

    Vila Praia de Ancora - Standard/ Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses and relaxing country homes.

    Baiona - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Pontevedra - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Padrón - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall
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    Baiona Average Temperature & Rainfall
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    Santiago de Compostela Average Temperature & Rainfall
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    Flying IN and OUT

    How to get to Porto:
    Best option: Porto airport (10km)
    There are many international flights from Porto airport, including: London (Gatwick) with EasyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/to New York (Newark) and from/to Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
    How to get back from Santiago de Compostela
    Best Option:
     Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
    Santiago de Compostela is the main international airport in Galicia. Aer Lingus serves flights from/ to Dublin; Ryanair from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from/ to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: Porto airport (210km)
    There are many international flights from Porto airport, including: London (Gatwick) with EasyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/to New York (Newark) and from/to Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (90km)
    Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: A Coruña Airport (70km)
    Direct flights to London (Vueling), Lisbon (TAP), Madrid and Barcelona.

     

    Transfers TO and FROM Airport

    How to get to Porto:
    From: Porto airport (10km)
    The easiest connection between Porto airport and the city center is by metro. The purple metro line (line E) links the places with a frequency between 5-9 minutes. See: metrodoporto.pt

     

    Ferry Caminha-A Guarda: www.cm-caminha.pt

     

    How to get back from Santiago de Compostela
    To:
     Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
    There is a shuttle bus to/from the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.

    To: Porto airport (210km)
    There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.

    To: A Coruña airport (70km)
    From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

    To: Vigo airport (90km)
    From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

    We can also arrange taxi transfers, if you prefer. Let the CaminoWays.com team know.

    Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


    Select your trip

    1. Tour options - Select your trip type

    • Stay in our selected accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Bike rental optional. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €1022
      Double/Twin Room
      €838
    • Stay in the best accommodation along the way, including 4-star hotels and 'paradores'. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €1393
      Double/Twin Room
      €1113

    2. Select Date

    3. No. of rooms

    • Single (1 bed)
    • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
    • Double (1 large bed for 2)

    What's Included

    • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
    • Half-board accommodation (dinners included in smaller towns)
    • Rooms en-suite
    • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful info
    • Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago

    We also offer

    • Bike rental, airport transfers, hotel upgrades (where available)