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Portuguese Way Cycling – Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela FULL CYCLE

Full Way Cycling

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The Portuguese Way or Caminho Portugués #caminhoportugues is a fantastic Camino de Santiago route for cyclists. The trail starts in Lisbon, Portugal’s dazzling capital and home of several UNESCO sites, and takes ‘bicigrinos’ (bike-pilgrims) the length of Portugal and Southern Galicia across stunning countryside.

You will be cycling past terraced fields, vineyards and lush forests, as well as sleepy country villages and historic towns and cities such as Coimbra, famous for its UNESCO 13th century university; gorgeous Porto with its colourful river front and home of Port wine; and historic Pontevedra with its lively cobbled streets.

From Valenca do Minho, you will cycle across the 19th century International Bridge over the River Minho, separating Portugal from Galicia, in Spain. On the last section you will reach the Atlantic Coast for a short while, being in the heart of the Rías Baixas region, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to taste the local Albariño white wine and some of the best seafood in the country. As you cycle the Portuguese Way and get closer to Santiago, you will meet fellow pilgrims coming from all over the world, all with the same goal: reaching magnificent Santiago de Compostela.

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

Trip highlights

  • Soak in Lisbon's famous light and upbeat atmosphere
  • Be amazed by colourful Porto while you sip Port wine
  • Cycle across the 19th century international bridge from Portugal to Galicia
  • Get your 'Compostela' certificate in Santiago

1 Lisbon

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Portugal’s bright and dazzling capital city, Lisbon is the starting point of the Portuguese Way route of the Camino. Make the most of its relaxed atmosphere and soak in the famous Lisbon ‘light’ before you set off. The city is also home to beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and busy squares you can explore on foot or hopping on one of the city trams. Visit the São Jorge castle and if you get a chance head to Belém to see the Jerónimo Monastery and Belém Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

2 Lisbon to Vila Franca de Xira - 40km

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4h | +553m / -546m
Today you will cycle out of Lisbon along the famous Caminho de Fátima. As the trail follows the river Tejo through the Parque das Nacoes, the cycling is quite easy. From here you will soon enter the countryside and a lush valley. This landscape change will make Lisbon seem like a distant memory. From Santa Iria de Azoia you will cycle along a trail gradually climbing before descending into Póvoa de Santa Iria. From here you will follow the River Tejo once again along a national road to the beautiful Vila Franca de Xira, famous for its bullfighting festival.

3 Vila Franca de Xira to Santarém - 51km

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6h | +531m / -533m
From Vila Franca de Xira, the Caminho Portugues takes pilgrims across a region famous for bullfighting and horse breeding. The River Tejo continues to show you the way, as you head inland towards Azambuja, famous for its bull run, taking place in the town’s streets every May. From here the trail will take you to one of the highest points of the route: Santarém. You will cycle through vineyards, fruit orchards and crop fields.

4 Santarém to Tomar - 61km

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5h +449 m / -501 m
From Santarém you will cycle tranquil country lanes alongside the Tejo River, heading north-west. You will pass beautiful little villages and farmland, as well as many horses and bulls (the region is famous for horse and bull breeding). You will leave the pretty little town of Golegã and head towards ‘Quinta da Cardiga’, one of the most beautiful manor houses in the country. From here, the Camino trail continues past peaceful villages. nestled in rolling hills. Your finishing point for the day is the centre of the historic town of Tomar, at the wonderful Praza da República.

5 Tomar to Ansião - 46km

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4h30 | +700m / -524m
The first half of today, you will notice a change in the landscape, as you cycle across lovely woodland, valleys and along ancient Roman roads and farm tracks. It is one of the most challenging stretches of this Camino route but also very rewarding. The trail from Alvaiázere begins with a sharp climb, followed by a gradual descent. The rest of the day will take you over rolling hills and through olive groves and crop fields, on the way to Ansião, your stop for the night.

6 Ansião to Coimbra - 49km

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4h30 | +577m / -755m
After Ansião you will cross the 17th century bridge of Ponte da Cal as you make your way to Netos. There are many trees along today’s stage of the Camino, offering plenty of shade. The beautiful countryside is dotted with vineyards, olive groves and forests. The final part of the stage takes you up to Alto de Cruz de Mourocos, at 190m, before dropping down into Coimbra. Coimbra is a pretty and energetic city, with one of the oldest universities in Europe, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013.

7 Coimbra to Águeda - 47km

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5h | 455m / -523m
From Coimbra, you will cycle along river valleys and across urban areas following a relatively flat trail. There is a climb as you leave Coimbra up to Cioga do Monte and you will see remains of the old Roman road. You will cycle past the vineyards of Mealhada and continue to the town of Avelas de Caminho, with a strong historic connection to the Camino de Santiago. Your stop for the night will be Águeda, on the banks of the Certima river.

8 Águeda to Porto - 79km

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8h | +1218m / -1191m
This section of the Camino Portugués follows the ancient Roman road ‘Via Romana XVI’, across eucalyptus and pine forests. You will also cross a lovely Roman bridge over the Rio Marnel on your way to Albergaria A Velha. From there, you will continue across more woodlands and gradually into more urban areas, in the northern part of the Beira Coast. You will cycle past the lovely, historic town of Oliveira de Azeméis. From here the trail heads across rolling hills to São João da Madeira. For the last stretch of the day, you will enjoy the refreshing breeze of the Atlantic Ocean as you make your way to Porto, the capital of Port wine; following another Via Romana in Perosinho. You will then head to Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river Douro from Porto. Cross the fantastic Ponte Luiz I into Porto, to arrive in the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

9 Porto to Arcos - 37km

5h30 | +604m / -666m
After Porto, you will be cycling on quiet country roads. There are many interesting churches and historic sites along today’s stage, for example the 12th century Mosteiro de Leca do Balio. From Fajozes you will travel North East away from the coast. You will cross the magnificent Dom Zameiro bridge and enter eucalyptus and pine woodland, offering plenty of shade.

10 Arcos to Ponte de Lima - 53km

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5h30 | +601m / -650m
Today, the Camino takes you across rolling hills, woodland and lovely little villages. If you like you can climb up to the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, at 290m, where you will enjoy fantastic views. You will cross a lovely old stone bridge as you make your way to the market town of Barcelos. After Barcelos you will start to notice a gradual change in the landscape, with green hills becoming more prominent. This part of the day is challenging as there aren’t many villages to stop and also due to a few short, sharp climbs. The scenery and views are fantastic though!

11 Ponte de Lima to Tui - 37km

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4h | +873m / -881m
There is a fair amount of climbing again today on the Camino Portugués with the highest point being the Alto da Portela Grande at 410m. However once again this climbing will reward you with fantastic views. You will also pass a number of small churches and crossings where pilgrims to Santiago traditionally place stones and mark their journey. Today you will also leave Portugal and reach Galicia, crossing the international bridge from Valença do Minho to Tui, your stop for the night.

12 Tui to Pontevedra - 52km

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5h | +833m / -839m
From the old town in Tui, the Camino trail continues along the Camino de Barca and the Túnel das Monxas before beginning a sharp climb up to the San Telmo bridge. After this, the terrain becomes slightly easier on the way to O Porriño. An alternative route has been signposted in 2013 to bypass the industrial estate in the outskirts of town. From O Porriño, the Camino continues along the Louro valley and up to the chapel of Santiaguiño de Antas, a lovely place to rest your legs. After this, the trail enters pine forests and heads to Arcade through the village of Setefontes. You will enjoy magnificent views of the Bay of Vigo as you cycle to Pontevedra.

13 Pontevedra to Padrón - 40km

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4h | +420m / -439m
From the historic city of Pontevedra, the Camino takes pilgrims across 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 there is a statue of Saint James with his walking stick showing you the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing. From Caldas de Reis you will cross the river Umia and reach the hot springs giving the town its name since Roman times. The trail once again takes you into forests and gradually climbs to the village of Santa Marina. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to Padrón. Padrón is said to be the first land reached by the body of Saint James was it was brought to Compostela by boat.

14 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 25km

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2h30 | +340m / -339m
On your final cycling day on the Camino you will pass a few 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. As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to spot the spires of Santiago Cathedral.

15 Santiago de Compostela

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Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market and the many restaurants and bars.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and staff 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.

Lisbon - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Vila Franca de Xira - 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.

Santarém - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Tomar - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Ansião - 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.

Coimbra - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Agueda - 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.

Porto - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Arcos - 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.

Ponte de Lima - 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 guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Tui - Standard / Parador

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 guesthouses, 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 / Parador

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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Padrón - Standard / Superior Collection

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.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

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 guesthouses, 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.

Lisbon Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Santarém Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Coimbra Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Tui 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 Lisbon:
Best option: Lisbon airport (60km)
Lisbon international airport is connected with many different destinations across the world. easyJet and TAP airlines fly to the busiest airports in Europe. EasyJet, for example, offers many flights from the UK: London (Luton and Gatwick), Liverpool and Edinburgh. Manchester has a direct connection to Lisbon with TAP Airlines. Aer Lingus offers flights from Dublin and Cork. SATA and TAP airlines offer some (mainly seasonal) transatlantic flights, e.g. from Miami, New York (Newark), Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. See: www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back from Santiago de Compostela:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
Aer Lingus has direct flights to Dublin; Ryanair to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet to 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: 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: Porto airport (210km)
Porto airport has many direct flights to Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights to New York (Newark) with TAP and Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. Seewww.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 Lisbon:
From: Lisbon airport (60km)
From Lisbon airport to you can take the metro or bus to the city centre. Seewww.toandfromtheairport.com for an overview. The bus no. 9 (Aerobus) links the airport with the city centre, see www.golisbon.com.
How to get back from Santiago de Compostela: 
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
There is a shuttle bus from the city (Praza de Galicia, train station and bus station) to Santiago airport, departing every 30min. See www.empresafreire.com.
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).
To: Porto airport (210km)
There is a direct bus from Santiago (Estacion de Autobuses) to 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.

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


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €2058
    Double/Twin Room
    €1679

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half board on cycling days (dinners included in smaller towns)
  • Holiday pack including notes, maps, pilgrim passport and useful information

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rental