Camino Portugues Central Cycling the Camino Portugues Central from Porto to Santiago last 200km

Activity:
Walking or Easy Walking or Cycling or Easy Cycling
Duration:
8 Nights
Distance:
249 km
Difficulty:
Medium +
Tour Type:
Time To Go:
March to October
Price:
8 nights from €822
Rating:

Cycling the Camino Portugues Central from Porto, in 1 week

The stunning UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto in Northern Portugal is a wonderful place to start your journey Cycling the Camino Portugues Central or the Portuguese Way as it is also called. It takes approximately one week to cycle the 200km from Porto to Santiago de Compostela.

Bike-pilgrims (also known as ‘bicigrinos’) will get to see many different landscapes across Northern Portugal and Galicia on your way to  Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. From vineyards and forests to green hills and coastal paths, you will cycle past many lovely villages with magnificent Baroque and Romanesque churches.

This is the trail taken by Queen Isabel of Portugal on her way to Santiago de Compostela in the 13th century; and followed by many Portuguese pilgrims since.

You will cycle across the International Bridge between Valenca do Minho, in Portugal, and Tui, in Galicia, to continue your journey towards Santiago.

As you reach the Rías Baixas, treat yourself to a glass of its world-famous Albariño white wine and superb seafood. In Galicia, the Cycling the Camino Portugues Central from Porto takes pilgrims through lovely wooded areas, farmland, and historic villages and towns such as wonderful Pontevedra.

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

The best time to do this Camino route is from May to September when the weather is good for cycling.

We can also organise guided Camino cycling tours for private groups or for charity fundraisers, talk to our team for more details.

Click below to create your Cycling the Camino Portugues Central from Porto. You can customise the start and finish and the options that come with it.

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Porto
Porto
You arrive in Porto.
38 km
Arcos
Arcos

Today’s walking day on Camino starts in Fajozes and heads North East, away from the coast. Shortly after the start you will cross the magnificent Dom Zameiro bridge and enter lush pine and eucalyptus woods, offering plenty of shade.

54 km
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima

After you leave Barcelos, the landscape will start to change gradually, as you approach Galicia and green hills become more prominent. Today is the most challenging walking day on this Camino section, mainly due to the shortage of villages along the way, as well as some short, sharp climbs. The scenery is fantastic however, so your effort will be rewarded with wonderful views.

38 km
Tui
 Tui

Today you will leave Portugal and cross the River Minho into Galicia. Your day will kick start with a descent to the Río Coura, across lush green hills; then followed by a long, gradual climb to Alto Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. From here there is a sharp descent to Fontoura and the Rio Minho, separating Portugal and Spain. You will cross the international bridge from Valença do Minho to your destination: Tui, in Galicia.

Take time to explore the charming town of Tui, overlooking the River Minho. Stroll down the lovely streets to the Plaza de San Fernando, where you’ll get fantastic views of the magnificent 12th century cathedral. Ask the team if you’d like to upgrade to a Parador or if you would like to book additional nights to explore this beautiful part of Galicia

34 km
Redondela
Redondela

Break your journey in Redondela

20 km
Pontevedra
Pontevedra

Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

40 km
Padrón
Padrón

From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

25 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered 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 (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars.

Superior Collection includes complimentary spa in Santiago.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Country Cottages

Country Cottages or  ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch. Rest assured when you select Country Cottage you will enjoy the full experience of our collection of beautiful Casa Rurales when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Superior Collection

Stay in very special hotels and unique properties along the Camino.  We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Porto

Porto Airport 12km: The easiest way to get to Porto airport from the city is taking the metro (line E), departing every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

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).

A Coruna 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.

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.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

Manage your trip online

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

Have questions? Read our FAQ pages.

Rob & Michelle, Canada - July
The Camino Portuguese, an extraordinary experience indeed. My wife and I had the pleasure of a 10 day Trek through some of the most unique Portuguese Countryside and upgraded to the 'Superior Collection' (Parador Hotels), well worth it and more. Camino ways were flawless in their organization and attention to detail from our very first contact. We have only good things to say, in fact, endless compliments in regards to CaminoWays Staff, Parador Hotels, meals (5 Star for sure), Trek route etc. We Canadians were very pleased. With great appreciation Rob & Michelle." Camino Portugues.
Kira, Marcia and Shawn, Canada - 09/2013
“Dear Camino Ways, Thanks for a fabulous trip! Our bike trip along the Portuguese Camino was everything we had hoped for. A time to experience Portuguese/Spanish culture in a variety of settings, the countryside, the people, the tourist attractions, vigorous exercise and each other. Our accommodations were outstanding and our luggage transfers flawless. Brand new mountain bikes were great! Our daughter often questioned the medium fitness level recommended, and my wife was a little concerned about her lack of mountain bike experience, but all would agree that it was a spectacular trip and would recommend to our fit, adventure-seeking friends. Thanks, we loved it”
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