Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

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Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

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Difficulty

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Highlights

Cycle the scenic Coastal Way to Santiago on this exciting self-guided cycling tour

Explore the seaside villages, beach-fringed coast, and historic battlegrounds of the Coastal Way.

Soak in the sparkling Atlantic views and breathe in the salty air from the centuries-old Convent of Santa Clara.

Pedal across the Miño River, the natural border between Spain and Portugal, to ride into Spain’s Galician countryside.

Rest weary muscles and plonk your towel on Playa América in Nigrán to go for a swim in the inviting ocean.

This exciting 9-day bike tour takes you cycling along the Portuguese Coastal Way tour to Santiago. This bike tour covers two countries, beginning with northern Portugal and culminating in northwestern Spain.

Discover the charm of Portugal and Spain’s coastal towns and villages from the vantage of your bike as you pedal up the Atlantic coast from UNESCO-protected Porto to celebrated Santiago de Compostela.

Relive the past at your own pace as you cover the Coastal Way alongside fellow “bicigrinos,” stopping to check out cultural and historical points of interest as well as relaxing with a swim in the Atlantic.

You’ll ride through the Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, visit the Museo de la Carabela Pinta to see the first ship to arrive with news of the Americas, and cross the river Verdugo at Ponte Sampaio to uncover the history of the 1809 Peninsular War. Challenge yourself with this exhilarating Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way tour and book yourself in for a pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Porto

Welcome to Portugal! Transfer from the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport to your accommodation in downtown Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Stroll its historic streets and taste its gastronomy before getting a good night’s rest for the cycling journey that awaits you in the coming days.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porto
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle to Esposende

Set out from Porto to cycle the Camion Portugues along the Coastal Way. You’ll follow the Atlantic Ocean north toward Esposende, breaking up the route with a stop in the medieval town and picturesque port of Póvoa de Varzim. It’s an excellent idea to make your way to the top of the Convent of Santa Clara for the best views of the city and the beach-lined coast.

From here, you’ll then continue to ride through the Parque Natural do Litoral Norte before you cross the Cávado River to Esposende.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Esposende
Distance
51 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Cycle to Vila Praia de Ancora

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the seaside villages from today’s quiet route along the coast as you make your way to Vila Praia de Ancora.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vila Praia de Ancora
Distance
43 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Cycle to Baiona

Today you’ll cross into Spain. Following the Portuguese coastline, the picture-perfect views continue to spur you forward toward the Spanish border where you’ll cross the Miño River (Minho in Portuguese), the natural border between Spain and Portugal. Here you’ll enter and ride through Galician territory to Baiona.

Once in Baiona, be sure to visit the Museo de la Carabela Pinta to see the first ship to arrive to the European continent that brought the news of the discovery of the Americas.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baiona
Distance
43 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Cycle to Vigo

Today is another great ride on the Camino Portugues. Take pleasure in another coastal ride to Vigo by way of Nigrán where the views of the magnificent Cíes Islands in the distance will not leave you disappointed. Before arriving in Vigo, it’s an idea to take advantage of the shorter route today to indulge in a swim at Playa América in Nigrán.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vigo
Distance
26 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle to Pontevedra

Today’s 35 km will not be too difficult, allowing time for you to discover a historically important site of the area: the Battle of Puente Sanpayo. Crossing the river Verdugo at Ponte Sampaio, you will discover where the French navy was defeated in the 1809 Peninsular War.

Arriving in Pontevedra, tucked alongside the Lérez River, take a late afternoon stroll to discover the city’s charm, a perfect way to end the day.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pontevedra
Distance
35 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Cycle to Padrón

Leaving Pontevedra behind, you’ll pedal past the wonderful Natural Park of the Barosa River where you can pull over to check out the mills and waterfalls set amid the lush Galician nature. Restore the senses here before continuing the pilgrimage to your hotel in Padrón, known as the birthplace of great writers of Galician literature and for its green peppers.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Padrón
Distance
39 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Cycle to Santiago de Compostela

Today’s final segment of the Coastal Way is known to be the longest stage for traditional pilgrims (those who choose to walk), but it won’t be so difficult for cyclists!

Leaving the village of Padrón, you’ll complete your cycling pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela where you’ll enjoy the city at your leisure. Don’t forget to collect your Compostelana (certificate of completing the pilgrimage) from the Pilgrim’s Office!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santiago
Distance
25 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Depart Santiago de Compostela

Take the morning to see the sights you may have missed the night before and complete any last-minute souvenir and gift shopping before it’s time to check out and begin your homeward journey.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour on Camino de Santiago Portuguese Coastal Way is always run as a custom tour for your group only. The price always depends on the size of your group.

The best time to travel to Northern Spain and Portugal for this biking adventure is between April and October, though this tour can be completed year-round.

Prices of Self-guided Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Have your own private tour with just your group!

  • Price per person staying in single room: $1,250USD
  • Price per person staying in double room: $1,075USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room: $975USD
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Accommodation on Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

This tour is based in 2 and 3-star hotels and offer modern conveniences. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $175USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotel da Bolsa in Porto

Close to some of Porto’s popular landmarks and restaurants, Hotel da Bolsa also provides modern amenities (flat screen TV and air conditioning).

Hotel Suave Mar in Esposende

Facing the Cávado River and steps away from the ocean, this comfortable hotel is perfectly situated. Take advantage of the pool and tennis courts.

Hotel Meira in Vila Praia de Ancora

4-star, family-run hotel with colorful, modern rooms, a pool, and restaurant, all of which is a few steps away from the beach.

Hotel Anunciada in Baiona

Centrally located hotel within short walking distance to Baiona’s most popular attractions.

Hotel Compostela Vigo in Vigo

Situated in the historic center of Vigo and close to the marina, the staff are friendly, speak English, and the rooms are bright and cozy.

Hotel Boa Vila in Pontevedra

A quiet hotel conveniently located right off the Camino and close to the heart of Old Town as well as restaurants with mouth-watering menus.

Hotel Scala in Padrón

Quiet hotel on the outskirts of Padrón provides visitors with modern and convenient amenities and includes an onsite restaurant and pool.

Hospedería San Martín Pinario in Santiago de Compostela

Perfectly located near Praza do Obradoiro and other notable attractions, as well as a host of restaurants, enjoy your stay in this historic building.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

The accommodation for 8 nights along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers only.

Also Included

  • Bike rental
  • Saddlebags and helmet rental
  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Walking notes

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation
  • Anything not listed as ‘included’
  • Extra accommodation charge for arriving to Santiago one night before St. James Day (July 25th)

Optional Extras

  • Extra night before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Extending the tour by splitting one of the days to two

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

How hard is cycling the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route?

We rate this tour as 3/5. You will be cycling up to 53 km daily, and you should have experience riding this distances. Note that in the summer the heat can make the days seem more difficult on the Camino.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Spain and Portugal?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route?

8 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Porto to start this tour?

Porto is a popular holiday destination in Europe, so the city can be reached by direct flight from most major European cities.

Where does the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route end?

The tour ends in Santiago de Compostela.

Can I rent a bike?

There’s no need as the bike rental is already included in the tour package.

What type of bike is included?

The bike model used for this tour is Expert 30v Disc 27.5.

What happens if my bike has a mechanical issue on the Camino?

You are provided a 24-hour technical support number.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. Please make sure the bike is fit to ride on rough terrain.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain and Portugal?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain and Portugal?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as 3/5. You will be cycling up to 53 km daily, and you should have experience riding this distances. Note that in the summer the heat can make the days seem more difficult on the Camino.


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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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