Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino
Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino

Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino

8 days

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Experience the Portuguese Camino and marvel at this beautiful tour from your bike.

Join this guided bike tour along the Portuguese Camino. Cycle through the bucolic landscape of northern Portugal and Spain as you journey along the Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago de Compostela.

This 8-day moderate cycling tour begins in the coastal town of Porto where you’ll collect your “Pilgrims Passport” and pedal north following the Portuguese Camino through fishing villages, rural countryside, and over vineyard-laden hills to historic towns, including Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, and Valença.

Then it’s a short ride over the Minho River as you cross the International Bridge from Portugal to Spain to complete the Spanish leg of the adventure, celebrating the end of your pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela’s famous Praza do Obradoiro.

Perfectly combining natural beauty and cultural attractions with heart-pumping riding, you’ll want to reserve your spot on this Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago Cycling tour today!

Highlights Of Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino From Porto To Santiago

Take in dazzling ocean views as you ride your bike along the Atlantic coast and through charming fishing villages to Barcelos.
Spend an afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of historic Ponte de Lima before sampling the local fare.
Cycle over the Minho River from the fortified town of Valença in Portugal to cross into Spain.
Celebrate your cycling journey among other pilgrims with great food, drink, and reverie in Santiago de Compostela.

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Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Porto

Welcome to Portugal! From the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport, make your way to your accommodation in the heart of Porto. Depending on your arrival time, get out and explore the attractions of Porto’s historic city center, like the Porto Cathedral and a Port wine cellar or two, stopping to check out the numerous blue painted tiles, or azulejos found throughout.

When it’s time, meet your group at your hotel’s reception to enjoy an evening of dinner and drinks while getting to know your group members as you go over the coming week’s itinerary. Afterward, spend time discovering more of Porto’s sights, receiving your first stamps in your newly received “Pilgrims Passport.”
Overnight Location: Hotel Moov Porto Centro in Porto
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cycle to Barcelos

Start on your Camino Portuguese biking tour! You’ll begin cycling along the Atlantic coast where the first 34 km (21 miles) offers beautiful views of the ocean as you ride through quaint fishing villages and the Mindelo Ornithological Reserve. Reaching the coastal town of Vila do Conde, you’ll have a chance to explore its idyllic port and see the 14th-century Monastery of Santa Clara.

From here, cut inland to pedal the next 32 km (20 miles) over quiet secondary roads, ending the day’s ride in Barcelos, just north of the Cávado River. Take the rest of the day to wander Barcelos’ town center before selecting a restaurant for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel Bagoeira (or similar) in Barcelos
Distance: 66 km, 400 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to Ponte de Lima

Covering a shorter distance than the day before, today you’ll get to work the legs with a series of (gentle) climbs as you make your way through the vine-striped countryside of undulating hills and small villages.

Famous for its bridge over the Lima River, you’ll arrive in the market town of Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest village. Take the afternoon to stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic town as well as sampling the local gastronomy.
Overnight Location: Hotel Imperio do Norte (or similar) in Ponte de Lima
Distance: 35 km, 308 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Valença

This morning, you’ll continue your way north to Valença, a fortified town that sits at the border with Spain on the banks of the Minho River (Miño in Spanish). Take in the sweeping vistas of northern Portugal’s rural landscape as you climb small mountains and descend into accompanying valleys.
Upon arriving in Valença, sometimes referred to as Valença do Minho, spend a few hours exploring the walls of the 12th-century fortifications that outline the city.
Overnight Location: Hotel Residencial Portas do Sol (or similar) in Valencia
Distance: 38 km, 600 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle to Pontevedra

This morning you’ll cross into Spain, cycling over the International Bridge to visit the town of Tui before setting off further north to Pontevedra. Much of the landscape is similar to the days’ before, where you’ll undergo a few gentle climbs before resting the legs with a 10 km downhill ride into Pontevedra.

The capital of its namesake province, Pontevedra sits at the edge of the Fjord of Pontevedra and the mouth of the river Lérez. After checking into your centrally located accommodation, take the rest of the afternoon to experience the city’s attractions in the old quarter, followed by a rewarding meal of local fresh-caught fish paired with Albariño wine.
Overnight Location: Hotel Rias Bajas (or similar) in Pontevedra
Distance: 55 km, 760 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle to Padrón

Continue your cycling journey directly north to Padrón, through the pastoral countryside dotted with small villages. At the half-way mark, you’ll have the opportunity to spend a little time in Caldas de Reis, a historic Roman town settled 2000 years ago for its therapeutic hot springs.
The last leg of today’s ride takes you to Padrón, a town rife with religious and historic significance, believed to be the location where the body of Santiago arrived from Jerusalem en route to Santiago.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa Antigua do Monte (or similar) in Padron
Distance: 41 km, 477 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Bike to Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy your final day of cycling with a shorter bike ride to Santiago de Compostela, the culmination of the pilgrimage route. You’ll have enough time once you arrive to see the city sights, including the famous Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. Pedaling all the way to the Praza do Obradoiro—where pilgrims commemorate the end of their expedition—hop off your bike to celebrate your accomplishment as well as take in the intricate details of the cathedral’s façade! Pick up your Compostelana (certificate of completing the pilgrimage) and take the rest of the afternoon and evening to experience lively Santiago de Compostela.
Overnight Location: Hostel la Salle (or similar) in Santiago
Distance: 25 km, 395 m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Depart Santiago de Compostela

Following breakfast, your Portuguese Camino cycling tour comes to an end. Spend the morning enjoying Santiago de Compostela before making arrangements for your onward journey.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Guided Cycling the Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Spain is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Prices below are per person:

Jun 11, 2022
Jun 18, 2022
From Porto
To Santiago
USD$1,525
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 06, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
From Porto
To Santiago
USD$1,525
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Sep 03, 2022
Sep 10, 2022
From Porto
To Santiago
USD$1,525
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago Tour

This tour is based in two to three-star hotels and offer modern conveniences, and may include amenities like in-suite fireplaces, or access to hot tubs, steam rooms, and private balconies. Rooms are double occupancy with single travellers paying 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 $195 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Moov Porto Centro in Porto

Centrally located, this restored Art Deco cinema offers modern conveniences and easy access to nearby attractions and transportation services.

Hotel Bagoeira in Barcelos ★★★

Although it is situated in the main square, you may not want to leave this hotel. It features a rooftop terrace bar and a 400 year old restaurant.

Hotel Imperio do Norte in Ponte de Lima

Indulge in river views from your modern room in this hotel conveniently located in the historical and cultural center of the village.

Hotel Residencial Portas do Sol in Valencia

This beautiful, clean and cozy hotel is located in the very heart of Valencia. Everything is within the reach of the hand!

Hotel Rias Bajas in Pontevedra

Located in the historic heart of Pontevedra, this hotel rewards you with modern rooms, an onsite restaurant, as well as close proximity to a selection of restaurants and sights.

Hotel Casa Antigua do Monte in Padron

Charming rural hotel complete with a pool, sauna, and gardens, provides visitors with exceptional views of the countryside.

Hostel la Salle in Santiago

Simple rooms classically furnished, you can easily walk to a variety of restaurants and attractions.

What’s included in the Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago Tour?

Meals

7 hearty breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included from the start of the tour. Airport transfers (if necessary) are not included and can be arranged for an additional cost.

Also Included

  • English and Spanish speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Support vehicle (for groups bigger than 6)
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Luggage transfer

Not included

  • Getting to the starting point of the tour
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Bike rental

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Porto before the tour
  • Extra night in Santiago after the tour
  • Bike rental (including pannier and helmet) - $150 USD
  • E-bike rental (including pannier and helmet) - $225 USD
  • Airport transfers

Frequently Asked Questions about Guided Cycling The Portuguese Camino

Cumbres Travel has been offering guided tours in Spain and Portugal since 2008. Their focus on is sharing the best of Spain and Portugal cycling and walking routes with visitors wanting to discover the best of Spain and Portugal.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will be biking up to 53 km on uneven terrain daily.

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