Cycle your Way along country lanes and tracks through forests and farmland, interspersed with historical towns and cities and opportunities to sample the best of Portuguese and Galician cuisine.

On the Central Portuguese Way of Saint James route, you will cycle through the stunning Minho region of Portugal, passing through forests, valleys, vineyards, farmlands and traditional villages as well as charming historical towns and World Heritage cities.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto then discover Barcelos’ cockerel story, the legend of the Roman bridge in Ponte de Lima and see Valença’s fortress. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample Portuguese cheeses, cured meats, fish and seafood and vinho verde wines. Across the iron bridge over the River Minho lie the magnificent Tui Cathedral and the viaducts of Redondela with plenty of greenery in between. After enjoying tapas in Pontevedra’s atmospheric squares, head to the thermal springs in Caldas de Reis. Discover the legacy of St. James in Padrón and end your remarkable journey at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

While cycling the Camino is immensely enjoyable, it is not for the inexperienced cyclist. You need to have basic bike maintenance know-how and be able to cope with a variety of terrains.

DURATION 8 days – 7 nights
DISTANCE 230 km in 6 stages
AVAILABILITY March to November
INCLUDED
7 Nights accommodation with breakfast
Luggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
6 days bike rental – bike have 27 gears, disc brakes, 27.5″ wheels with pannier bags
24/7 emergency support
Pilgrim kit: passport (credencial) and shell (vieira)
Road book of the Way with tips and information (in English)
NOT INCLUDED
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary), optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature
PRICE Per person in double bedroom: from 695 euros
EXTRAS Supplement for single accommodation: 190 euros
Extra night in Porto: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Extra night in Santiago: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Half-board Supplement (5 dinners): 145 euros
Upgrade for 4, 5* Hotels and Paradores available

Notes

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking through us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality possible and give you all the necessary local support
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation

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Arrival

Free day in Porto
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 1: Porto - Barcelos (55 km / 34 miles)

Start cycling from the cobbled market square in Mosteiro to avoid trudging through Porto’s urban sprawl.  Enjoy the rural scenery of peaceful villages surrounded by agricultural land and patches of forest. Cross two splendid Romanesque bridges on the way to the village of Arcos. See the legendary stone in Pedra Furada and the attractive bridge from Barcelinhos into historical Barcelos, a small city full of interesting architecture and crafts.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 2: Barcelos - Ponte de Lima (33 km / 20.6 miles)

After Barcelos, your surroundings become increasingly rural and picturesque as you pass through hamlets and villages and witness traditional farming practices. Take a break at the 12th century Ponte das Tábuas. This is the most scenic stage so far through glorious vineyard and crop-filled Minho countryside. As you go through the Neiva and Lima valleys you’ll see the peaks of the Padela, Nora and d’Arga mountains as well as Corno do Bico in the distance. Enter the delightful town of Ponte de Lima along the river.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 3: Ponte de Lima - Valença (35 km / 21.5 miles)

The landscape around Ponte de Lima is stunning and filled with Roman bridges, hamlets, patches of forest with small waterfalls and a rather steep mountain which offers spectacular views as a reward. After admiring the impressive Romanesque church at Rubiães continue on to Cossourado then head downhill to cross the Romanesque bridge over the River Pedreira. You’ll pass some small villages and a section of pretty woodland before hitting the urban approach to Valença and its ancient fortress.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 4: Valença - Pontevedra (55 km / 34 miles)

Cross the International Bridge over the River Minho into Spain and visit the medieval town of Tui. Pass O Porriño then make your way through a series of villages and up through the pine forest of Chan das Pipas. You’ll get glimpses of the Ria de Vigo estuary on the descent into Redondela, where the central and coastal routes merge. From the small riverside town of Arcade, follow ancient stone paths through the woods. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a pedestrianised maze of atmospheric squares with plenty of tapas bars.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 5: Pontevedra - Padron (43 km / 26.7 miles)

The journey to Caldas to Reis is not difficult and mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Soothe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs. Climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. Enter Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried, via the riverside promenade. Explore Padrón’s historical centre before continuing to your hotel.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 6: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 14.3 miles)

The final leg of your Camino is mostly through rural settings with a reasonable amount of shade and a pleasant stretch of woodland. The last few kilometres are the toughest but as the sign at the ancient bridge over River Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!” Enter the medieval hub of Santiago and end your journey at the magnificent cathedral.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

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