This journey encompasses seven days and six nights following the Atlantic Coast. We start in the trendy and charming city of Porto and will take us to beautiful seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing by ferry to Galicia-Spain and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Sandy beaches ,delicious seafood and wines, fishing villages…one of the best Caminos!
Guaranteed departure guided tour: September 10th
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Arrival to Porto.
Night at hotel in city centre.
On this first day of cycling, we will be leaving Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. Starting from the Cathedral of Oporto, dated back as early as the 12th century. We will be leaving the vibrant city of Oporto behind us as the route takes us along the coast line passing some urban parks and beautiful beaches. We will also get to see churches and monuments of cultural interest before ending our day of cycling in the village of Esposende. We will overnight in a hotel by beach.
Our second day of cycling will continue along the Portuguese Coast, until we get to the village of Caminha. Caminha is situated next to The Minho River which separate Portugal from Spain. This village is a nice place to be spending our last night in Portugal before crossing the border to Spain. During today’s cycling route we will be passing the beautiful and very well preserved city Viana do Castelo. If we feel like it, we would strongly recommend to spend some time in the old town centre and have some lunch at a local restaurant and maybe try a traditional dish such as “Bacalao” (codfish), which is prepared in many rich variants in Portugal – and remember to order a well-tempered Vinho Verde, the local white wine.
After breakfast it is time to take the ferry boat and cross the border between Portugal and Spain. On our way, we could visit the Santa Tecla ruins in A Guarda, one of the most important evidence of the first settlements, the so called “Castro Cultures” in Northern Spain and Portugal – Well, there is a little climbing to be done in order to enjoy both the Santa Tecla ruins and the spectacular views to the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean – but it’s worth doing this little extra effort!! Continuing along the Atlantic coastline brings us to The Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia. It is an absolutely must to take a break to visit the monastery and learn some of the interesting history of this magnificent monastery. After the break we’re heading for another beautiful fishing village – Baiona. We suggest having a break and some lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants, take a stroll to see the old fortress and enjoy the summers life of the village before leaving for Vigo. Our hotel in Vigo is situated in the centre of town, close to port and the old town (Casco Vello), so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a glass of wine and the traditional Pulpo Galego (Galician Octopus) for dinner.
Today we will start our day by cycling on La ruta del Agua, The Water Route, which provides us with some spectacular views to the Bay of Vigo. We will of course visit one of the most well-known secrets in Vigo, “El mejor banco del mundo”, The best situated bench in the world, with some views…well, you’d better come and see for yourself. Today’s ride will also take us to Redondela, La Isla de San Simon and Pontevedra before getting to our destination, Caldas de Reis. We suggest to make a stop and enjoy a delightful lunch in Pontevedra´s old town before continuing to Caldas de Reis.
This is our final day of cycling and also the shortest day in the saddles. If there isn’t to many pilgrims when getting to Santiago, we will be cycling all the way to the famous Plaza de Obradoiro, where we find the Cathedral of Santiago with its impressive Romanesque constructions and even more amazing imprint on European history. This is also the day where we get our final stamp in our Pilgrim’s Passport in order to obtain our proof for having completed El Camino. When getting to Santiago there will be time to enjoy the old streets of this wonderful town, The Cathedral and maybe, go to see the local market place, and of course, tend to the pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral of Santiago.
- -6 night´s accommodation and breakfast at three star hotels and local rural houses.
- 5 dinners at local restaurants.
- 5 day bike rental with Ortlieb bike panniers.
- Luggage transfers.
- Bike transfers.
- Private English speaking guide.
Total rate per person group of 8 people: 1.260 Euros
Total rate per person group of 12 people: 1.145 Euros
Total rate per person group of 16 people: 1.087 Euros