PORTUGUESE WAY FROM PORTO TO SANTIAGO: INLAND (240km)

Cycling the Camino is ideal if you are thinking of doing the route from Porto and do not have enough days to do it on foot. The bicycle provides comfort, speed and freedom of movement, as well as the opportunity to make small detours during each stage, to visit places of unique interest and add good experiences to your journey.

The Portuguese Way combines magic, tradition and history. It is the second most popular pilgrimage route to Santiago, after the French Way. It is an ideal route to do by bicycle, as there are no great slopes to cross.

To do this route, we have two options at the crossroads of Portugal and Galicia: continue the route along the coast or inland through Tui. Again both routes will be joined in Redondela.

Arrival in Porto

Porto is the second most populated city in Portugal, and it is truly home to a large number of heritage sites and cultural legacies from Portuguese history. We recommend that you arrive in the city in the morning, leave your accommodation and go out. You can start your route at Avenida dos Aliados, the heart of the city, a landmark for the Portuguese people and a place for many cultural events. Drop by Praza da Liberdade and walk to the famous and beautiful Librería Lello e Irmão. Afterwards and immediately next door, it is a must to visit the Clergy Tower.

To have a snack we recommend you try the famous “francesiñas” and for dessert, a cream cake. After lunch you can go down for a walk to the Ribeira, passing by the São Bento station and the Cathedral. Porto is a wonderful city to get lost among the streets of its monumental area… cobblestones, tiles, colors, wine, culture and tradition meet among its narrow streets.

Porto is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible places on the Portuguese Way, so it’s a perfect start to Cycling the Camino.

Buen Camino pilgrims!

Oporto – Barcelos

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 6-7hDistancia52 Km

This is the first stage of cycling the Camino that we are going to do from Porto. Barcelos is a small city that looks like a banner or Gaul of Barcelos, a figure that has become a symbol of Portugal. Of medieval origin, today it preserves as the only remaining part of the old city wall the Torre do Cimo da Vila. As the main architectural heritage to be visited, we highlight the Igreja Matriz de Barcelos, a robust work of transition between Romanesque and Gothic; and the ruins of Paço dos Condes de Barcelos, a Gothic palace deteriorated with the 1755 earthquake and later semi-ruined. You will find a representative example of the Portuguese Baroque in the Igreja do Bom Jesus da Cruz.

As a gastronomic main course, we recommend you to try the Cozido à portuguesa, accompanied by a good green wine from Rexión do Minho.

Barcelos – Rubiaes (San Roque)

DificultadLowTiempo estimado 6-7hDistancia49 Km

Rubiães is a parish, a small population nucleus with a lower administrative status than the municipality, belonging to the municipality of Paredes de Coura. It is a very sparsely populated place, but it currently preserves valuable heritage elements, such as the church of São Pedro, of which we find the first references in the 13th century. This Romanesque church was declared a National Monument. We can also admire its medieval bridge and several chapels of cultural interest.

Rubiães, due to its character of small rural village and its natural environment, is a perfect place to rest and replenish your strength for the next stage.

Rubiaes (San Roque) – Redondela

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia53 Km

In this stage we left behind the Portuguese country to enter Galicia through Tui. As important points of today’s stage, we find Valença do Minho, Tui and O Porriño. Redondela is a very old town, surrounded by spaces full of history, magic and symbolism. From sites belonging to the Bronze Age, to remains of castrexa occupation, such as Castro da Peneda or Castro de Negros, to places loaded with thousands of experiences and historical facts as the Island of San Simón and the Strait of Rande.

Once in the city itself, the church of Santiago Apóstol, dated from the 12th century, and the Pazo de Agrelo, built in the 18th century, stand out. And without a doubt, two iconic things about this town are its viaducts, which cross the city, and its famous summer carnival, known throughout Galicia.

Redondela – Caldas de Reis

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5-6hDistancia41 Km

Caldas de Reis, is considered one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia. A place that dates back to prehistoric times, it is now widely visited for the medical properties of its thermal waters. In fact, one of the main attractions of the city is the water route, a circular route of 9 km in length where you can see waterfalls and natural areas bathed by water.

As for its architectural heritage, the churches of Santa María de Caldas, Santo Tomás and San Andrés de César are worth mentioning. And of course, a visit to the Botanical Garden-Park, declared a Picturesque Site and Historical Garden, is a must.

Caldas de Reis – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6hDistancia49 Km

And finally, the final stretch of cycling the Camino, which you started in Porto. In this stage you will undertake the last pedal stroke before reaching Santiago de Compostela. This stretch will be more relaxed and you will be able to enjoy the landscapes and the surroundings much more. The most important stage will take place in Padrón, where you will have to stop and visit the famous Pedrón in the Church of Santiago and the Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia at the exit of the village.

You will enter Compostela from the southern part of the city, enjoy and let yourself be carried away to your last and longed-for stop, the Obradoiro square.

You are in Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having sealed your credential on each stage and having collected your Compostela, after all the effort, now it’s time to enjoy the city, you have earned it.

We hope you will enjoy walking around the historical center, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liquors, among a thousand and one other things that this small but great city has to offer.

We’re here! Find out more about Santiago de Compostela in this post!

Santiago de Compostela

And here would be the end of our work, with which we hope we would have managed to bring to your life an experience to remember.

And more importantly. Here ends to cycling the Camino, that you started several days ago with your bicycle from the city of Porto.

Buen Camino!

You did it! Congratulations pilgrims!

THIS TRIP INCLUDES

  • 6 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Single room supplement: 120 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ pax single room
  • Breakfast: 45 €/pax
  • Half Board:  130 €/pax
  • Electric Bike rental: 325 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 215 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 250 €/pax
  • Click HERE to see the technical information of the different models

PRICE

  • 480 € pax double room

ACCOMMODATION

For this itinerary we offer accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation.

Hostales y/o pensionesHostels and hotels 480€

* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.

H O T E L

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement. 

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.