On this trip you will cycle along the inland Portuguese Way, starting in the bohemian city of Porto. 250 kilometres in which you will discover interesting Portuguese towns such as Arcos, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima or Valença do Miño, until you cross the border and enter Galician territory through the town of Tui. Already in Galicia, the inland Portuguese Way joins its coastal counterpart in the town of Redondela. A route that will give you wonderful landscapes of pastures, fields, beaches and rivers. And if that wasn’t enough, the best reward will be at the end of each stage in the form of abundant dishes of typical Galician food.

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Travel Itinerary

You will start the inland variant of the Portuguese Way by bike from the bohemian and beautiful city of Porto, which is home to a large number of heritage sites and cultural legacies of Portuguese history. We recommend you to arrive in the city in the morning, leave your things in your accommodation and go out. You can start your visit at the Avenida de los Aliados, the heart of the city, a flagship for the locals and a meeting place for a multitude of cultural events. Drop by Praza da Liberdade and stroll to the famous and beautiful Lello e Irmão bookshop. Afterwards, and immediately next door, you must visit the Torre de los Clérigos. The town of Oporto is, in short, a magnificent start for the Portuguese Way by bicycle.

For a snack we recommend you to try the famous francesiñas and for dessert, a cream cake. After lunch you can walk down to the Ribeira, passing by the São Bento station and the Cathedral. Porto is a wonderful city to get lost in the streets of its monumental area… cobblestones, tiles, colours, wine, culture and tradition come together in its narrow streets.

First day as a bicigrino on the Portuguese Way by bike from Oporto through the interior. Here we go! You will start pedalling following the signs to get out of the city of Porto, which will be long and tedious because the surrounding villages are practically annexed to the city.

During the first 20 kilometres, the landscape will not be very scenic, due to the presence of warehouses and industrial estates. But not to worry, the good things are yet to come. After passing the Vairão Monastery, you will enjoy a beautiful descent to the Ave River, after crossing the stone bridge you will be at the lowest point of the whole route.

Now it’s time to climb the sprockets to face the demanding slope that will take you to the village of Sao Mamede. On the way down, you will come across the beautiful church of Arcos, where you can stop to rest your legs.

Shortly before leaving the district of Oporto, you will come across the village of Sao Pedro de Rates, where you can stop to get your credential stamped. After 40 kilometres, you will continue ascending until you reach the church of Pedra Furada and then descend along a path that will take you directly to the entrance of Barcelos.

You are facing the hardest stage of your entire Portuguese Way. After passing through Ponte de Lima, where you can make your first stop of the day, you will face the ascent of the Labruja pass; a particularly tough stretch for cyclists due to the complexity of the terrain. If you don’t want to push your bike uphill, you can take a road variant that climbs the pass on asphalt and will make the ride much more bearable.

After passing the main challenge of the day you will reach Rubiaes, a small village where we recommend you to stop at the Café São Sebastião to get your strength back. From here only 20 kilometres separate you from the end of the stage. You can make the last stop of the day in Valença do Miño before crossing the Spanish-Portuguese border and arriving in Tui, the end of the stage.

We are aware that this stage can be a bit long for less experienced pilgrims. That’s why you have the option of splitting it by adding an extra night to your trip and staying overnight in the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima; making the mileage much more affordable. Contact us without obligation!

After yesterday, this will be a nice bike ride through Galician lands. You will say goodbye to Tui through the natural area of As Gándaras and the Louro River in the parish of Ribadelouro. We recommend you to do this section of the route to O Porriño by the natural route of Louro, as the other option runs through an industrial estate. After crossing the municipality of O Porriño, you will face the hardest climb of the day that leads to the chapel of Santiaguiño in Mos.

A few more kilometres will take you to Redondela, a village where you will find all the services and where, if the weather is good, you can take a dip in the beach of Cesantes. From the beach the path continues following the route of the Royal Road until you reach Arcade, the capital of oysters. Let’s eat!

Shortly after saying goodbye to Arcade, you will enjoy one of the most iconic sceneries of the entire Portuguese Way, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that spans the river Verdugo and where, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that led to the withdrawal of French troops in Galicia. After crossing the bridge you will pedal past pazos, hórreos and cruceiros and small villages until you reach Pontevedra, where you can make the first stop of the day.

After crossing the river Lérez, the road leaves Pontevedra and takes you to the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant species and 123 species of birds. The route runs along roads where there are many crossroads and level crossings, so you should take extreme caution. Once you get to Briallos, we recommend you take a detour of half a kilometre to visit the Cascadas del Barosa, a natural site of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful sixty-metre waterfall and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls.

At the end of your stage, Caldas de Reis, the water is still the protagonist as it is one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia.

Today we recommend you to leave early to get to Santiago de Compostela as soon as possible and make the most of the day in the city. This is a beautiful route that follows the original route, so you should be careful with pilgrims on foot, especially in summer.

The key point of the day is in Padrón, where you can’t leave without tasting its famous peppers and discovering if they are as hot as they say… or not. In Padrón you can also find the famous “Pedrón”, the stone with which they moored the boat that carried the remains of the Apostle Santiago.

The last stretch goes through forests, crosses, bridges and old churches until it reaches the parishes of Teo and Ames, the anteroom to Santiago de Compostela. All that remains is to savour the last few kilometres and stroll through the old town of Compostela until you make your triumphal entry into the Plaza del Obradoiro.

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Portuguese Way by bike. Now we just need to pick up the Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have completed your Portuguese Way by bike from Oporto through the interior. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you have been left wanting to pedal, we encourage you to complete them. 90 kilometres separating Santiago from Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse, one of the most beautiful in the world.

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Type of accommodation

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Services included

7 days / 6 nights accommodation7 days / 6 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant)
BreakfastBreakfast45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)130€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room120€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de CompostelaExtra night in Santiago de Compostela55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
27” Mountain Bike Rental27” Mountain Bike Rental215€ per bicycle
29” Mountain Bike Rental29” Mountain Bike Rental250€ per bicycle
Electric bike rentalElectric bike rental325€ per bicycle
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 130€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 120€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de Compostela Extra night in Santiago de Compostela
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
27” Mountain Bike Rental 27” Mountain Bike Rental
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 215€ per bicycle
29” Mountain Bike Rental 29” Mountain Bike Rental
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 250€ per bicycle
Electric bike rental Electric bike rental
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Oporto (inland variant) 325€ per bicycle

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Camino de Santiago by bike includes the following services:
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services:
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
  • Bicycle rental
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
Yes, we make sure that all assigned accommodations have a place where you can leave your bike safe and sound.
We have high quality mountain bikes and electric bikes that you can rent during the whole Camino. Check the details here.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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