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Camino Portugues (coastal)
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Portuguese coastal route by bicycle in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
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Duration
267 km
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5 steps
7 days
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695 €

Beaches of Apulia on the Portuguese Way along the coast
Cycling long distances along the coast is always an interesting incentive for any trip. Here we propose you to cycle the Portuguese Way along the coast in one week. An experience that will take you through some of the most interesting places in Portugal and Galicia to the centre of the pilgrimages to Santiago, and which is full of heritage, gastronomy and culture shared on both sides of the border.
The last kilometres of the Portuguese Way by the coast
7 days of landscape and seafaring culture
It connects the big cities and charming villages of Galicia and Portugal.
Beaches of Apulia on the Portuguese Way along the coast
Camino Portugues (coastal)
PCB1

Portuguese coastal route by bicycle in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
267 km
●●○○○
5 steps
7 days
The last kilometres of the Portuguese Way by the coast
7 days of landscape and seafaring culture
It connects the big cities and charming villages of Galicia and Portugal.
from 695 €
Cycling long distances along the coast is always an interesting incentive for any trip. Here we propose you to cycle the Portuguese Way along the coast in one week. An experience that will take you through some of the most interesting places in Portugal and Galicia to the centre of the pilgrimages to Santiago, and which is full of heritage, gastronomy and culture shared on both sides of the border.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Trail
Routes with frequent changes of level and some occasionally demanding climbs, on changing surfaces and requiring minimal experience on two wheels.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

Pilgrim's badge

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Bicycle and ebike rental
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Bicycle and ebike rental
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Starting the Portuguese Way along the coast by bike from Porto

There are few better places to start your Portuguese Way route along the coast by bike than the great city in the north of Portugal. Porto - in Portuguese, Porto - offers you the possibility of cycling through one of the must-see places in the north of this Atlantic country. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it has many attractions, from its cathedral and the Torre dos Clérigos to the popular and bustling cais da Ribeirapassing by one of the most famous bookshops in the world: Lello & Irmão.

Porto is one of Portugal's top tourist destinations and it shows. And the experience you are about to begin on two wheels is a great excuse to drop by and, if you have the time, dedicate a whole day to the city of the Douro.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Poveira or similar
Charming accommodation: Porto Coliseum Hotel or similar

Day 2. Stage Porto - Póvoa de Varzim

Distance: 38 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationPóvoa de Varzim

The first stage of your adventure on this coastal variant of the Portuguese Way. It is by far the shortest of the ones we propose, because it is always good to start slowly. And because it will help you to adapt to your bike - something that is not always taken into account and that is essential, unless you are very used to cycling.

The day starts in the city of Oporto, which we recommend you to have visited the day before. The first part of the route is obviously urban. We have to advance through the heavy traffic of the metropolitan area, which will give way to the open landscape as we advance. We take the path parallel to the Douro River - Douro in Portuguese - to Matosinhos and then turn north, which will become our permanent reference point during this journey.

If you have opted for this coastal route, instead of the inland route that goes to Tui and from there to Santiago, the urban area will give way to the views of the imposing Atlantic Ocean, from which you will not be separated at any time until the last day. Labruge and Vila do Conde are two of the towns you will pass through on this initial stage, which ends in Póvoa de Varzim.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Costa Verde or similar
Charming accommodation: Grande Hotel da Póvoa or similar

Day 3. Stage Póvoa de Varzim - Viana do Castelo

Distance: 46 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
AccommodationViana do Castelo

The second day of this Portuguese Way along the coast by bicycle follows the same pattern as the previous day: kilometres and more kilometres of almost rectilinear route parallel to the immense Atlantic. Undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular routes of the Camino de Santiago. It is not by chance that in recent years it has gained followers. Between Póvoa de Varzim and Esposende, beaches, sea bream, traditional boats and old windmills reconditioned to welcome visitors during the summer season.

The second part of the day will take you to Viana do Castelo, with some points where the coastal path gradually leaves the sea to meet the river Neiva and, further on, the river Lima, at the foot of which rises the town of Viana do Castelo, which has one of the most beautiful and best preserved historic centres in Portugal.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Margarida da Praça or similar
Charming accommodation: Flag Design Hotel or similar

Day 4. Stage Viana do Castelo - Baiona

Distance: 61 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Baiona

The third stage of this coastal route runs halfway between Portugal and Galicia, jumping over the river Minho, which forms the border between the neighbouring towns of Caminha and A Guarda. With the sea always on our left, along coastal paths, asphalted tracks and dirt roads, the cyclist crosses here from river to river, from the Lima to the Minho. From Caminha, the last Portuguese town, we take the ferry (8 € / person + bicycle) to cross one of the oldest borders in the world, finally entering Galicia.

From there, it is a short walk to the southernmost section of the Galician coast, between the ocean and the cliffs. A short distance away you will find Oia and its old monastery overhanging the sea, where the so-called "cannoneer monks" lived, who defended the coast with cannon fire against pirate raids. Further on, the cliffs continue towards the beautiful lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro, slightly elevated above the coast and where we always recommend a stop.

From there, a short distance separates you from the end of the stage: Baiona, the old Erizana where the first news of the discovery of America arrived. You can see a reconstruction of the caravel La Pinta, and also visit the castle of Monterreal, today converted into a Parador de Turismo, or simply stroll through its medieval streets.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Anunciada or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa do Marqués or similar

Day 5. Stage Baiona - Pontevedra

Distance: 60 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

Sixty kilometres separate the town of Baiona from the city of Pontevedra. A more complex stretch in technical terms than the previous days and with the challenge of crossing Vigo, the largest city in Galicia and where the signposting can get a bit confusing.

As you leave Baiona behind you, the open ocean and straight coastline give way to the complex and choppy coastline of the Galician Rías Baixas: you enter the Vigo estuary, famous for its shipwrecks full of gold from America and for the Rande bridge, which at the time of its construction was the largest suspension bridge in the world. This estuary, with the famous Cíes Islands in the background, was also used by Jules Verne as the setting for one of the adventures of the Nautilus.

After leaving Vigo through the Teis neighbourhood, with the A Guía lighthouse looking down on you, you'll arrive in Redondela, the so-called city of viaducts. You'll be impressed by the iron bridges that cross the town flying over the houses to allow the railway to pass. In addition, this coastal route joins this route with the inland variant of the Portuguese Way, so you will have many experiences to hear and tell other pilgrims.

After leaving Redondela, a new effort will take you to the top of O Viso, which offers one of the best views over the famous estuary. From there you will quickly reach Arcade, also famous for its oysters, which we recommend you try. Soon, you will reach the end of the stage: the beautiful city of Pontevedra, which is said to be the most beautiful city in Spain. boa vila (good town), and whose sanctuary of the Pilgrim's Pilgrim has become a symbol of the city and of the Portuguese Way itself.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Avenida or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Boa Vila or similar

Day 6. Stage Pontevedra - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 64 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

Last stage of this Portuguese Way along the coast by bicycle. Don't be in a hurry to finish it: the Camino is about giving time to time and stopping where the mood takes you. You will start the journey leaving Pontevedra behind by the Burgo bridge, where the river Lérez becomes the Pontevedra estuary. This stage is for nature lovers: wonderful landscapes dotted with vineyards and the characteristic villages of the Rías Baixas - a name inextricably associated today with the wines of the area, especially Albariño.

After 20 km you will reach Caldas de Reis, one of the towns with the longest thermal tradition in Galicia, and another 20 km will take you to Padrón, on the banks of the river Ulla, which flows into the immense Arousa estuary. According to Christian tradition, this is where the stone boat that brought the remains of the apostle St. James to rest in Galicia entered. It is well worth taking a stroll through the historic centre and along the breakwater to the church of Santiago, where the pedrónThe stone on which, according to the same tradition, the boat was moored when the disciples and the remains of Santiago continued their journey on foot.

From Padrón, the Way will take you through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle, and through O Milladoiro, today a dormitory town of Santiago whose name comes from the Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was finally possible to see the towers of Santiago Cathedral.

Only five kilometres more and you will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old city wall and the Rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were called francos indistinctly, whether they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia. Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal. The journey continues.

Standard accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Costa Vella or similar

Day 7. Santiago de Compostela and more

You have completed your Portuguese Way by bike and after a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city you have cycled more than two hundred kilometres to reach. Its historic centre, its university, its market and its countless parks, its surroundings...

And, if you have time, the End of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Costa da Morte to complete a fantastic week.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This programme is for you if you want to walk the Portuguese Way along the entire coast and you don't have many days. With 267 km in length, it meets the requirements of the Compostela distance requirements and also offers a wonderful opportunity to look out over the beautiful and tranquil beaches of northern Portugal and the rugged coastline of Galicia's Rias Baixas. Especially recommended if you have gastronomic interests.
The Portuguese Coastal Route is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers except for the ferry you need to take to cross between Caminha and A Guarda (8 € / person). If you need transport to get to Porto from the airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: standard accommodation and accommodation with charm. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.