Type

Cycling

Duration

8 Days & 7 Nights

Next Departure

06 Jul 2024

Status

Available

Price

2.500 EUR

The Atlantic Way to Santiago

This program links the city of Porto to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The route will take you through the beautiful coastlines of both northern Portugal and Galicia. Discover and hopefully admire the Portuguese way of pilgrimage, away from the crowds, allowing you to have more peace and space to get in touch with yourself. Follow the Atlantic Ocean and its different sceneries, exploring stunning coastal views and crossing several small towns rich in culture and full of the Camino spirit. Churches, monuments, and old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, which rests in front of the Saint James Cathedral, right in the heart of Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Northern Littoral Natural Park
  • Ancient architecture and atmosphere
  • Charming accommodations and delicious gastronomy
  • Santiago de Compostela, the most famous pilgrim destination

Tour Information

Included

  • Pre-departure Information Pack
  • Liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Fully Cycling Guided tour - 6 Riding days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Support vehicle
  • 7 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 7 Dinners (D1 to D7)
  • 6 Lunchs or Picnics (D2 to D7)
  • Water, fruits and energy bars
  • Ferry Boat ticket (Caminha to A Guarda)

Excluded

  • All non-mentioned Services or Activities
  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic beverages and any items of a personal nature
  • Tourist taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Price

    2.500 EUR

  • Single room supplement

    +600 EUR

  • Duration

    8 Days & 7 Nights

  • Accommodation

    Superior | Historical

  • Start / Finish

    Porto | Santiago de Compostela

  • Tour Grade

  • Daily Distance

    30-68 km / Day

  • Daily Elevation Gain

    +300 / +900m

  • Profile

    Flat and moderately hilly on the beginning, hilly at the end

  • Route

    50% paved road, 25% bike lanes and wooden walkways, 20% dirt roads, some cobblestone, and rough dirt roads

Bikes available on request

Included and Optional Services

Preparation

Accommodations

Transfers

Orientation

Optional

  • Personalized assistance throughout the booking
  • Pre-departure Information Pack (checklist, travel information)
  • Tour Information (description of daily stages & profiles)
  • 7 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 7 Dinners (D1 to D7)
  • 6 Lunchs or Picnics (D2 to D7)
  • Ferry Boat (Caminha to A Guarda)
  • Support vehicle
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Fully Cycling Guided tour - 6 Riding days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Single room supplement: +600 EUR
  • Bike rental available: On request
  • Optional transfers: On request

Bikes

<span style="color: #b02cb0;">Hybrid Bike</span> <span style="font-size: 15px;">UNISEX</span>

Hybrid Bike UNISEX

Price: +150 EUR

<span style="color: #b02cb0;">E-Bike</span> <span style="font-size: 15px;">UNISEX</span>

E-Bike UNISEX

Price: +270 EUR

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival

Welcome to Porto!

Make sure you take some time to explore and enjoy this exciting city. There are many interesting things to see, such as the granitic building stones, the narrow streets from the middle ages, and the beautiful riverside making it a great place to wander. It is the second biggest city in Portugal and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This city has a lot to see and offer and will be your home for the first night

NH Porto Jardim

DAY 2

Porto to Esposende

Let the adventure begin!

Leave Porto behind to encounter Portugal’s amazing coastline for the first time. Watch as the cold Atlantic water waves crash into the lovely beaches along the way, and make sure you find a nice spot to pause for a second and breathe the fresh air. Along the way, you will find many interesting ancient villages, with Vila do Conde being the standout one. Its historic heart, glassy river mouth, luscious beaches, and monuments such as the Mosteiro de Santa Clara and the surviving segments of a long-legged medieval aqueduct makes this village into the special gem that it is.

Cycling Distance

64 km

Elevation Gain

+ 300 m

Suave Mar

DAY 3

Esposende to Caminha

Today, you will ride in the direction of Portugal’s border with Spain.

Halfway through the day, you will have the privilege of encountering yet another gem of this tour. As you cross the charming Lima River on a bridge, you will be able to see Viana do Castelo from above. This is a blessed town with an appealing medieval center filled with churches, monasteries, palaces decorated with coats of arms, and monumental fountains with interesting water features. At the end of the day, you will arrive at Caminha, a lovely town that sits at the mouth of the Minho River, which creates the natural northern border with Spain. While you are here, make sure to look for a very traditional restaurant, since this will be your last chance to taste the delicious Portuguese food.

Cycling Distance

55 km

Elevation Gain

+ 300 m

Hotel Porta do Sol

DAY 4

Caminha to Vigo

Today you will enter Galicia by crossing the magnificent Minho River by ferry.

Once you make it to the other side of the river, you will make your way to the city of Guarda. Once you are there, go to the top of its hill so you can visit the Iron Settlement of Santa Tegra, which is well worth the while! Along the way, you can also visit the medieval monastery of Oia, which is located right on the coast. Finally, arrive at Vigo, a historical city and one of the biggest fishing ports of Europe. Welcome to Spain!

Boat

00:15 h

Cycling Distance

68 km

Elevation Gain

+ 900 m

Hotel Inffinit Vigo

DAY 5

Vigo to Pontevedra

We are getting closer and closer!

After leaving Vigo, you will start to enter the more common roads to Santiago, that go along the Ria de Vigo. A small typical Spanish town will lead you in the direction of Pontevedra, a city that is not as big as Santiago but still very charming and with a great atmosphere around its plazas and cafés.

Cycling Distance

41 km

Elevation Gain

+ 700 m

Parador Pontevedra

DAY 6

Pontevedra to Padrón

There is something special reserved for you today!

After leaving Pontevedra, admire the big wetlands where you can find hundreds of plants and bird species. Throughout the route, you will find beautiful river crossings which are highlighted by the waterfalls of the Barosa River. A gorgeous place, perfect to stop and have lunch. Continuing, you will pass by Caldas de Reis, a natural spa town that has existed since Roman times. Rivers and lush vegetation will take you to your destination, the medieval city of Padrón, famous for its green, small, and tasty peppers.

Cycling Distance

48 km

Elevation Gain

+ 800 m

Pazo Lestrove

DAY 7

Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

One last push and you are there!

Today’s trail will be the easiest one. As you start to see the top of the cathedral in the distance, it will give you the strength to do the final kilometers. Here you are! Finally, in Compostela. The old town of Santiago, together with the outlying Santa Maria de Conxo Monastery, constitutes an extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments. The squares and narrow streets of the old town contain Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicist buildings. This town is not only a harmonious and very well preserved historical city but also a place deeply imbued with faith. Enjoy!

Cycling Distance

30 km

Elevation Gain

+ 600 m

Virxe da Cerca

DAY 8

Departure

OUR SPLENDID PROGRAM HAS COME TO AN END

Time flies when you’re having fun, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We hope that the memories and experiences we have shared will stay with you forever. It’s time to start preparing for your trip back home. We look forward to welcoming you back soon so you can explore more of Exotic Nature Trails!