Day 1 Arrive Porto
Visit Porto’s intriguing Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site plus Gaia, the centre of port wine industry.
Day 2 Porto - Esposende, 62kms +520m
Head north towards Matosinhos. Follow the Leca River to reach the seaside town of Vila do Conde. End the day in Esposende.
Day 3 Esposende - A Guarda, 58kms +530m
Today’s cycling has a mix of coastal and rural scenery. The old city of Viana do Castelo is now a modern city which has preserved the atmosphere of its’ Old Town and little shops. Take a cable car ride up the hill for picture postcard views. Along the shoreline is medieval Caminha where you cross the Minho River by ferry to enter A Guarda in Galicia, Spain.
Day 4 A Guarda to Vigo, 58kms, +530m
Follow the coast to Oia, with its ancient monastery of the Cistercian order. Continue near cliffs until Cape Sillero where it joins the ancient medieval road, Vereda Real. Old Castles and towns feature along the way until you reach Vigo, known for its oysters.
Day 5 Vigo - Caldas de Reis, 57kms +1290m
Cycle to Redondela. Leave the Ria of Vigo estuary to head inland, crossing several rivers over medieval bridges. Once inland it is hilly and more demanding as you pedal towards the historic city of Pontevedra. The medieval town centre is a maze of cobbled laneways with tapas bars and cafes. Interesting sites to be explored include the Santuario da Peregrin chapel and the Convento de San Francisco. Continue to the thermal village of Caldas de Reis.
Day 6 Caldas de Reis - Santiago de Compostela 44kms, +890m
Pedal through chestnut groves, pine and eucalyptus forest alongside small rivers and water mills. Gradually climb to the village of Santa Marina. On to Padron, where the body of Saint James is said to have first landed, when it was brought to Santiago. Arrive Santiago de Compostela, your destination.
Day 7 Santiago de Compostela - Porto (2.5 hrs)
Morning free to explore Santiago. In the afternoon transfer back to Porto for overnight.
Day 8 Porto
Moderate–cycling over diverse terrain from flat to hilly. A mixture of smooth dirt roads and tarmac with the occasional rocky path.
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The Camino Portugués, is considered by many as the most spiritually connected pilgrimage route. Following the path St James' body took to its resting place at the site of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the often overlooked, and hence much quieter, Portuguese path offers a wealth of history and delightful landscapes to discover.
Enter the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, as pilgrims have done for a thousand years before you, seeking the shrine that is the climax to this legendary journey.