Camino: Cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way

From 1,030 € pp

  • Duration

    9 days
  • Bookable From

    March - October
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Enjoy an unforgettable ride cycling the Camino de Santiago along the Portuguese Coastal Way from Porto to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral!

See the best of northern Portugal and Galicia as you cycle the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James along the coast and through gloriously green countryside. Between the fascinating cities of Porto and Santiago de Compostela, you’ll discover authentic villages and hamlets, pretty towns, and loads of history.

The Camino de Santiago, or "the Way of Santiago", is an ancient and famous set of pilgrimage routes, all culminating at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in northern Spain. There are cycling and walking routes of varying lengths, many starting or passing through Portugal, Spain, and France. Contact us if you're interested in different Camino de Santiago routes!


  • Cycle this ancient pilgrimage route along a scenic coastal trail
  • Pass by gorgeous and iconic beaches, rivers, bridges, and valleys
  • See beautiful churches, chapels, and roadside shrines
  • Head inland and cycle through forests, farmland, and historical cities
  • Enjoy regional dishes, including amazing seafood, Padrón peppers, and great local wines
  • Find comfort in boutique accommodations and a spa town with thermal baths

You’ll begin in Porto, and pedal by a series of sandy beaches, villages, and market gardens en route up the coast to the low-key resort town of Esposende via Vila do Conde. Then you'll head inland and follow quiet country lanes to Caminha, passing through the small, attractive city of Viana do Castelo along the way.

A short but scenic ferry ride takes you across the River Minho to the fishing town of A Guarda in Spain. A glorious stretch of rugged coastline and a small mountain connect you to Baiona, a charming seaside town with lots of history and tapas bars. Then it’s on to the city of Vigo through the typical rural countryside. Ride on to Redondela, where the coastal and central Caminos become one, accompanied by views of the Ria do Vigo.

Stop for oysters in Arcade before using ancient stone paths to cycle through the forests and villages to the city of Pontevedra, a city full of intriguing squares and buildings. The next town of note is Caldas de Reis, where you can test the temperature of the thermal waters. Pretty Padrón is where St. James is said to have been buried. Try the famous peppers here then pedal on to your ultimate destination of Santiago de Compostela.

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Seasonal Notes

You can book this itinerary from March 1st through October 31st each year.

  • The low season is in March, April, May, and October.
  • The mid-season is in June and September.
  • The high season is in July and August.

April, May, June, September, and October are ideal for a cycling holiday to northern Portugal. Days are generally warm and sunny but can be chilly and possibly windy, especially on the coast. There is always a chance of experiencing some rain, so please come prepared for changeable conditions. May, June, and September tend to be warmer with less chance of rain.

July and August are usually the hottest months, with temperatures regularly exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Traveling during the low or mid-seasons is generally considered a sustainable tourism practice as it helps with tourism dispersal – spreading out where tourists go and how their money supports locals throughout the year.


Day 1 Porto [Portugal] (arrival day)

A member of our team will meet you at your Porto hotel to give you a full briefing and your Welcome Pack, with all the information you need to fully enjoy this self-guided cycling holiday.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Day 2 Porto - Vila do Conde (35 km | 21.7 miles)

Depart from Porto and begin cycling the Portuguese Coastal Way to Santiago along the Portuguese coast. You'll ride along wooden boardwalks and back roads, passing wide sandy beaches, nature reserves, and fishing villages on your way to the intriguing town of Vila do Conde.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Vila do Conde - Viana do Castelo (49 km | 30.4 miles)

Ride through residential areas to the resort town of Povoa de Varzim. Continue cycling alongside the ocean and beaches then head inland past agricultural areas, forests, and villages to Fão. Cross the River Cávado to reach the low-key, low-rise resort town of Esposende.

Much of the day is spent inland as you cycle through a series of villages, countryside, and patches of woodland with rivers and mountain views. The approach to Viana do Castelo across the iron bridge over the River Lima affords magnificent views along the valley and estuary. Take some time out to enjoy this small historical city!

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Viana do Castelo - Oia (46 km | 28.5 miles)

Start the day heading towards the beachside town of Vila Praia de Âncora, going over a forested hill to get there. Continue with a coastal cycling path that connects you to Moledo, and continues inland to the pretty town of Caminha. Here, you have to take the ferry to across the River Minho, the natural border with Spain.

Cycle through the fishing town of A Guarda to follow the Portuguese Coastal Way along scenic oceanside trails, forest tracks, and tarmac roads. Stop to admire the 12th-century monastery that dominates the small but attractive village of Oia.

Accommodation: 2-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Oia - Vigo (43 km | 26.6 miles)

Your journey continues along the coast past small fields and occasional houses and villages before crossing a small mountain to reach the pretty resort town of Baiona. As you leave Baiona behind, the scenery becomes more rural with intermittent villages and occasional forested areas. After a brief period on a busy road, you’ll cycle through yet another set of villages as the city of Vigo appears in front of you. Ride through Castrelos Park to avoid the city center.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Vigo - Pontevedra (34 km | 21.2 miles)

Cycle along the city streets of Vigo as you head northeast, leaving the urban area behind. Follow the line of the Ria de Vigo estuary for views of floating mussel farms, the Cíes islands, and the city and port of Vigo as you ride between villages and through a forest. A steep descent takes you to the town of Redondela where your Portuguese Coastal Camino merges with the Portuguese Central Camino.

Pause for juicy, fat oysters in the riverside town of Arcade before following an ancient stone path uphill to the forest. You’ll soon be amid the atmospheric squares of Pontevedra where you can admire the medieval architecture as you sip a beer or wine with some tapas.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Pontevedra - Padron (41 km | 25.5 miles)

The journey to Padron is relatively hill-free and you’ll spend the day surrounded by pleasant countryside. Bathe your feet in the hot spring in the center of Caldas de Reis then climb gradually through a series of hamlets and a delightful stretch of woodland. Take some time to explore medieval Padrón and discover its deep connection to St. James as well as its tasty green peppers.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Padron - Santiago (25 km | 15.5 miles)

The final stage of your Camino takes you through a series of Galician hamlets with traditional cottages and barns as well as the imposing sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Enjoy the forest trail then head up to Milladoiro for your first glimpse of Santiago and the cathedral towers. Drop down into the valley to cross the River Sar, and then one last ascent will bring you into the city center and the medieval streets to the cathedral to end your journey!

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Santiago (departure day)

After breakfast get ready for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Extension

If you would like any additional nights in Porto or Santiago, please do not hesitate to ask for a quote.

Route Map

A route map of Portugal's western coast shows how travelers will go north through various towns and ending at Santiago de Compostela.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • In-person welcome briefing

  • Journey documentation

  • Roadbook with tips, maps, and detailed information about your route

  • 8 Nights of accommodation with breakfast included

  • Luggage transfer between accommodations (1 bag per person – maximum 15 kg/bag)

  • 7 days bike rental (MTB TREK Marlin 6 with 29” wheels + panniers + helmet)

  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)

  • 24/7 Emergency support

  • Flights to and from the destination

  • Transfers to and from Porto airport

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Insurance

  • Touristic taxes

  • Gratuities

  • Personal expenses & equipment

  • Anything not mentioned in the “Included” section above


Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.

Prices are for double room occupancy unless indicated otherwise.

Price varies between high, mid, and low seasons.

  • Low Season: March, April, May, and October
  • Mid Season: June & September
  • High Season: July & August
  • Deposit per person

    30% of the trip price

  • Shared Room - sleeps 2 - price per person

    Low Season: 1,030 € pp Mid Season: 1,070 € pp High Season: 1,120 € pp

  • Single Supplement

    Low Season: 340 € pp Mid Season: 370 € pp High Season: 430 € pp

Optional Add-ons

You may request an accommodation upgrade for paradores (a type of inn) as well as 4 and 5-star hotels.

  • Extra night at Porto Hotel (3-star hotel):
    75 € pp in a shared double room, 110 € pp in a private single room
  • Extra night at Santiago de Compostela Hotel (3-star hotel):
    70 € pp in a shared double room, 115 € pp in a private single room
  • Private transfer between Porto city and Porto airport:
    45 € for up to 3 people, 75 € for 4-7 people
  • Private transfer from Santigao de Compostela to Porto:
    340 € for up to 3 people, 380 € for 4-7 people
  • Private transfer from Santigao hotel and Santiago airport:
    55 € for up to 3 people, 75 € for 4-7 people
  • Upgrade to E-bike TREK Powerfly 4 625 (or similar):
    200 € per E-bike

Payment & Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 30% is required to hold the reservation. The balance is due no later than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date. Clients may pay the full amount due all at once if they choose.

  • More than 30 days before the expected arrival date: no costs
  • From 29 to 15 days before the expected arrival date: we retain 50% of the total cost
  • Less than 14 days before the expected arrival date: we retain 100% of the total cost


This cycling tour was crafted using extensive local knowledge and designed to respect both the way of life of local populations as well as the natural environment. We firmly believe that travel should be a safe and rewarding experience for all concerned, including the destinations that you visit and the people you meet.

Environmental initiatives
We take into consideration environmental issues when planning new programs within Northern Portugal and design them to have a negligible harmful impact. To achieve this, we follow the guidelines laid out by the Portuguese Nature Conservation and Forestry Institute (ICNF), which protect and preserve the areas of natural beauty and environmental significance in which we operate. As biking is a low-carbon impact activity your trip will not seriously damage the environment.

Sociocultural Initiatives
The nature of our self-guided programs enables us to work in very quiet villages with small locally-owned, family-run hotels, cottages, guesthouses, and restaurants. We ensure our staff and those who work for us are treated with respect and have fair working conditions.. Throughout the different days, travelers will enjoy authentic experiences that enable a deep connection with local communities.

Health & Safety

Be sure you have traveler's insurance.


What does the Physical Rating of "Average" mean?

Along the journey, you may sometimes encounter some steep climbs and descents, so good advanced physical preparation is necessary in order to do this trip.

What are the accommodations like?

A combination of 3-star hotels and all rooms have their own bathrooms. We’ve chosen these accommodations for their hospitality, comfort, and location. Upgrades to 4 and 5-star hotels and paradores (a type of inn) are available for an extra cost.

What is a self-guided tour?

On a self-guided tour, you navigate the route yourself with the aid of our Roadbook and GPS with all the tracks. We provide all the information you need including suggestions, maps, instructions, directions, and things to see. Our self-guided tours are a complete and affordable holiday, tailored specifically for independent travelers. They offer the same quality, style, service, and comforts of typical guided trips with the freedom and flexibility of making your own decisions about how you spend your time. Read more about self-guided tours here.

How many days are cycling days, and what's the total distance covered?

There are 7 cycling days on this itinerary. Total distance covered is 259 km (161 miles).

What are the bike trails like?

The Portuguese Coastal Way to Santiago by bicycle generally uses the same route that pilgrims follow on foot and there is no specific cycle route. The route is a combination of rural paths (asphalt, cobblestones, or dirt), forest trails (dirt or gravel, uneven and sometimes rocky), secondary roads, and some main roads (both on asphalt).

How do I prepare for a cycling tour? Do I need to be experienced with bikes?

Along the journey, you may sometimes encounter some steep climbs and descents, so good physical preparation in advance is necessary in order to do this trip.

It is essential that you have previous experience with mountain bikes and basic bicycle repair knowledge, especially how to change a tire as punctures may occur during your trip.

What do I need to bring?

We'll provide the bike equipped with rear pannier bags, a water bottle, and a helmet.

What type of bikes do you use in your bike tours?

We know the importance of a high-quality and comfortable bike for a pleasant cycling tour, so we carefully selected the most appropriate bikes for each type of tour, and only work with the most recent, quality bikes from TREK. For cycling the Camino de Santiago, we selected the MTB TREK Marlin 6 with 29” wheels, disc brakes, and front suspension. We have available bikes of all sizes for a more comfortable tour.


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