Day 2: Póvoa de Varzim – Viana do Castelo (50 km)
Day 3: Viana do Castelo – La Guardia (25 km)
Day 4: La Guardia – Redondela (69 km)
Day 5: Redondela – Caldas de Rey (42 km)
Day 6: Caldas del Rey – Santiago de Compostela (40 km)
Day 7: Transfer to Porto by train.
As the Portuguese Central Path to Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James), the Coastal Portuguese Path is also a Christian pilgrimage route, very important in the Middle-Ages. It is considered as a bicycle route more cold and fresh, easy doing in midsummer, but perhaps is more demanding at a physical level, given its longevity (about 40 km), and especially for being beside the sea in a region whose prevailing winds come from the North . In this cycling tour, after Esposende and Vila do Conde, we will pass in Marinhas, heading to Castelo do Neiva with its exquisite church of Santiago. Visit famous Portuguese fishing towns and villages such as Viana do Castelo, Carreço, Vila Praia de Âncora, Moledo Cristelo and Caminha, whose sea landscapes will delight our eyes. The journey unfolds in roads or gravelly trails reasonable paths to cycle. Our journey will have a ferryboat to La Guardia, in Spain, or, as an option, we proceeded to Cerveira and then La Guardia. After this, we follow to Oia, Baiona and Vigo until we reach Redondela. Later on, now in Galician territory, similar bike routes of the Central Portuguese Path will be encountered along our way, such as Pontevedra, Caldas del Rey and Padrón, before facing our last climb towards Santiago de Compostela, with its majestic cathedral.
Day 1: Porto - Povoa de Varzim (50 km). From the Cathedral of the “Invicta” city of Porto, initially, in a common section path with the Portuguese central way to Leca do Balio, we cycle along the coast towards Azurara. We cross the Rio Ave, pedaling towards Vila do Conde, reaching to our fishing destination’s village, Póvoa de Varzim.
Day 2: Póvoa de Varzim - Viana do Castelo (50 km). After Póvoa de Varzim, we head into the sandy soils of dough mixers of Apúlia, with its famous windmills in Offir. In Fão, we are going to cross the river Cávado, a river which is born in Trás-os-Montes and ends in Esposende. After cycling in dirt roads, where flowers are abundant, follow to Foz do Neiva and subsequently to Viana do Castelo, a city of huge importance in the period of the Portuguese Discoveries, due to its shipyard area.
Day 3: Viana do Castelo - La Guardia (25 km). We’re going to cross the river Minho at Caminha, by ferry or bridge (30 km +). From Viana do Castelo, our bike route will be complemented with seascapes, emphasizing the Northern beaches and the Forte do Carreço to Vila Praia de Âncora, where we will proceed our journey. At Caminha, we cross by ferry to La Guardia, entering now in Galician territory.
Day 4: La Guardia - Redondela (69 km). Starting from La Guardia to Bayonne, our bicycle route follows, once again, the phenomenal seaside landscape to the Northern coast of Galicia which provides green landscapes, ensuring astonishing sightseeings that will accompany us during the bike tour. In Bayonne, we’ll visit the castle and the famous beach full of sea shells. Consequently, we will continue along the rias Bajas until reaching our daily target later - Redondela. Heading to Pontevedra, we’re going to discover its monastery, the “Basilica” of Santa Maria.
Day 5: Redondela - Caldas de Rey (42 km). Our 5th day will be pedaling until our daily destination, the famous hot springs, allowing relaxation after several days of physical effort. First, we cross the river Umia and then we head to Caldas del Rey for a deserved rest.
Day 6: Caldas del Rey - Santiago de Compostela (40 km). Our last day will consist in our penultimate ascent of our route, which will take us to Padrón. From this Galician city, we enter in the final phase of our cycling path, characterized by being entirely uphill until we finally reach the Obradoiro’s square and the Cathedral where the remains of the apostle Tiago are. Currently, Santiago de Compostela is a major symbol of pilgrimage and religious tourism, attracting believers and non-believers to this city with its magnificent cathedral.
Day 7: Return to Porto.
Fully guided tour: minimum group Size 6 people
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