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Cycling The Atlantic Way to Santiago. Portugal and Spain

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 14 people
Destination(s): Portugal   Spain  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1229 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1369 Euro (EUR)

The Atlantic Portuguese Way to Santiago is a hybrid cycling route program which links the major city of Porto to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain along the beautiful coast-line of Portugal and Galicia.
From the City of Porto to the Santiago, you’ll discover and admire one of the ways of pilgrimage the Portuguese way. But this one is an alternative from the one inland and much less frequent. Like this you will experience one true way, away from the crowds and nearly discover yourself. The Atlantic Ocean and its different scenery, offer stunning coastal views along the way and the crossing of several small towns and cities along the way rich in culture and fill with the camino spirits. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, just in front of Saint James Cathedral, in the heart of Santiago of Compostela.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at PORTO airport. Transfer from airport or train station to Porto City (00h30).
Porto is a vibrant city, the grey color of the granitic building stones and the narrow streets and alley make it a fantastic place to wander. From the old middle age quarter, UNESCO Classified, to the large avenues of early XX century, Porto has a lot.

Day 2: Bike from Porto to Póvoa do Varzim (43km, +300m)
The day starts from Porto at the Sé, from here the way starts; the end of the camino at Santiago de Compostela is six cycling days ahead. From the Sé we cross the old quarters of Porto, these are the remains of the medieval town to get to the river Douro. We go north pointing to Matosinhos to cross the Leca river and follows the shore while getting to Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim, two towns where Portuguese Ships of the Discoveries were built. In the way not far from Vila do Conde, while crossing a natural area, the way passes near one old iron settlement Castro de São Paio, just by the sea. The day ends in Póvoa do Varzim.

Day 3: Bike from Póvoa do Varzim to Viana do Castelo (45km, +570m)
The day starts cycling once again with the ocean as scenery and get a little inland crossing agricultural lands that grow vegetables. These vegetable grow to feed the north of Portugal.
Arriving at Ofir the path enters the Natural Park of Litoral Norte, a place dedicated to protect sea birds and the dunnar system. Esposende is by the delta of Cavado River and offer a wonderful place to have a stop. While getting to Viana do Castelo the path veers inland to find a way through the hills. Viana do Castelo is not far. The old city still plays an important role and is an important place in the pilgrimage path for the Atlantic way. Nowadays it's a modern city but it has managed to maintain one old town and little shops along these old streets. At the top the Famous Zimborio find pictures of all postcards in Viana. Well worth of a visit, there is a cable car to go to the top...

Day 4: Bike from Viana do Castelo to Baiona (64km, +680m)
The camino will make the shores to Caminha, stretching the coast crossing through several villages and towns. The scenery is very beautiful and the crowds are not around us like other ways to Santiago. Arriving at Caminha Town, the medieval atmosphere gets to us. Galicia is just across the Minho river mouth into the Atlantic.
After the ferry cross, the Camino will go via A Guarda. The little port is a good stop to find a restaurant for fresh fish. The costal scenery will continue to accompany us during the day, the terrain is not very rugged and after A Guarda town almost flat until Oia. Oia is place of an ancient monastery of the order of Cistercian, and gave the name of this saint James Path, the Monacal Path. From Oia onward the paths run near cliffs and arrive at Cape Sillero and start to follow the ancient Vereda Real old medieval road. Old Castles and old towns along the way will lent the pilgrim into Vigo, one of the biggest cities in Galicia, end of this day.

Day 5: Bike from Baiona to Pontevedra (64km, +980m)
From Baiona to Pontevedra the day will offer one Big City and other fantastic views. The first stretch will be linking Baiona to Vigo along the sea front. While entering Vigo by the city parks and gardens you will avoid the noisy part of Vigo. You will leave the city at the middle slope following one dirt road that will bring you to Redondela, where the Monacal Path joins the interior path that comes from Portugal, by Valenca do Minho and Tuy, the path goes along a very dense urban area. In Redondela we let the Ria of Vigo to go ahead into land, crossing several rivers over medieval bridges.
Now you are inland and the hills make the path more demanding. Pontevedra and its historical town are not far while you cross forested countryside. Pontevedra is one very old settlement and it dates back from before the romans. Nowadays the roman bridge is still there but almost unrecognizable. The old part is interesting, and most of it will bring you to medieval ages, early XV and XVI Century. A good place to rest and find a drink while waiting for the next day.

Day 6: Bike from Pontevedra to Padrón (40km, +560m)
We are almost there, two more days of cycling. Exiting Pontevedra via the Roman bridge the path will go out of this urban area and enter the forest of Reiris y Lombo da Maceira. The path nowadays jungles with the N550 road and reaches the thermal village of Caldas de Reis crossing over river Umia by the bridge to enter into its center. Once again the camino follows the old path and enters a beautiful way up by woods and following small rivers with water mills. Padron and its Iglesia de Santiago awaits us for it is forgiving. Usually this is the last stop before Santiago.

Day 7: Bike from Padrón to Santiago da Compostela (27km, +550m)
Santiago awaits us some meagre 27Km ahead. The path goes by Iria Flavia, the place where the body of the apostle come ashore into Galicia. Following the river Sar, we cross some traditional villages. At the Milladoiro we will visualize the Cathedral that shines to us. Just a few more kms...
The afternoon will be free to explore Santiago's old quarter and rest...

Day 8: Transfer to the Porto Airport, Schedule in accordance to Flights. End of program.
Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto City (01h15).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Supplements:
- Low season » Individual room Sup +259€
- Medium season (April, May, Jun, Out) » Individual room Sup +279€
- High season (July, August and September) » Individual room Sup +359€
- Easter week » High season supplement applies (per person on a double occupancy room)

Price Includes:
- 7 nights lodging on Superior | Historical Accommodation. Breakfast included
- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport OPO to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing
- Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of the Tour
- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO
- Liability and personal accidents Insurance
- Pre departure Information Pack
- Tour Information
- Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual) delivered at departure day at location
- GPS Track and Device
- Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

Optional:
- Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 people): +450€
- Guided Tour (please inquire)

Bike Rental:
- Hybrid Bike +120€
- Electric Bike: +240€
(per person, bike equipment included)

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