Cycling 'The Portuguese Way': Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela


CYCLING 'THE PORTUGUESE WAY'

LISBON AND/ OR PORTO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

A 260km or 640km cycle through Portugal and into Spain, known as the Portuguese Way  

SELF-GUIDED

TRIP LENGTH: 8 to 16 Days (additional rest day can be included)  

                             INCLUDED SERVICES: Accommodation includes breakfast, dinner with wine (except in Lisbon, Porto and Santiago).

OPTIONAL SERVICES & BIKE HIRE : See details below

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES START FROM: EURO 845

 

TRIP OVERVIEW

Portugal emerged as a country in 1143, and is steeped in history. From the mid-12th century, the way of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has been a feature on the paths and roads across Portugal. This route was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271 – 1336) to make at least one pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The hospitality offered to pilgrims started in the middle-ages by monks and clergymen, still continues today along the less travelled Portuguese Way ('the friendly Camino') where all villages and towns participate with their generosity and warm welcome. The route heading north through rural areas, along the Atlantic coast has the sun on your back all the way to Santiago, with farmhouses, forests, rolling hills and cobbled stone paths a feature of the journey.

Walking the Camino is a time for reflection and recognition and a time to shake your worries for another time and place. It provides thinking time to crystalise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all.

Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in a Lisbon, with the first stage arriving into the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Porto. The route will take you through charming towns and villages in Portugal before crossing to Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas, Spain. Taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages, and enjoy all the Portugal Camino has to offer.

ACCOMMODATION


The accommodation is a mix of centrally located hotels and Casa Rurals – Spanish privately owned accommodation, some even have a swimming pool. The meals are also a highlight, on occasion mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple which comes complete with a bottle of wine, (which can be returned to the kitchen if you wish, or if you are under age!). There is also a variety of impressive cuisines from local chefs, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Spanish, English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension, a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.

Your Camino Starts Here…

PORTO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - 8 DAYS

Day 1: Arrive Porto                                                                                                                                                        

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, and has a population of 1.4 million. It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto. The Porto region is also a major producer of cork.

Day 2: Porto - Arcos. 55 km. level 2-3                                                                                                                    

You will start your day at the cathedral, your first yellow arrow will point your way out of town.  It won't be long before you are on the quiet country roads, passing the interesting historical sites such as the 12th century Mosteiro de Leca do Balio en-route to Los Arcos. 

Day 3: Arcos - Ponte de Lima. 57 km. level 3-4                                                                                          

Today is full of woodlands and quaint villages. There is an option climb up to the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, close on 300m to enjoy the fantastic views. The grand old stone bridge entering Barcelos is a feature today.

Day 4: Ponte de Lima - Tui. 36 km. level 4-5                                                 

Climbing today to the highest point approximately 400m, however worth it for the stunning views. Crossing hills before the downward cycle to Valenca on the Minho River before crossing the bridge which separates Portugal and Spain. You have arrived in Galicia.

Day 5: Tui - Pontevedra. 49 km. level 4-5

Leaving the old town of Tui, which is a great place to spend an extra night. you have a day of pine forests and fishing villages before arriving at the historical town of Pontevedra.  A terrific place to people watch in the larger square surrounded by impressive aged buildings. 

Day 6: Pontevedra - Padrón. 40 km. level 3-4

A wonderful cycling day passing chestnut groves and Caldas de Reis, meaning hot springs on your way to the tree lined streets of Padron, famous for its celebrated writers – monuments bearing witness to this include the Museum-House of Rosalia de Castro and the Camilo José Cela Foundation. It is also renowned for its peppers – some very spicy!

Day 7: Padrón - Santiago. 24 km. level 3-4

Our destination today is Santiago de Compostela - a rare and special city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site, offering dozens of churches and religious buildings. The most important being the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).

Day 8: Onward travel (note additional nights can be added to this itinerary to include rest days)

PRICE FROM: Euro 785 per person twin share. Single Supplement: Euro 440 Deposit: AUD 800

 

LISBON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - 16 DAYS

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon

The capital is located where the River Tejo joins the Atlantic Ocean. Boasting many historic sites, Lisbon is a lively city with plenty to see. Visit the São Jorge Castle, Jerónimo Monastery and Belém Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 2: Lisbon - Vila Franca de Xira. 40 km. level 2-3

Leaving Lisbon, you start your day along the famous Caminho de Fátima, that follows the river Tejo through the Parque das Nacoes. Plenty of interesting countryside and a lush valley awaits. From Santa Iria de Azoia your trail will climb gradually before descending into Póvoa de Santa Iria, then to the beautiful Vila Franca de Xira, famous for its bullfighting festival.

Day 3: Vila Franca de Xira - Santarem. 62 km. level 2-3

Following the River Tejo today you head inland towards Azambuja. The town is famous for its bull run, taking place in the town’s streets every May. From here, the Camino takes you to the highest point of the route at Santarem. Enjoy the views of the vineyards and orchards.

Day 4: Santarem - Tomar. 60 km. level 3-4

There are plenty of tranquil country lanes along the Río Tejo today. Passing quaint villages and farmland, the region is famous for horse and bull breeding. The historical town of Tomar is your destination at the wonderful Praza da República.

Day 5: Tomar - Alvorge. 60 km. level 4-5

Today you follow ancient Roman roads and farm tracks. It is a tough and challenging section with some terrific scenery. There is no shortage of olive groves along today's route.

Day 6: Alvorge - Coimbra, 30 km, level 3-4

Trees are the main theme of today, eucalyptus, pines and olive trees.  There is a little more uphill, however dropping down to Coimbra is an ideal place for the night.  There is plenty happening in this UNESCO World Heritage Site town.

Day 7: Coimbra - Águeda. 48 km. level 3-4

A fairly flat and easy trail today after your initial climb leaving Coimbra. You will see remains of the old roman road, passing the vineyards of Mealhada and continue to the city of Avelas de Caminho, with a strong historic connection to the Camino de Santiago. 

Day 8: Águeda - Olveira de Azemeis. 40 km. level 4-5

Heading through forests you will reach the Rio Marnel on your way to Albergaria A Velha. From there, the Camino continues across more woodlands before arriving at the historic town of Oliveira de Azeméis.

Day 9: Oliveira de Azemeis - Porto. 44 km. level 3-4

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, and has a population of 1.4 million. It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto. The Porto region is also a major producer of cork.

Day 10: Porto - Arcos. 55 km. level 2-3

You will start your day at the cathedral, your first yellow arrow will point your way out of town. It won't be long before you are on the quiet country roads, passing the interesting historical sites such as the 12th century Mosteiro de Leca do Balio en-route to Los Arcos.

Day 11: Arcos - Ponte de Lima. 57 km. level 3-4

Today is full of woodlands and quaint villages. There is an option climb up to the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, close on 300m to enjoy the fantastic views. The grand old stone bridge entering Barcelos is a feature today.

Day 12: Ponte de Lima - Tui. 36 km. level 4-5

Climbing today to the highest point approximately 400m, however worth it for the stunning views. Crossing hills before the downward cycle to Valenca on the Minho River before crossing the bridge which separates Portugal and Spain. You have arrived in Galicia.

Day 13: Tui - Pontevedra. 49 km. level 4-5

Leaving the old town of Tui, which is a great place to spend an extra night, you have a day of pine forests and fishing villages before arriving at the historical town of Pontevedra. A terrific place to people watch in the larger square surrounded by impressive aged buildings.

Day 14: Pontevedra - Padrón. 40 km. level 3-4

A wonderful cycling day passing chestnut groves and Caldas de Reis, meaning hot springs, on your way to the tree lined streets of Padron, famous for its celebrated writers – monuments bearing witness to this include the Museum-House of Rosalia de Castro and the Camilo José Cela Foundation. It is also renowned for its peppers – some very spicy!

Day 15: Padrón - Santiago. 24 km. level 3-4

Our destination today is Santiago de Compostela - a rare and special city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site, offering dozens of churches and religious buildings. The most important being the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).

Day 16: Onward travel (note additional nights can be added to this itinerary to include rest days)

PRICE FROM Euro: 1,845 per person twin share. Single Supplement: Euro 780 Deposit: AUD800

OPTIONAL SERVICES - (Essential to be requested at the time of booking confirmation):

Baggage Transport per Suitcase: TBA - varies by group size  

From Price/bike per Lisbon ‐ Santiago tour: From Euro 26 per day

(27 speed BTT, repair‐kit, pump, lock and water bottle‐holder). 

Grill + rear panniers: Euro 2 per day

Front bag: Euro 1 per day

Cover gel: Euro 1 per day

Toe Clips: Euro 1 per day

Helmet: Euro  1 per day

General difficulty: 3-5 (see the level of difficulty in each stage).

Level 1: mainly flat, without big slopes.

Level 2: small slopes, dirt roads.

Level 3: moderate slopes, dirt roads, sometimes challenging.

Level 4: big slopes, narrow tracks, challenging, sometimes rocky.

Level 5: big slopes, sometimes very difficult paths, paths over rocks.

Assistance: 24/7 phone assistance. For problems that you can´t solve you will have a booklet with bike shops and emergency numbers. If necessary, we can arrange transfers to the bike shops or to the next hotel (repair and transfer costs are at your own expense).

Travel documents: booklet with cycling notes and useful information, emergency contacts and bike shops, maps and city maps, list of hotels and location, pilgrim passport and luggage ID’s.

Bike delivery: TBA – depending on starting point and joining hotel. Note weekends are not the best time to collect bikes.

BIKE TYPE - GIANT TALON 29ER 2 LTD


Bike Box: Table grade aluminum Alux

Derailleur: Shimano Deore

Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 RL-R 29 100 mm

Chain: KMC X10 w / Missing Link

Course: Shimano M522 24/32/42 w / chainguard

Pinion bike: Shimano HG50 1136, 10 Speed

Wheel: Giant CR70, double wall

Handlebar: Giant Connect XC, 19mm rise, 31.8mm

Tyre : Schwalbe Smart Sam pull 29x 2.1

Power: Giant Sport OS

Pedals: Shimano ES300

Brake lever: Shimano Deore, 3 × 10 Speed

Seat Post: Giant Sport OS

Brake: Shimano M355, [F} 180 mm [R} 160mm rotors

Seat: Giant Connect Upright

Change: Shimano SLX (Shadow) Bottom brackets

Year: 2016

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