Porto to Santiago de Compostela BikeTour
The Coastal Way to St. James - "easy"
This cycling tour presents itself as an easy route to reach Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate pilgrimage beacon in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most important spots for religious tourism in Western Europe.
Enjoy a city tour with us in Porto, to get to know a little bit of its architecture, heritage and local traditions. After this, ride towards Santiago, passing by sunny and seaside areas such as Esposende, Caminha and Bayona. Have a delight with the famous Arcade's oysters. Know why Caldas de Reis holds such a royalty importance and end this tour in the Square of Obradoiro, where you can see the colossal baroque cathedral where the remains of the apostle Santiago lies.
- Flat for the first 3 days, with a few smooth and short climbs. Hilly in the last 3 days, up and down in secondary roads.
- 30 % bike lanes and wood walkways, 30% smooth dirt roads. Some cobblestone roads and rough dirt roads, 20 % paved secondary roads with low traffic.
- 4121 meters of cumulative gap climbs
Itinerary 7 nights / 8 Days::
Day 1: Reception at Porto
Day 2: Porto – Esposende (60 km)
Day 3: Esposende – Caminha (50 km)
Day 4: Caminha – Baiona (40 km)
Day 5: Baiona – Pontevedra (64 km)
Day 6: Pontevedra – Caldas dos Reis (26 km)
Day 7: Caldas dos Reis – Santiago de Compostela (40 km)
Itinerary 8 nights / 9 Days:
Day 1: Reception at Porto
Day 2: Porto – Esposende (60 km)
Day 3: Esposende – Caminha (50 km)
Day 4: Caminha – Baiona (40 km)
Day 5: Baiona – Vigo (25 km)
Day 6: Vigo – Pontevedra (39 km)
Day 7: Pontevedra – Caldas dos Reis (26 km)
Day 8: Caldas dos Reis – Santiago de Compostela (40 km)
Before starting this cycling journey towards Santiago de Compostela, it's almost mandatory to explore Porto, classified as World Heritage and Capital of Culture and Tourism. Join us in a city walking tour and discover part of the heritage this city has to offer. Meet famous and well-known hot spots, such as the bookstore that influenced J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, the magnificent Stock Exchange Market, the blue and white tiles hiding at each corner and much more. Art, heritage and traditions are meant to be found and seen during this short city tour. Accommodation, Hotel 4 stars: Porto Trindade Hotel
From our store, based in the “Invicta” city of Porto, we will begin our journey heading to Esposende, a seaside city located to the North. During this day, you will be overwhelmed with seaside landscapes and small “Portuguese rivieras”. A huge variety of fishing villages will be met by us, where we can experience ancient traditions linked to the fish exploration, as well as taste this famous gastronomy. In Vila do Conde, you’ll know why these Portuguese coastal cities were so important during the “el dorado” of the Portuguese Discoveries. Accommodation, Hotel 3 stars: Suave Mar Hotel
We’re reaching Viana do Castelo, another sea docking city that was quite important during the Discoveries’ period. During the XIV-XVth Centuries it was in this precise city that the ships going to Brazil, India, Africa and other Portuguese Colonies were developed. Our final destination will be Caminha. This city finds the shore of the river Minho, making it part of an incredible landscape. Caminha is also very well known for its natural and green heritage, like the sightseeing areas, waterfalls, beaches and the camping park.Accommodation, Hotel 4 stars: Portas do Sol Hotel
You are going to enter in Spanish territory, ending in Bayona. It’s a city politically linked to Pontevedra where you can breathe the sea breeze. Away from the sea landscape you can also get lost in the old city center. Born from the Romans, the city kept growing towards the coast during the Middle Ages, with an influence from the Catholic Church. Curiously, during the XVI Century, Bayona was raided by British ships, led by the great corsair and explorer Francis Drake who saw an opportunity to establish a commercial and merchant point in this territory.Accommodation, Hotel 4 stars: Parador Baiona Hotel
This day will encompass the stream of Vigo and will end in San Simon's bay with a watery landscape to feast your eyes on. Always following the coastline, this day will be dedicated to Arcade and its famous oysters. Apart from this delightful cuisine, you will see monuments and sights dedicated to Santiago’s culture, such as the church of Santiago in Arcade (XII-XIII centuries) and roads and paths that will lead to our pilgrimage destination. It’s almost mandatory that, if you are passing by Arcade, you must taste and enjoy the famous oysters produced and harvested in the waters of this region. Curiously, during April’s first week there is a festival dedicated to this traditional gastronomy – “Fiesta de la Ostra” – where the city is filled with tourists and pilgrims to attend this event. Accommodation, Hotel 4 stars: Parador Pontevedra Hotel
Heading to a pre-Roman city, Caldas de Reis, a province which belongs to Pontevedra. According to historical archives, the first inhabitants were a pre-Roman community that lived from the hot springs of this territory. The name “Caldas de Reis” is connected to the birthplace of Afonso VII, acting in the Middle Ages as a pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela. Apart from the rich cultural heritage, like Arcade, Caldas de Reis holds a peculiar gastronomy, such as the “empanadas” of lamprey and the traditional Spanish bread. Since the hot springs accompanied the evolution of this territory, nowadays it is a hot spot for tourism who seeks better healthy treatments for several illnesses. Accommodation, Rural House: Torre do Rio
You will be met by Santiago de Compostela as your final destination, one of the ultimate pilgrimage cores in Western Europe. Like Rome and Jerusalem, the city of Santiago de Compostela presents us an unique religious beacon for tourists who find in this cycling journey an act of faith and inner-self. Reach the Square of Obradoiro, where you will witness the majestic baroque cathedral where the remains of the apostle are located. Accommodation, Hotel 4 stars: Compostela Hotel
- LS - Low season: Nov 01 to Mar 25
- RS - Regular season: Mar 26 to 25 Jun and Set 26 to 31 Oct
- HS - High Season: Set 01 to 25 Set
- SS - Summer Season: Jun 26 to August 30
- Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
- Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends
- Beverages are not included at lunch and dinner when included in the package
- If in a triple room with parents Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount. Children from 11 to 14 years old - 20% discount. Children from 15 to 17 years old - 15% discount.
- Electric bicycles price: 175€
- Supplement for single room: LS: 300€, RS: 329€, HS: 360€, SS.390€
- Supplement for single room with 8 night option: LS: 350€, RS: 376€, HS: 410€, SS.450€
- Solo traveler: 200 €
- Solo traveler with 8 night option: 220 €
- Extra nights: on request
What People Are Saying
Alex, Nova Scotia,
18 of us went with Fold-N-Go and it was a great decision. Sergio and crew went well above and beyond in tour support. Coming straight from an Nova Scotia winter with little ability to precycle/train as well as some inexperienced riders the trip was a challenge but was well supported.This was our groups' 3rd European bike trip and by far the most rewarding.
We had ZERO complaints! I never fill in these reviews but this is the tour company to select. Sergio is building his company and gave immediate attention to any request no matter how minor.
'2 thumbs up!'
Janice, Campbell River, Canada,
I found this trip to be fabulous from start to finish. Sergio, Jose and Pedro went out of their way to be helpful, and to meet the different needs of everyone in the large group.The route had its challenges, with cobblestones, some steep dirt pathways and some city streets to maneuver, but Jose and Sergio worked very professionally to keep the group safe no matter what the terrain or riding conditions. Pedro would meet us with the support van at designated spots to top us up with water and snacks. The bikes were very well maintained, and got the once over by our guides after every day of riding to
make sure they were ready to go for the next morning. Our hotel accommodations were very well appointed, (with an extensive buffet breakfast always included), and every day we had a hearty lunch at a restaurant en route, as well as multi-course dinner at each of our destination cities along the way.
With the spectacular coastal scenery, the top notch guides, and the camaraderie of the group, this was one of the best cycling tours I have ever experienced.
My brother and I made our way to Porto to embark on this tour which we were doing as unsupported self guided. The service we got from Sergio and his staff was nothing short of spectacular. Starting from Henrique's guided city tour of Porto to the amazing hotels they arranged to the great bikes they provided, everything was first class. Sergio checked on us during the week to make sure there were no problems and made us feel like friends not customers
The one thing I would mention is I would not classify this as an easy ride.
Uma viagem incrível, com paisagens inesquecíveis. A rota no território português é pela Costa e ao chegar à Espanha a maior parte de trajeto é pela mata.
A escolha dos hotéis e restaurantes me surpreendeu positivamente (levando-se em conta que é uma viagem de aventura e não de luxo).
Mas o melhor de tudo foram as amizades que ficarão para a vida.
Vale muito a pena!!
My wife and I have now experienced seven European bike tours in various countries. Six were guided as was this one. This tour is a notch above all the others. You are in the constant hands and service of Sergio and his carefully chosen guides. The biking can be challenging at times. We chose the basic package with the meal plan. The accommodation and meals were excellent. If you invest and trust in Sergio, you will be richly rewarded. He is truly one of a kind. If you are as lucky as we were to be matched with kind and generous fellow travellers, you too may also come away with one or more life long friends.
Ilana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil,
O passeio foi do dia 25/04/18 a 01/05/18.
O grupo era de 18 canadenses e eu de brasileira.Foi tudo maravilhoso, desde os percursos até os hotéis, restaurantes, as bicicletas.
Sergio sempre muito atencioso, rápido nas respostas,organizado e prestativo.
Ainda no tour tivemos o Pedro e José, igualmente gentis e atentos a tudo e a todos.Super recomendo!!!
Farei outro com certeza!!
Ilana / Rio de Janeiro
We did a 5 days trip to Santiago de Compostela, the team provided us with the pilgrims' credentials, maps and all the additional info to help us plan the trip. The bikes and the service were really good, the team is super nice and helpful, I will definitively recommend it!
Earle, Nova Scotia,
Recently my wife and I traveled with 18 others from Canada to Porto . The bikes were top notch and new or almost new. The guides took very good care of us and we felt safe at all times. They went well beyond what they needed to when I needed medical help(nothing related to the biking) and made the experience as smooth as possible. The accommodations were first rate. I have done a number of biking trips in Europe and the guides and support team was by far the most helpful. I would recommend them to any one.
Jim Goia, USA,
I recently completed The Way of St. James bike tour, and it could not have been a better experience. We were a large group, over twenty, but Sergio, Jose, Tiago and Pedro all worked incredibly hard to not only keep us all safe and on course but to feel personally cared for in spite of such a large group. I was one of two vegetarians on the trip, and even though lunch and dinner were technically "on your own" our guides took great care to make sure we were well fed.
The route itself was beautiful and varied. The first few days were remarkable for their beautiful ocean views. Crossing into Spain, and moving inland we cycled down country roads through small town and villages, and through the woods on beautiful paths.
The accommodations beat all my expectations, we stayed in some truly special hotels, a real treat after a day on the bike.
The bikes were all in great shape and checked out every night. I had an issue one day with my bike not shifting properly (most likely because I knocked the derailleur after a clumsy little spill that morning) It was fixed immediately and worked perfectly for the rest of the trip.
All in all, this was a great trip thanks to the excellent work of Sergio, Pedro, Tiago, and Jose. They provided first rate customer service, but felt like friends!
Fernando Tassara, Brasil,
Nossa família composta de 03 adultos começou nossa aventura no dia 16 de março.
Desde o início fomos atendidos com toda a atenção e carinho por parte dos componentes da empresa, sem exceção.
O Guilherme nos acompanhou por todo o primeiro trecho ( 60 km !) para certificar que tudo correria bem conosco.
Fomos colocados em hotéis de altissimo nível.
Nos deram excelentes indicações de restaurantes e locais de turismo.
Fomos apanhados em Santiago na hora em que solicitamos pelo Pedro que, além de gentil e educado, dirige muito bem e nos deu excelentes dicas para a volta ao Porto.
É um tour para quem já tem hábito de pedalar. São 300 km em 6 dias.
Não percam a oportunidade de conhecer o interior de Portugal e da Espanha!
Não sou de fazer avaliações, mas esta fiz questão!!! Sobre o passeio, que só quem o fez sabe o que estou falando, é INDESCRITÍVEL!!!! Quanto aos serviços oferecidos pelo pessoal do Sérgio, digo, com absoluta certeza: foram muito além do esperado... Competentíssimo, sério, dicas sensacionais, bicicletas de excelente qualidade, enfim, perfeito. Nosso grupo é unânime em dizer que nossa viagem foi perfeita pela segurança e prestabilidade do pessoal da Fold N Visit-Rent a Bike!!! Parabéns!! Recomendo a todos.
We are a senior couple from Canada, ages 71.5 (wife) and 77 that booked directly with the company and chose the basic unguided bike rental package. This included one hybrid bike and an electric assist bike for the wife, second tier hotel accommodation, the shuttle of our personal luggage between hotels, and a walking tour of Porto. We appreciated the personalized service given to us by insuring that we had the right size bikes, providing us with an emergency phone and Garmin GPS unit for route finding, and keeping in contact with us daily via email. All the hotels were able to provide us with breakfast with the exception of the one in Caminha. This latter hotel served breakfast too late and it was in a very noisy location with loud people on the street leaving club(s) between 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Overall, the accommodations provided met our expectations. The cycling route worked out by the company exceeded my expectations and we appreciated that there was a good attempt to be faithful to the designated Camino which was not intended for bikes. The alternate routing needed in some places worked out really well. The GPS track was a necessity and hugely better than relying on maps. As for the of the itinerary of 6 days, the distances set by the company worked out really well and allowed us to complete each day at a reasonable time (as early as 2:30 p.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m.). Our average start time on the road was between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. with a later start at Caminha because of the ferry crossing times. We truly enjoyed to long boardwalks along the beaches in Portugal.There are challenging sections on the route including steepness, as well as, rough and sandy trail surfaces, the kind of challenge I expected but could be overwhelming for some people. Keeping the latter in mind, I highly recommend this self-guided adventure.
Peter Birks, New Zeland,
This was an amazing ride. We had previously done the Silver Coast so this was the next step up for me. The electric bikes were great...I wouldn't have been able to do it without it. The scenery throughout was stunning ranging from coastal to mountains to farm fields and forests.
The accomodation was just "WOW" ranging from hotels to old forts and castles.
Our arrival in the square was very electric with all the others who had completed there journey the atmosphere was alive with happy joyous people having completed their journey.
Garry Gartex, New Zeland,
This is our 2nd tour with Top Bike Tours of Portugal the 1st being the Silver Coast. Sergio put together a fantastic tour to Santiago de Compostela following one of the Camino Trails.
Porto is an amazing city to start the rides with plenty of things to do and see and if you have a like of seafood your in the right place.
The accommodation was excellent the whole way even staying in old forts, castles and hotels. The bikes were excellent and very comfortable. Having the Garman GPS helps you keep to the trail and are easy to operate. The tour followed the coast on bike trails and then riding through villages and forests was amazing. We passed many walkers on the Camino Trail and found everyone to be very friendly calling out Bom Camino as we ride by.
The finish in Santiago de Compostela was incredible, riding into the square seeing all the people celebrating their achievement.
There were plenty of places to pick up morning tea, lunches and dinners. Breakfasts were included.
I certainly would recommend Sergio and his team at Top Bike Tours of Portugal.
Fernanda Tassara, Brasil,
Viajei na verdade com meus país porque adoramos viagens a pedalar! A escolha da empresa não poderia ser melhor! Deu tudo certo do início ao fim.. Desde a escolha dos hotéis até os trajetos bacanas e difíceis que passamos. A equipe está muito bem orientada e sempre esteve certeira com indicações de locais para irmos em cada cidade que chegávamos...muito atenciosos e preocupados com nosso bem estar sempre. Agradeço ao Pedro, Sérgio, Guilerme e Tiago por terem tornado essa parte da minha viagem ainda mais espetacular!!
Mark Mander, Coldbrook, Nova Scotia,
I had the pleasure of organizing 18 friends from Canada on this extraordinary trip. From day one we were taken care of and totally immersed in the Portuguese and Spanish culture. Sergio, Jose and Pedro provided us with a safe, scenic and inspiring journey along the Camino. The challenge of cycling on the cobble stones and the sometimes-rough terrain made it all that more worthwhile. It in the end gave you the sense of accomplishment, that you earned the Compostela. The mixture of the beautiful coastline and interesting people we met along the way made the trip all that much more enjoyable. In Sergio, Jose and Pedro we found more than just a touring company. We found a group of people who are committed to the customer experience and needs. Along this extraordinary journey we also found folks we can truly call friend: Sergio, Jose and Pedro. This is my 3rd cycling trip and by far it was the best. I would highly recommend this company, this trip and the Camino.
Mary, Melbourne, Australia,
We completed the Porto to Santiago ride via the coastal route which included a very informative city tour of Porto on the first day which was a nice touch, The tour followed a large portion of the Camino way so was on tracks with other walkers. It did therefore require some good bike handling skills (our's improved along the way). The customer service from Sergio was first class. He responded to all our emails very quickly. We gave him some feedback on some of the trails that had deteriorated and he immediately investigated and altered the trails for subsequent tours. We did a self guided tour which relied on a GPS. The maps were VERY accurate finishing right outside the front door of the hotel at the end of each day. Great and varied scenery and very enjoyable.
Ralph Wolff, USA,
We did a self-guided tour and Serio and his team provided wonderful support. We did the coastal route. We got new bikes equipped with a GPS programmed for each day's ride, restaurant recommendations, and ongoing support. The ride itself was beautiful and meaningful to ride along the beaches in Portugal and the walking trails in Spain. It was great to be on the pilgrimage path so many have used over the centuries.
I have been cycle touring in Europe for over twenty years and hands down this was the best trip I have ever taken. Check every box. Sergio the owner takes great pride and makes every effort to make the experience wonderful. Fantastic scenery. The best hotels, one of which was the best hotel I can ever remember staying at. The bicycles were new and performed flawlessly. Every detail was covered from pick up at the airport, fitting bicycles, walking tour of Porto the day before departure on our ride, 4 star hotels, GPS units with route outlined, pick up at the end of our trip and transport back to the airport. Finally I have to add that Sergio's staff were all super friendly and helpful. Except for one day of pouring rain which is out of anyone's control I would have to say the trip was perfect.
I just got back from my bike tour of the Camino coastal path. I can't say enough nice things about Sergio and his team Enrique and Tiago . They really made everything happen right on this ebike tour that my friend Jeff and I took. Every detail was taken care of and the route was interesting and well supported. Even when I wasn't able to ride one day because of a health issue, Sergio made accommodation for me.
I had a great time and can't wait to go back again with my wife and daughter.
The trip was very fairly priced, many excellent and memorable hotels, and the bikes worked well. thank you Sergio,Tiago, and Enrique
Fizemos a peregrinação de Porto a Santiago de Compostela, de bicicleta utilizando o apoio da Top Bike, só temos elogios, tudo funcionou perfeitamente, desde a qualidade das bicicletas a logística do transportes das malas de um hotel ao outro e o ponto mais importante, a qualidade dos hotéis, recomendo a que for fazer este passeio, usar os serviços.
Jim Gioa, USA,
I recently completed The Way of St. James bike tour, and it could not have been a better experience. We were a large group, over twenty, but Sergio, Jose, Tiago and Pedro all worked incredibly hard to not only keep us all safe and on course but to feel personally cared for in spite of such a large group. I was one of two vegetarians on the trip, and even though lunch and dinner were technically "on your own" our guides took great care to make sure we were well fed. The route itself was beautiful and varied. The first few days were remarkable for their beautiful ocean views. Crossing into Spain, and moving inland we cycled down country roads through small town and villages, and through the woods on beautiful paths. The accommodations beat all my expectations, we stayed in some truly special hotels, a real treat after a day on the bike. The bikes were all in great shape and checked out every night. I had an issue one day with my bike not shifting properly (most likely because I knocked the derailleur after a clumsy little spill that morning) It was fixed immediately and worked perfectly for the rest of the trip.
Jan Brisbane, Australia,
Sergio and his team did themselves proud - congratulations. This is a bike tour with a difference....from the excellent personal service, to the included walking tour of Porto, to the interesting and varied ride, to the high standard of the hotels especially the absolute gem Torre de Rio at the end of day 5.
The ride for the most part follows the Portuguese Caminho way, so is not always smooth and easy, but this is to be expected by its very nature, and adds to the challenge.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and unreservedly recommend it to all enthusiastic cyclists.
Graeme Nicholas, New Zeland,
This is a top class Top Bike Tour. Well organized. Very efficient management and guides, good value for money (even with $NZ), fantastic accommodation and top support along the way from start to finish. Top English, top humour, top local knowledge, top scenery top equipment and top bikes. It was great fun, there were 9 on the tour and it went better than clock work. We were well watered along the way and provided with snacks and fruit if you wanted them. We stopped at interesting attractions along the way museums, fish market, local towns and villages. The distances and terraine each day were well structured and very manageable on E Bikes. Each night an option for dinner was arranged if you wished to participate. These were on the whole exceptional and well priced, better than you would likely arrange yourself. Sergio, owner/manage/guide and his trusty young sidekick, Henrique were the nothing short of fantastic in their care, organisation and local knowledge. Well done guys. We hope to see you again.
We were treated to a great tour of Porto the day before our tour to Santiago Spain started. It was wonderful. The tour itself was nothing short of amazing. The hotels were top-notch and an experience in itself. The owner of Topbiketours made sure everything went seamlessly and made our journey memorable.