The Way of St. James - The Coast Route "easy"

8 Days | 7 Nights
2/5 Moderate
278 Km

The Way of St. James BikeTour

The Coastal Way - "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.


Route description:

  • 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 coubblestone roads and rough dirt roads, 20 % paved secondary roads with low traffic.
  • 4121 meters of cumulative gap climbs


Itinerary:

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)


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Day 1: Reception at Porto
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.
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Day 2: Porto – Esposende (60 km)
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
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Day 3: Esposende – Caminha (50 km)
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.
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Day 4: Caminha – Baiona (40 km)
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.
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Day 5: Baiona – Pontevedra (64 km)
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.
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Day 6: Pontevedra – Caldas dos Reis (26 km)
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
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Day 7: Caldas dos Reis – Santiago de Compostela (40 km)
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.
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Day 8: Departure
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Luggage shuttling
Porto Airport Transfers
Trains or Bus Tickets
Van Support
GPS With route per booking
Bike rent
Guide
Mechanical Assistance
6 lunches
6 Dinners
Personal Accident Insurance
Liability Insurance
7 Nights / 8 Days ( price per person)
July, August and September Prices
Min. Participants
Self Guided bike Tour
1489
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
No
GPS With route per booking
Yes
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
No
Mechanical Assistance
No
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
No
Liability Insurance
No
7 Nights / 8 Days ( price per person)
1.489 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 100 €
Min. Participants
2
Guided Bike tour
1895
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
minimum 8 pax
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
7 Nights / 8 Days ( price per person)
1895 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 100 €
Min. Participants
4
Guided Biketour plus*
2456
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
Yes
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
Yes
6 Dinners
Yes
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
7 Nights / 8 Days ( price per person)
2.456 €
July, August and September Prices
+100 €
Min. Participants
4

Observations:

  • Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
  • Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends

Extras

  • Electric bicycles price: 175€
  • Suplement for single room: 329 €
  • Solo traveler: 200 €
  • Extra nights: on request

**Observations:** * Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room; * Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends **Extras** * Electric bicycles price: 175€ * Suplement for single room: 329 € * Solo traveler: 200 € * Extra nights: on request

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