Santiago de Compostela

Caminho Portuguese

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The Saint Jacobs Way is the most used pilgrimage way of the world. The “Caminho Portugues”, the Portuguese version with start in Lisbon or Porto is quickly winning popularity over the last years, but is still a hidden secret in compare to the traditional French way coming from northern Spain. Vibrant citys and charming historic cities border the way, no matter if it is the Caminho da Costa, the way along the coast, or the Caminho do Centro, the way through the northern Portuguese mountains.

No matter if you are looking for a package booking or just some rental bikes: Contact us and we create the best way for you.

Travel MTB

E-MTB

Gravel Bike

Ericeira MTb
Luggage Transfer

Daily baggage transport from hotel to hotel or from your start to finish

GPS Guiding
One Way Rentals

Pick Up e.g. in Lisbon, Coimbra or Porto
Drop off in Santiago de Compostela

GPS Guiding
Travel Equipment

Panniers, GPS devices , camping gears, Lights and more

Highlights along the way

Porto Lisbon by bike

Ponte de Lima - Valenca

Crossing its centuries-old Roman bridge over the Lima River is a defining moment on the Portuguese Way to Santiago. For us this is the queen stage of the Portuguese Way to Santiago. After all, the mythical climb to the Serra da Labruja lies ahead, where the famous Cruz dos Franceses “lives”. In just over 4 km you will have to overcome a difference of 300 meters. It’s not a sweet pear, but if you take the climb calmly, you’ll be able to overcome this challenge more. And the close contact with nature that the Way will provide you today will be a huge help. We pass by the typical vilalage of Minho de Rubias and shortly later it’s time for a farewell of the Portuguese Way to Santiago through Portuguese lands and continues in Spain from tomorrow on. It’s relatively short and with little unevenness, which will allow you to rest a little from the “beatings” of the previous parts.

The stage of the following day is longer again, so it might be convenient to explore the beautiful border town of Valença do Minho already today. It’s a widely flat route between the accommodation and the city center and that way you can head straight into the next stage the following morning. Be sure to visit the towering Forte de Valença, the Capela de São Sebastião, the Military Chapel of Bom Jesus, the Paços do Concelho, the Igreja Matriz de Santo Estêvão and the Church of Santa Maria dos Anjos. To end the day on the Portuguese Way in beauty, there is nothing like watching the sunset from one of the strongholds of Forte de Valença, with a superb view over the river Minho and the Spanish city of Tui, where you will pass tomorrow.

Coimbra by bike

Esponsede - Barcelos

On the way back to the coast is waiting the impressive Monastery of Rates. The part of the monastery that has survived to this day is the bell-tower and, most importantly, the Church dedicated to St Peter of Rates,which is a national monument since 1910. Reconstruction of the church began at the turn of the 11th to the 12th century, turning it into one of the oldest extant romanesque churches in Portugal.

The medieval period of the monastery of Rates was one of the most important in the Romanesque art in Portugal, by the relations it established with the governing powers, the relevance of its architecture and sculptures with diverse influences make this temple a case study that is reflected in the production of the Romanesque art of the nascent kingdom of Portugal. The origin of the temple, that relate to the church itself, is dated to the Suebi-Visigothic period, although it incorporates older elements dating to the Roman period. Other elements also relate it to Asturian-Leonese period, prior to the prevailing Romanesque reconstruction.

Once we are back at the sea we enter the district of Braga and the Way leads us through some of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Portugal, such as Aver-o-mar and Apúlia beach bordered by its photogenic windmills. Between Apúlia and Esposende, where the Cávado river flows, we cross the North Coast Natural Park, famous for its extensive dunes, green pine forests and wonderful beaches. Once in Esposende, we always walk along the Cávado river until we reach the lighthouse and the São João Batista Fortress.

In Esposende we leave the coastal way and turning towards the Central Way to Santiago, which we will follow for the rest of the tour. Along the river valley of Rio Cávado we turn land inwards again and reach the center of Barcelos at the end of the stage. The best known of Barcelos is indeed the famous legend of the rooster of Barcelos, which became kind of a worldwide known Portuguese symbol over the years and is present everywhere in the region.

Aveiro

Redondela - Padron

The route runs through the town of Ponte Sampaio and continues along ancient, evocative stone paths, including sections of the Roman Via XIX, such as the climb up Brea Vella de A Canicouva.
The route approaches Pontevedra via A Boullosa, Santa Comba de Bértola, Santa Marta Chapel, Tomeza, Casal do Río and O Marco. Otero Pedrayo Street and the Compostela roundabout lead to the Virxe Peregrina Shrine, Soportales Street, Teucro Square and Real Street. The incredible historic city center awaits.

The route leaves Pontevedra via A Santiña Street, after crossing the Lérez River on O Burgo Bridge. It runs beside a large wetland known as A Xunqueira de Alba. After passing between the rail line and the Granda River, it climbs up to Pontecabras and Santa María de Alba Church and parsonage. Archbishop of Santiago Diego Gelmírez made a stop in Guxilde on his way from Braga to Compostela.

After passing San Caetano Chapel, we come to the leafy woods of Reirís and Lombo da Maceira. A small stone bridge over a stream known as O Rego do Cárcere leads to the municipality of Barro. From San Mauro, the route continues to San Mamede da Portela. After crossing the bridge over the Areal River, the route leads pilgrims into Valbón amidst large stone houses. Three interesting stone crosses line the way, one of them near Amonisa House. A second boasts the carving of St. James the Pilgrim looking north, towards Compostela. A third cross, the solitary Soutelo, completes the triad of these genuine sculptures created to mark crossroads. From this point on, it is necessary to pay close attention to signs, as the route meanders and encounters a number of other paths, with the N-550 a constant presence and a new high-speed rail line that has altered the landscape. A Seca and the Parish of Briallos lead towards of ​​Caldas de Reis.

The route alternates between short sections of trail, dirt tracks and paved paths. We come to the lovely Tivo, almost on the doorstep of Caldas de Reis, where we face the final stretch of this stage. After passing Santa María Church, the route enters Caldas, a spa town, the Aquae Celenis mentioned in what is known as the Antonine Itinerary – a 3rd-century document recording the routes of the Roman Empire. The Umia and Bermaña rivers flow through the area.

The route follows Santa Marta and Ferrería streets, then crosses the bridge over the Umia, which leads to the hot spring to which the town has owed its name since Roman times. The route continues along Real Street and crosses another bridge over the Bermaña River, this one medieval and extremely charming. San Roque Chapel, at the end of the street of the same name – which connects to the N-550 road again. The route leaves Caldas via the main road again but immediately continues onto a lovely path which climbs up to the Santa Mariña de Carracedo complex. O Pino gives way to Mount Castelo, dense woods washed by the waters of the Valga River and dotted with old mills.

The next places on this stage are Cimadevilla, the bridge over the Fontenlo River, Cedelo and Condide, in Pontecesures. The Pino Manso Viewpoint offers a lovely view of the Ulla River valley. The route runs through the oldest part of Pontecessures. It then crosses a bridge over the Ulla (originally Roman, now much changed) which separates the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña. This marks the beginning of the A Coruña municipality of Padrón, home of the Jacobean tradition, a lovely historic town crossed by the Sar River. The route enters town through the fairground, then follows Paseo do Espolón. In the historic center stands Santiago de Padrón Church, where O Pedrón – a Roman altar stone to which the carving of a cross is said to have been added by the disciples of St. James the Apostle – is kept.

Obidos

Valenca - Larache

The bridge over river Rio Minho marks the entrance to Spain and leads into the historic district of Tui. A milestone indicates that it is 115.4 km to Santiago. The historic and artistic charm of Tui – one of the seven capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia – make their presence felt in every street, alley and passageway of its fine historic district. Santa María Cathedral, with both Romanesque and Gothic elements, presides over the town’s medieval street plan. Bispo Maceira and Baixada or Arrabal de Freanxo streets lead to the church. The route continues along Travesía do Hospital, followed by Concello Square, the convent of the Sisters of St. Clare, and Tide and Antero Rubin streets. Before leaving the city, the route follows Coengo Valiño and Calzada streets to San Bartolomé Park and Church.

The route passes Virxe do Camiño Chapel, Paredes de Baixo and the iconic San Telmo Bridge, also known as As Febres Bridge. After this, it runs through a dense wood known as A Ribeira before coming to the small village of A Magdalena. The Louro River flows beside the trail. The next population center is Orbenlle. From here we continue through Os Eidos or As Gándaras. In the distance, it is possible to make out the pink granite quarries to which this spot owes its fame. The route enters the thriving municipality of O Porriño via Manuel Rodríguez Street. This locality, whose origins are closely linked to the Way of St. James, is now an important industrial town with among the highest rates of demographic growth in the province of Pontevedra. The urban landscape, as we see today, including the town hall, the Templete de la Red de San Luis, O Cristo Fountain and Palacios Pharmacy is the work of the towns most famous son, the architect Antonio Palacios, who was born here in 1874.

After leaving O Porriño, the route soon reaches the chapel As Angustias. It runs along the N-550 road, making it especially important to be on the lookout for vehicles. At O Enxertado, with the valley to the east, there is a slight climb up to Santiaguiño de Anta Chapel, a simple monument surrounded by a lovely carballeira (oak wood). A Roman milestone which once formed part of Via XIX – linking Braga and Astorga – guides the way to the municipality of Redondela. We soon reach Vilar de Infesta. Pine and eucalyptus woods are an important feature of this stretch of the route. This section ends at the legendary Chan das Pipas. Saxamonde, Quintela and O Muro mark the way to Redondela and enters town at Ponteareas Square. After leaving Redondela, the route soon comes to As Angustias Chapel. We enter the parish of Cesantes. On the left, to the east, is the spectacular Ria of Vigo. The islands of San Simón and San Antón emerge from the center of the ria, beneath whose waters lie the remains of the galleons of the Battle of Rande (1702). And in the background, the panoramic view is completed by Rande Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge that rises above the mussel farmers’ rafts. The route enters the parish of O Viso and continues on to Arcade, following Portas, Lavandeira, Cimadevila, Velero and Barroncas streets to historic medieval Sampaio Bridge over the Verdugo River. Shortly later we cross the wall that seperates de Salinas de Ullo from the bay and find the end of this stage in the village of Larache.

Our Accommodation –
Remote Countryside and Vibrant towns

Comfortable hotels, authentic holiday homes and charming farm and nature stays characterize our accommodations at Alentejo and the Western Algave.

Ask us for your individual holiday program or join one of our existing trips

Rural cottages

Many Portuguese farmhouses, cottages, mills got a new life as rural accommodations. Along Costa de Prata – between others -  we stay in an historic water mill and a horse farm.
Immerse into Portuguese culture and history asleep!

central hotels

In lively cities of Porto, Coimbra or Obidos, we want to feel the vibe.
We chose hotels centrally located, in foot walking distance to everything you want to see after putting your bike away in the evening!

Guesthouses

Small touristic villages dominate the region. Owner run hotels are a cheap option to discover the Alentejo and the Algarve in an authentic way.

Depend on season & availability this can be shared or private rooms

Garmin Edge 705

We create the route individual for you. With start in Lisbon, Coimbra, Fatima, Porto or where ever you want, we can offer you the Saint James way with between 5 and 16 stages.

You receive your daily stages as gpx-track to use your own GPS device or smart phone  orwe provide you a Garmin GPS device 

Personalized Road Book

For all our holiday packages and GPS Rentals we provide a detailed tour description as PDF.

  • Height profile
  • Tour description
  • Recommended Alternative Routes
  • Recommendations for shopping and restaurants)
  • Highlights and sightseeing along the route

Travel MTB

Coleur Pragma or similar

Transmission: Shimano Deore / XT 2×10

Wheels: 29″ with Schwalbe Marathon Tires

Suspension: RockShox RL 100mm

Travel Setup & Hydraulic Disc Brakes

3 days 75,- 7 days  147,-

E-MTB

Rockrider EST 900 or similar

Wheels: 27.5″ +

Transmission: Shimano Deore 1×10

Suspension: RockShox Judy 120mm

250W Brose® Central Motor & 500Wh battery

for max. 80km

3 days  125,- 7 days  245,-

E-MTB

Rockrider EST 900 or similar

Wheels: 27.5″ +

Transmission: Shimano Deore 1×10

Suspension: RockShox Judy 120mm

250W Brose® Central Motor & 500Wh battery

for max. 80km

3 days  125,- 7 days  245,-

Gravel Bike

Scott Speedster or similar

Wheels: 27.5″ +

Transmission: Shimano Ultegra 2×10

Aluminium Frame

disc brakes

 

3 days 96,- 7 days 196,-