This variation of the traditional Portuguese Camino Route to Santiago is a seafood lovers delight as it follows the Atlantic Coast, taking in traditional fishing villages, sandy beaches, rocky coves and ancient towns along the way.
Your tours starts with a night in Porto, a beautiful old city at the mouth of the Douro River. Stroll around the winding narrow streets of Ribeira, the old town, perhaps taking a seat at one of the riverside restaurants for some fresh seafood. Of course, a trip to Porto would not be complete without sampling some of it's most famous product and a tasting session at a Port wine cellar is recommended.
Cycling beside the Vigo River
The following morning your adventure begins as you cycle out of the city and start to follow the glorious Atlantic Coast northwards. For the next six days you will cover between 30 and 68 kms per day on flat or gently undulating terrain as you follow the coastline north. Each day brings new and exciting experiences. The historic old ship building town of Viana do Castello is one such example and boasts a fascinating medieval centre. On most days you will also pass delightful coves and fabulous sandy beaches so we highly recommend packing some beachwear in your pannier in case you fancy a dip.
Each night you will stop in small towns and villages along the way. The seafood in these parts is amongst the best in Europe and the local restaurants pride themselves on the quality and freshness of their mouth-watering dishes.
Finally, the route delivers you to Santiago de Compostela, the goal of pilgrims from all over Europe for over a thousand years. Sit in the main square in front of the cathedral, toast your own success and watch tired but euphoric pilgrims arrive at the end of their long journey's from all over Europe. The route is mainly on paved roads and bikes lanes and a few sections on dirt roads.