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Your  pilgrimage by high quality bike begins in the mythical and charming city of Porto, one of the most interesting routes of the Portuguese Central Way of Santiago. It is a journey of 150 miles divided into 5 stages. 2 fascinating countries in 6 days.

The Journey from Porto to Santiago has its first end of stage in the interesting city of Barcelos, and the remaining days of its Portuguese Jacobea Route you will spend the night in each of the following towns: Ponte de Lima, Valença do Miño and Pontevedra, from this city, you will reach Santiago de Compostela crossing the historical-artistic monument Ponte Vella.

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Portuguese Way of St. James Trip from Porto to Santiago

Itineraries

Day 1

STAGE 1 (33 MI) · FROM PORTO TO BARCELOS

This is the first day of your bicycle pilgrimage on the Portuguese Way of Santiago on its stretch from Porto, a beautiful Portuguese city from which your journey begins. Porto ranks second in importance after Lisbon, its capital, within Portugal. We are talking about a beautiful town, full of hospitality, culture, tradition, history, art and charm. This initial stage is comfortable for pedaling due to the moderate slopes. The route runs along both paved and well-marked roads and dirt roads between beautiful and varied rural areas on this Portuguese Way of Santiago until we reach our end of stage: Barcelos. This beautiful medieval population is well known both culturally and gastronomically. Roasted rooster and typical cheeses watered with a delicious green vinho and, finally, delicious traditional cakes are, among others, some of the native products that are worth trying. Among the outstanding monuments, you can see the medieval bridge of the fourteenth century, the wall of Barcelos with the Torre da Porta Nova, The Matriz Church (XIII) and the baroque Churches of Nossa Senhora do Terço and the Bom Jesus da Cruz of the s. XVIII. The Señor del Gallo crossroads (Padrão do Galo) related to the enforced miracle: It is a beautiful legend linked to the Camino de Santiago. The story goes that a pilgrim was denounced and sentenced to die by hanging for robbing a nobleman, unfairly. When the sentence was to be carried out the pilgrim was saved by the Apostle Santiago, when they informed the judge of what had happened he said that the pilgrim was as alive as the roasted rooster he had on his plate. At that moment the rooster, who had had a plumage full of color, sang and jumped from the plate. It is said that the same pilgrim returned to the town years later and carved the ‘cruziro’ we are talking about. In this way, the image of the ‘Colorful Plumage Rooster’ has become the symbol of the city of Barcelos, and we will see it in different representations, among which the spectacular sculptures that adorn this population stand out. In the Church of San Antonio the ‘blessing to the pilgrim’ is granted every day at the end of the Mass from 7:00 p.m. LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 2

STAGE 2 (34.5 KM) · FROM BARCELOS TO PONTE DE LIMA

During this second day of pilgrimage through the Portuguese Way of Santiago, we will enjoy a bucolic journey between vineyards, since we are in the cradle of the Vinho Verde, whose annealed capital is our final stage: Ponte de Lima. In general, it is a route of the Camino de Santiago that can be followed well since it has moderate slopes, although it is necessary to refer to a hard climb that leads to Portela de Tamel, with 130 meters of unevenness along of 2.3 kilometers of ascent. The town of Ponte de Lima stands out for the artistic beauty of its buildings, for its delicious cuisine and the, already named, green vineyard. Among its architectural heritage include: the bridge over the Lima river with mixtures of Roman and medieval style; the beautiful sculptures that adorn the banks of the river promenade, the medieval towers of San Paulo and Cadeia Velha; the Romanesque-Gothic church Mayor, the Palace of the Marquis of the fifteenth century, the Museo dos Terceiros (tiles, paintings, sculptures ...), and, just outside the town, the church of San Antonio da Torre Velha from the early nineteenth and the Botanical Garden. After a walk through its interesting history we can rest in one of its restaurants before a delicious dish of rice with lamprey (ancestral class of fish without jaw, considered a real delicacy), rice with sarrabulho, or any of its other star products such as cod or pork in one of its tasty culinary varieties; accompanied by semi-dry, fruity, fresh, light and with a small touch of bubble: green vinho in one of its three varieties: white, pink or red. And for dessert leite-creme queimado (roast milk cream). FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 3

STAGE 3 (21 MI) · FROM PONTE DE LIMA TO VALENÇA DO MINHO

This new day of his Portuguese Way of Santiago, we could differentiate it geographically between a more natural first part and a more urban second. The first half of this interesting stage of your pilgrimage by bicycle would reach the town of Rubiães and runs in the middle of nature, among lush forests, but do not fear, it is a perfectly marked route. About 5 kilometers from this point, we will face the most significant ascent of this Portuguese Way to Santiago, we speak of the Alto da Portela Grande de Labruja, with a slope of 315 meters on a 4.2 km stretch. At some points on the track, they will have to carry their bike as the stony ground has a stepped shape where they cannot pedal. Another option is to take the N201 road and thus avoid these pitfalls that, although difficult, are not insurmountable either. Another important aspect is the provision of provisions before passing Codeçal because even Rubiães has no place to do so. The second half of this day, as we had already announced, takes place in a more urban and comfortable area, its moderate slopes are easily accessible for cyclists. Also, we will find frequent establishments where to replenish food and drinks to make our Way. Finally, we will reach Valenca do Miño where we will spend the night. Population with a beautiful fortress in its historic center due to its location on the border of Portugal with Spain. A town full of shopping streets with shops and restaurants, some of them, with beautiful views over the Miño River. Again cod, pork and lamprey are protagonists of their traditional cuisine. In its cultural ensemble, its monumental 17th-century Fortress stands out, aspiring to enter the List of World Heritage Monuments, the Romanesque church of Santa María dos Anjos, the church of São Estevão del s. XVII and the baroque military chapel of Bom Jesus before her is the image of San Teotónio, the first Portuguese saint. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 4

STAGE 4 (33,5 MI) · FROM VALENÇA DO MINHO TO PONTEVEDRA

On this new day of your pilgrimage on the Portuguese Way of Santiago, we cross the border of Portugal to enter the beautiful Galicia, Spain. This stage is substantially longer than the previous ones, although comfortable due to the absence of steep slopes, although several ascents, one of 147 meters in 3.1 kilometers, to the Santiagiño Chapel (229 altitude), others of 120 and 135 meters of slope respectively. These stems are gradual and do not involve any difficulty, although in the first there is some hard cost. At the start of this day, we will cross the International Bridge built in 1884, with great influence from Gustave Eiffel, over the Miño River, border between Portugal and Spain. The road will lead you to the summit of Tui crossing the old town and the citadel. Pilgrims usually visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui, the City Hall and the Convent of Santo Domingo from there the cobbled streets will lead them to the Church of San Bartolomeu de Rebordáns (s. VI). Between an exuberant nature, pieces of road and flanked by the river Louro, in good parts of our Portuguese Way to Santiago, we will reach the town of O Porriño. City that offers a more industrialized aspect than the medieval areas to which the Camino de Santiago has become more accustomed to us in its passage through Galicia. Between Mos and Redondela is the main unevenness of the Camino during today's stage, it is the ascent to the Chapel of Santiaguiño de Antas (229 m.). Throughout this ascent, many pilgrims tend to divert a little for lunch in one of the abundant 'furanchos' scattered throughout the area. The 'furancho' is a private home that opens its dining room to the public. They offer their own wine and traditional homemade food. A luxury! After the beautiful descent of the Santiaguiño Chapel, we arrive at Redondela. Famous for the 2 train viaducts of the s. XIX that contrast with the wonderful nature that surrounds it. It is worth visiting the Romanesque Church of Santiago Apóstol de Redondela, (12th century). In Cesantes we will find another of the outstanding climbs of the stage, the beautiful climb to Alto da Lomba, 152 m. in the Sierra del Viso. Upon its descent we will delight in the spectacular views over the Ría de Vigo in which the islands of San Simón and San Antón appear. In its waters rest the remains of the sunken galleons during the Battle of Rande (1702-Spanish Succession War). Cycling through our Portuguese Way of Santiago we reach the village of Arcade, known nationally and internationally for the delicious oysters that they produce at the mouth of the Verdugo River. Leaving Arcade we go to the next municipality Pontesampaio crossing over an impressive medieval bridge with the same name. Here the final battle for Galicia took place against Napoleon's troops in the Spanish War of Independence (1809), ending with the French occupation in this Region. Pontevedra is the final enclave of this day. The magnificent cultural and gastronomic heritage makes it worthwhile to discover this beautiful and outstanding Galician city. The curious Church of the Pilgrim Virgin (Capela da Virxe Peregrina s.XVIII), with a plant in the shape of 'scallop', is a place of 'must' visit for pilgrims as it shelters the Pilgrim Virxe, Patroness of Pontevedra and This Portuguese Way of Santiago you are enjoying. It is located in the Pilgrim's Square (Praza de Peregrina). The Basilica of Santa María la Mayor of the s. XVI. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 5

STAGE 5 (41,5 MI) · FROM PONTEVEDRA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

This final day of the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela is the longest of all and, on a descriptive level, we could divide it into 3 phases. All of them easy to travel and very interesting. The first one to Caldas de Reis, in which, due to the small number of bars and shops along the way, the collection of provisions for self-supply must be guaranteed. We recommend making a small detour between the towns of Portela and Briallos to immerse yourself in the bucolic landscape that forms a forest, "muiñada" (row of mills located on the same bed of a river) and the waterfalls in the Ría Barosa Natural Park. Along the way you will enjoy discovering towns such as Alba, A Portela and Briallos. Caldas de Reis, the most prominent municipality of this first section, is the hometown of King Alfonso VII of León y Castilla, known as "The Emperor" (12th century); Cause for which, at the end of the 19th century, the word Reyes (Reis in Galician) is incorporated into its original name 'Caldas'. This town is known for its thermal springs spas, one is public the "Fonte das Burgas". Among its cultural assets, the Roman Bridge, the Church of Santa Maria de Caldas and the Church of Santo Tomé de Canterbury stand out. As a curiosity, tell them that it is also worth visiting the O Muiño tavern, which maintains the same state since its opening in 1947. The second phase is equally affordable, this will give us more time to enjoy the possibly more attractive stretch of the Portuguese Way of Santiago in Galician territory. Today we will leave the province of Pontevedra to enter A Coruña crossing the Roman bridge that extends over the Ulla river. Before reaching this bridge we find the beautiful Romanesque church in honor of St. Xulian of the twelfth century. At the end of this road we will reach the interesting population of Padrón. It is the second most important city related to the history of the Apostle Santiago after Santiago de Compostela. According to the belief, 2 disciples of Santiago Apostle arrived on the Galician coast in the small 'Barca de Pedra' (Stone Boat) to inhumate him safe from the king of Israel, Herod Agrippa, who had commanded him to behead him between 40 and 44 AD , the valuable remains of Santiago, one of the most emblematic disciples of Jesus Christ, were buried in Mount Libredón, where, today, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is erected. If you have enough time, you can make a visit to the Church of Santiago de Padrón under whose main altar is the 'Pedrón' (large block of granite where they tied the small boat that carried the tortured body of the saint, and that comes from an ara Roman consecrated to Neptune). This town also has close ties with two great figures of Galician literature: Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize Camilo José Cela. In the culinary field, Padrón, is well known for the "Padrón Peppers", a popular vegetable that is served fried in olive oil with coarse salt. The third and final phase of your pilgrimage by bike along this route from Porto to Santiago will run on asphalt pavement cycling between urban areas. The first and attractive villa of this stretch is Iría Flavia. We talked about a prominent Celtic settlement that, later, with the Romans achieved the status of municipality. The Roman road, Via XIX, which escorts us during most of the Portuguese Way of Santiago twists towards Lugo in this place. The majestic Collegiate Church of Iría Flavia is one of the most suggested monuments by all those who know the Camino de Santiago well to make a visit. This church was the cathedral of Galicia before the current one of Santiago de Compostela. Cycling along our route, and immediately after the Ponte Vella lying on the river Sar, we find two ways to access Santiago de Compostela among which you can choose: one along the road or, through a dirt track taken to the right. This last alternative, passing through the convent of Santa María de Conxo, is 1.4 km, it is a slightly longer section, but, in turn, quieter and interesting. Shortly after he will have completed his precious objective: The Cathedral of Santiago and get his "Compostela" in the Pilgrim's Office, after that his Way of Saint James will have come to an end. Buen Camino! FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 6

SANTIAGO. End of Services

After a full breakfast our services end. We can facilitate your return trip *. This is the end of your wonderful adventure. We hope you enjoyed and feel satisfied with your pilgrimage on this Camino Portugues de Santiago. The fruits of your Camino de Santiago will appear from this very moment deep inside you, and will last, accompanying you, over the years. Thank you very much for trusting mascamino.es. Good Return Trip!
  • 5 nights in shared dorm or private rooms.
  • 5 full breakfasts.
  • High Quality Bike.
  • Pilgrims Passport and Travel Guide.
  • Luggage transfer between stages.
  • Possibility to attend to the daily Mass.
  • Phone support on the road 24 hours.
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