Are you ready for the bicycle touring trip of a lifetime in northern Portugal and Spain?
This is your opportunity to travel with me, Darren Alff (the Bicycle Touring Pro), on an incredible bicycle touring holiday in Portugal and Spain.
Together we’ll ride our bicycles from the city of Porto in northern Portugal to the famous Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain – the ultimate pilgrimage site in Western Europe.
Along the way we’ll stay in high-end resort hotels, eat delicious Portuguese cuisine, interact with the local people and experience to joy of traveling with like-minded people from all around the world.
Bike Tour Name: The Way of St. James Bike Tour
Tour Company: Fold N’ Tour
Dates: May 15-22, 2018
Group Size: Limited to a maximum of 10 guests
Length: 8 days / 7 Nights
This is an easy to moderate bike tour along the western coast of Portugal and Spain – a good alternative to the much more difficult pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. The first three days of the bike tour are relatively flat, mostly on hard surfaces and with a little varied terrain. The last three days are the moderate portion of the tour, on mixed terrain and with short, steep hills in some locations.
This would be a great bike tour to do alone, with a friend, loved one, or a small group.
I (Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro) will be participating in this group bike tour with you, but I will NOT be leading it. This is an organized group bike tour led by a local Portuguese tour company called Fold N’ Tour. I will simply be another tour participant on this week-long bike tour. I will, however, be there on the bike tour taking photos and shooting video for the website here at www.bicycletouringpro.com. So, if you want to meet me, get some professional photos of you cycling across Portugal and Spain and be featured in some of my future Bicycle Touring Pro YouTube videos, this is your chance. 🙂
What’s Included in the Bike Tour…
- 7 nights accommodations in 3 to 4 star accommodations
- Breakfast every morning
- Airport transfers from Porto, Portugal to the start of the tour
- Bike rental
- Route descriptions and maps
- Walking tour of Porto, Portugal
- Daily luggage transfer
- Train ticket from Santiago to Porto at the end of the tour
- Support vehicle
- Professional cycling guide
- Personal accident insurance
- Liability insurance
What’s Not Included in the Tour…
- Lunches and Dinners
* Lunches and dinners will be organized by the tour company at local restaurants along the route, but you will be required to pay for whatever you order.
The following itinerary was taken directly from the Fold N’ Tour website.
Day 1: Porto
Your first day will be spent in Porto, an ancient port city, once an outpost of the Roman Empire, steeped in history and tradition. Located along the Douro River Valley in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European cities and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996. There is a rich heritage dating from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th Century. You can explore this city on an included guided tour that will lead you through the art and tradition, such as the blue and white tiled churches, as well as some contemporary highlights including the bookstore that influenced J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the magnificent Stock Exchange Market.
Day 2: Porto – Esposende, 37 mi. (60 km)
On this first day of cycling, you will enjoy the seaside landscapes and small “Portuguese Rivieras” such as Póvoa de Varzim. This is one of the oldest fishing villages in Portugal with an ancient center, old fishermen district, beach districts and an emerging contemporary east district. Póvoa is a hotspot for nightlife as well! The town of Vila do Conde became important in the 15th century as a shipyard and played a role in the era of Portugues discoveries, know as El Dorado. It has always had an ancient connection to the sea, as do all the coastal cities. The journey ends in Esposende, a seaside city located in the North.
Day 3: Esposende – Caminha, 35 mi. (56 km)
On the agenda today is Viana do Castelo, another seaside city that was very strategic during the era of the Discoveries. During the XIV-XVth Centuries, it was here that the ships were built to sail to Brasil, India, Africa and other Portuguese colonies. Final destination today will be Caminha, on the delta of the river Minho which became an important trading port early in the 14C, shipping wine to Britain and later importing products from Africa, India, and Brazil. Today, Caminha is known for its green rural landscape and pine forests clinging to the slopes of the granite mountains, which provide good hiking. The river estuary is good for boating and the beaches are popular in the summer.
Day 4: Caminha – Bayona, 21 mi. (33 km)
Today the route leads into Spanish territory, ending in Bayona. In the days of the famous voyages of Christopher Columbus, this was the first port to hear about the discovery of America and today a replica of the Pinta is permanently moored in the harbor. Apart from the sea landscape, you can also get lost in the old city center, made up of a tangle of inviting lanes, with a handful of 16th and 17th-century houses and chapels. There are quite a few churches and other small buildings of architectural and historical interest, but Bayona’s most prominent building is the Castelo de Monterreal, a castle on the edge of the town, providing excellent views of the town and the surrounding coastline from its elevated position.
Day 5: Bayona – Pontevedra, 36 mi. (57 km)
The fifth day will follow the route of the Vigo and pass by San Simon’s Bay. Following then the coastline, Pontevedra will be the destination, with its abundance of natural beauty. It is a city built on a hill with some streets sloping downward to the Lérez River. The old city center is well preserved and contains numerous historic buildings and monuments. Pontevedra is proud of its cultural and natural heritage.
Day 6: Pontevedra – Caldas Dos Reis, 16 mi. (26 km)
According to historical archives, the first inhabitants of Caldas Dos Reis were a pre-Roman community that lived from the hot springs of this territory and since the Middle Ages has been part of the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. Apart from the rich cultural heritage, like Arcade, Caldas de Reis is also know for its “empanadas” of lamprey and the traditional Spanish bread. Even today, the hot springs are a special tourist attraction.
Day 7: Caldas Dos Reis – Santiago de Compostela, 25 mi. (40 km)
This last cycling day will end in Santiago de Compostela and the end of your cycling pilgrimage. It does not matter whether or not you believe in the legend of St. James and value of the “pilgrimage”, Santiago is one of Spain’s finest cities. The cathedral of Santiago dominates the golden granite square with its Baroque towers, covered everywhere with ornamentation. The city is surrounded by the hilly, lush terrain of Galicia, dramatic coastal scenery, delicious seafood, fine local wines, and an easygoing ambiance.
Day 8: Departure or extension of stay.
Train ticket back to Porto is included in your tour price.
The price of this bike tour is €1,895
- 7 nights accommodation
- Walking tour of Porto, Portugal
- Train trip back to Porto at the end of the tour
- Airport Transport at the start of the tour
- Professional Portuguese Tour Guide
- Daily Breakfast
Sign Up Now
Use the form below to contact me (Darren Alff) about signing up for The Way of St. James bike tour with Fold N’ Visit in Portugal and Spain between the dates of May 15-22, 2018. Or contact the Fold N’ Visit tour company directly and tell them you want to participate in The Way of St. James bike tour with Bicycle Touring Pro in May of 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns about participating in this bike tour, feel free to send me a message or contact me through any of Bicycle Touring Pro’s various social media accounts; Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.
* Please note that the photos shown on this page are from my previous bike tours in Portugal (1, 2, 3). They are not from this specific bike tour with Fold N’ Visit. The images used are only meant to give you a sense of what it might be like to go bicycle touring in Portugal and Spain this May, 2018.