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Biking from Porto to Santiago

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Steve
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2017
Porto to Santiago October 2017
Santiago to Muxia /Finesterre Nov 2017
Hi All
I am planning on doing the Portuguese route from Porto in November and was wondering if anyone has done it around that time of year, it will be my second camino having done the Frances in April, so a lot shorter but i would like to maybe finish off at Muxia or Finesterre, any tips or ideas and time spent etc would be much appreciated.
Many thanks and buen camino
 

WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
Hi All
I am planning on doing the Portuguese route from Porto in November and was wondering if anyone has done it around that time of year, it will be my second camino having done the Frances in April, so a lot shorter but i would like to maybe finish off at Muxia or Finesterre, any tips or ideas and time spent etc would be much appreciated.
Many thanks and buen camino
I went Santiago to Cee to Hospital to Ézaro to Cee to Finisterre to Muxia to Cee recently on a Bromptom pulling a trailer. The steepness and/or the rockiness forced me to walk about half the time. I survived, but I don't recommend it to anyone without a mountain bike and a lot of experience!
 

hecate105

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
Tis a lovely route, we did it in april. I would say - the walkers path is doable almost all the way BUT not the bit after Porte de Lima - it goes under the motorway (we followed the Brierley guide) and past a place called Three Fountains, then over a mountain i think called Portela Grande - THAT is the bit to avoid! If you can find a small road to cycle that bit - there is a refugio in the next village but i can't remember the name. It is basically a vertical goat track - I spent all day swearing as my husband and I dragged each bike, then each pannier, and then his trailer up every bloody inch of it! I literally lay down and cried.... but it was still there.... The descent was really tough too - loose 'babyhead' rocks, v steep, horrid!
Other than that - it is SO beautiful! have a great Camino...
 

zrexer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15,16 & 19 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo
Tis a lovely route, we did it in april. I would say - the walkers path is doable almost all the way BUT not the bit after Porte de Lima - it goes under the motorway (we followed the Brierley guide) and past a place called Three Fountains, then over a mountain i think called Portela Grande - THAT is the bit to avoid! If you can find a small road to cycle that bit - there is a refugio in the next village but i can't remember the name. It is basically a vertical goat track - I spent all day swearing as my husband and I dragged each bike, then each pannier, and then his trailer up every bloody inch of it! I literally lay down and cried.... but it was still there.... The descent was really tough too - loose 'babyhead' rocks, v steep, horrid!
Other than that - it is SO beautiful! have a great Camino...


What you described was my favorite day of walking on the Portuguese Camino, but I agree it would have zero fun on a bike!IMG_1469.JPG
 

stevov

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
walked the portuguese way (senda littoral). from porto, vila do conde via viana and redondela Jun 17
I did the Portuguese coastal from Porto in June ... some of the granite strewn walks in the woods (as pic above)and on parts of the coast (my pic below out from a guarda) etc are steep and uneven and very difficult even for walkers. I imagine wet and cold in November and I think walking on these in the wet would be treacherous. I was very surprised to pass a couple of youngish bikers really struggling to push them through this terrain in the woods near antas, ...surely i thought there has to an alternative routes to this for bikers.
 

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Steve
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2017
Porto to Santiago October 2017
Santiago to Muxia /Finesterre Nov 2017
Many thanks for the advice , I think its going to be a mix of road and trail where practical.
 

hecate105

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
Wow, that picture brings back memories! At least now I can laugh at our stupidity of not finding an alternative route - at the time i could only cry...
 

Curious Georgette

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to Santiago march 2018
Hi All
I am planning on doing the Portuguese route from Porto in November and was wondering if anyone has done it around that time of year, it will be my second camino having done the Frances in April, so a lot shorter but i would like to maybe finish off at Muxia or Finesterre, any tips or ideas and time spent etc would be much appreciated.
Many thanks and buen camino
Hi All
I am planning on doing the Portuguese route from Porto in November and was wondering if anyone has done it around that time of year, it will be my second camino having done the Frances in April, so a lot shorter but i would like to maybe finish off at Muxia or Finesterre, any tips or ideas and time spent etc would be much appreciated.
Many thanks and buen camino
Hello,
I am interested to know how your trip was. I'm planning on biking Porto to Santiago soon. Did you do it in your own and if so where did you rent your bike? Any other info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Tami
 

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Steve
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2017
Porto to Santiago October 2017
Santiago to Muxia /Finesterre Nov 2017
Hi Tami
I flew to Porto and took my bike on the plane, first time for me and I found it easy, load it all in a big cardboard box and then find a quiet corner in Porto airport to put it all together , load up and away you go. The Camino was easy to find from just outside the airport. Not sure about hiring a bike , I didn't see any place in or near the airport, maybe someone else knows the best way to hire from Porto.
Yes I traveled solo and took 3 days to reach Santiago, I then spent another 2 days visiting Muxia and Finesterre.
Overall the trip was great, a bit challenging on some on the hilly parts and I stuck to the road most of the time because a lot of the camino (central) is not so suitable for bikes,(I used my touring bike)
I found this route a lot quieter than the Frances, but still met up with a lot of people along the way and in the alburgues, which helps make doing the camino a pleaseant experience.
Accommodation was plenty and easy to find, also stealth camping would have been a good option as there are a lot of eucalyptus forests along the way especially in the Portuguese part.
I didn't take my tent so didn't try, unlike my next trip I am planning on going to the Nordkapp in Norway and wild camping is the norm.
Anyways I wish you a great trip , I'm sure you will enjoy it , buen camino
Steve
 

PegW

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016
Hi All
I am planning on doing the Portuguese route from Porto in November and was wondering if anyone has done it around that time of year, it will be my second camino having done the Frances in April, so a lot shorter but i would like to maybe finish off at Muxia or Finesterre, any tips or ideas and time spent etc would be much appreciated.
Many thanks and buen camino
Hello,
I am interested to know how your trip was. I'm planning on biking Porto to Santiago soon. Did you do it in your own and if so where did you rent your bike? Any other info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Tami
I am also planning to bike from Porto to Santiago. I am in the early planning stage and was wondering if you could offer any insight into what worked for you and what you would do differently. I am hoping to bike solo in Aug 2019
Thank you
Peg
 

Dawnalli

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to go from Porto to Santiago in mid June 2019 via bike
I am also planning to bike from Porto to Santiago. I am in the early planning stage and was wondering if you could offer any insight into what worked for you and what you would do differently. I am hoping to bike solo in Aug 2019
Thank you
Peg
Hello Peg, We are going in June and I am in such early stages and with love to hear if you found any information out!
Thanks!
 

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