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Biking from Porto to Santiago

Discussion in 'Biking the Camino' started by Basicoro, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Basicoro

    Basicoro New Member

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    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
     
  2. WGroleau

    WGroleau Wandering Weirdo

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    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!
     
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    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...
     
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    Have been on the Camino Frances Route 3 times. 2014 Ponferrada to Santiago. 2015 Burgos to Ponferrada and 2016 St.Jean to Burgos and then bus to Sarria and walk into Santiago but with different overnight stops.
    Camino Portugal from Porto - April 2017


    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
     
  5. stevov

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    walked the portuguese way .. 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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    Many thanks for the advice , I think its going to be a mix of road and trail where practical.
     
  7. WGroleau

    WGroleau Wandering Weirdo

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    The image looks like the trails from Santiago to Cee. Definitely not fun (on a bike not made for off-pavement), but I survived.
     

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