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Porto - Santiago on bicycle in 5 days

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nickynackyblam

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none so far / Porto - Santiago
Hello All,

I am planning on cycling the camino from Porto to Santiago from the 1st September until the 5th of September to arrive in Santigo.
I am quite a confident cyclist and wanted to ask if it can be done in 5 days of riding and if you think I can do it. I will also need to rent a bike in Porto and drop off in Santiago.

Many thanks,
Nicholas
 

H Richards

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Camino(s) past & future
2017 Francés, Le Puy / Francés (parts), 2018 Norte (Biarritz), Francés, 2019 Portuguese (Lisbon)
Should be easy! I met pilgrims who walked it in nine. Surely you can go twice as far as a pedestrian each day? :)
 

nickynackyblam

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Camino(s) past & future
none so far / Porto - Santiago
Ha perfect. I think so too now but wanted to check as all the tours say at least 6/7 days on bike. I will go for it. Thanks very much!
 

H Richards

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Camino(s) past & future
2017 Francés, Le Puy / Francés (parts), 2018 Norte (Biarritz), Francés, 2019 Portuguese (Lisbon)
Well, of course I don't know how many km you can average a day. It's a fairly flat route. If you aim to do 40-50km every day, you'll make it on the fifth day. Check gronze for the stages and do two a day:
 

nickynackyblam

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Camino(s) past & future
none so far / Porto - Santiago
That is great, thanks so much H Richards. You have been a great help and it is much appreciated. I now have a plan that should be easy enough-

1st Sept to 5th Sept Camino!!!

Day 1
Porto - start
Vilarinho
Barcelos - Sleep stop 1st Sept (53km in the day)

Day 2
Ponte de Lima
Rubiaes - Sleep stop 2nd Sept (51.9km in the day)

Day 3
Tui
Redondela - Sleep stop 3rd Sept (50.7km in the day)

Day 4
Pontevedra
Caldas de Reis - Sleep stop 4th Sept (40.7km in the day)

Day 5
Padron
Santiago - Sleep stop 5th Sept and finish! (24.9km in teh day)

fly home 6th Sept AM.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to cycle Porto to SdeC July 2019
That is great, thanks so much H Richards. You have been a great help and it is much appreciated. I now have a plan that should be easy enough-

1st Sept to 5th Sept Camino!!!

Day 1
Porto - start
Vilarinho
Barcelos - Sleep stop 1st Sept (53km in the day)

Day 2
Ponte de Lima
Rubiaes - Sleep stop 2nd Sept (51.9km in the day)

Day 3
Tui
Redondela - Sleep stop 3rd Sept (50.7km in the day)

Day 4
Pontevedra
Caldas de Reis - Sleep stop 4th Sept (40.7km in the day)

Day 5
Padron
Santiago - Sleep stop 5th Sept and finish! (24.9km in teh day)

fly home 6th Sept AM.
If you don't have your bicycle hire sorted, I would recommend Vieguini Scooters (they do bikes too) in Porto. We hired bikes from them this July for the Camino Portuguese. The bikes were good, the Vieguini Team were really friendly and helpful and they have a system for dropping off the bikes in SDC. You would need to contact them soon though, they were pretty busy.
 

Isca-camigo

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Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
The section from Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes will be the tricky one, for walkers there is a scramble at one point as you go up to and over the highest point from Porto but there is usually an alternative cycle route, if you have a cycling guide then it should all be in there.

I would say the Portuguese presents the least challenge to cyclists because of the shear amount of asphalt that you go over, your distances look very doable.

Buen Camino
 

nickynackyblam

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
none so far / Porto - Santiago
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The section from Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes will be the tricky one, for walkers there is a scramble at one point as you go up to and over the highest point from Porto but there is usually an alternative cycle route, if you have a cycling guide then it should all be in there.

I would say the Portuguese presents the least challenge to cyclists because of the shear amount of asphalt that you go over, your distances look very doable.

Buen Camino

Thanks very much. That is very helpful. I was trying to decide between a mountain bike or hybrid road bike. I guess I will be ok with the hybrid bike then and don't need a full mountain bike.
 

NickCawthon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2019
@nickynackyblam - 5 days are certainly doable. We are leaving in a few days to do it in three, putting in about 100k a day, although I'm sad to rush it. Hoping that the zig zag route lets us see more.

Day 1:
Porto
Braga
Ponte de Lima

Day 2:
Biaona
Ponteverde

Day 3
Noia
Santiago

Bikes are the hybrids delivered from Pilgrims.es, front suspension and disc brakes.
 

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