total: 258km (160mi)
60% asphalt + 40% dirt-roads, single-tracks and bike lanes
level 3 (3.1)
daily average: 52km (32mi)
Welcome at Porto or Lisbon airport. Lodging in a 4-star Boutique Hotel. Briefing about your mountain biking in Portugal and Spain.
Riding to The Historic Town on The Coast
This is the first day of tour mountain bike tour in Portugal. Also, the longest day of this journey, but not the most difficult ;). Today the bike ride is mostly flat, mainly along the Portuguese beaches on the Atlantic Coast :). You ride on asphalt, or on cobblestones, or on bike lanes. Great environment and beautiful landscapes! Please don’t waste time on the way because the day is very long ;). Probably you will arrive at the next hotel very close to 6 or 7 o’clock. At km 67 you start to do a single-track on descend that leads you to cross a small river (rio Neiva). After this a very steep climb apears (16% grade), on dirt road, to get the asphalted road again on the top. The granny gear of your mountain bike is necessary! 😉
level 4 (3.8)
Riding to The Border, Always Following The Way
Another day on a bicycle that is not dificult (…prepare yourself for the next days!!). This is the last day that you follow the Portuguese coast line. The ride of today is mainly on bike-lanes and some cobblestones. …”Piece of cake”! 🙂
level 3 (2.8)
Crossing The Border to Spain
The mountain bike ride of today is not easy: total of ascents (1110m / 3640ft) with many ups and downs along The Way. Today you leave Portugal and the bike tour takes place in Spanish territory now. After km 24 you will have a long climb (3km) and, sometimes, very steep (12% grade, but 6% grade average). At this moment you are at lunch time and the heat will not help you. Be careful with the descent afterwards, because the second half of it is around -16% of grade! Before the end you still have two more climbs (1km long both) with 21% of grade on asphalt and the other with 13% of grade on dirt road. As you can see it is not easy; please prepare your mind for this day. 😉
level 4 (3.9)
The Luxuriant Vegetation and The Mysticism of The Way
The day of today is not a difficult day. It is a “regular” day on a mountain bike. You cross a very dense forest, almost like a rain forest, always on dirt roads. You can see more and more pilgrims on The Way, walking. Today you have many ups and downs but they are always short, in general.
level 3 (2.8)
Mixed Emotions When We Arrive to Santiago de Compostela
You may thing that today it is an easy bike day because it is short, but it is not! Today is the last day of your pilgrimage and the city of Santiago de Compostela stands on the top of a hill. So, today the day tends to be always climbing. You are already tired from the previous days and the constant ascent doesn’t help you. The good thing is that on This Way you never feel alone. You will see many other people on the same situation, tired but happy, and everybody has the same goal: to arrive to Santiago de Compostela and to complete The Way. 🙂
level 2 (2.0)
After breakfast transfer to Porto airport (2-hour and 30-min drive) or Lisbon airport (5-hour and 30-min drive).