Two people cycling in Portugal
Cyclists in Portugal vineyard
One Backroads cyclist holding another near water in Portugal
Food stall at a market
Great Cathedral of Santiago
Porto Portugal from the water
Large yellow arrow and inscription Camino de Santiago on wall along the way of the Way of St. James in Spain
Ribeira sacra terrace vineyards and Sil river in Galicia, Spain
Ribeira sacra. Sil river canyon with boat in Galicia, Spain
Aerial view of some scallops cooked on a white plate.
little calf kissing Barrosa Cow, in a Spanish farm.
street view of chaves old town, portugal
A lighthouse located in Cabo Silleiro, Baiona Bayona, Oya, Oia, Galicia Spain. Future hotel
Seascape of Porto de Bares, a picturesque beach fishing village in Galicia Spain, Europe
Bottles of wine from Douro Valley
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A Taste of Camino de Santiago Bike Tour

Spain's Atlantic Coast & Vineyards to Northern Portugal

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-5

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,799 - $5,049 pp dbl occ

($850 for sgl occ)

Santiago de Compostela. A fabled destination for pilgrims, for us it’s only the beginning. It’s the gateway to a rugged land where Europe ends and the Atlantic begins. A land of white-sand beaches and soaring vineyard-laced canyons. A land of Celts and Romans, of stone-hewn villages and gracious palaces. Along the northern border of Spain and Portugal, blaze your own Camino. 

Spain Galicia to Portugal Biking Tour
Spain Galicia to Portugal Biking Tour

Spain & Portugal

Start Santiago de Compostela / End Porto

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Trace gorgeous coastal sections of the famed Camino de Santiago, a still-active pilgrimage route dating back thousands of years
  • Unwind in breathtaking historic hotels, from a medieval castle on a surf-battered bluff to a dreamy Baroque villa adrift in formal gardens 
  • Delve into Spain’s up-and-coming Ribeira Sacra wine country and the remote mountain towns of Portugal’s Trás-os-Montes 
  • Sample divine seafood and hearty recipes made with sustainable centuries-old methods—and, of course, exquisite local wine


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Begin your journey in Santiago de Compostela, whose cathedral is a legendary Catholic pilgrimage destination | Try fresh zamburiñas (scallops) or merluza a la gallega (hake with paprika and potatoes) at a luxe coastal diner | The province of Galicia is known in Spain for its lush green coast, showcased on our first ride of the trip | Make yourself at home in an oceanfront parador, or castle guesthouse | Taste the wines (and climbs!) of the Rias Baixas wine region as you ascend into the woods of Monte Aloia Nature Park | Experience sections of the famed Camino de Santiago by bike.  

Exterior view of Parador de Baiona
Parador de Baiona
| Premiere Hotel

Originally the castle of the Conde de Gondomar, this grand parador holds a spot in history as the first observation site of La Pinta as it approached Spanish soil with news of what was then called the New World. (pool)

Day 3

Head inland to the Ribeira Sacra wine region, whose vineyards cling to aerie-like perches atop a mountainous maze of rocky canyons | Ride a roller coaster of quiet roads with soaring views | Enjoy a fresh local lunch spread at a winery along the way | Try the thermal waters at our chic abode in an updated palace | Behold the fjordlike Sil River from above, then board a sunset cruise and enjoy a wine tasting with a view atop its waters. 

Exterior view of Áurea Palacio de Sober
Áurea Palacio de Sober
| *Casual Hotel

Tucked away in a winemaking town in the heart of Galicia, this historic palace gleams with chic updates, including floor-to-ceiling windows set in its 7th-century arches and porticos. (pool) 

Days 4-6

Cross the border into Portugal’s remote region of Trás-os-Montes, which translates to "Beyond-the-Mountains" | Discover the traditional farming practices of Barroso province, which have been recognized by the United Nations as a “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System” | Sip a coffee in the farming village of Montalegre before hopping back on the bike saddle | Wander the cobblestone streets of Chaves and stroll its Roman bridge arching over the Tâmega River | Spin through serene pine forests | End your trip oceanside in the incomparable city of Porto, where you may want to extend your vacation. 

Exterior view of Vidago Palace Hotel
Vidago Palace Hotel
| Premiere Hotel

A Leading Hotels of the World member, this property was commissioned by King Carlos I and lives up to its name with palatial elegance, top-notch service and a gorgeous natural setting. (pool, spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling with a few bigger mountain climbs; be prepared for steeper ascents to reach some of the hilltop towns we visit. While our routes are mostly on paved roads, we do encounter stretches of cobblestone when entering and leaving towns. Please note that although there is rarely heavy traffic, cars do tend to pass by rather quickly. High heat in the summer months can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 24 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 3400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 5600 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 3200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles* | 3800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 4800 ft. gain
Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting in the Sil Canyon (1 hour)
Day 4
Level 2 | 31 miles* | 2700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 41 miles* | 3600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 4900 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 2300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 3300 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 2 | 16 miles | 1600 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and old-world qualities in Spain and Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. That said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe. While the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the area, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, a celebration of local flavors which is more rustic than that of other places we visit in Europe.


Parador de Baiona is a Premiere Hotel housed in a beautiful historic building. This hotel is equipped with an eco-friendly air-cooling system that may not be as cold as you are used to. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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