(*) Today’s route depends on the tide
At Caminha, the River Miño can be crossed only with the help of a tiny ferry, so this can only be done when the tide is high. If the tides allow you to take the ferry both there and back, you’ll do a loop following first along a coastal gravel track, which becomes a wooden walk way just before you reach the sandy beaches of A Guarda. Though it was practically ruined by ‘modern’ architects in the 70s and 80s, the town still has a special appeal and atmosphere thanks to the use of colour and its location, built against a steep slope above a natural harbour. Cycling through the town centre (the only truly steep climb of 50 m), you ride back, taking a different route to avoid as many busy roads as possible.
If the tide is too low to take the ferry, either in the morning or in the afternoon, your ride will be longer as you will have to cycle back via Vila Nova de Cerveira, about 10 km inland to cross the bridge there. From Vila Nova to Caminha you follow the same route as yesterday or take an alternate route on new terrain.
If you take ferry: 17 km / 10,5 mi, 75 m ascent and descent
Without ferry: 43 km / 26,5 mi, 75 m ascent and descent