Cycling Northern Portugal

 


 

This is a fantastic bike tour and cycling holiday which takes you through North Portugal to numerous manor houses, palaces and monasteries. These spectacular palaces were once upon a time owned by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and are now converted into beautiful lodgings known as ‘pousadas’.

The cycling tour covering these charming Pousadas in the north of Portugal begins in Valença do Minho, an ancient village in Northern Portugal near the Spanish border. Here you will find a fortress with two towers and double walls, numerous manor houses, small pretty palaces and a few churches. We will then journey to Ciana do Castlo, a town dating back to the 13th century and home to a very famous port. We will ride following the river Lima to Ponte de Lima, enjoying the breath-taking view and luxuriant vegetation. Ponte de Lima is a wonderful town and the name comes from the bridge (ponte) which was the only safe way to cross the River Lima. We will cycle through the stunning hills in Gerês and will stay in a magnificent 12th century monastery converted into a hotel. We will then ride to the nature hotel situated in the centre of Peneda/Gerês National Park with a spectacular view over the river and the Caniçada dam. Our final day takes us to Guimarães which is commonly known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Here, take the chance to visit the medieval historical centre, the fabulous castle and the nearby palace, absorbing the medieval and traditional atmosphere around you. On the last night we will stay in a convent dated back to the 12th century. This is an unforgettable holiday which is not to be missed! Come and discover the secrets of Northern Portugal on this superb cycling tour.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £2000

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

Single room supplement - £370

Single Traveller supplement - minimum 2 riders

High Season Supplement (Sept)  - £110

 

Transfers

Return Transfers (min. 2 people, max 8 people, to be requested when booking the tour):

Porto Airport-Start Town - included 

Finish Town-Porto Airport - included

Trip Code

PORTB4

 

Rob's Highlights

  • The Pousada's of Northern Portugal

  • Viana do Castelo

  • River Lima

  • Riding the Gerês Hills

  • Peneda Gerês National Park 

  • Historic towns and peaceful riding

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Valenca

Arrive at Oporto airport. There will then be a 1hr drive to Valença and a short briefing about the tour. Tonight, you will stay in a pousada which is siuated in the old fortified area of Valença with a fantastic view to the Spanish border. You will have time to prepare for your leisure cycling trip in Portugal, and look forward to exploring what Northern Portugal has to offer. 

Day 2: Valenca - Santa Luzia (62 km / 38 miles)

This morning we depart Valença and cycle towards Viana do Castlo, a city dating back to the 13th century. It was once one of the main ports of sailing during the Portuguese Discovery Journeys in the 16th century. Tonight, we stay in a pousada located on a hill in Santa Luzia, overseeing the city and the magnificent estury of the river Lima.

Day 3: Santa Luzia - Ponte de Lima (32 km / 20 miles)

We start today by cycling towards Ponte de Lima, the oldest small town in Portugal. Here you can find a wonderful bridge which was the only safe way to cross the River Lima until the end of the Middle Age. This evening we stay in a new, modern 4* hotel.

Day 4: Ponte de Lima - Gerês Hills (51 km / 32 miles)

After breakfast we cycle on the wonderful GerêsHills and here we can enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds us. Our lodging tonight is in a pousada that was once a Cistercian Monastery from the 12th century.

Day 5: Gerês Hills - Peneda/Gerês (18 km / 11 miles)

This morning we leave the fabulous 12th century monastery and cycle up the Gerês Hills. Today’s journey is short but very steep, however it offers the most magnificent views. We will then reach our next pousada, set in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park.

Day 6: Peneda/Gerês - Guimarães (37 km / 22 miles)

After breakfast we cycle in the direction of Guimarães, which is said to be where the Portuguese nationality was born. We depart the Peneda Gerês National Park and journey towards the historic city. We will have the chance to visit the medieval historical centre, castle and the palace. Tonight, we stay in a beautiful pousada which was originally an Augustine Monastery dating back to the 12th century.

Day 7: Guimarães

Departure after breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

6 nights in Pousadas

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Airport Transfers

Trip planner with route notes and maps

Bike Hire

 

Flights

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks 

Admissions to attractions

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

6 nights in Pousadas

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Airport Transfers

Trip planner with route notes and maps

Bike Hire

What's Not Included

Flights

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks 

Admissions to attractions

 

Testimonial 

It was everything advertised and more. - Dan

 

 

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