Northern Portugal

Uncork this little-seen side of Portugal.

Portugal’s northernmost reaches lie well off the well-worn tourist pathways, which makes this region ideally suited for a cycling tour in the Ciclismo style!

Ride though fabulous landscapes and far-reaching history starting from Spain and crossing the border with Portugal, to enter Lima and Douro River valleys with experienced leaders pointing out the “local’s Portugal” that you’d otherwise miss. And throughout your itinerary, you can look forward to sampling the wines of this beautiful land, from vinho verde, to the nation’s signature tipple, port.

You can also indulge on the locally-harvested cod, sardines, octopus, and seafood cooked following traditional and simple recipes that emphasize the freshness of the ingredients or savor the numerous dishes featuring different types of meats: lamb, goat, quail, beef, chicken, and game like venison or wild boar.

On our way to Porto we’ll explore the town of Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Porto is one of the highlights of the tour and the best place to end our unforgettable discovery of Portugal. It’s located along the Douro River estuary and was an outpost of the Roman Empire, It was also registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. It represents the Portuguese spirit that will surprise you with its colors, art, nightlife and modern infrastructures: Bem-vindo a Portugal!

Highlights

  • Explore towns and villages where centuries-old traditions endure
  • Spend a day exploring the national park in the mountains of Serra do Marão
  • Sample the different varieties of Portuguese wines and learn importance from a local grower
  • Learn about an archaeological site with settlements extending from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages
  • Discover hidden corners of Portugal with your knowledgeable guides
  • Visit Porto and Guimarães, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Savor the best seafood and meat with locally-sourced fresh vegetables

Trip Details

Price
$4,895
Single Supplement
$800
Length
8 days / 7 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
240 miles (without extra loops)
Daily Average
40 miles
Terrain
Rolling
Start/End Locations
Baiona, Spain/Porto, Portugal
Trip Dates
06/24/18 - 07/01/18
09/02/18 - 09/09/18
09/22/18 - 09/29/18

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Itinerary

Baiona, Spain warm-up ride

Welcome to Spain! Today we meet in the hotel lobby at 1 pm for a light lunch and introductions. In the afternoon around 3 pm, we enjoy a quick warm-up ride to get acquainted with your bike, starting from this side of town with a scenic landscape and a spectacular, historic castle. Baiona is a municipality in Galicia, Spain, a tourist town with a medieval historical center located near the outlet of Vigo Bay.

Baiona to Monçao

Welcome to Portugal! Today we cross the border to officially enter Portugal. This part of the country is famous for the local wineries and tiny villages settled along the Minho River. Moncao is a lively town, capital of the best Portuguese white wine, the Alvarinho that we’ll discover on these days either during dinner and during one of our wine tastings.

Monçao to Canicada

On today’s ride, we leave the Minho Valley, heading south towards the Lima Valley. Here, the landscape is smooth and full of forests and vineyards. Also, there are well-preserved villages scattered throughout our ride, and we encourage you to stop and take in their beauty.

Our final destination is a modern hotel which features a spa, the perfect place to soothe your tired legs and relax!

Canicada to Guimarães

Today we continue southward to Guimaraes, an ancient city that retains reminders of their medieval pasts, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality”.

The lunch will be organized by the guides (typical picnic lunch style) in a beautiful and historical place, called Castelo of Lanhoso. The Castle of Lanhoso (Portuguese: Castelo de Lanhoso) is a medieval castle located in the civil parish of Pòvoa de Lanhoso on the site on top of the mount in granite stone.

We have a walking tour in Guimaraes at the end of the ride with a local guide.

Guimarães loop to Penha

Today we have a guided tour and hike up to the beautiful site of Penha on the top of a mountain above the city. Monte da Penha (Penha hill) is the highest point in Guimarães and from there is possible to hike down on marked trails and enjoy the amazing view of the valley underneath. For those of you who prefer to ride, today it is also possible to reach the top of the mountain Penha by bike.

Guimarães to Amarante

Part of the ride is on the Romanesque Route. It includes monasteries, churches and memorials, bridges, castles, and towers that have in common the characteristic Romanesque architecture of this region. On the whole, they are located in the centre of a triangle whose vertices are World Heritage Sites: Porto, Guimarães and the Douro Valley. Amarante, final destination, is originated from prehistoric tribes who inhabited the Serra da Aboboreira as early as the Stone Age.

Porto and Douro Valley

Today we explore the Douro Valley on our way to Porto, where we can enjoy a walking tour with a local guide, a lecture on Porto wine with a local expert followed by a wine tasting and toast to our tour together! Porto is one of the oldest European cities and registered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire while today the city is also worldwide known for the delicious desert wine called “Porto” produced in the nearby Douro Valley.

Adeus!

The tour ends in the morning after breakfast (7.30 a.m.) when you can either extend your stay in the area and enjoy more the city or catch a 25 minutes taxi to the airport.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Hike to the mount above Guimarães and visit of the town with a local guide
  • 2 wine tastings

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Meet the Guides