The Historic Towns in the North Guided

Hybrid Bike | Guided | Historic
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This is the easiest Hybrid Bike tour that we offer. This tour takes place in the North of Portugal, a very hilly region with very green environment; this gorgeous bicycle tour mainly runs on bike paths, bike lanes and some dirt roads along rivers and the Atlantic Ocean.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 1, Easy (more precisely, level 1.4 between 1~5). It is recommended for beginners and occasional riders.

Minho is one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal. It is very green and there are many beautiful historic evidences. You can feel the History just looking to the historic buildings that are spread along the way, the historic main squares in each small town, in the local commerce, in the medieval structure of each town that we will cross on a bicycle!

This fantastic bicycle tour must be done with a hybrid bicycle, because we will ride on several bike paths that allow us to discover the green environment that is along the river banks, to enjoy the coolness of the paths during the summer days, to admire the landscape and to experience the History. By the way, Portugal is an independent country since the 12th century and everything started in the north.

This is the perfect bicycle tour for anyone that wants to have a very relaxed vacation, but wants to be active doing some exercise. You don’t have to be a very experienced and fit cyclist to enjoy this tour.

From
Euro 2980
Guided
Tour

7
Days 

Level 1 (1.4)
Easy 

Distance
132km/82mi
Average
26km/16mi day
Trails
24% asphalt+76% dirt-roads+bike lanes
Start | End
Ponte da Barca | Monção
Dates

Start-End

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Per Person

20 May – 26 May, 2018

Available

Euro 3060

10 Jun – 16 Jun, 2018

Complete

Euro 3080

01 Jul – 07 Jul, 2018

Available

Euro 3110

22 Jul – 28 Jul, 2018

Available

Euro 3110

09 Sep – 15 Sep, 2018

Available

Euro 3120

If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability. Guided bike tours start always on Sundays.

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Porto and the North
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Price includes:
7-day Road Bike Tour with a Guide | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Porto or Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (6 nights): one 16th century Convent, one 16th century Manor House, one 17th century Fortress, one four-star Design Hotel, one four-star panoramic hotel and one four-star modern hotel | Double bedroom occupancy | 6 Breakfasts | 6 Dinners (including our famous wines, our amazing cheeses and lovely desserts) | Daily energy-bars and water | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour  | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance | First-Aid assistance on location | Techno-Mechanical Assistance | Permanent Backup Vehicle | Visit to a winery with wine tasting | Visit to a Palace with wine tasting.

Please note:
Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program (10% discount on the second tour) | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 100 | If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival   

Welcome at Porto airport. 1-hour drive to Ponte da Barca (or 4-hour drive from Lisbon airport), briefing about the tour. Lodging in a Hotel located in a green environment overlooking to a beautiful landscape.

Day

2

Cycling to a beautiful Medieval Town

18km (11mi), level 1 (1.1), total climbing 280m (920ft).
After breakfast we leave Ponte da Barca and ride towards a medieval town, classified as the oldest small town in the North of Portugal, and one of the most well preserved towns with its amazing bridge which was the only safe way to cross Lima river until the end of Middle Ages. Visit to a winery with wine tasting. Lodging in a modern 4* hotel in the center of the town and near the river.

Day

3

Along the Lima river banks

27km (17mi), level 1 (1.2), total climbing 290m (950ft).
After breakfast we will ride towards another historic town that was founded in the 13th century and whose port was one of the main ports of sailing during the Portuguese Discovery Journeys in the 16th century. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that is classified as a historic building.

Day

4

The Atlantic coast

28km (17mi), level 1 (1.2), total climbing 220m (720ft).
After breakfast we will ride to another small and beautiful historic town, sometimes very close to the Atlantic Ocean where you can feel the fresh breeze that comes from the beaches; other times cycling along winding roads sided by small houses and crossing small villages. Lodging in a modern 4* hotel near the coast.

Day

5

The fortified town at the border with Spain

31km (19mi), level 2 (1.7), total climbing 370m (1210ft).
After breakfast we leave this small historic town near the water to go to a unique example in Europe of a small town composed of two sets of houses, both fortified independently, and both surrounded by another wall that is much bigger. Lodging in a Pousada which is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of this historic town, with a great view to the Spanish border.

Day

6

The refreshing “Vinho Verde” (Green Wine)

28km (17mi), level 2 (1.6), total climbing 370m (1210ft).
After breakfast we will cross the border to Spain, only to say that we rode in Spain! We will come back and ride on several bicycle paths along the Minho river (that marks the border), always with Spain on the other side of the river, until we get to the capital of Vinho Verde. Visit to a beautiful Palace with Vinho Verde tasting. Lodging in a 4* Rural Hotel, that was a 16th century Convent.

Day

7

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Porto or Lisbon airport  (1-hour and 30-min drive to Porto or 4-hour and 30-min drive to Lisbon).

Total distance 132km (82mi) | Average 26km/day (16mi/day) | 24% asphalt + 76% dirt-roads and bike lanes

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TESTIMONIALS

“PortugalBike organised for us the best biking holiday we have ever had. Their attention to detail from the moment we made our enquiries 6 months ago was 100 percent. The excellent well informed guides Jose and Cristina took us on extremely interesting tour of the Medieval Towns of the North. It was a level 1 tour, made even more easy with the use of their wonderful e-bikes.”

Sally Heerey, 74 – Melbourne, Australia

“My husband and I did a bicycle tour with 20 friends in the North of Portugal in June this year. I can’t say enough about how awesome the tour was. Jose, Christina and Ricardo were professional, very, very encouraging and wonderful people. They were with us every step of the tour. I wouldn’t hesitate a minute when considering this group.”

Carolyn Larken, 60 – Thornbury, Canada

“(…) We used Portugal Bike to be our hybrid tour guides. We had bikers from very little bike experience to the more experienced biker. Portugal Bike was able to accommodate all our needs as bikers. This was a 7 night, 6 day biking tour on the coast and inland. We visited medieval towns, stayed at 4 star hotels and had wonderful food while working off the calories biking. The biking guides Jose and Ricardo were excellent while the backup staff, Cristina, provided backup in the van. This is an excellent biking company that puts the Canadian group together.”

Canuk – Toronto ON, Canada

“If you like the whole experience, this is the trip for you. Beautiful landscape with history, art, wine and delicious food of the region along with an understanding of the Portuguese culture. Portugal is an often overlooked destination, but it is an amazing and delightful country to visit. I highly recommend the guided tour. The guides offer a great tour with their impressive knowledge and love of their country. Can’t wait to go back!”

Rise Skobeloff, 54 – Philadelphia, PA, United States

“An outstanding tour in less than ideal conditions …but seamless attention to details and the needs of our group (65-75+) Thank you for a wonderful experience in northern Portugal. Beautiful country, beautiful people. Please post my photo of the lake experience! “mais ou menos”…..”

 Linda Housser, 65 – Blue Mountains ON, Canada

“A wonderful trip through enticing scenery. All went smoothly with the experienced leadership of Cristina and Jose. Thoroughly recommended. A most informative and readable introduction to Portuguese history and society was The Portuguese, a Modern History by Barry Hatton (Signal Books).”

Peter Heerey, 78 – Melbourne Victoria, Australia

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