The Beautiful North of Portugal Self-Guided

Hybrid Bike | Self-Guided | Historic
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This tour is the result of the combination of two of our tours: “The Historic Towns in the North” and “The Charming Pousadas in the North”, but longer and with more km/day. This tour takes place in the North of Portugal, a very hilly region with very green environment, but it is not a difficult tour: this gorgeous bicycle tour mainly runs on bike paths, bike lanes and some dirt roads along rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. Of course we also have to cross some hills.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.2 between 1~5). It is recommended for enthusiast bikers and cyclists.

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 at 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.

We will cycle along the Lima river admiring an astonishing view and luxuriant vegetation. We will cross the hills in Gerês and will stay in a 12th century Monastery converted into a charming hotel.

On our last day we will cycle to Guimarães which is traditionally known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. You can visit the medieval historic center, the castle and the palace nearby and feel the medieval atmosphere around you.

From
Euro 1850
Self-Guided
Tour

7
Days 

Level 3 (3.2)
Intermediate

Distance
274km/170mi
55km/34mi day
Hotels
Signature, Monument and Historic

Trails
40% asphalt + 60% dirt-roads+bike lanes
Start | End
Castro Laboreiro | Guimarães
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

19 to 30 April, 2020

Available

Euro 1990

May, 2020

Available

Euro 2200

01 to 13 June, 2020

Available

Euro 2240

14 to 30 June, 2020

Available

Euro 2020

01 to 10 July, 2020

Available

Euro 1850

11 to 31 July, 2020

Available

Euro 1880

August, 2020

Available

Euro 1930

01 to 12 September, 2020

Available

Euro 2030

13 to 30 September, 2020

Available

Euro 2190

01 to 17 October, 2020

Available

Euro 2150

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Porto and the North
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Price includes:
7-day Hybrid Bike Tour with a GPS device | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Porto or Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (6 nights): one Historic Pousada (a 17th century Fortress), one Historic Pousada (a 12th century Cisterciense Monastery), one Historic Pousada (a 12th century Agostiniano Monastery), one four-star Historic Hotel (a 16th century Manor House), one four-star Historic Hotel (a charming building with more than 100 years), one three-star hotel in the mountains | Double bedroom occupancy | 6 Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance.

Please note:
Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program. Take a look to Along The Silver Coast bike tour (10% discount on the second tour) | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 200 | On Self-Guided tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months/fortnight the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month/fortnight. The price on festivity dates will be adjusted accordingly.

DAY BY DAY 

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Day

1

Arrival   

Welcome at Porto airport, 2-hour drive to Castro Laboreiro (or 5-hour drive from Lisbon airport), briefing about the tour. Lodging in a 3* Hotel in the Mountains.

Day

2

The fortified town at the border with Spain

58km (36mi), level 3 (3.3), total climbing 730m (2400ft).
After breakfast we will ride down the mountain and then you will ride on several bicycle paths along the river (that marks the border), always with Spain on the other side of the river and we continue cycling until we get to the fortified small town. Lodging in a Pousada, in a 17th century Fortress 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

3

The Atlantic coast

58km (36mi), level 3 (2.5), total climbing 350m (1150ft).
After breakfast we will ride along the river along a beautiful cycle lane 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 16th century Manor House, a charming 4* hotel, that keeps its history and memories alive.

Day

4

Crossing a dense forest to get to another medieval town

54km (34mi), level 3 (2.8), total climbing 650m (2130ft).
After breakfast we will cross the bridge and leave town and we continue cycling along the river within a dense forest. Then we will have a stop to have lunch in a place that is considered “the oldest village in Portugal”. Lodging in a four-star Historic Hotel with a beautiful panoramic view over the green landscape and the river.

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5

The most typical views in Minho region

49km (30mi), level 3 (3.0), total climbing 780m (2560ft).
After breakfast we ride on the green and luxuriant hills typical of this region. We can see vast vineyards with grapes  to make the very known “green wine”, very typical from this region, and here and there we can find some houses. Lodging in a Pousada that is the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery of the 12th century.

Day

6

Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal

55km (34mi), level 4 (4.4), total climbing 1700m (5580ft).
After breakfast we ride up the green Gerês Hills and we can enjoy a great view over the dam. We leave the luxuriant area of this National Park and we start to ride down towards Guimarães, a historic city that is the birthplace of Portuguese nationality.  Lodging in a Pousada which is the result of the restoration of a former Augustine Monastery of the 12th century.

Day

7

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Porto or Lisbon airport  (40-min drive to Porto or 3-hour and 40-min drive to Lisbon).

The Beautiful North of Portugal Route Map

Total distance 274km (170mi) | Average 55km/day (34mi/day) | 40% asphalt + 60% dirt-roads and bike lanes

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations for this tour include Signature Hotels (the best charming Hotel of the region, usually stylish 4-star hotels or 5-star properties), as well as Monument and Historic Hotels (gorgeous Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings and now converted into exquisite lodgings)

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TESTIMONIALS

“We just finished an awesome cycling trip with Portugal Bike. Had a fantastic time. The bikes were fabulous (ebikes by the way), the service was terrific and the accomodation was great. This is the 7th cycling trip we have done. It’s a great way to see a country, you can choose the length of the tour and with the introduction of the electric bike you don’t have to be a cycling freak. It’s more tour de wine than Tour de France. Next time you choose to cycle in Portugal you must try Portugal Bike with Kristina, Ricardo and Louis there to help you. Thank you PB team.”

Venita Burnes, 70 – Port Melbourne Victoria, Australia

“We are a group of experienced AUSTRALIAN cyclists who have now undertaken 7 cycle tours around the world and found Portugal Bike Tours to be the best. We embarked on “The Beautiful North of Portugal” tour with our guide Jose and Cristina proving support. Their attention to detail, flexibility and professional approach was simply outstanding. The accomodation, meals and wine simply first class. The bikes were in an “as new” condition, and everything working perfectly. Jose friendly, warm and humorous approach, as our guide was something very special. This scenic tour is first class and represents great value for money for anyone considering biking Portugal.”

Peter Lucey, 67 – Canberra, Australia

“I recently rode with a group of friends in Northern Portugal. Portugal Bike organised everything and their service was outstanding. They are very professional and we had a wonderful experience which will stay with us for a long time. The accommodation, food and wine were all top quality. Our guide kept us safe and provided an insight into Portuguese culture. The bikes were as new and the support throughout excellent. I have done four overseas bike trips and this was the best.”

Ian McAuley, 67 – Canberra ACT, Australia

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
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SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasises comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. Equipped with a lockout fork and Syncros components, the Sportster is set up perfectly for your excursions with a more vertical and comfortable position.

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BOSCH SYSTEM 

E-BIKE

Now you don’t have any excuse for not participating on a Portugal Bike Tour! Don’t be afraid of not being able to keep up with the group. Now you can ride an e-bike without feeling too exhausted! The system works as if someone is pushing at your back! The more you pedal, the more electric assistance you have.

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