The Charming Pousadas in the North Supported

Hybrid Bike | Supported | Historic

This is a gorgeous Hybrid Bike Tour in Portugal which takes you to several Manor Houses, Palaces and Monasteries; these magnificent places were once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and now are converted into exquisite lodgings, which we call POUSADAS.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 2.7 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

This Bicycle Tour in Portugal starts in Valença do Minho which is a historic village in Northern Portugal located near the Spanish border; the borderline is the beautiful river Minho and the village is surrounded by walls. There is a fortress with two towers and double walls, several manor houses and small palaces and several churches too. Then we will ride to Viana do Castelo, a town founded in the 13th century and whose port was one of the main ports from which the Portuguese explorers set sail, due to the Discoveries in the 16th century.

We will cycle along the river Lima to Ponte de Lima, admiring an astonishing view and luxuriant vegetation. Ponte de Lima is a beautiful small town whose name derives from the bridge (ponte) which was the only safe way to cross the Lima river.

We will cross the hills in Gerês and will stay in a 12th century Monastery converted into a charming hotel. Next stop will be in a Nature hotel located in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park with a breathtaking view over the river and the peaceful Caniçada dam.

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. We will stay in a Convent dated of the 12 century.

Euro 2500


Level 3 (2.7)

41km/26mi day
Signature, Monument and Historic

74% asphalt+26% dirt-roads+bike lanes
Start | End
Valença | Guimarães





Per Person

01 to 11 June, 2021


Euro 2890

12 to 30 June, 2021


Euro 2660

01 to 09 July, 2021


Euro 2450

10 to 25 July, 2021


Euro 2600

01 to 11 September, 2021


Euro 2820

12 to 30 September, 2021


Euro 2860

01 to 16 October, 2021


Euro 2820

17 to 31 October, 2021


Euro 2590

April, 2022


Euro 2660

May, 2022


Euro 2940

01 to 18 June, 2022


Euro 2960

19 to 30 June, 2022


Euro 2720

01 to 08 July, 2022


Euro 2510

09 to 31 July, 2022


Euro 2670

August, 2022


Euro 2700

01 to 17 September, 2022


Euro 2900

18 to 30 September, 2022


Euro 2930

01 to 15 October, 2022


Euro 2890

16 to 31 October, 2022


Euro 2660

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Location: Porto and the North
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7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling

Support Level

  • One knowledgeable local Guide meeting you on the way everyday
  • A Garmin GPS computer with all traks recorded
  • Our comfortable support and backup vehicle van with air conditioning
  • Techno-mechanical assistance at all times
  • All transportation from airport pick-up to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • Documentation booklet about PortugalBike Tour
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance
  • First-Aid assistance on location


  • One Pousada – Monument Hotel (12th century former Augustinian Monastery – Small Luxury Hotel)
  • One Pousada – Monument Hotel (12th century former Cistercian Monastery)
  • One Pousada – Historic Hotel (20th century former Palace)
  • One Pousada – Charming Hotel (located in a 13th century Fortress)
  • One Pousada – Charming Hotel (Mountain Chalet)
  • One 4* modern hotel


  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Daily energy-bars, nuts, fruits and water


  • Superior quality hybrid bicycles with hydraulic disc braks and 30 speeds, tailored to your height and specifications
  • Portugal Bike cycling jersey to keep
  • Portugal Bike water bottles to keep
  • Specialized helmets

Please note:

Prices are based on a double bedroom occupancy (hotels may be different depending on availability) | Supported version: We require a minimum of 4 people to confirm a Supported departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 250 | 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) | On Supported 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.


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Welcome at Porto airport. 1-hour drive to Valença, briefing about the tour. Lodging in a Pousada which is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of Valença, with a great view to the Spanish border. Lodging in Pousada de Valença, Charming Hotel located in a 13th century Fortress.



Cycling along the coast

63km (39mi), level 4 (3.5), total climbing 750m (2460ft).
After breakfast you leave Valença and ride towards a city 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 Pousada set on a hill, overlooking the city and the beautiful estuary of the river Lima. Lodging in Pousada de Viana do Castelo, Historic Hotel.



Along the Lima river banks

38km (24mi), level 2 (2.0), total climbing 390m (1280ft).
After breakfast you ride towards the oldest small town in Portugal with its amazing bridge which was the only safe way to cross the Lima river until the end of the Middle Ages. Lodging in a 4* modern hotel. Lodging in In-Lima Hotel & SPA.



The most typical views in Minho region

50km (31mi), level 4 (3.5), total climbing 960m (3150ft).
After breakfast you ride on the green and luxuriant Gerês Hills and here and there you can find some houses. Lodging in a Pousada that is the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery of the 12th century. Lodging in Pousada Mosteiro de Amares, Monument Hotel.



Climbing the green luxuriant hills

18km (11mi), level 2 (1.9), total climbing 550m (1800ft).
After breakfast you leave the 12th century Monastery and you ride up the green Gerês Hills. Your ride is short but very steep until you get to your next Pousada; however the dazzling views make the effort worth. Lodging in a nature Pousada with a unique location, right in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park. Lodging in Pousada da Caniçada, Charming Hotel (Mountain Chalet).



Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal

38km (24mi), level 3 (3.2), total climbing 1090m (3580ft).
After breakfast you ride towards Guimarães, the birthplace of Portuguese nationality. You leave the Peneda Gerês National Park and you start to ride down to this historic city. Visit the medieval historic center, the castle and palace where you can feel the medieval atmosphere around you. Lodging in a Pousada which is the result of the restoration of a former Augustine Monastery of the 12th century. Lodging in Pousada do Mosteiro de Guimarães, Monument Hotel, a Small Luxury Hotel.




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

Total distance  207km (129mi) | Average 41km/day (26mi/day) | 66% asphalt + 34% dirt-roads and bike lanes


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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My sister and I were on this wonderful bike tour in the north of Portugal. Our guide Jose Carlos was highly knowledgeable about biking and Portugal. He was helpful, honest and straight forward, ensuring our safety and enjoyment of the trails. The bikes were great, quite comfortable, and the accommodations were superb. The roads and scenery were so lovely. I highly recommend him and Portugal Bike.

Dana Fawcett, 60 – Kirkland, WA – United States

“We just completed the incredible supported bike tour “Charming Pousadas of the North” put together by Jose and Cristina and PortugalBike. From the moment we inquired about the tour the responsiveness and friendly personalized attention was clearly beyond the level of what we have experienced with other bike tours and travel services. Everything was thought through from the initial briefing, the very high quality bikes which were equipped exactly as we specified with SPD pedals, correctly sized, extremely well maintained and very comfortable. The documentation and maps provided and the flawless self-guiding Garmin GPS device guided us on the very well-planned route created by Jose. We rode from one beautiful Pousada to the next through vineyards, cobblestone streets, riverside boardwalks, charming village squares, stunning beaches, each time wondering how the next day could be any better – and each day shaking our heads in disbelief at how wonderfully different and amazing it was. Each Pousada was better than the next as well – from 11th century Monasteries to walled fortresses, to spectacular National Park lodges – all providing beyond our expectations for environment, dining, and friendly service. Jose told us at dinner the last night that he starts out every tour with clients and ends it with friends – and we are honored to be 2 more. Thank you Jose, Cristina and Portugal Bike – we will be back with more friends!”

Dan Klitsner, 54 – California, United States

“My wife and I have just completed the ‘Charming Pousadas of the North’ cycling tour with Portugal Bike. This tour was a truly wonderful blend of activity and relaxation. Jose and Cristina have struck a perfect balance of interesting riding through delightful country on mostly quiet roads with time to relax and enjoy the Pousadas and their environs. Their professionalism and attention to detail ensured that the entire tour ran smoothly from start to finish. Cristina kept in touch with us by email and ensured that we were at all times kept informed. Our questions were answered promptly and in detail. The fact that we were able to hire an e-bike for my wife ensured that she was easily able to keep up with Jose and myself. In fact Maree powered past us on the big climbs, much to her delight. The accommodation is first class, the food is plentiful and top quality and the riding varies from easy to challenging. I am happy to recommend PortugalBike to anyone seeking a cycling tour in Portugal.”

Jack Zagorski, 63 – Victoria, Australia

“This is a special tour company owned and operated by a very special couple. Jose was our steady and informative leader on the road. Cristina drove the van and shopped daily for delicious local food for our fabulous roadside picnics. The care and attention to detail was evident in every aspect of the trip – the spectacular accommodation, excellent out-of-the-way restaurants and beautiful scenic routes. We opted for the guided tour, but our fellow travelers also enjoyed the GPS self-guided option. For our group though, spending 6 days in the company of Jose and Cristina, native Portuguese who know and love their country, made all the difference.”

John McCarthy, 60 – Ottawa, Canada

“My daughter and I just completed this self guided tour in June. It was everything as advertised and more. The bikes were great quality, the route was well thought out, the maps and GPS worked perfectly. The Pousadas are wonderful and you will feel that you deserve it after riding up the hills to get to them! Jose and Christina were very gracious hosts and ambassadors for their country. We can’t recommend this company highly enough, and we will be back for another trip – with more family members.”

Susan Wilkins, 60 – Vancouver BC, Canada


On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
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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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