Minho and Porto by bike : from the mountains to the sea

from 890 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : PT3
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: Sunday
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour from Minho to Porto:

The Minho and Porto biking holiday will give you an almost surrealistic “change of scenery” experience. Starting high in the mountains area, you will literally cycle down to the Atlantic Ocean stretching before you as far as you can see. This land is also blessed by the Minho, Lima and Douro rivers, each of which will accompany you at one stage or another of your ride.

This is a proud land, proud of its maritime history and of the remains of the fortifications that helped keep the Spanish well within their borders. It is the land of fine mountain cuisine and, along the cost, a wealth of fish and seafood dishes, best enjoyed with a glass of Vinho Verde.

Cycle across the ancient Roman bridge at Ponte de Lima, famous for its beauty and its importance to medieval pilgrims as they made their way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy biking through the North of Portugal at its most authentic.

Day 1 : Arrival in Porto airport - Transfer to Castro Laboreiro


Transfer by car from Porto airport to Castro Laboreiro, inside the Gerês National Park. As you are driven across the hills and mountains of the countryside, past extensive vineyards, you will observe small villages dotted here and there, like pieces of mosaic, on the distant hills. This is a tiny hamlet with beautiful wind and watermills.

Day 2 : Castro Laboreiro – Monção | 46 km or 57 km


The first stage is exceptionally beautiful, a pleasant downhill journey past the Spanish border, past a landscape of stark granite outcrops and few trees, across the northern regions of the Gerês National Park and into the land of the Serra de Peneda mountain range.  Then you arrive in Monção, the fortified town on the River Minho, you will understand why the Portuguese are so proud of the fact that the Spanish were never able to conquer them.

Day 3 : Monção – Caminha | 48 km or 59 km


Today, ride along the River Minho to the Atlantic Ocean. Your journey will take you through the demarcated Vinho Verde winemaking region and the vineyards that produce the dry white wine for which it is famous. Enjoy the elegant Brejoeira Palace which is still inhabited by the family. Along the route, you will cycle past landmarks of the battles between Portugal and Spain, especially the impressive 17th century stronghold at Valença and the Vila Nova de Cerveira fort. Stay in Caminha, an elegant town strategically located at the estuary of the River Minho.

Day 4 : Caminha – Ponte de Lima | 53 km or 63 km


Cycling along the Atlantic Ocean and ride past fishing villages that appear unchanged for centuries. Arrive in Viana do Castelo, a lively city at the estuary of the River Lima. From here you will cycle inland again, following the River Lima until Ponte de Lima. The oldest village in Portugal, it is famous for its beautiful 24-arch Roman bridge.

Day 5 : Ponte de Lima – Barcelos | 32 km or 41 km


Bike ride through cornfields and vineyards to the city of Barcelos on the River Cavado, the centre of the pottery industry. You must visit the 13th century Mother Church. Every hour on the hour, you will hear the pealing of the church bells of the many parishes for which the city is famous.

Day 6 : Barcelos – Vila do Conde | 36 km or 42 km


Today you cycle back to the Atlantic until Vila do Conde, famous for its shipbuilding past, as we can see by the replica of a ship used during the Discoveries and built here. The city centre is dominated by gracious manors and small palaces. Enjoy a wonderful sardine or other fresh fish dinner in town.

Day 7 : Vila do Conde – Porto | 34 km or 48 km


This last stage will take you on quiet cycle paths along the coast, through a sea bird reserve, along dunes and across fishing villages. You are approaching Porto and you will soon enter the city via the estuary of the River Douro. This city, famous for Port Wine past and present, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Day 8 : Departure during the day


Transfer to Porto airport during the day.

The little extra with RandoVélo


  • Wine experiences package featuring 3 visits and tastings including :

. 2 Vinho Verde wine visits and tastings, at wine estates in Monção and Ponte de Lima – Vinho Verde wine region
. 1 Port Wine visit and tasting at a historic Port Wine cellar in Porto

  • Special Wine & Dine package with 2 dinners – Barcelos & Porto – including :

. 1 Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, with a 2-dish menu and wine, desert and a glass of port wine– in Barcelos
. 1 Gourmet dinner with four courses & three wines – in Porto

Select your category

standard category
Reference: PT3 STD
Low season
  • from March 1st to April 17th 2019
    from April 23rd to 30th 2019
    from October 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: Sunday
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
890 € / pers.
345 € / pers.*
High season
  • from April 18th to 22nd 2019
    from May 1st to September 30th 2019
  • Departure: Sunday
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 015 € / pers.
345 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights in 3-star & 4-star cat. hotels (or equivalent category guest houses), with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days with helmet
• Porto airport transfers : to the start (Day 1) and from the ending points of the programs (Day 8) in a car, van or minibus
• Pre-paid mobile phone (charged with 10 Euros)
• 1 roadbook with detailed information (1 per booking)
• 1 GPS device loaded with the tracks (1 per booking)
• Hotline 7 days a week

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Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-60 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 115 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 235 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: PT3 STD
Extra night in Porto
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 75 € / pers.*

Extras

• Picnic lunches package

6 light lunch meals to carry on bike in riding days

 

+ 95 € / pers.

• Supplement for departure other than Sunday

Only from 1 to 4 people

+ 90 € / pers.

• "Wine tastings and visits" package
+ 20 € / pers.

• "Special Wine & Dine" package
+ 125 € / pers.

Your cycle hire

SPECIALIZED hybrid bike

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes)
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes)
  • Helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

CUBE e-bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes)
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes)
  • Helmet

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • Leave your bike rental at your hotel in Porto. We take care of its repatriation.
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> Your arrival in Porto
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Departure day

Departure on Sunday.

  • From 1 to 4 people: departure possible other than Monday considering a supplement of € 90 / pers.
  • More than 4 people, departure at your convenience without supplement.

Your journey

60% tarmac roads, 40% unpaved (including cobblestones).
From Caminha to Ponte de Lima and from Ponte de Lima to Barcelos, the tracks are moderate, due to the dirty paths and steep hills.
From Ponte de Lima to Barcelos, the difficulty/track can be shorten by requiring in advance a transfer (for no extra fee).

Your arrival in Porto

On Day 1: transfer by motorcoach at 3:00 pm from Porto “Sá Carneiro” airport to Castro Laboreiro.

  • If you arrive after 3:00 pm, a private transfer to reach Castro Laboreiro is possible (please consult us).
  • If you arrive before 3:00 pm, an additionnal transfer before 3:00 pm could be provided (please consult us).

By plane:
Porto “Sá Carneiro” airport.
Take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Castro Laboreiro.

By train:
From Porto station: reach Porto airport by your own, then take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Castro Laboreiro (by metro: about 2.10€ / by taxi: about 30€).

By car:
. Possibility to park your car at Porto airport – Parking Low Cost : www.lowcostparking.pt

. Possibility to park your car in Porto town center (contact us for more information).

Then you have to go to Porto airport by your own. Then take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Castro Laboreiro (by metro: about 2.10€ / by taxi: about 30€).

Return

Coach transfer to Porto airport is included in your package.