Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain

Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain

Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain

Prices

From $1,075USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Cycle the picturesque Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal

Visit the Galicia region in Spain and explore its harbour and Monterreal Fort before cycling off along the ocean.

Pass gorgeous sandy beaches, open dunes, and quaint fishing villages along your bike route.

Enjoy the abundance of local produce and cuisine as you dine on fresh seafood and the famous regional wines.

Stay in perfectly situated boutique hotels that range from being along the gorgeous beachfront to right in the historic center of town.

Wild coast, golden beaches, and energetic cities are beckoning, and the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour is the perfect way to see it all! This self-guided cycling tour is an ideal adventure, combining exhilarating rides along the Atlantic with nights spent soaking up all that renowned towns and cities have to offer.

Start your trip in the Galician region of southern Spain, in the foothills of the mountains. Follow the trail down the winding river into Portugal, where you’ll cycle through the natural wilderness. Explore charming fishing villages and stunning historic cities along your route, including standouts like Porto and Viana do Costello. Let the friendly locals point you in the direction of the catch of the day, and enjoy the abundance of fresh seafood. Don’t forget to make time to indulge in the famous wine from the region at the end of your ride!

With so much to appreciate in Portugal and Spain, it’s time to hop on the bike!

Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Porto and Travel to Baiona

When your flight arrives in Porto, you will be driven to Baiona, Spain. The afternoon is yours to explore the harbour town. Might we suggest finding an oceanfront patio and dining on the catch of the day?

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baiona
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride from Spain into Caminha

You’ll begin your cycling holiday in the Galician region of Spain, cycling along the foothills of the mountains towards Portugal.

Medium option: 4.5 hours, 66.65 km, 461m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caminha
Distance
Easy option: 2.5 hours, 37.5 km, 320m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to Viana do Castelo

Medium option: 2.5 hours, 39.1 km, 295m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Viana do Castelo
Distance
Easy option: 2 hours, 28.8 km, 88m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Vineyards and Coastline to Vila do Conde

Your trail today will take you through the lush green vineyards as you journey south. You’ll also be able to enjoy cycling through the protected area of the Esposende Coast, where you’ll see a variety of plants and animals. This stretch of coast is one of the most pleasant around, so feel free to hop off the bike and enjoy the sand for a bit.

Tonight, you’ll be staying in the harbour city of Vila do Conde, enjoy the fresh seafood and friendly people who live here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vila do Conde
Distance
4 hours, 53.7 km, 139m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle the River Douro into Porto

Take a leisurely ride down the coast until you reach the sparkling river Douro. You’ll follow the river right into beautiful Porto.

Medium option: 3 hours, 48 km, 209m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porto
Distance
Easy option: 2 hours, 34.4 km, 50m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ocean Ride to to Furadouro

Today, your trail will lead you back to the shore for a peaceful ride down the coastline. You’ll ride through a lovely pine forest into the fishing town Furadouro.

Spend the evening enjoying local hospitality and the ocean.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ovar
Distance
3 hours, 42.2 km, 58m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Dune biking to Mira

Soak in the splendour of the endless golden beaches as your ride along the coastline today. You’ll be going through the rolling dunes of São Jacinto, a protected natural reserve. The stark pale sand against the blue ocean is a captivating sight.

At the end of your ride, the fishing village of Mira awaits. Its brightly striped houses and little shops will charm you as you explore throughout the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Mira
Distance
4 hours, 57.8 km, 12m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Transfer to Porto

After breakfast, you’ll meet your transfer back to the airport in Porto. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of Portugal and Spain is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group. Please note that the prices might increase during public holidays.

The standard departure day is Monday, but you can pay a supplement of $195USD per person to depart a different day of the week. This surcharge only applies to groups of 2-3 people. Larger groups can depart any day of the without any additional costs. Prices below are per person:

Low Season (March 1st – April 30th and October 1st – November 30th):

  • Self-guided groups of 2-5: $1,175USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6-10: $1,075USD per person

High Season (May 1st – September 30th):

  • Self-guided groups of 2-5: $1,275USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6-10: $1,195USD per person

Note: You can also upgrade your tour for $425USD per person to include additional services. Please see Included for more information.

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Accommodation on the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain Tour

This tour is based on 3 and 4-star hotels. Many of the hotels feature gorgeous beachfront locations.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

The hotel list will be sent to you with your confirmation but will be reconfirmed 31 days prior to your arrival.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement. If you prefer to have a private room when travelling with your group, you can pay a supplement of $395USD - $450USD.

Hotel Bahia Bayona in Baiona

Relax in this simple but comfortable hotel with the stunning Atlantic Ocean right at its doorstep.

Design & Wine Hotel in Caminha

Guests will enjoy this unique stay at this eco-friendly modern hotel that combines tradition and technology spectacularly.

Rali Hotel in Viana do Castelo

This city center hotel was recently renovated and has an indoor heated pool to enjoy. It is an easy walk to the train station and is just 3 kilometres from the beach.

Hotel Brazão in Vila do Conde

This hotel has clean and simple rooms. It’s in a charming fishing town with great restaurants and the beach is nearby.

Carris Porto Ribeira in Porto

Soak in the history of Porto by staying in this Ribeira quarter hotel. It features modern, comfortable rooms.

Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa in Ovar

This beachfront hotel has stunning views of the Atlantic. Airy modern rooms and its beautiful spa will make you wish you never had to leave.

Maçarico Beach Hotel in Praia da Mira

This hotel features brightly-coloured modern rooms and a sleek rooftop pool with ocean views. You’ll love its location at the beautiful Mira Beach!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. There are also optional meal or tasting packages that may be added to your tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes shared transfers from the airport in Porto to your first hotel, and from your final hotel back to the airport in Porto. The transfer of your luggage from one hotel to the next is also included.

Also Included

  • Welcome meeting
  • Hybrid bicycle, cargo rack, pannier bike bag, bike lock (one per two bicycles), and helmet
  • Tool kit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, and prepaid mobile phone
  • Overnight storage of bicycles at the hotel
  • Emergency support between 8 am and 8 pm
  • Access to route maps on mobile app

Please note that it is advised that travellers bring their own helmets, however previously used helmets are provided. You may also opt to purchase a new one for €65 EUR. Please request this option at the time of booking.

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Porto
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for hotel staff, servers, or drivers

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade tour to Premium services: $425USD per person to include additional services, such as:
    • Private transfers at the start and end of your tour
    • Full route briefing and 30-minutes bike fitting
    • On-call roadside assistance
    • Private reception in Portugal
    • Daily post-ride messages
  • Guide: This itinerary also has the option to book as a guided tour, which would include a guide and support vehicle for the duration. Prices available on request.
  • Wine experiences: $50USD per person, includes local wine tasting in Baiona on Day 1. visit and port wine tasting at a historic cellar in Porto on Day 5
  • Wine & Dine Package with 2 dinners: $150USD per person, includes regional 3-course meal and wine on Day 1, gourmet dinner in Porto with a four-course meal and three wines on Day 5
  • Picnic lunch: $175USD per person, includes 6 light picnic lunches for you to carry on your bike.
  • E-Bike Supplement: $150USD per bicycle (subject to availability)
  • Extra transfers between Porto Airport and city center: $75USD for up to 3 people, please note this transfer is if you require a transfer outside of the one included on the tour.

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain

How hard is the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. The rides on this tour are 2 to 4 hours in length on paved paths or easy trails. There is a choice between difficulty ratings, but both routes are on a mostly level trail.

Will I have internet access for the app during my rides on the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour?

You will need to download the guide app included in this trip before you begin any of your hikes. This way you will be able to access the maps and route guides on your device when offline.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal or Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour?

7 breakfasts are included. Additional meal packages may be added in advance.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Porto to start this tour?

You can fly into Porto Airport (OPO), where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Is the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will have access to a route guide on an included app. If you’d prefer a guided tour, please request rates.

Where does the Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain tour end?

This tour begins and ends at the Porto Airport.

Is my bike rental included?

This tour includes a hybrid bicycle, cargo rack, pannier bike bag, bike lock (one per two bicycles), and helmet. A tool kit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, and pre-paid mobile phone are also included. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Is my helmet rental included?

Yes, a previously used helmet will be provided. It is recommended that you bring your own helmet if you prefer. You may also opt to purchase a new one for €55 EUR; please request this option at the time of booking.

Can I rent a child seat or trailer?

Yes, you can rent a child seat or bike trailer for children older than 9 months and up to 4 or 5 years old. Please request at time of booking for pricing and availability.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Portugal or Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Portugal or Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Portugal for this tour?

The best time of year to visit the coasts of Portugal and Spain for this tour is June-September. This region experiences lovely weather throughout the year, and summers are warmer but not prohibitively hot.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. The rides on this tour are 2 to 4 hours in length on paved paths or easy trails. There is a choice between difficulty ratings, but both routes are on a mostly level trail.


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