Minho and Porto Biking Adventure

Minho and Porto Biking Adventure

Minho and Porto Biking Adventure

Prices

From $925USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotel and Guesthouse

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Highlights

Cycle through the mountains, vineyards, and coastlines of northern Portugal.

Cycle diverse landscapes, including a part of the famous Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela.

Soak up the atmosphere of Portugal by staying in hand-picked boutique properties with great locations and local charm

Visit ancient historic sites, such as Valença Fort, the 13th century Mother Church and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto.

Enjoy fresh regional produce including seafood, olive oil, and Vinho Verde wine.

Mountains, coastline, ancient pilgrimage routes, rows upon rows of vineyards- the self-guided Minho and Porto Biking Adventure showcases all the best that Northern Portugal has to offer.

The Minho and Porto Biking Adventure begins by descending a mountain range in the lush Gerês National Park, where you’ll observe wildlife and stunning mountain views. Throughout the tour, you’ll bike down to lower farmlands and vineyards as you gradually follow the rivers to the spectacular Atlantic coastline. Here you’ll be exploring the fishing villages, forts, and ancient towns that line the golden beaches. While the stunning scenery and riding is the main draw on this bike tour, you’ll also be enjoying a bounty of local produce. Fuel your bike ride with fresh seafood, local wines, and other regional delicacies.

Northern Portugal awaits, so get on the bike and get out there!

Minho and Porto Biking Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Porto and Transfer to Castro Laboreiro

When you arrive at the Porto airport you’ll meet your transfer and journey by shared vehicle to Castro Laboreiro. It will be a scenic drive- keep an eye out the window as you pass the rolling vineyards and tiny villages that are scattered up the mountainside.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Castro Laboreiro
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle through Gerés National Park

Your first day of biking begins in the stunning Gerés National Park and continues into the Serra de Peneda Mountain range. This area is home to wolves and golden eagles, but you’re more likely to see a deer or wild boar along your route.

Medium option: 4 hours, 57 km, 222m of ascent and 1006m of descent

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Monção
Distance
Easy option: 3 hours, 44.32 km, 250m of ascent and 993m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 River and Vineyard Riding

Your cycling path today will follow along the River Minho. You’ll have left the mountains behind yesterday and are now travelling through the Vinho Verde vineyards, where some of Portugal’s most-loved wine is produced.

On your route will be the Brejoeira Palace and the 17th-century forts at Valença and Vila Nova de Cerveira. Feel free to linger awhile at these spectacular monuments. As you ride towards the coast, you’ll stop in the historic town of Caminha, where you’ll be spending the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caminha
Distance
3 hours, 48.3 km, 134m of ascent and 108m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Climb Meadinha Hill

Today there will be another huge change of scenery as you arrive at the coast. Follow the sparkling ocean shoreline as you pass by little fishing villages and golden beaches.

You’ll eventually ride into Viana do Castel, which is an incredible port city that dates back to Roman times. It is worth the steep climb up the hill to the byzantine Santa Luzia Church, where you’ll have a breathtaking view of the city.

Your path will turn inland as you follow the river to Ponte de Lima. Take some time to explore the oldest town in Portugal and marvel at its famous 24-arch Roman bridge. Tonight, you’ll be staying in a quiet little spot on the edge of town.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Ponte de Lima
Distance
4 hours, 52.8 km, 97m of ascent and 76m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Ride the Camino de Santiago

You’ll have a nice easy ride today, but it will certainly be meaningful! You will be cycling on the centuries-old Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Many have sought answers along this historic route that the devout still walk today, believing their sins will be forgiven upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

The city of Barcelos is your stopping point today. Here, you can learn about the local pottery trade or visit the 13th century Mother Church.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Barcelos
Distance
2 hours, 32.5 km, 300m of ascent and 192m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Enjoy the Bounty of the Atlantic Coast and Ride to Vila do Conde

You’ll enjoy the fresh ocean breezes as you return to the coast during your ride today. At lunch, take the time to enjoy the bountiful fresh seafood that the region is known for.

Medium option: 3 hours, 44.34 km, 273m of ascent and 159m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vila do Conde
Distance
Easy option: 2 hours, 35.88 km, 246m of ascent and 151m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Bike the Coast to Porto

Today you’ll have a quiet cycle through the dunes on the coast. Keep an eye overhead as you pass through a sea bird reserve!

Medium option: 3 hours, 47.9 km, 120m of ascent and 77m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porto
Distance
Easy option: 2 hours, 34.4 km, 232m of ascent and 50m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Farewell, Portugal!

This morning you will take the included transfer back to the Porto airport. See you next time!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Minho and Porto Biking Adventure Price and Dates

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

The standard departure day is Sunday, but you can pay a supplement of $150USD 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: $995USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6+: $925USD per person

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

  • Self-guided groups of 2-5: $1,125USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6-10: $995USD per person
  • Note: You can also upgrade your tour for $375USD per person to include additional services. Please see Included for more information.

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Accommodation on the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses. The properties have all been chosen so that you can enjoy the different cultures of the region.

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. You can pay a supplement of $350USD - $425USD (depending on the season) to have a private room.

Castrum Villae Hotel in Castro Laboreiro

This cozy mountain hotel has 32 comfortable rooms and a leisure room where you can enjoy a game of billiards or a nightcap after your busy day.

Manor House Solar de Serrada in Monção

Solar de Serrade is a beautifully preserved 17th-century manor house. Guest rooms have warm wood accents and views of the gardens or vineyards.

Design & Wine Hotel in Caminha

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

Quinta da Agra, Ponte de Lima

This manor house is full of rustic charm and is surrounded by a beautiful farm. Enjoy the peaceful valley views and explore the nearby vineyards.

Hotel Bagoeira in Barcelos

Although it is situated in the main square, you may not want to leave this hotel. It features a rooftop terrace bar and a 400 year old restaurant.

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.

Caris Porto Ribeira Hotel

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

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included on this tour. There are optional meal or tasting packages that may be added.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transfers from and to the airport in Porto at the beginning and end of your tour are included with shared transport. Luggage transport throughout the tour is also included.

Also Included

  • 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 phone support
  • Access to route 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 €60 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: $375USD 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: You can also book this itinerary as a guided tour, prices are available upon request
  • Wine and Olive Oil experiences: $50USD per person, includes Vinho Verde wine visit and tasting at Monção on Day 2 and Ponte de Lima on Day 4, port wine visit and tasting at a historic cellar in Porto on Day 7
  • Wine & Dine Package with 2 dinners: $150USD per person, includes dinner at the hotel restaurant with a 3-course meal and wine and a glass of port on Day 5, gourmet dinner in Porto with a four-course meal and three wines on Day 7
  • Picnic lunch: $150USD per person, includes 6 light picnic lunches for you to carry on your bike
  • E-Bike supplement: $175USD per bicycle (subject to availability)
  • Extra transfers between Porto Airport and city center: $75USD up to 3 people

Frequenty Asked Questions about Minho and Porto Biking Adventure

How hard is the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure?

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. Most rides give the option to choose between two difficulties, but many of the trails are downhill or mostly flat regardless.

Will I need internet access for the app during my rides on the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure?

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

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

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 Minho and Porto Biking Adventure?

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, and your insurance should cover cycling. 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 taken to your hotel.

Is the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will have access to a route guide on an included app. If you prefer to book this as a guided tour, let us know.

Where does the Minho and Porto Biking Adventure end?

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Porto Airport (OPO).

Is my bike rental included?

Yes, your cycling equipment is 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 prepaid 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 if you’d like.

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?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Portugal?

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 to visit this region of Portugal is early summer (June) and early fall (September) when the weather is warm but not too hot and it’s not as busy as high summer can be.

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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. Most rides give the option to choose between two difficulties, but many of the trails are downhill or mostly flat regardless.


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