Northern Portugal Cycling Tour

Northern Portugal Cycling Tour

Northern Portugal Cycling Tour

Prices

From $525USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Explore Northern Portugal’s wild Atlantic Coast on this 7-day self-guided cycling tour

Wine lovers, rejoice! Ride through fields of grapes and visit vineyards to sip on the perfectly-aged local nectar.

Delight in breathtaking coastal scenery as you pedal mesmerizing paths along the Atlantic Ocean.

Enjoy scenic journeys along the banks of the Minho and Lima Rivers and take a quick jaunt across the border to Spain.

Soak in the restorative waters of the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the pristine beaches and surfers oases that line the coast.

Captivating Portuguese towns, exquisite wine counties, and the wild Atlantic Coast are yours to discover on two wheels on the mesmerizing 7-day Northern Portugal Cycling Tour.

From Monçao to Viana do Castelo, this pleasant and approachable route unfolds on the Minho and Lima riverbanks, peaceful country roads, and gorgeous coastal paths tracing the Atlantic Ocean. Cyclists are invited to experience the majestic natural beauty of Northern Portugal and revel in its vibrant culture and sensational food and wine.

Days spent on your bike, navigating rolling hills, lovely beaches, and fascinating fortified towns are accompanied by wonderful evenings spent enjoying this region's high-quality white wines. Unwind after an exhilarating day on the bike as you sip a crisp cold glass of local vinho, dining on spectacular local cuisine before retiring for the evening at historical accommodations in enchanting towns.

Explore the fortified towns of Monçao and Valença on the Spanish-Portuguese border, and visit Caminha, Viana do Castelo, and more to fill you with romantic memories.

This cycling tour allows you to experience the best of this region, ensuring your adventure strikes the perfect balance of thrilling days on your bike, authentic cultural experiences, fantastic food and wine, and endless breathtaking natural landscapes. Don't miss out on this epic Portuguese cycling holiday—book the Northern Portugal Cycling Tour today!

Northern Portugal and Coast Cycling Tour

Day 1 Arrive

Valença, the well-preserved star-shaped fortified town, is a fitting introduction to Northern Portugal and where your cycling adventure begins.

Tomorrow, your journey on two wheels commences. In the meantime, head out on foot and explore the sights and sounds of Valença.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Valença
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle a Scenic Loop from Valença via Tui and Monçao (Spain)

Further on, cruising through the beautiful old town of Tui, you can stop to enjoy a coffee and some fascinating people-watching.

Continuing the route, you’ll cruise along the River Minho, enjoying a flat and pleasant ride, leading you to the bridge at Salvaterre. Back on the Portuguese side, a visit to the enchanting historic town of Monçao is up next, before a final stretch following the Ecovía along the river banks back to Valença.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Valença
Distance
37.5km, 80m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle Vilanova de Cervera, River Coura, and Caminha

Your second day on the bike begins on the Portuguese side as you ride along the riverbank to your next fortified town of Vilanova de Cervera, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a refreshment.

Following Seixes, you’ll cross the River Coura via an ancient steel bridge, continuing the route to Caminha, located on the scenic River Minho.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caminha
Distance
32km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle a Scenic Loop Via A Guarda

At Caminha, a short ferry will provide a helping hand to get you across the River Minho (only possible when the tide is high). After crossing the river, you’ll embark on a lovely circuit along the coast as you ride to the sandy shores of A Guarda. Here, you’ll find an electric atmosphere paired with pristine beaches and breathtaking natural beauty in every direction.

Enjoy the town by bike and on foot before continuing the loop back to Caminha.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caminha
Distance
17.5km, 180m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle the Coast from Caminha to Viana do Castelo

Today has an easy but beautiful route in store as you make your way south along the Atlantic Coast, pedalling surfaced lanes, wooden walkways, and tractor ruts. Sandy shores will accompany you most of the ride, and a refreshing dip (or two!) along the way comes highly recommended.

As the route wraps up, you’ll cross the harbour at Viana do Castelo, entering the old town center. Viana do Castelo is the largest and liveliest town on the route, providing endless opportunities to explore, dine, sip, and enjoy!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Viana do Castelo
Distance
29km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle the Lima Riverbanks

Setting out from Viana do Castelo this morning, you’ll depart via the old bridge, crossing the River Lima. A serene route then unfolds along the riverbanks, guiding you alongside vegetable gardens and the famous vineyards that produce the well-loved Vinho Verde.

Ponte de Lima (the oldest town in Portugal), founded in 1125, marks the halfway point on today’s route. You’ll then continue the trail back to Viana.

Spend your final evening soaking up the magic of this remarkable region, savouring those last delightful glasses of Albarinho and Vinho Verde!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pedralva
Distance
36km, 255m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Depart

This morning after breakfast, your cycling tour in Northern Portugal comes to an end. Check out and depart for the airport, taking with you a week’s worth of unforgettable cycling memories.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Northern Portugal Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour in Portugal is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room, as well as the season.

Prices below are per person.

Departures from June 1st to March 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,025EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €975EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €550EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €495EUR

Departures from March 26th to April 29th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,150EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,125EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR

Departures from April 30th to May 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,175EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from May 22nd to July 23th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,275EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €695EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from September 1st to September 17th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,275EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €695EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from September 18th to 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,175EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from October 6th to 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,150EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,125EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR

Departures from November 1st to December 19th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,025EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €975EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €550EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €495EUR

Departures from December 20st to 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): €1,175EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR
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Accommodation on the Northern Portugal Cycling Tour

This tour is based on 3-star and 4-star Hotels. The hotels are well located, offering comfortable rooms and modern amenities. Rooms are double or triple occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Please refer to Dates and Prices, where the pricing includes all the supplements necessary.

Hotel Pousada de Valença in Valença

This superb hotel is located in the interior of the old fortress and boasts spectacular views of the river and Tui.

Design & Wine Hotel in Caminha

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

Hotel Casa Melo Alvim in Viana do Castelo

This hotel holds the title of the oldest urban manor in the city and is located in the beautiful historic center of Viana do Castelo.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Northern Portugal Cycling Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transportation between hotels on Day 3 and Day 5 are included on this tour. Your bike rental and airport transfers are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Routes in digital format (GPS and mobile)
  • 24/7 mobile assistance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Personal equipment (GPS/side bags/helmet)

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Hybrid bike: €125EUR
    • Child bike: €125EUR
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities and excursions
  • Single room supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Northern Portugal Cycling Tour

How hard is the Northern Portugal Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour a 2 / 5. The route is mostly flat with gentle hills involving short climbs of up to 200 metres. You should be comfortable riding a bike and riding up to 40 kilometres a day.

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 Northern Portugal Cycling Tour?

6 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance for this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Valença to start this tour?

Arrive at Porto Airport (OPO) or Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ). From Porto Airport, you can take a train from Porto Campanha station, which takes about 3 hours. From Santiago de Compostela Airport, you can take a bus or train, which takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can book a direct private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Where does the Northern Portugal Cycling Tour end?

From Viana do Castelo there are train connections to both Porto Airport (OPO) and Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ). Alternatively, you can book a direct private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes! You can rent a bike during the booking process.

What does the bike rental include?

Bike rental includes a hybrid bike (24 gears), repair kit, pump, and lock.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes! You can bring your own bike.

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 Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to northern Portugal for this cycling adventure is during the late spring and early fall. You’ll have pleasant weather and fewer crowds. This tour is available from January to July and September to December. Note that this tour is not bookable from July 26 to August 31, 2021.

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Prices

From $525USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour a 2 / 5. The route is mostly flat with gentle hills involving short climbs of up to 200 metres. You should be comfortable riding a bike and riding up to 40 kilometres a day.


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