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Minho to Porto by Bike

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Combine rugged hills, vineyards, coastal nature reserves and the vibrant city of Porto
  • The untamed beauty of the Peneda-Gerês National Park on the Spanish border
  • Astounding architecture; from intricate tile-clad buildings to crumbling fortresses
  • Miles of white-sand beaches and colourful shore huts on the dramatic Atlantic coast
  • Stay with welcoming locals in authentic manor houses set in the beautiful countryside
  • Enjoy wine tastings on local vineyards and a visit to one of Porto's port cellars
Pedal from the mountain villages and pine forests of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, through lush valleys cloaked in vineyards to the UNESCO city of Porto on the Atlantic Coast. As if the Minho's immense natural beauty wasn't enough, stay in charming countryside manor houses and discover the region's striking architecture, and rich traditions. Along the way sample crisp Vinho Verde wines, full-bodied port, and seafood delicacies. Explore the incredible city of Porto - a puzzle of winding streets, dotted with botanic gardens, palatial villas and romantic rooftop bars overlooking the Douro River. No wonder it was voted Best European Destination twice in the last 10 years!

What To Expect

This moderately rated, and easily accessible trip combines the untamed beauty of the Peneda-Gerês National Park with seaside cycling along the Atlantic Coast, and the charismatic UNESCO city of Porto. Ideal if you want to get off the beaten track, but don't want to miss out on exploring the sights of Porto! The area is renowned for its excellent wines and full-bodied port, and your trip includes wine tastings and a visit to one of Porto's hallowed port cellars. Stay in a mixture of 3-4* hotels and authentic manor houses set among olive groves and vineyards, and overnight in Porto's bustling historic quarter of Ribeira. The cycling is varied; enjoy a mixture of quiet country roads, cycle paths and some short sections on off-road tracks.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking, E-Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this tour (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...

Inspiration:

  • New

Activity Level & Terrain

Pedal on a mixture of quiet country roads, cycle paths and some sections on track with distances between 32-53 km (or up to 57 km if you opt for one of the extensions). While some days are largely flat, others take in rolling terrain meaning that the daily cumulative ascent varies from 97-300 m making this a great trip for anyone with good physical fitness. 

The route has been graded as moderate overall based on the shortest distances each day. Although graded as moderate 3 out of the 6 day’s cycling are graded as easy to moderate, making this trip a good step up towards a more challenging moderately graded trip. The route should be manageable for most regular cyclists or those relatively new to cycling with a good level of fitness.

Navigation

Navigation is straightforward with detailed route notes and GPX tracks provided in an app, or an on request GPS unit, you're provided with for the duration of your trip.

Accommodations

On this tour you will stay in a mixture of modern 3* and 4* hotels as well as a traditional manor house on a vineyard near Moncao and a rural guesthouse in Ponte de Lima. End your trip in Porto in a large 4* hotel in a UNESCO protected area just minutes from the Douro River in the lively old quarter of Ribeira. At your accommodation on days 2 and 4 enjoy a wine tasting experience with your hosts, and on day 6 visit one of Porto's renowned port cellars. 

Alternate Accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations that are not listed in the main daily description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. It is also possible to travel as a solo cyclist, please get in touch with one of our specialists as our solo prices for this trip are on request only due to logistics. 

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning, but lunch and dinner are not so that you are free to choose from the surrounding options. If there isn't a restaurant at your accommodation there will be options nearby. For lunch, you will pass through towns and villages en route where you can purchase provisions for a picnic lunch.

World-class seafood, crisp white wines (vinho verde), and of course port, are what the region is renowned for. Your trip includes two wine tastings at a small local vineyard, and a port tasting in Porto on the final cycling day of your trip.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3-4* hotels, an authentic guesthouse and vineyard manor house
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Wine tasting experiences in Monção (Day 2) and Ponte de Lima (Day 4)
  • Port wine cellar visit and tasting in Porto (Day 7)
  • Transfer from Porto Airport to your first hotel (2 hours)
  • Transfer from your Porto hotel to Porto Airport (20 mins)
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, GPX tracks and loan of a GPS unit
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK & US offices
Excluded
  • Bike hire (standard or e-bike options)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights in Porto at the end of the tour
  • Bike hire (standard hybrid)
  • E-Bike hire

When To Go

You can begin your trip on any day of the week between March and mid-November. 

Weather and Climate

Generally you'll find that the spring and autumn are the best times for cycling in Portugal, with temperatures from 57-66 degrees Fahrenheit and the added bonus of less summer tourists. However, being in northern Portugal and therefore cooler than the south this trip is also pleasant in the summer months, although it will be hotter. Summer temperatures vary from 64-77 degrees Fahrenheit and perhaps into the 80s on occasion. Rainfall is generally low with a monthly average of no more than 0.5 inches between March and November. July is the driest month, and May to September tend to be the driest months of the year.

Getting to the Start

Porto Airport (or Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport) is the most convenient airport for beginning this trip, and is served by many airlines, such as Easyjet, Ryanair, KLM and British Airways. You can also reach Porto from Lisbon Airport.

From Lisbon Airport take an airport shuttle bus to the Santa Apolonia Train Station and then a train to Porto which takes around two and a half hours. Lisbon is served by many airlines in the UK and from many other gateways in Europe

Transfers to and from Porto Airport, to your first and last accommodations are included in the price of the trip. Your arrival transfer from Porto to Castro Laboreiro village is approximately 2 hours by car/minibus. Your specialist will request your flight arrival details nearer the travel date to arrange your transfer.

Getting from the End

A departure transfer from your accommodation in Porto to the airport is included in the trip. Your specialist will request your flight departure details nearer the travel date to arrange your pick-up.

Luggage Transfer

Luggage transfers between overnight locations are included in the tour. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person, it should weigh approximately 20 kg.

 

Equipment

Hybrid & E-Bike Hire

Hire of a hybrid or e-bike is not included as standard, but we can arrange hire of high quality bikes. Choose from either a Specialized Rockhopper Sport or Cube Touring Exc (low frame) touring/hybrid bike.

Included with bike hire is a pannier rack, 1 pannier per bike, handlebar bag (one per two bikes), a lock (one per two bikes), toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, and use of a helmet. Although, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for your own comfort. As well as the option to borrow a used hire helmet for your trip it's also possible to buy a new Specialized (or similar) helmet, which you will be presented with on arrival. Please ask your specialist at the time of booking so we can cost-check and arrange this for you. 

For some battery-powered assistance on longer days, and to ease ascents, we recomend hiring an e-bike. The rechargeable battery on your bike will be your reliable riding partner, getting you to the top of hills or to your final destination with more energy in the tank for an afternoon swim or simply for exploring. You can request either a Cube Reaction or Cube Touring Hybrid (low frame) model of e-bike. E-bikes are growing rapidly in popularity so please make sure to request one at the time of booking so we can secure availability for your trip and avoid disappointment. 

Please note that unless you specifically request a low frame bike a standard frame model will be allocated - so if you would prefer a low frame bike please let us know when you book.

Bike frame measurements:

  • Standard frame bikes: XS 35 cm, 38 cm, 43 cm, 48 cm and XL 53 cm
  • Low Frame bikes: 45cm and 48 cm

GPS Unit 

For navigation you will be provided with a pass code to access a route-finding app with your route's GPS tracks. Alternatively, on request you can borrow a GPS unit pre-loaded with the tracks you will need for your daily rides. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and overnight in Castro Laboreiro Day 2 Cycle to Monção (and wine tasting) 27 miles / 44 km Day 3 Cycle to Caminha 30 miles / 48 km Day 4 Cycle to Ponte de Lima (and wine tasting) 33 miles / 53 km Day 5 Cycle to Barcelos 20 miles / 32.5 km Day 6 Cycle Barcelos to Vila do Conde 22 miles / 36 km Day 7 Cycle to Porto (and port tasting) 21.5 miles / 34.5 km Day 8 Transfer to Porto Airport and onward travel

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