This 9-day Atlantic Coast to the Douro Valley cycling goup holiday will take you from Spain to Portugal, from 31 Aug to 8 Sep.
This cycling holiday has been designed to give you the best adventure from the Atlantic coast to the valleys of the Douro, is a group tour with guide and support van from 31 August to 8 September. It will stimulate both body and mind. As you cycle south from the coastal region of Galicia in the north, the beauty of the ever-changing views over the vast Atlantic will stimulate your imagination.
Now it’s on to one of Portugal’s oldest cities, set against the green backdrop of the Minho. Refresh yourself with a glass of Vinho Verde on one of the terraces next to the Roman Bridge.
From here, it’s the terraces of the Douro that mark the time of the generations that will make our next few days unforgettable. The Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest demarcated and controlled wine region in the world.
The Douro will envelop you in its magic, where unique man-made wine terraces cover the hillsides on either side of the river valley.
After a few delightful days in the landscapes of the Douro, we set off for Porto, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the romanticism of the city blends with the culture and history of Port wine.
Highlights of the Atlantic Coast to the Douro Valley cycling holiday:
• Two countries – Portugal and Spain – in one trip
• Charming accommodation in idyllic locations
• Enjoy golden beaches and the sea, fields and forests, lagoons, all in one trip
• Leisurely strolls through the countryside, with breathtaking vineyard and coastal landscapes and verdant nature
• Crisp, aromatic Vinho Verde and extensive vineyards
• Ponte de Lima, Portugal\’s oldest town, its Roman bridge and medieval town center
• Cycling along the coast with its golden sandy beaches
• Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Douro Valley, considered one of the 5 best wine regions in the world for wine tasting
• Tasting world-class wines
• Staying in wine and olive oil estates
• Cycling along vineyard terraces
• Cruise on the Douro River, the best way to enjoy the river\’s scenery
• One of Portugal\’s main cities – Porto
• Porto UNESCO World Heritage City, world famous for Port Wine
• Culture, history and romance…
Atlantic Coast to the Douro Valley cycling holiday: Itineray.
Day 1 - Baiona
From Porto airport (Portugal), where you arrive, you will be taken to Baiona (in Galicia, Spain), a charming and lively port town where a dish of fresh fish from the sea is an absolute must. Don\'t forget to take a stroll around the port or the Monterreal Fort, famous for its Prince\'s Tower.
Dinner at the hotel - Included
Day 2 - Caminha
The first half of the day on your bike you cycle in Spain, gently following the flat coastline, along the foothills of the Sierra de la Grova mountains and a bit further south, of the Sierra de Argalo. You may enter Portugal by ferry, across the river Minho into the town of Caminha, or a bit further upriver, by crossing the Vila Nova de Cerveira bridge. In Caminha delight in the stately houses that set the scene as you enter the town, whose history dates as far back as pre-Roman times. Your stage ends here.
Day 3 - Ponte de Lima
Roman times when it was the principal port for the north of Iberia, Viana’s impressive history includes that of its merchants who supplied the naval provisions for the ships that took part in the Portuguese discoveries during the 16th century and later built the ships that sailed to Newfoundland for codfish. With their wealth, they built the numerous stately townhouses whose architectural beauty is a hallmark of the city. A must-see is the 19th-century byzantine Santa Luzia Church on the hilltop overlooking the city. This will take some climbing, but the reward is a breath-taking view.
From here you will cycle inland again, following the River Lima until you arrive in Ponte de Lima. The oldest village in Portugal, it is famous for its beautiful 24-arch Roman bridge famous and its importance to medieval pilgrims as they made their way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela.
transfer to the hotel.
Day 4 - Sabrosa
On this day we will have a transfer to an estate that was a Portuguese, family-run and independent house that passionately embraced the concept of \"Boutique Winery\", dedicating itself to the production of Douro wines, Port wines and Moscatel.
On this day you can take a short walk through the vineyards to get a feel for the best of the Douro.
Day 5 - Sabrosa
The Alto Douro wine region is famous for its wines. The first and most important is Port wine, but the region also produces award-winning red wines from the Touriga grape variety. The terraced vineyards, so typical of this Unesco World Heritage region, have been carved into the hillsides by man. The well-tended quintas stand proudly in the middle of the vineyards, their names clearly visible to all who pass by. On the way, we will stop at a local producer for an olive oil tasting and picnic.
Day 6 - Peso da Régua
Enjoy your itinerary to the fullest, one that will live on as memorable for the most fantastic landscapes and wines that Portugal has to offer! The route is mainly flat, having the company of the Douro River all along the way and surrounded by vineyards and wine estates. Alijó, one of the towns you will pass, dates back to 1226, although some remains have been found that prove that the site has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Located in the heart of the Douro demarcated region, its importance is closely linked to the production of wine, for many of the estates that produce the famous Port Wine are to be found in this municipality. When you arrive in Pinhão, at the edge of the river tarry a while and explore this picturesque village. The train station, built at the end of the 19th century and decorated with beautiful hand painted tiles describing life in the region, is especially worthy of a visit. From Pinhão, you will follow along the famous route N222, internationally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Your goal is Régua, the capital city of the Douro Wine Region. The Douro Wine Region is famous for its wines. First and foremost is Port Wine, but the region also produces prize-winning red wines from the Touriga and other indigenous grapes. The terraced vineyards, so typical of the region that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Property, were carved by men from the hillsides. The neatly kept rise proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone who passes.
Day 7 - Peso da Régua
Today will be a special day with a transfer to the railway station.
The Douro railway line is a remarkable engineering feat, completed in 1887, with twenty-six tunnels and thirty bridges. It is spectacular, as the train follows the banks of the Douro River for dozens of kilometres. From the train you can appreciate the most unknown and least visited wine-growing area of the Douro, classified as a World Heritage Site. Journey by normal train, single class. The train journey starts at Ferradosa railway station.
From here we have a transfer to start the 1.5 kilometre walk. This pleasant stroll begins at one of the Douro\'s most impressive viewpoints, with breathtaking views over the valley. The route runs through an area of nature of great scenic beauty, then passes through an area of traditional small-scale farming with olive and almond trees, some vineyards and vegetables. The walk ends in a community village with rich traditions: Community oven, Organic farming, Artisan cheese production...
You can recharge your batteries with a delicious lunch served in the town centre with local products.
From here we head to Pinhão where we will take a private trip on a typical Rabelo boat to the Foz do Távora pier, where this magnificent experience ends.
Transfer to Quinta da Pacheca
Day 8 - Porto
In the morning we head to Porto, where you can explore the city on a guided walking tour. Walk down to the riverside in the medieval Ribeira neighborhood. Porto is a World Heritage City, a historical jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. Walk along the riverbank, past the famous Eiffel Bridge and across to the Porto wine cellars that rise up from the hills on the south bank of the River Douro for a tour and tasting.In the morning we head to Porto, where you can explore the city on a guided walking tour. Walk down to the riverside in the medieval Ribeira neighborhood. Porto is a World Heritage City, a historical jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. Walk along the riverbank, past the famous Eiffel Bridge and across to the Porto wine cellars that rise up from the hills on the south bank of the River Douro for a tour and tasting.
Day 9 - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Transfer to Porto airport
The end of a fantastic adventure