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Preparing for a longer day, out of Caminha you will follow the coastline until Viana de Castelo. You will have the opportunity to spend time in small beaches if you wish. All along the way from Vila Praia de Ancora to Viana de Castelo you will go along small fields not far from the beach, and in some points it is possible to halt and get a bath…

Viana do Castelo is an important city; the center is characteristic of the Minho and reminds its ancient past. Viana is part of the Saint James path to Santiago. At the top the Zimborio, the Santa Lucia church that can be reached via road (bike) or Funicular, part of every postcard. It is a vibrant place full of cafés and restaurants, the pedestrian streets are still full of life and small shops. Out of Viana do Castelo by the north margin of river Lima you will encounter a cycling path that leads you to Ponte de Lima, but first you will traverse the natural place of Lagoas de Bretiandes; lagoons that are well known for bird-lovers.

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DESCRIPTION

TRIP INFORMATION

Porto & The Green Coast is a cycling Tour that follows the shores of river Minho, Lima and the ocean of north Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this wonderful region, the Minho. The route starts at Melgaço Town, the 1st part of this trip is along the natural north border of Portugal, following the water of river Minho to the ocean and traverses the rolling green Minho countryside. Cycle on bike paths and admire the historical places and medieval fortresses and churches that dot the countryside as you pedal along the water of river Minho and Lima. You will delight in a side trip along the coastline following the river to discover several beach resorts and their surroudings. You will cross protected areas of sand dunes, birds habitats and old fishing ports known for the caravels shipyards of 15th and 16th century. You will finish this trip arriving at Porto entering by the Douro river. Porto's medieval center is UNESCO classified, and well worth of a visit.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR MAP

This is it! It went by so fast. Today it is time to put all the incredible memories on your luggage and say goodbye. It has been for sure a great adventure and we truly want you to come back and discover more of Portugal infinite beautiful trails.

Descending from the fortress the road will meet the river shore and follow it to Vila Nova de Cerveira. Views over the river are calm and peaceful, and this is a relaxed bike ride until Cerveira. Vila Nova de Cerveira is one important art center in North Portugal; every two years there is a very important art festival. Apart from that there is an interesting town center, its castle and surrounding narrow streets.

To arrive at Caminha town you have to ride on a path that goes by the river Minho outside Cerveira, which after a while goes through villages and rural areas. As you arrive at Caminha the path goes over the river Coura to enter the town. Once again a beautiful typical minho town center and its buildings from another era. You are at the mouth of the river Minho into the Atlantic.

ARRIVAL

Welcome at Porto airport. Transfer from Porto Airport to Melgaço (02h00). After Check-in, a comprehensive information pack will be handed to you and also the bike, with final adjustments made for you. Melgaço Town is waiting and if you still have time, take a stroll to the castle and old centre. Taste the famous Vinho Alvarinho, Alvarinho wine.

VALENÇA DO MINHO to CAMINHA

CAMINHA to PONTE DE LIMA

ESPOSENDE to PORTO

The biggest day of cycling of this tour is waiting. Leaving Esposende by the bridge to Fao and Apulia you enter the Natural Park of the North Litoral. Following the dunes you will be delighted with the calm and beauty of the landscape and sea. Some agricultural fields of vegetables will be part of the ride. By the beach front you will cross Póvoa do Varzim and Vila do Conde, two major towns dependant of the sea. The fishing port of Póvoa is the most busy in the north of Portugal, Vila do Conde is smaller but carries the historical site of the building of vessels for the discoveries in the XIV and XV centuries. A copy of the Carravels is still here for visit. Having a stop is just by the path.

Now until Porto the path will follow in the opposite direction the variant of Saint James Path, this time to Porto. A bit before Leca da Palmeira a cycling path will lead you to Porto center, passing through Matosinhos and its mobile bridge. Longing the Port and by the front beach you reach the Fortress of Castelo do Queijo, you are entering Porto. Continue cycling the lane and you will reach the mighty Douro river and soon the center UNESCO world heritage site. A marvellous site, and once again history is present. This final stage is along XIII century town... And some from XIX c. to arrive to your hotel.

DEPARTURE to PORTO

Going back to Melgaço old center where the cycling tour really starts. If you could not find time yesterday, this is a good way to start visiting the narrow street of the old town. Make a stop at Solar do Alvarinho and have a glimpse of the famous Alvarinho Wine, a Green Wine! From Melgaço you will follow the river Minho to its river mouth, but today is only to Valença do Minho. The cycling will follow one low traffic lane that passes through villages and an always green landscape, sometimes covered with vines, other with patches of forest. The history is always along the way, from old medieval bridges and tours to the XVII and XVIII centuries old Manors’ granite coloured white walls. Monção town is a good place to explore the fortress, streets and have a meal; the central square is typical of the Minho architecture.

* If you have time in your schedule to make a detour go visit the Palace of Brejoeira and its wine estate. Well worth of a visit. About 3km from Moncao Town center.

From Monção to Valença do Minho, you will follow a cycle path that runs along the river; it was once a railway track. Its smooth surface will lead you truly to the country. The fortress of Valença do Minho is overlooking the old iron bridge to Galicia. The small narrow streets of the fortress town are a delight to the eye.

MELGAÇO to VALENÇA DO MINHO

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Cycle trough our nature and discover our coast!

This day will take you back to the Atlantic Coast, making your way back to the ocean this time along the South margin of the river Lima you will reach the Gustave Eiffel bridge near Viana do Castelo. Following part of the Santiago alternative path you will pass some villages and arrive at the river Neiva. A river that you will cross like a pilgrim, on a very Spartan bridge, but a delight for travellers. By the bottom of the hill and crossing two villages you will arrive at Esposende — a nice town at the river mouth of the Cávado. Nowadays its a beach-town with a beautiful beach front, lighthouse and a fort from the XVII century. A good place to enjoy a sunny afternoon and relax...

PORTO & THE GREEN COAST

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

31 - 65 km

Trip Duration

7 days & 6 nights

Daily Elevation

250 - 400 meters

FROM

729 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Superior

 

DURATION

7 Days | 6 Nights

 

START | END

Melgaço | Porto

 

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

31 - 65 km per day

ROUTE

a mix of paved road, cobblestone roads (some quite rough), dirt road, gravel road, double track road and wooden walkways . About 50% of route on dedicated or shared bike lanes. TOUR NOT POSSIBLE ON 100% PAVED

 

PROFILE

Flat and moderately hilly on the beginning and more hilly at the end.

  • Porto, a World Heritage UNESCO Sites and Douro river and its wine cellars

  • The beautiful costal areas of north Portugal

  • Vinho Verde denomination area, one unique wine of Portugal, The Green Wine

  • The Natural Park of the Litoral Norte

  • Valença do Minho fortress and old town

PRICES

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TRIP PRICE

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2018

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2018

Guided

ARE YOU A SOLO TRAVELER?

YOUR PARTY IS LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE

JOIN A GROUP WITH A FIXED DATE DEPARTURE

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OPTIONAL

SERVICES

+ 329 €

+ 65 €

 

 

+ 100 €

+ 200 €

 

 

 

BIKE RENTALS (per person & 6 days cycling)

Hybrid Bike

Electric Bike

(bike equipment included)

 

 

 

+ 100 €

+ 200 €

NOTE

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

INCLUDED

BIKE RENTALS

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HYBRID MEN BIKE

100€

HYBRID WOMEN BIKE

100€

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THE ITINERARY

47km, +400m

Monte Prado Hotel & SPA

Day

1

Day

2

Pousada Valença do Minho

56km, +300m

Hotel Design & Wine

Day

3

Day

4

InLima Hotel

31km, +250m

65km, +400m

Hotel Suave Mar

Day

5

Day

6

Hotel Teatro

46km, +350m

PONTE DE LIMA to ESPOSENDE

Day

7

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

02.04. - 26.05.

27.09. - 31.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.05. - 26.06.

30.08. - 26.09.

 

SPECIAL SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 01.04. (Easter)

27.06. - 29.08.

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

02.04. - 26.05.

27.09. - 31.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.05. - 26.06.

30.08. - 26.09.

 

SPECIAL SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 01.04. (Easter)

27.06. - 29.08.

729 €

+ 239 €

789 €

+ 269 €

869 €

+ 359 €

1.899 €

+ 239 €

1.999 €

+ 269 €

2.099 €

+ 359 €

Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 person)

per GPS (includes complete Portugal Topographic Map)

 

BIKE RENTALS (per person & 5 days cycling)

Hybrid Bike

Electric Bike

(bike equipment included)

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- 6 nights lodging on Superior Accommodation.

  Breakfast included

 

- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport OPO to the

  Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO

 

- Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day    

  of the Tour

 

- Pre departure Information Pack

 

- Tour Information

 

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

- 5 days of guided Cycling Tour

 

- 5 nourishing and energtic picnics

 

- Dinners to be organised by our guide                      

   (Payment individually at location, not included in the price Tour)

 

- Daily fruit, energy bars and water

 

- Back-up Vehicle

- 6 nights lodging on Superior Accommodation.

  Breakfast included

 

- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport OPO to the

  Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO

 

- Pre departure Information Pack

 

- Tour Information

 

- Information Book (Includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps,  

   GPS Device Quick Manual - Delivered on arrival day)

 

- GPS Track

 

- Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

 

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance

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ELECTRIC BIKE

200€

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899 €

+ 379 €

2.099 €

+ 379 €

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Prices are per person & 5 days cycling.

(If it's not available, Portugal Nature Trails provides equivalent)

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INCLUDED

Handle-bar bag, rear bag, rear rack, pedals, spare tubes, helmet, water bottle, tools and pump.

Included Equipment