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Preparing for a longer day, out of Caminha you will follow the coast line 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 beach, and in some points it is possible to halt and get a bath...

Viana do Castelo is an important city; the centre 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 reach via road (bike) or Funicular, part of all postcard. It is a vibrant place full of cafes and restaurants, the pedestrian

streets are still full of life and small shops.

Out of Viana do Castelo by the north margin of the river Lima you will encounter a cycling path that leaves you at Ponte de Lima, but first you’ll traverse the natural place of Lagoas de Bretiandes; some lagoons that are well known for bird-lovers.

Ponte de Lima is one of Portugal most ancient towns and passage over the river since the roman time, more recently the most important passage to Santiago de Compostela from medieval times, the town itself has a wonderful historical center to be explored.

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DESCRIPTION

TRIP INFORMATION

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 traverse 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 coast line following the river to discover several beach resorts and their surroudings. You’ll cross protected areas of sand dunes, birds habitats and old fishing ports known for the caravels shipyards of 15th and 16th. You'll finish this trip arriving at Porto entering by the Douro river. Porto's medievel center is UNESCO classified, and well worth of a visit.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR MAP

Transfer to Porto (OPO) Airport* (30 min drive).

In accordance to your flight.

Descending from the Fortress the road will meet the river shore and follow them 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 centre in North Portugal; every two year there is one very important art festival. Apart from that there is one interesting town centre, his castle and surrounding narrow streets.

To arrive at Caminha town the path goes by the river outside Cerveira, but after a while it goes a little inland through villages and rural areas. Arriving at Caminha the path goes over the river Coura to enter into town. Once again a beautiful typical minho town centre and its buildings from another era. You are at the mouth of the river Minho into the Atlantic.

ARRIVAL in PORTO | LISBON

Welcome at Porto or Lisbon airport.

Transfer from Porto (OPO) Airport to Melgaço (02h00)

After Check-in, a comprehensive information pack will be handed to you and also the bike after 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 Parque 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’ll 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’ll 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 centre where the cycling tour really starts. If you couldn’t 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. Moncao 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 and make the detour go visit the Palace of Brejoeira and his wine estate. Well worth of a visit. About 3km from Moncao Town centre.

From Moncao to Valença do Minho, you’ll 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

01.Hotel-teatro Hotel Suave Mar InLima Hotel Hotel Design & Wine Pousada Valença do Minho Monte Prado Hotel

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.

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

PORTO & THE GREEN COAST

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

32 - 62 km

Trip Duration

7 days & 6 nights

Daily Elevation

140 - 510 meters

FROM

729 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Superior

 

DURATION

7 Days | 6 Nights

 

START | END

Melgaço | Porto City

 

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

32 - 62km per day

ROUTE

Paved roads, cycles lanes, cobblestone roads and dirt roads

 

PROFILE

Mostly flat

  • Porto city, the old town UNESCO Classified;

  • The Porto wine Cellars;

  • The countryside, dunes and Pine tree forest;

  • The beautiful Costal areas of north Portugal;

  • Valenca do Minho fortress and old town;

  • Small beach along the shore line;

  • The Natural Park of the Litoral Norte;

  • Melgaco, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Caminha, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima and their beautiful old town centre;

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

  • Monção & Melgaço, are the capital of this unique in the world wine.

PRICES

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Self-Guided

TRIP PRICE

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON

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

+ 100 €

BIKE RENTALS (per person & 6 days cycling)

Hybrid Bike

+ 100 €

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

Price per person and 6 days cycling.

*If it's not available, Portugal Nature Trails provides equivalent.

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HYBRID MEN BIKE

100€

HYBRID WOMEN BIKE

100€

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THE ITINERARY

48km, +510m, Road

Monte Prado Hotel & SPA

Day

1

Day

2

View Data Pousada Valença do Minho

57km, +260m, Road

Hotel Design & Wine

Day

3

Day

4

View Data InLima Hotel

32km, +140m, Road

View Data

62km, +270m, Road

Hotel Suave Mar

Day

5

Day

6

View Data Hotel Teatro

48km, +210m, Road

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PONTE DE LIMA to ESPOSENDE

Day

7

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 27.10.

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 27.10.

729 €

+ 235 €

789 €

+ 269 €

899 €

+ 369 €

1.499 €

+ 235 €

1.599 €

+ 269 €

1.699 €

+ 369 €

BIKE RENTALS (per person & 5 days cycling)

Hybrid Bike

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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

 

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of the Tour

 

Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

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

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual)

delivered at departure day at location

 

GPS Track

 

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

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Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 person)

per GPS (includes complete Portugal Topographic Map)

+ 320 €

+ 65 €

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