Traverse the scenic vine-clad slopes from Alentejo to the picturesque Algarve
Delve into local flavors with farm-to-table cuisine and tasteful wine sojourns
Discover serene hillside villages nestled amidst olive groves and vineyards
Enjoy warm hospitality at charming wine estates and boutique hotels
Explore the historical allure of ancient towns like Lamego
Enjoy a self-guided expedition, tailored by our specialists to your preferences
Welcome to Portugal! Time to enter the beauty of the serene Douro Valley and mark the start of your adventure. Relax at your hotel and prepare for the eventful journey ahead.
Hotel in São João da Pesqueira
Kickstart your cycling adventure with a loop ride around the splendid area you are residing in, with a particular focus on the charming town of Pinhão. Known for its awe-inspiring vistas and the beautifully preserved historical train station, Pinhão, encircled by vineyards, is a sight to behold. It nestles within a UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape, making it a prime spot in this vinicultural zone.
Your journey will take you through quaint villages and past the Nossa Senhora de Fátima Chapel, immersing you in the region’s rich heritage. Should you be enticed by the idea of wine tasting, the nearby Quinta do Bonfim, situated by the river, opens its doors to one of the most esteemed winery experiences in the area.
36 km and 785 m of elevation gain
Venture towards Alijó today, steering northward from the Douro Valley into a region renowned for its extensive vineyards and port wine production. En route, take the time to explore several historical villages and indulge in the rich gastronomic delights this area has to offer. Your journey will also lead you to multiple vantage points where the panoramic views over the Douro and Tua rivers are simply breathtaking. A notable spot is the Miradouro de Casal de Loivos, located in a tiny village atop a hill, offering an exquisite overlook of the picturesque village of Pinhão nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley.
As you progress, make a stop at the village of Favaios, seated on one of the most beautiful plateaus in the Douro region. Savory local cuisine awaits, alongside a unique fortified wine known as Moscatel, only produced here and in Setúbal. The village also boasts a special four-cornered loaf, crafted from locally sourced wheat and baked in a traditional wood-fired oven. It’s a daily staple for many locals who frequent the bakery for a fresh loaf.
Don’t miss out on tasting this famed bread from a traditional bakery, with Manuela Barriguda being a highly recommended one, known for its generations-old recipe. Your day concludes upon arrival in Alijó.
Hotel in Alijó
33 km and 790 m of elevation gain
Today’s journey immerses you in a scenic tapestry of olive groves and historic terraced vineyards as you pedal towards your charming hotel in Vilarinho São Romão. As you meander through quaint villages and lush vineyards, the authentic essence of the Douro region unveils itself with every turn. Your route across the plateau introduces you to old, time-worn roads that ferry you from humble villages to the awe-inspiring vistas of vineyards, eventually guiding you to Vilarinho São Romão.
Along the way, the town of Sabrosa unfolds as a charming pit stop. This ancient locale is home to numerous settlements tracing back to the medieval period, with some even predating the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal in 1143. Places like Provesende exhibit remnants of paleo-Christian structures from bygone times. The ride provides abundant opportunities to revel in the vibrant hues of the Douro Valley and capture splendid photographs to memorialize your adventure.
Hotel in Vilarinho de São Romão
44 km and 615 m of elevation gain
Venture towards the heart of the Douro Valley as you cycle to your final destination in this lush vineyard-strewn region. The countryside en route to Peso da Régua offers a tableau of traditional homes nestled amid rolling hills, providing a genuine taste of local life. The culmination of your journey is Peso da Régua, a pivotal town adorned with a rich tapestry of history and traditions deeply rooted in wine cultivation and celebrations.
Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Douro River, Peso da Régua has been instrumental in the port wine industry. This is where barrels of precious liquid were once loaded onto distinctive boats, known as barcos rabelos, and shipped downstream to Vila Nova de Gaia for aging in age-old wine lodges. Here, the vineyards cascade down terraced slopes towards the embracing river, offering a spectacle of breathtaking vistas awaiting admiration from vantage points like São Leonardo at Galafura and Santo António do Loureiro.
As the day gracefully transitions into the evening, retreat to the serene ambiance of Quinta da Pacheca, your hotel for the night and one of the top wine estates and hotels in the vicinity. Unwind in the comfort of the hotel, perhaps by the pool, as you reflect on the day’s adventures with the captivating sunset as your backdrop.
Hotel in Peso da Régua
42 km and 550 m of elevation gain
Embark on your final cycling escapade in the serene landscapes of Douro Valley. Ready for the day ahead, nearly half of the journey ahead unfolds alongside the graceful Douro River, offering you ample moments to soak in the picturesque scenery that accompanies its flow. Your route emanates from Peso da Régua, taking you through the heart of Douro’s acclaimed wine territory, graced by undulating slopes that are as challenging as they are rewarding.
The natural tableau that accompanies you is a blend of awe-inspiring viewpoints and the unadulterated beauty of vine-laden terrains. As you traverse the plateau, the sight of meticulously cultivated vineyards forms a rhythmic pattern with the countryside, interspersed with quaint villages. The ancient trails you tread will shepherd you back to your comforting abode, but not before a historical detour through Lamego.
Lamego, a city whispering tales of times long past, holds its roots deep into the Roman era. It burgeoned into significance during the Visigothic period and saw centuries of Arab rule from the 6th to the 11th century. As you amble through its ancient streets, the grandeur of the 11th-century cathedral stands as a testament to its rich historical tapestry.
33 km and 740 m of elevation gain
As you prepare for departure, the landscapes that provided a verdant backdrop to your adventures seem to stand still for a moment, imprinting themselves in your memory with a tender, nostalgic touch. It’s time to pack your bags and head home, equipped with endless knowledge and superb experiences from this stunning region of Portugal.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
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Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your tour
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Accommodation as per itinerary
Indulge in a leisurely cycling expedition through Portugal’s iconic wine region, weaving through a picturesque canvas of rolling vineyards, olive groves, and quaint hillside villages. Your journey unfolds amidst the serene trails of Alentejo, ushering you through the verdant landscapes onto the captivating terrains of the Algarve, and along the enchanting routes of the Douro Valley.
Your wheels will hum softly along the winding trails, guiding you through time-honored vineyards and olive groves that seem to stretch infinitely across the rolling hills. As you pedal through this ageless terrain, every bend reveals quaint villages, where traditional white-washed abodes cling gracefully to the hillside, embodying the enduring charm of Portugal’s rural heritage.
Each day, the path leads you to delightful discoveries— from the rich historical tapestry of ancient towns like Lamego to the warm hospitality awaiting charming wine estates and boutique hotels. Here, the essence of tradition melds seamlessly with modern comforts, offering a quaint retreat to rejuvenate after a day of exploration.
Indulgence awaits at every stop, with opportunities to relish farm-to-table culinary gems that tantalize your palate, alongside tasteful encounters at renowned wineries where the heritage of wine-making unfolds in every glass.
Embark on a custom-designed adventure with our self-guided expedition, where our specialists craft a personalized itinerary aligning with your preferences, granting you the autonomy to explore at your own rhythm.
Savor the liberty to pause and delve deeper as you wish, choosing your destinations along the journey. Rest assured with the continuous availability of our devoted 24/7 support, ready to assist you at every twist and turn.
Embark on a self-guided cycling odyssey, designed for a tailor-crafted and adaptable getaway on two wheels, unveiling wonders at your own pace while having the freedom to alter your itinerary or path as needed. Our dedicated team meticulously handles all facets, encompassing lodging arrangements, thorough planning, GPS navigational aid, and continuous support, to gift you a tranquil and engrossing journey. This venture champions autonomy, personal expression, and genuine cultural engagements.
Our tours are segmented into three tiers of difficulty: Leisurely, Moderate, and Challenging, categorized by the usual daily routine, although there may be variations in difficulty throughout the trip.
Leisurely tours are ideal for those in pursuit of a relaxed adventure amidst stunning landscapes, without the challenge of covering long distances or tackling rough terrains. These journeys typically cover 30-50 km each day, with an elevation gain of up to 500m. This allows plenty of pauses to relish the scenic vistas, enjoy local delicacies, and explore charming villages and towns along the way.
Moderate bike tours are tailored for those seeking a beautiful blend of scenic trails and a dash of challenge. Generally covering 50-80 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 1000m, these tours traverse enchanting landscapes and delightful villages, featuring a mix of flat and rolling terrains. They not only provide ample chances to stop and explore but also ensure a satisfying cycling workout.
Challenging bike tours are meant for experienced cyclists eager to push their limits. Spanning 80-120 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 2000m, these tours entail tackling steep ascents and demanding terrains. Though these tours require a high level of fitness and endurance, the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day, coupled with breathtaking views, makes the endeavor thoroughly rewarding.
We are devoted to discovering the ideal match for you. We collaborate with numerous lodging providers who meet our standards, although their availability may fluctuate, especially during peak demand times. Furthermore, we can customize your vacation to align with your preferences and budget, ensuring we identify the most fitting choice for your needs.
We advise booking your tour at the earliest opportunity, especially for popular tourist destinations with limited lodging availability. Prime choices often get snapped up for the summer before spring even arrives.
Addressing dietary preferences can vary based on their complexity. In Portugal, vegetarian options are generally available, but finding vegan meals might be more challenging in rural areas or smaller towns. Notably, lunch stops are often at traditional eateries which may not cater to special dietary needs beyond their standard menu. Keep this in consideration as you plan your adventure.
The ideal cycling season in Portugal stretches from mid-April to mid-October. In elevated regions like the Serra da Estrela, it’s preferable to cycle from mid-May to September.
Tours in Portugal can continue in light rain with the appropriate clothing. Summer frequently witnesses afternoon thunderstorms, making early tour starts recommended. If challenging weather conditions are expected, we’ll strive to adjust the tour beforehand.
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