DAY 1 Ponte da Barca
Your adventure starts in Ponte da Barca, where you can walk through the historical center and along the river Lima.
Accommodation in hotel Fonte Velha.
For travelers arriving by plain in Porto Airport, a shuttle or private transfer from the airport to Ponte da Barca can be arranged at an additional cost.
DAY 2 Ponte da Barca - Sistelo - Ponte da Barca: 28 km
Today you will bike along the river Vez to the amazing mountain village of Sistelo, known as the "Little Tibet" of Portugal. This picturesque village is surrounded by terraced hills with old ladies dressed in black herding sheep, cobble stoned and rural hiking trails. The beautiful image of this village and its surroundings will stay in your memory for a very long time.
Today there are more height meters than on the days to come, so we have foreseen a transfer back from Sistelo. This way you will also have time to discover this pretty village and surroundings. There are several hiking paths of different length starting in Sistelo.
Distance: 28 km I +480/-230 I Terrain: a combination of bicycle paths, rural and sand roads, tarmac, forest roads and bitumen.
Accommodation: same as day 1, in Hotel Fonte Velha in Ponte da Barca.
DAY 3 Ponte da Barca - Ponte de Lima & Lagoas de Bertiandos: 34 km
From Ponte da Barca you will cycle through the Lima Valley, following the Lima river, passing forests and fields. Ponte de Lima is the oldest town of Portugal. The old bridge, leading from the Lima river to the historic center dominates the view and brings you right back to Roman times. You need to pass by the beautiful protected zone of Lagoas de Bertiandos.
Distance: 34 km I +130/-152 I Terrain: Bicycle paths, combination of asphalt and sand
Accommodation: hotel Império do Norte in Ponte da Lima (***), breakfast included
DAY 4 Ponte de Lima - Viana do Castelo - Vila praia de Âncora: 46 km
Today you will bike from Ponte de Lima to the Atlantic Coast. Here you can visit the beautiful town of Viana do Castelo. Viana do Castelo is the place where captains embarked and set sail to discover new horizons. The Gil Eannes ship, that served as a hospital ship, is now open for visits. The historical center of the town is dotted with interesting musea, narrow streets and trendy new bars and restaurants by the river. From the hilltop with the Santa Lucia church you get an amazing view of the surroundings.
It will be hard to leave Viana but the second part of the route today will lead you along the beautiful coast to the also very charming Vila Praia de Âncora.
Distance: 46 km I +95/-98 I Terrain: Bicycle paths with a combinations of asphalt and forest.
Accommodation: Hotel Meira (****) in Vila praia de Âncora. Breakfast included.
Day 5 The valley of Âncora: 22 km
A more relaxing day allows you to discover the charming Minho culture and the valley of Âncora, named after its river. Green fields dominate the rural landscape. As the sun sets, the day ends with a typical Vinho Verde wine tasting.
Distance: 22 km I +370/-370 I Terrain: bicycle paths consisting of asphalt and sand roads
Accommodation: Hotel Meira, as on day 4. Breakfast included.
DAY 6 Vila praia de Âncora - Caminha -Vila Nova de Cerveira - Valença: 40 km
Leaving Vila praia de Âncora this morning, you will follow a part of the St. James Way along the coast in the direction of Santiago de Compostela. At the coastal village of Caminha you will start following the Minho river which forms the border with Galicia in Spain. Passing small fishing villages and fortresses, you will finally reach the city of Valença.
Distance: 40 km I +89/-46 I Terrain: bicycle paths and asphalt.
Accommodation in Valença in Hotel Lara. Breakfast included.
Day 7 Departure day or extension
This morning your biking adventure through Northern Portugal comes to an end in Valença.
On request we can arrange shuttle or private transportation to Porto or Santiago de Compostela. We can also arrange extensions.
Please contact YŪGEN tours to make pre or post tour arrangements. We will be more than happy to assist in creating your memorable journey.