TOURING Lima and Minho bike tour

Bike along the outskirts of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, follow the Lima river towards the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy beautiful landscapes passing by. Continue biking along coastal hamlets, fortresses and small fishing ports. This is a journey rich in colors and sensations.

7 days/6 nights


  • Ancient little town Ponte da Barca and the river Lima
  • The picturesque mountain village of Sistelo, known as the "little Tibet" of Northern Portugal
  • Ponte de Lima, the oldest city of Portugal 
  • The protected landscapes of Lagoas de Bertiandos and Sao Pedro de Arcos
  • The coastal harbor town of Viana do Castelo
  • Beaches at the fishing hamlet Vila Praia de Ancora 
  • Beautiful Caminha and the Minho river, border between Spain and Portugal
  • Valença
  • Wine tasting




This bike tour will lead you along the most beautiful places of Northern Portugal. Starting at the outskirts of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, passing by the Atlantic and ending by the Minho river, you will not have to tackle a lot of hight meters.  Day 2 and day 5 are the most demanding. The routes consist of a combination of cycle paths along the rivers and the ocean, and beautiful rural roads. 

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.

Pricing and options

This price is always subject to availability. It can also vary according to personal wishes, extra services, changes in the itinerary, amount of participants, type of accommodation and so on. Only the confirmed price on your definite order form is valid. Please contact YŪGEN tours to request a personalized itinerary and quote according to your personal wishes. 

You can always contact us by email at However, it is recommended to fill out the YŪGEN compass in case you like a personal travel plan. The compass helps you to show us what your holiday should be like and at the same time provides you several images, inspiration and possibilities. There is also space to write down any question you may have or additional information you would like to give us. 

The YŪGEN compass

Use our compass to let us know what kind of holiday you would like and let us guide you in the right direction. Together we will create your custom-made itinerary which fits your style and wishes.



Rental car

You are free to book with any supplier of your choice. Several companies are present at both Porto and Lisbon airports. Or you can book directly with our preferred supplier through the link below. Please contact us first to check availability for your travel itinerary with the desired accommodations and other service providers before booking a car.

Important information

Best time to travel

This tour is available from March to October. Best time to travel is spring and September as the weather is normally excellent. During summer months it may get hot and crowdy, especially in August.

Travel insurance

  • It is aways recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering for cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation. Always check the specific conditions and coverage of your insurance policy, especially when participating in more adventurous activities.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance.

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician.
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information

Travel documentation

  • If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire at the embassy in your country. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:
  • A valid Belgian identity card or an international passport. 
  • A visa is not required.
  • Children need their own identity card. Within the Schengen Zone it is recommended to bring a copy of the passport of the parent which does not accompany the other parent and the minor during the trip, as well as a document of consent of the non-traveling parent. This can prevent delays.
  • Belgian citizens should consult the website of the Federal government for all travel related advise:


  • Flights are not included in the price of the tour. You are free to choose your flight dates, route, price and airline company if you wish to fly to Portugal.
  • If you opt for flights with a stopover or transfer in the United States of America, please note that you must complete a VISA WAIVER. You can do this up to a minimum of 72 hours before arrival, and this on the website of ESTA (link is external). The permission is valid for 2 years and costs approximately 14 USD per person.
  • Before booking your flights, please contact YŪGEN tours first to check if our local partners are not fully booked on the desired dates.
  • The closest international airport to our suggested trips is Porto's Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

Drive and self-drive tours

If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire in your country of nationality. Travelers from the Netherlands can consult the website of ANWB. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:

  • Your identity card and drivers license should be sufficient. In case of renting a car, do check the specific regulations of the rental company. Often a credit card is required to be able to rent a car and you need to be in possession of a drivers license during a certain amount of time already and/or a minimum age may apply.
  • More information on driving in Portugal and regulations can be found here:
  • Please note that there are several toll roads in Portugal. Rental companies offer different solutions. On some highways you can pay in cash, but some are fully electronic and you need a special device to use them. Car rental companies can provide the device against an additional cost. Dutch speaking travelers can consult In case of renting a car always consult the car rental company.
  • Several car rental companies are present at Porto Airport. Cars can also be rented in Viana do Castelo, according to availability.

Feel free to contact YŪGEN tours for more information and assistance. We will be more than happy to assist.