The Way of St. James - The Coast Route "easy"

7 Days | 6 nights
1/5 Easy to moderate
238 KM

North of Portugal Bike tour

Cycling in the oldest Village of Portugal along the river side and the sea



The Cycle Trail of Minho River was ranked as the fourth best 2009 trail in Europe. That alone showcases all the amazing Portuguese landscapes, rivers and seaside views which you will be enjoying during this trip. Cycle trough World Heritage villages, vineyards, farmed land, beaches, historical towns, going down the country in the direction of the mighty city of Porto.

The Minho River is also the perfect excuse for relaxing in the north of the country. Explore the trails and the Portuguese villages along this border river and its main highlights. The Minho River flows along 300 km. It serves as a natural border between Portugal and Spain, travelling the entire way across Melgaço and its mouth in Caminha.

Taste the worldwide known gastronomy. Enjoy the delicious corn bread, sausages, codfish, lamprey, trout and shad, cooked in many traditional ways. For those who enjoy good meat, you can’t miss out on the famous “sarrabulho” porridge and the seasoned pieces of pork. Relish on the regional wines that the country couldn't go without. This will surely enrich your trip and give you the desire to come back and discover more of Portugal!



Route description:

  • Flat route. Some short climbs in beginning of the 1st day and in the last day, entering in the city of Porto.
  • 40 % bike lanes and wood walkways and 15% smooth dirt roads. Some coubblestones roads and 10 % paved secondary roads with low traffic.

Itinerary:


Day 1 – Melgaço

Day 2 – Melgaço - Valença ( 43 km )

Day 3 – Valença – Viana do Castelo ( 55 km)

Day 4 – Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima ( 25 km)

Day 5 - Ponte de Lima – Esposende ( 55 km)

Day 6 – Esposende – Porto (60km)

Day 7 - Departure



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Route classification: Easy

Estimated KM: 152 km and 1894 m of cumulative gap climbs

Day 1: Melgaço

Day 2: Melgaço – Valença (43 km)

Day 3: Valença – Caminha (30 km)

Day 4: Caminha – Viana do Castelo (25 Km)

Day 5: Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima (26 Km)

Day 6: Ponte de Lima – Ponte da Barca ( 18 Km; estended track to Arcos de Valdevez 28 km)

Day 7: Departure


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Day 1: Reception at Porto and transfer to Melgaço
The cycling trip starts in Melgaço, a city in the north of Portugal, on the banks of the Minho River. It is a small, beautiful and historical town, overseen by the tower of Homage, located high up in the old medieval area. It overviews the beautiful Minho valley, filled with vineyards that surround Melgaço and the nearby Peneda Geres park. Today you will also be meeting our local partner, including a tour presentation and explanation.
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Day 2: Melgaço – Valença, (43 km) plus an extra track to Tui (6 km)
Melgaço is alongside the Minho River. Famous for its beautiful landscape, history, gastronomy and also for producing the well-known and much appreciated green wine caste, “Alvarinho”.Every year this city organizes the “Festa do Alvarinho e do Fumeiro”, a huge event which is nationally and internationally known. This event showcases the local gastronomy (like the Alvarinho green wine) and many other local handmade crafts. Advancing to Monção, where the valleys are conducive to the practice of agriculture and viticulture, it is possible to find several archaeological finds that testify to a past filled with traces of the passage of different communities through these lands. The city of Valença is a historical town in the north of Portugal. It is located right on the border with Spain, separated by the beautiful Minho River, and surrounded by ramparts atop a hill, boasting a long defensive look.
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Day 3: Valença – Viana do Castelo, 37 mi. (60 km)
Leaving Valença, continue along with the Minho river. One of today's destination is Caminha, a fortified town where several battles were fought between Portugal and Spain. Standing on a tiny island in the middle of the estuary are the ruins of the fort of Ínsua, built as a defensive measure concerning the entrance in the river during the XVth century. Nowadays there is a daily ferry-boat linking the two banks of the river between the countries. This city is also very well-known for its natural and green heritage: the sightseeing areas, waterfalls, beaches, camping parks and the “Modelo” beach (a favorite destination of famous people in Portugal). The midday stop is Vila Nova de Cerveira, the 'Village of the Arts'. The city became, after 1978, the meeting point of artists from all over the world. Cycle alongside the coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and you’ll reach Viana do Castelo. The city is one of the most beautiful seaside cities of the north of Portugal. Viana held a huge importance to Portugal in the Age of the Portuguese Discoveries and later on with the cod fish fishing. This city has a huge tradition and connection with the sea, with the fisherman proudly showcasing it nowadays, mainly during the great festivity of “Nossa Senhora da Agonia”. It was also here that the ships were built and later deployed to Brazil, India, Africa and other Portuguese colonies, during the XVth and XVIth centuries.
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Day 4: Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima, 16 mi. (25 km)
Leaving Viana, the cycling will be back to the interior of Portugal, with the beautiful Lima River alongside. The destination is now Ponte de Lima, a city recognized as world heritage and stands as the ultimate North of Portugal in all its rusticity and scenic beauty. This land is full of history and is located in the former Braga-Tui military road. It is the oldest Portuguese village, since 1125 when it was granted charter. Its bridge, over the river Lima, built by the Romans in the 1st century, has always been a place of passage for the pilgrims who were going to Santiago. Ponte de Lima is the cradle of Housing Tourism, of the “Loureiro” variety that distinguishes the “Vinho Verde” and the Rice of “Sarrabulho” appreciated in the most faraway places in the world.
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Day 5: Ponte de Lima - Esposende, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today is a day to get to know the south bank of the river Lima for about 25 km. Then we will begin our journey heading to Esposende, a seaside city located in the North. During this day, you will be overwhelmed with seaside landscapes and small “Portuguese rivieras” until you reach Esposende, a city from the Middle Ages. Neiva river and its clear waters, green pine forest of Ofir and the stunning views that offer different viewpoints of Esposende, are just some of the interesting features of the county in which the richness of the natural landscape and heritage built by human hand, as is the case of windmills, fields in the trough, the forts and mills, are combined in a unique harmony, forming landscapes of high scenic and environmental value and confirms Esposende as one of the most beautiful counties in the North region.
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Day 6: Esponsende - Porto, 41 mi. (65 km)
During the last day, you will be overwhelmed with seaside landscapes and small “Portuguese rivieras” until you reach Porto. You will have a chance to meet a huge variety of fishing villages, like Póvoa de Varzim, where you can experience ancient traditions linked to the fish exploration as well as tasting this famous gastronomy. In Vila do Conde, you’ll know why these Portuguese coastal cities were so important during the “el dorado” of the Portuguese Discoveries.
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Luggage shuttling
Porto Airport Transfers
Trains or Bus Tickets to Porto
Van Support
GPS With route per booking
Bike rent
Guide
Mechanical Assistance
5 lunches
5 Dinners
Personal Accident Insurance
Liability Insurance
6 Nights / 7 Days ( price per person)
July, August and September Prices
Min. Participants
Trains or Bus Tickets
Self Guided bikeTour
1360
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets to Porto
Yes
Van Support
No
GPS With route per booking
Yes
Bike rent
yes
Guide
No
Mechanical Assistance
No
5 lunches
No
5 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
No
Liability Insurance
No
6 Nights / 7 Days ( price per person)
1.360 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 100 €
Min. Participants
2
Guided Biketour
1669
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
yes
Porto Airport Transfers
yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
yes
Van Support
yes
GPS With route per booking
yes
Bike rent
yes
Guide
yes
Mechanical Assistance
yes
5 lunches
yes
5 Dinners
yes
Personal Accident Insurance
yes
Liability Insurance
yes
6 Nights / 7 Days ( price per person)
1.669
July, August and September Prices
+ 100 €
Min. Participants
2
Guided Biketour plus *
2210
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
yes
Porto Airport Transfers
yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
yes
Van Support
yes
GPS With route per booking
yes
Bike rent
yes
Guide
yes
Mechanical Assistance
yes
5 lunches
yes
5 Dinners
yes
Personal Accident Insurance
yes
Liability Insurance
yes
6 Nights / 7 Days ( price per person)
2.210
July, August and September Prices
+ 100 €
Min. Participants
2

Observations:

  • Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
  • Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends

Extras

  • Electric bicycles price: 175€
  • Suplement for single room: 329 €
  • Solo traveler: 200 €
  • Extra nights: on request

**Observations:** * Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room; * Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends **Extras** * Electric bicycles price: 175€ * Suplement for single room: 329 € * Solo traveler: 200 € * Extra nights: on request

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