Portugal & Spain Bike Tour

Minho Grape Escape

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Shared by Portugal and Spain, the lush countryside of the Minho river valley stretches all the way to the Atlantic coast. Our tour explores Portugal’s wine country, where terraced hillsides strung sky-high with grapevines are interspersed with sleepy red-tile-roofed villages and colorful market towns. Crossing the Rio Minho into Spain, we'll cycle through the verdant Galician countryside to the seaside resort of Baiona. A grand finale ride spins past wild horses, mystical Celtic ruins, and the sparking Atlantic. We’ll spend our nights in Spanish paradors and Portuguese manor houses, including an award-winning wine estate. Along the way, we’ll toast our travels with the local wines, including the Minho's crisp vinhos verdes. Saúde! Salud! Cheers!

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  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
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  • What's Included
  • Spectacular cycling though Portugal’s vinho verde wine country and Spain's Galician coast
  • Peak of the fall grape harvest
  • Terraced landscape of the Rio Lima and Rio Vez valleys
  • Tour and dine in a vinho verde winery
  • Bike through Peneda-Geręs, Portugal’s only national park
  • Celtic ruins at Monte Santa Tecla
  • Paella feast in Baiona
  • Historic accommodations in pousadas, manor houses, and a Spanish parador

Day 1: Late morning transfer from Oporto Airport to our four-star pousada in Viana do Castelo. Welcome reception on the terrace, whose view overlooking the city has been called one of the world’s finest panoramas. An optional warm-up ride explores the forested hillsides of Monte Santa Luzia. Tonight’s welcome dinner features specialties of the region. (0 or 6 mi.)

Day 2: Roman bridges lead through pastoral countryside to historic Ponte de Lima for lunch. A bi-weekly Monday market has been held here along the banks of the Rio Lima since the year 1125! Afternoon ride follows the Rio Lima to Ponta da Barca for a two-night stay along the banks of the Rio Lima.(43 mi.)

Day 3: Pedal a spectacular backcountry loop through pine and eucalyptus forests, mountain villages, and the granite peaks of Peneda-Geręs, Portugal’s only national park. Lunch in Soajo, whose picturesque espigueiros (granite granaries) have been declared a National Monument. Return through the Rio Lima valley or take a challenging side trip to a rustic shepherds’ village. (30, 38, or 49 mi.)

Day 4: Rewarding vistas of terraced valleys and distant mountains, before descending to the town of Monçăo, on the Rio Minho and Spanish border. On the main square, look for the statue of local heroine Deu-la-Deu Martins, whose baking skills saved the besieged town from the Spanish in 1368. Our country estate boasts its own award-winning winery, where we’ll tour, taste, and dine this evening. (32 or 56 mi.)

Day 5: Visit the colorful street market in Valença do Minho or tour the Gothic cathedral in Tui, Spain, just across the Eiffel-designed international bridge. A climb through Mount Aloia Nature Reserve leads to a picnic lunch with bird’s-eye views of the Atlantic. Descend to the coast for a paella feast and two-night stay in Baiona, Spain, where our luxurious parador looks out to sea from the heights of Monterreal Fortress. (32 mi.)

Day 6: Free day to explore Baiona’s harborfront and beaches, or bike along the Atlantic coast. Our seaside ride explores the forested wilderness of Chan de Lagoa and the mystical stone ruins of Monte Santa Tecla, a 2,500-year-old Celtic settlement. An oceanfront bike path returns to Baiona past rocky headlands and stone walls reminiscent of Ireland. (0, 37, 42, or 50 mi.)

Day 7:Morning transfer south to Oporto Airport for mid-afternoon departures or onward travel.

"The thing that sets Easy Rider Tours apart from the rest is the careful attention to local history and culture."
- S.D., Washington

“Most striking about our trip was the thoughtfulness with which routes, side trips, and accommodations were selected. Easy Rider’s generosity was abundant—particularly with respect to the tasty and much-enjoyed wines!”
– M.R. & N.C., New York

“The manor houses gave the feeling of going back in time. Each had its own charm and personality.”
– K.P., Colorado

“My first cycling holiday shared with my family has been a most wonderful experience. Portugal, with its Old World charm, awed us at every turn.”
– A.W., Australia

“The scenery and cycling were incredible, and the food and accommodations first-rate—a fabulous adventure!"
– C.K., Georgia

  • 6 nights accommodations in historic Portuguese manor houses, pousadas, and a Spanish parador (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 5 dinners with wine, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed Marin hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 128 to 188 miles
  • Two experienced, multilingual Portuguese guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Transfers from and returning to Oporto Airport at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included.
2018 Dates
Sep 23 - Sep 29

Price: US $3350 for 7 day/6 night.
Single supp: $600.
Optional E-Bike Rental: $150.

See Vineyards & Castles for a 12-day option.

Arrive/Depart
Oporto Airport / Oporto Airport

Activity Level: 2, 3, 4. Moderate to hilly terrain. Spectacular options for stronger riders.

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