Bike Tour in Minho: The Green Cradle of Portugal

Bike Tour in Minho: The Green Cradle of Portugal

Cycling the camino, the Way of St James: A bike tour in the Camino of Santiago de Compostela from Porto, in the central path.
A bike tour fit for beginner and intermediate bike touring enthusiasts, in the cradle of Portugal: the Minho region. Ride by marked, easy macadam trails alongside luscious green landscape, from the Lima and Vez Rivers to the Atlantic Ocean, rediscovering the traces of early Portuguese history, from the 12th century on. Relaxing in former Manor Houses, now refurbished as charming hotels, you’ll ride along the Vez and Lima Rivers, in Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez, nearby the Peneda Geres National park, towards the sea, discovering the historical centres of Viana do Castelo, Caminha and Valença, while tasting the trademark green wines, gastronomy and millennial old history of this region.

Riding by the Lima river, you’ll reach Ponte de Lima, the oldest “vila” or village, in Portugal, founded in the 12th century and best known by its Roman and Medieval bridge – a small town, which has much to offer in terms of culture, gastronomy and local wines, as this region is renowned by its typical Green wine.

Arriving to the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll get to visit Viana do Castelo, with the ever present Santa Luzia Sanctuary overlooking this piscatorial city – explore it’s historical Centre by the sea and enjoy the fresh fish and seafood of the region.

From Viana, you’ll start riding by the Atlantic Ecopista, which is also a marked trail that is part of the Camino de Santiago, so you get to ride by the “Camino Português”, a pilgrimage route that started in the 9th Century with the discovery, in Galiza, of the remains of St. James.

Arriving to Caminha you’ll get to see the Minho river, that serves as a natural border between Portugal and Galiza, in Northern Spain. Riding alongside the Minho river, by the Ecopista, you’ll reach Valença, where you’ll get to visit and stay for the night inside this 17th century fortress overlooking Spain, where you should try the local “Alvarinho” wines.

Tour Details

Duration
7 DAYS
Bike type
Touring bike
Altimetry
200 m
Distance
28 › 35 km
Level
Beginner, Intermediate
Tour type
Guided, Premium, Self Guided
Arrival Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto

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Day to Day

A daily description of this bike tour

Highlights

 

Day1 - Bike tour in Minho - Transfer from Porto to Ponte da Barca. Optional loop (29km,  390 meters accumulated height)

At the scheduled time pick-up at Porto airport, and transfer to Ponte da Barca. Check-in at “Quinta da Prova” Manor House or Tempus Hotel & SPA ( included in the "premium" option) where you’ll be staying for the next few days, exploring Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez regions. If you arrive early, we suggest going for a loop ride by the luscious green margins of the Lima and Vez river, exploring the historical buildings of the region. Night at Quinta da Prova (upgrade to superior room in Premium option).

Night in Ponte da Barca, at Quinta da Prova Manor House  (upgraded room included in the "premium" option)

Day 2- Bike tour in Minho - Ponte da Barca - Arcos de Valdevez loop ( 29km,  390 meters accumulated height or 49km, 600 meters accumulated height )

Breakfast at your hotel, after which you can opt from three different rides, with different difficulty levels. You can choose from a 28km loop ride by the Northern bank of the Vez and Lima river, leading you to the historical Centre of Arcos de Valdevez, or extend the ride up to 49km, by the Ecopista of the Vez river. You can also opt for a tougher alternative, riding up to Soajo, to view the typical granite Espigueiros, to get a taste of the Peneda-Geres National Park. Riding back to Ponte da Barca, make sure you take your time to marvel at the local manor houses, 12th century Portuguese architecture and taste the local green wines and typical gastronomy of the region.

Night in Ponte da Barca, at Quinta da Prova Manor House (upgraded room included in the "premium" option)

Day 3- Bike tour in Minho - Ponte da Barca - Ponte de Lima (Paço de Calheiros) – ( 29km, 400 meters accumulated height )

Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Today you’ll start your ride towards west, following the south section of the Lima river and through its marked trails. These are soft riverside macadam trails, with no climbs, that’ll lead you to Ponte de Lima, the oldest “vila” in Portugal, founded in the 12th century, where its Medieval bridge marks the landscape – a small town, which we recommend for lunch, and with much to offer in terms of culture, gastronomy and local wines. Cross the bridge to ride upwards, to Paço de Calheiros Manor House – the climb will lead you to a 13 acres estate with its very own manor house and vineyards, and where you’ll be greeted by the Count of Calheiros himself. Night at Paço de Calheiros (upgrade to superior room in Premium option).

Night  in Ponte de Lima, at Paço de Calheiros Manor House (upgrade to superior room in Premium option)

Day 4- Bike tour in Minho - Ponte de Lima - Viana do Castelo ( 35km , 200 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Ride down south, back to the margins of the Lima river – today, you’ll be heading towards the sea! After reaching Ponte de Lima, ride West, by the south bank of the Lima river, until you reach Viana do Castelo - another day with no big inclines. Crossing the river to Viana do Castelo, you’ll be able to see the monumental Santa Luzia sanctuary that looks over the city. The historical city Centre of Viana is really worth exploring and has great options for lunch. Check in at Casa do Ameal Manor House for the night or choose to climb a bit more up to Pousada de Viana do Castelo (upgrade to Pousada de Viana do Castelo in Premium option), for a privileged view over the city.

Night in Viana do Castelo: Casa do Ameal Manor House or Pousada de Viana do Castelo ( included in "Premium" option)

Day 5- Bike tour in Minho - Viana – Caminha ( 35km, 200 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Today you’ll head North, but first you’ll ride by Viana’s beautiful city Centre, discovering its Fort, Nossa senhora da Agonia church, before reaching the Atlantic Ecopista, which is a part of the “Camino de Santiago”. This is an ocean side marked trail with no technical difficulties, that’ll lead you to Vila Praia de Âncora and then to Caminha. You’ll ride by macadam trails, backroads and boardwalks by the beautiful beaches of northern Portugal, crossing pine tree forests and some ancient pathways. Take the time to visit the lovely Centre of Caminha, as you’ll be staying in  “Design & Wine hotel" (upgrade to superior room in "Premium" option), in Caminha's historical centre.

Night in Caminha, at Design & Wine Hotel (upgrade to superior room in "Premium" option)

Day 6- Bike tour in Minho - Caminha - Valença, noite Pousada Valença (32km, 264 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Leaving the ocean behind, you’ll ride by the Northern bank of the Minho river, overlooking Spain across the border as you ride along the Ecopista towards Valença. No technical difficulties as you’ll ride mainly by a marked pathway alongside the river, towards Vila Nova de Cerveira – its quaint Centre is worth a visit and a stop at a local cafe – and then towards Valença do Minho, marked by its medieval fortress, which you should dedicate some time to explore. You’ll check in at Pousada de Valença (upgrade to superior room in Premium option), located inside the fortress overlooking Spain and Tui –make sure to try the “Alvarinho” wines from the region.

Hotel in Valença, at Pousada Valença (upgrade to superior room in Premium option)

 

Day 7- Bike tour in Minho - Transfer to Porto

Breakfast and check-out of your hotel. If you feel like riding some more, go for a short loop up to Spain, to visit Tui’s historical city Centre, before being transferred back to Porto at the scheduled time.

 

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Self-guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 2 guests

Guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests

Premium

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels ( or superior rooms), in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Rental of a Road, Touring or MTB bike (Scott Addict 20 or Scott Aspect 930), helmet and spares;
Detailed briefing, bike fit and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour;
Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the rides
Second guide riding with the group an all daily guided cycling tours, always adapted to your pace;*
Luggage transfer between hotels
Nutrition, hydration and snacks during our rides;
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Access to the Live Love Ride app, that you can use to navigate and explore the best this tour has to offer
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Live Love Ride Jersey
Live Love Ride full cycling kit ( jersey, bib short, cap and Scicon rain bag
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences during the tour

Prices

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

Per guest
1390€ per guest
1990€ per guest
2890€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
150€
150€
150€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo riders)
500€
500€
750€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€
300€
Already included in price

Add-ons

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

Half-Board - 6 dinners (at the hotel in the "self-guided" option, drinks not included)
270€
(at your hotel)
270€
270€
Full-Board - lunch and dinner at select restaurants (drinks not included)
Not available
540€
540€
Upgrade to E-bike
150€
150€
150€
Ride along guide
2100€ (per group)
2100€ (per group)

Discounts

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

For non cycling guests ( does not apply to add-ons)
not available
20% discount
20% discount
Children up to 10 y/old
35% discount
35% discount
35% discount
Children from 10 to 14 y/old
25% discount
35% discount
35% discount
children from 14 to 17 y/old
20% discount
35% discount
35% discount

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@liveloveride.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Ride.

Group Tours

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why Live Love Ride?

GO PRIVATE OR CUSTOMIZE THIS RIDE
EXPERTLY GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS
HIGH-END BIKES AND GEAR
MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE, TRANSFER & VEHICLE SUPPORT
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY RIDER TYPE AND NEED
DISCOUNTS ON ALL OPEN DATES
Private rides:

If you are looking for a different, exclusive experience, you can make this ride private for your group. Just choose any open trip date, get your group together and contact us to know the private trip listing.

Customized rides

If you represent a group and want to schedule a different date than the ones listed, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us for more information.
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of portuguese tourist guides and bike riders, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

For the last five years, our team has been involved in the making of over 200 bike-related events in Portugal, from Granfondos to casual mountain bike rides, throughout the country. We are seasoned travelers and riders, able to tap into our local knowledge to provide great experiences to our guests.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides and riders. We make sure our guests’ cycling holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
We operate with high end bicycles, be it road or mountain bikes. All our bikes are in excellent condition, of the current year and regularly reviewed by our mechanics. Our road bike and mountain bike fleet for 2015 is composed of carbon frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict

On the road, you will be riding a Addict - a lightweight and comfortable carbon bike, designed to help you on the climbs and keep. Our Addict bikes come equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra kit, for great performance.
Scott Addict
Mountain or touring - Scott Aspect or Spark 930

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 930 or a Spark ( depending on availability and if terrain conditions require so). These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better raction and comfort. They are perfect for short or long distance rides and even for technical trails, and come equipped with Shimano components for the best cycling experience. For touring bikes, we change the MTB tires of the Scott Aspect 930 for more rolling, thinner bike tires, to make it more adjustable to the terrain you'd be riding in.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930
E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930

As an option, you might require an E-bike to assist on your tour. Our E-bike fleet is composed of E-Scale 930 bike model, equipped with 500W Bosch batteries, that will allow you to go great distances and with 250W Bosch motors, to assist you during the toughest climbs! These aluminum framed Scott bikes come equiped with front suspension with lockout. Optionally, they can be equipped with touring tires, in case it's better adepted to your tour of choice.
Scott E-Scale 930
The models of the bikes for your tour might not be the ones here depicted, according to availability. All our bikes are perfectly maintained and are fitted to every rider on your first experience with us. If you have a special bicycle request, please feel free to contact us.We also have an E-bike fleet available, if you or your family members feel the need for extra-assistance during the rides.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 510 GPS device, so you can record and upload all your rides.
RIDE SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES

In our cycling holidays, you’ll be accompanied by our always present staff and vehicles. They will provide for all the services you need for the best biking experience in Portugal.

At your service, you’ll have a fleet of premium equipped vehicles with several amenities for your comfort.

/Mechanical assistance during the bike tours;
/Luggage and bike transfer between hotels;
/Transfer to and from hotels/airports;
/Premium passenger transport and assistance during the rides, at your disposal;

Bike touring at it's best!
AFTER A GREAT DAY IN THE SADDLE, IT'S TIME TO RELAX.

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your bike tour.

/ Acess to the best SPAs;
/ Free time for sightseeing;
/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your cycling holidays Portugal!
CYCLING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your cycling holidays, our staff may contact you to ask for further details to better design a bike tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different riding experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" riders, we provide additional cycling challenges. On the other hand we invite all our guests to simply hop into our premium equipped vans if they feel so or just enjoy a recovery day without using their bike.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I ride my bike on a regular basis, for fitness, commuting or out with friends. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges on my bike, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere during group rides.
You will get to ride at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our premium van if you so desire or, you can challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to ride in a peloton with like-minded people and always accompanied by our guides. If you want an extra "help" on your rides, you can also request an e-bike.

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Riding is a great part of my life, and I ride my bike regularly with my friends. I am comfortable with rides of 2 to 3 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles or just ride smoothly in a peloton.
You will get to feel different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to rolling along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, gain speed in the descents and also push yourself and climb those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, riding in a peloton and pushing a little harder just before the stop at the café.

3 EXPERT

/ I ride my bike an average of 100 kilometres or more per week and enjoy a fast paced ride for an extended period of time. I love to train, improve and be challenged by other riders. I enjoy all riding experiences, from big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories.
You’ll get to ride in a peloton along with your peers but also challenge them on the long climbs. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Cycling holidays Portugal for all.
Enjoy discounts on all our guided, open date tours*

/ From 1 to 4 riders, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 5 to 8 riders, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ For more than 9 riders, 10% discount for guests;

Join a guided tour with other riders on our open dates and enjoy these special discounts

* discounts are not accumulated with other discounts, or tour supplements.
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Self-guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 2 guests
from 1390€ per person
click to see what's included

Guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 1990€ per person
click to see what's included

Premium

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 2890€ per person
click to see what's included

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why Live Love Ride?

GO PRIVATE OR CUSTOMIZE THIS RIDE

Private rides:

If you are looking for a different, exclusive experience, you can make this ride private for your group. Just choose any open trip date, get your group together and contact us to know the private trip listing.

Customized rides

If you represent a group and want to schedule a different date than the ones listed, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us for more information.

EXPERTLY GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of portuguese tourist guides and bike riders, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

For the last five years, our team has been involved in the making of over 200 bike-related events in Portugal, from Granfondos to casual mountain bike rides, throughout the country. We are seasoned travelers and riders, able to tap into our local knowledge to provide great experiences to our guests.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides and riders. We make sure our guests’ cycling holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

HIGH-END BIKES AND GEAR

We operate with high end bicycles, be it road or mountain bikes. All our bikes are in excellent condition, of the current year and regularly reviewed by our mechanics. Our road bike and mountain bike fleet for 2015 is composed of carbon frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict

On the road, you will be riding a Addict - a lightweight and comfortable carbon bike, designed to help you on the climbs and keep. Our Addict bikes come equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra kit, for great performance.
Scott Addict
Mountain or touring - Scott Aspect or Spark 930

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 930 or a Spark ( depending on availability and if terrain conditions require so). These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better raction and comfort. They are perfect for short or long distance rides and even for technical trails, and come equipped with Shimano components for the best cycling experience. For touring bikes, we change the MTB tires of the Scott Aspect 930 for more rolling, thinner bike tires, to make it more adjustable to the terrain you'd be riding in.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930
E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930

As an option, you might require an E-bike to assist on your tour. Our E-bike fleet is composed of E-Scale 930 bike model, equipped with 500W Bosch batteries, that will allow you to go great distances and with 250W Bosch motors, to assist you during the toughest climbs! These aluminum framed Scott bikes come equiped with front suspension with lockout. Optionally, they can be equipped with touring tires, in case it's better adepted to your tour of choice.
Scott E-Scale 930
The models of the bikes for your tour might not be the ones here depicted, according to availability. All our bikes are perfectly maintained and are fitted to every rider on your first experience with us. If you have a special bicycle request, please feel free to contact us.We also have an E-bike fleet available, if you or your family members feel the need for extra-assistance during the rides.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 510 GPS device, so you can record and upload all your rides.

MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE, TRANSFER & VEHICLE SUPPORT

RIDE SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES

In our cycling holidays, you’ll be accompanied by our always present staff and vehicles. They will provide for all the services you need for the best biking experience in Portugal.

At your service, you’ll have a fleet of premium equipped vehicles with several amenities for your comfort.

/Mechanical assistance during the bike tours;
/Luggage and bike transfer between hotels;
/Transfer to and from hotels/airports;
/Premium passenger transport and assistance during the rides, at your disposal;

Bike touring at it's best!

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY RIDER TYPE AND NEED

CYCLING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your cycling holidays, our staff may contact you to ask for further details to better design a bike tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different riding experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" riders, we provide additional cycling challenges. On the other hand we invite all our guests to simply hop into our premium equipped vans if they feel so or just enjoy a recovery day without using their bike.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I ride my bike on a regular basis, for fitness, commuting or out with friends. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges on my bike, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere during group rides.
You will get to ride at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our premium van if you so desire or, you can challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to ride in a peloton with like-minded people and always accompanied by our guides. If you want an extra "help" on your rides, you can also request an e-bike.

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Riding is a great part of my life, and I ride my bike regularly with my friends. I am comfortable with rides of 2 to 3 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles or just ride smoothly in a peloton.
You will get to feel different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to rolling along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, gain speed in the descents and also push yourself and climb those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, riding in a peloton and pushing a little harder just before the stop at the café.

3 EXPERT

/ I ride my bike an average of 100 kilometres or more per week and enjoy a fast paced ride for an extended period of time. I love to train, improve and be challenged by other riders. I enjoy all riding experiences, from big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories.
You’ll get to ride in a peloton along with your peers but also challenge them on the long climbs. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Cycling holidays Portugal for all.

DISCOUNTS ON ALL OPEN DATES

Enjoy discounts on all our guided, open date tours*

/ From 1 to 4 riders, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 5 to 8 riders, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ For more than 9 riders, 10% discount for guests;

Join a guided tour with other riders on our open dates and enjoy these special discounts

* discounts are not accumulated with other discounts, or tour supplements.
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

European Offices

Live Love Ride
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 311
1950-421
Lisbon - Portugal

Monday to Friday
09AM to 06PM
Telephone: 00351 217 590 365
Email: ridewithus @ liveloveride.pt 

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