Bike Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages and Estrela Natural Park

Bike Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages and Estrela Natural Park

SERRA DA ESTRELA - PORTUGAL
Bike tour by Estrela National Park, riding from one Portuguese Historical village to another, in search for the medieval castles, traditions and tastes of this special region. A gravel or road cycling tour for intermediate to experienced riders who wish to explore the special trails and backroads of the highest region of Portugal and its rich culture dating back to Pre-historic days. This is where the "Lusitans" stood up agains the romans, where you'll find 30.000 year old rock engravings, 12th century medieval castles and a cultural heritage to match this richness, from its wines and gastronomy to the "Burel" tapestry.

/ Ride a Gravel or Road bike to the top of Continental Portugal, conquering the "Torre" of Estrela Sierra and riding in stunning car-free roads;

/ Explore the 12th century castles of the Portuguese Historical villages of Belmonte, Linhares da Beira, Trancoso, Marialva and Castelo Rodrigo;

/ Ride to the Zézere's spring, descend by Glacial valleys and explore the natural fauna and flora of Estrela Natural park and Beira Alta;

/ Indulge in the flavours of the local gastronomy and wines, explore the ancient shepard culture, the "Burel" textiles and relax at handpicked charming hotels and SPA's;

Tour Details

Duration
7 days, 6 nights
Bike type
Road bike, E-bike
Altimetry
690 m, daily average
Distance
65 km, daily average
Level
Intermediate, Experienced
Tour type
Guided, Premium, Self Guided
Arrival Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto

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Type of Terrain: This tour can be done in either a Gravel or Road bike, as both options are available. Depending on which you choose from, you'll ride by macadam trails or backroads.

Hilly stages: Long climbs, with high gradients, and fast descents by the Estrela National Park. Climb all the way to the highest point of Continental Portugal.

Landscape: The Estrela National Park dominates the landscape, with its characteristic fauna and flora. You'll ride to Zézere river's spring, glacial valleys and Faia Brava natural reserva.

Day to Day

A daily description of this bike tour

Hightlights

 

Day 1: Arrival in Porto, Transfer to Covilhã

Pick up from your hotel or airport in Porto for a 2h30m transfer to Covilhã, by the Estrela Natural Park. Check-in at your charming hotel for the day, "Casa das Muralhas", a refurbished centenary property in Covilhã's historic center. After set up of the bikes and a private briefing to kick-off your tour, enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the hotel or walk wander by Covilhã's historical city center, exploring it's heritage.

Hotel – Casa das Muralhas ( upgrade to superior room in "premium" option)

Day 2: Covilhã - Belmonte - Penhas Douradas (68.72km, 1425 meters of accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of your ride, from Covilhã to Belmonte, rolling by the backroads or macadam trails for the first 20km by the Zêzere river, followed by a short but steep climb to Belmonte, one of 12 Portuguese Historical Villages. Climbing to the top, you'll be able to see Belmonte's 12th century old castle - a good opportunity for a coffee stop and to better understand this strategic point that formed a defensive line against Leoneans and Castelhanos, famous for being a home fo the Cabrais family, of which Pedro Álvares Cabral is the most famous, for having discovered Brazil. After Belmonte, tackle the trails of the GR22 or the road towards Sameiro - a steady, 20km climb, passing by "Valhelhas", towards "Manteigas". Enjoy your coffee stop in Manteigas before tackling the big climb of the day, towards Penhas Douradas, where you'll relax at the amazing "Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel & SPA" or "Casa de São Lourenço - Burel Panorama Hotel"( included in our "premium" option) - two amazing options in which you'll stay for the next two nights, in the middle of the Estrela Natural Park, where you'll get to explore the "Burel" textile traditions.

Hotel – Casa das Penhas Douradas or Casa de São Lourenço - Burel Panorama Hotel (included in the "premium" option)

Day 3: Penhas Douradas - Torre - Penhas Douradas (up to 70km, 1771 accumulated height)

Breakfast at your hotel. Today's ride will lead you to the Torre - the highest point of Continental Portugal - start riding by the trails or backroads of the natural Park, by the lagoons of the "Nave", until you reach the national road that'll lead you to lagoa "Comprida", and ride all the way to the Summit, at nearly 2000m of altitude. Afterwards, enjoy a nearly 20km descend, overlooking the Glacial Valley, by trails and roads until you reach Manteigas - one of the most beautiful sections of the Natural Park. From Manteigas, you'll ride all the way up to Penhas Douradas to relax at your SPA for the day.

Hotel – Casa das Penhas Douradas or Casa de São Lourenço - Burel Panorama Hotel (included in the "premium" option)

Day 4: Penhas Douradas - Linhares da Beira - Penalva do Castelo (68km, 1283 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Your day starts with a descent by the trails to the Mondego river - the longest river located exclusively in Portugal - followed by a 10km climb by the backroads of the National Park and a rewarding 10km descend to "Linhares da Beira", a village that received its first charter from King Afonso Henriques in 1169 - wandering round the streets of this museum village is like travelling back in time. Replenish yourself at the historical center, before having fun on the descend back to the Mondego, by the trails of the GR"" or backroads of the Sierra, until you cross the river at Ponte Nova - from there, you'll follow the backroads until Penalva do Castelo, where you'll be able to rest for the day at "Parador Casa da Ínsua"- be sure to explore this amazing baroque style manor house, with it's own vineyards, gardens and cheese production facilities.

Hotel – Parador Casa da Ínsua (upgrade to superior room included in the "premium" option)

Day 5: Penalva do Castelo - Trancoso - Marialva/Longroiva (72.95km, 1679 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Your ride for the day will have you pick-up the trails of the GR22 or the backroads of the region towards "Trancoso", a Portuguese Historical Village located at the top of a plateau, an ancient border town and stage for fights and battles that were decisive to the formation and independence of the Portuguese kingdom, where King Dinis commissioned the construction of the walls that still protect it. Make the best of your stay in Trancoso, as today's ride has several short but steep climbs, before heading towards Marialva, by the trails and backroads of this peaceful region, marked by almond trees, vineyards - the Douro river is close by. Marialva's castle is one of a kind - if you can, take the time to discover the beauties that lay within it's fortified walls. Today, you'll rest in Marialva, at "Casas do Côro" ( included in the "premium" option), voted best rural tourism in Portugal for it's unique charm, elegance and comfort or "Home Rural Termas de Longroiva", where you'll be able to relax and enjoy the local thermal resort.

Hotel – Hotel Rural Termas de Longroiva or Casas do Côro ( included in the “premium” option)

Day 6: Marialva/Longroiva - Castelo Rodrigo (39.92km, 962m accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of today’s ride, again tackling the trails of the GR22 or the backroads of the region until you reach the Côa river's Vally - an affluent of the might Douro river - at the "Faia Brava" reserve. Today's first 18km will be flat, followed by a quick descend towards the Côa river, after which you'll have to climb until you reach "Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo", in the outskirts of the old town of "Castelo Rodrigo", the Portuguese Historical Village located at the top of a small mountain - the last climb of the day and the tour. Check-in at the intriguing "Casa da Cisterna", located at the top of the village, and enjoy the beautiful views over the plateau while you relax by the pool and soak in the atmosphere of this amazing region.

Hotel – Casa da Cisterna (upgrade to superior room included in the "premium" option)

Day 7: Transfer to Porto

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out and free time to enjoy Castelo Rodrigo's historical center before transfer to Porto (airport or hotel)

EXTENDED STAY in Porto: On Demand

 

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
Ride along guide
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)
100€
100€
100€
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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