PORTUGAL — NORTH TO SOUTH
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From North to South you will pass by some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in this charming country. You will have the opportunity to discover the wild nature of the North, the 12th Century Historical Villages and the ancient traditions of the schist villages as well as the wide landscapes and beautiful Vicentine coast of the South. As far as lodging is concerned you can’t miss the great deals we have to offer.
Day 1 – Porto | Outeiro (Gerês)
Arrival and transfer from Porto airport to the Hotel.
Unpack the bikes and preparation for the ride. This is a beautiful and remote region, with magnificent oak trees and several water falls. Peneda-Gerês is the only Portuguese National Park, and it is a place where traditions are still present in every day’s life. You will be staying in a typical house near the Paradela dam.
Lodging: Oficina do Joe
Day 2 – Outeiro | Pinhão – Gerês and Douro regions (149 km/ 93 mi)
Leave the remote Gerês National Park in a long distance ride on hilly terrain passing by several typical small villages. Then there’s the descent of the wide Tâmega valley towards Vila Real where you can have lunch. After visiting several small villages you will finally enter the Douro, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Port Wine region has great views along its deep valley with vineyards in its terraces.
Lodging: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Day 3 – Pinhão | Linhares da Beira – Douro and Historical Villages (125 km/ 77 mi)
Today, among beautiful landscapes and great climbs in the middle of vineyards, you will be pedaling in the heart of the Douro region. You will pass by Historical Villages of Portugal, small castles, old train stations and great scenery. After a long descend you will reach the final destination, Linhares da Beira, known as the capital of paragliding.
Lodging: Inatel de Linhares da Beira
Day 4 – Linhares da Beira | Janeiro de Cima – Serra da Estrela and Schist Villages (127 km/ 79 mi)
You are at the outskirts of the highest point in mainland Portugal, The Estrela Mountain – mainly granitic with traces of old glaciers. Start a great descend to Manteigas where there’s wonderful landscapes. After lunch there’s the defying climbing of the Glacier Valley along the Zêzere River and the Schist Villages which you will encounter at the end of the day, in Janeiro de Cima.
Lodging: Casas de Janeiro
Day 5 – Janeiro de Cima | Alter do Chão – International Tejo and Geopark (129 km/ 80 mi)
Leaving Janeiro de Cima you will pedal along the Zêzere River with a steep climb in the woods where the pine tree is prevalent. Afterwards, very close to the Spanish border, you will enter the Tejo International Natural Park. Crossing the Tejo River you will enter Alentejo where landscapes get flatter and wider. The final destination is Alter do Chão, famous for being the place of the Royal Stud Farm to breed the famous Lusitano horse established in the 18th century.
Lodging: Convento d’Alter
Day 6 – Alter do Chão | Évora – Alto Alentejo (134 km/ 83 mi)
Among cork and olive trees you will discover some of the largest megalithic constructions in Europe. Leaving Alter do Chão you will pass by several villages known for its wine until you reach the Palace of the dukes in Vila Viçosa, the Portuguese marble capital. Then you’ll finally reach the UNESCO World Heritage city of Évora, also known as one of the Most Ancient European Towns Network with marvellous monuments.
Lodging: Pousada de Évora
Day 7 – Évora | Cercal do Alentejo – Alentejo rolling hills (148 km/ 92 mi)
Today you will continue in Alentejo in the typical rolling hills, wide landscapes and beautiful small picturesque villages. With a flat and easy terrain you will pedal through some very straight roads in between fields covered with wild flowers. Heading towards the Vincentine Coast, you’ll reach our final destination.
Lodging: Hotel Verdemar
Day 8 – Cercal do Alentejo | Sagres – Vicentina Coast and Algarve (135 km/ 84 mi)
Along the magnificent Vicentine coast of Portugal, you will explore its wild beaches and the unspoiled hilly region of the Algarve, where bird-watching is a must. Among spectacular beaches and Moorish influenced places there’s Cabo de São Vicente – a sacred place for the Romans. The final destination is the town of Sagres, forever linked with the Portuguese discoveries of the 16th century by the navigator Infante Dom Henrique.
Lodging: Hotel Memmo Baleeira
Day 9 – Departure
Transfer to Lisboa.
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