Mountain Bike Tour in the Historical Villages of Portugal (Guided)Please, note! This tour offer has expired. For similar tour offers currently available search here.
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1590 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1590 Euro (EUR)
This is one of the most challenging mountain bike rides in Portugal. It links ten remote 12th Century Historical Villages. We also offer a short version of this tour, where you cover on average 40 km/ 25 mi a day, that is better suited for people that want more time to appreciate history and culture.
Day 01. MB Tour 1: Castelo Novo - Idanha-a-Velha - Monsanto (62 km / 39 mi | climbing: 806 m / 2644 ft).
On your first day of serious riding you will connect two historical villages: Castelo Novo and Monsanto. Idanha-a-Velha, in the middle, is a very picturesque village. This is an easy stage with no big climbs... except the Roman path just before Monsanto.
Short version: distance: 44 km / 27 mi | climbing: 382 m / 1253 ft.
Overnight in Monsanto.
Day 02. MB Tour 2: Monsanto - Sortelha (68 km / 42 mi | climbing: 806 m / 2644 ft).
Sortelha is an Historical Village which dates back to the 12th Century. It´s castle is a national monument. From the top of its promontory you can glimpse all the country surrounding Idanha and the large properties of the area. Don't expect big hills on this stage.
Short version: distance: 52 km / 32 mi | climbing: 782 m / 2566 ft.
Overnight in Sortelha.
Day 03. MB Tour 3: Sortelha - Castelo Mendo - Almeida (90 km / 56 mi | climbing: 806 m / 2644 ft).
Today's ride is very interesting; the surface varies a lot, with loose rock, roman cobblestone paths and several river crossings. You will also have to do some serious climbs. The hardest one is just outside Almeida, after crossing a roman bridge.
Short version: distance: 43 km / 27 mi | climbing: 424 m / 1391 ft.
Overnight in Almeida.
Day 04. MB Tour 4: Almeida - Castelo Rodrigo - Marialva (72 km / 45 mi | climbing: 953 m / 3127 ft).
Today's ride takes you to the Douro River International Natural Park. The landscape is beautiful and you will be riding part of an ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. On the way to Marialva you will have to cross the Côa river - expect some serious climbing.
Short version: distance: 38 km / 24 mi | climbing: 326 m / 1070 ft.
Overnight in Marialva.
Day 05. MB Tour 5: Marialva - Linhares da Beira (65 km / 40 mi | climbing: 1297 m / 4255 ft).
Marialva is a medieval walled village that will take you back in time, to when the brave inhabitants of Marialva fought against the Spanish invaders. The final destination is Linhares da Beira, the capital of paragliding in Portugal. Linhares has a very interesting castle that is worth visiting. Rocky sections and ancient cobblestone paths are on today's menu.
Short version: distance: 39 km / 24 mi | climbing: 676 m / 2218 ft.
Overnight in Linhares da Beira.
Day 06. MB Tour 6: Linhares da Beira - Piódão (88 km / 55 mi | climbing: 3707 m / 12162 ft).
Big climbs and long descents on a very hard day of mountain biking. You are riding near three mountains - Açor, Lousã and Estrela. The terrain is rocky and tough. Fun! The final destination is Piódão.
Short version: distance: 33 km / 20 mi | climbing: 1285 m / 4216 ft.
Overnight in Piódão.
Day 07. MB Tour 7: Piódão - Castelo Novo (88 km / 55 mi | climbing: 3141 m / 10305 ft).
Back to Castelo Novo expect a pretty intense day of riding. Almost 90 km/ 55 mi with a lot of climbing and plenty of loose rocks. Great mountain biking!
Short version: distance: 22 km / 14 mi | climbing: 510 m / 1673 ft.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- 8 accommodations with breakfast (based on 3* lodgings or similar)
- 1 picnic
- 8 dinners
- Van support
- 1 A2Z driver guide
- Snacks and fresh fruit in riding days
- Airport and local transfers
- Maps and documentation
- GPS device and GPS tracks
- A2Z offer and water bottle.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.