Total tour distance: 270 miles
Daily tour distance: 38 miles
Difficulty: 60 / 100
The Douro valley is one of the ultimate wonders of nature, but also the takes the efforts and energy of the man to provide this astonishing nature and environmental transformation. Browsing the Douro is enjoying its convents and churches, meet its rustic crafts, taste the genuine cuisine and witnessing the folklore Portuguese traditions.
The Port Wine is undoubtedly the most remarkable concept, along with the several holidays and wine celebration, such as the harvest in September, the most important and lively event.
Tour description: Easy / Moderate
Estimated KM: 270 km and 4435 m (1.89%) of cumulative ascents.
Day1: Porto – Pinhão (110 km, transfer de comboio)
Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa (74 km)
Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (42 km)
Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva (60 km)
Day 5: Marialva – Tabuaço (65 km)
Day 6: Tabuaço – Régua (29 km)
Day 7: Transfer by train to Porto
Day 1: Reception at the airport (Airport Francisco de Sá Carneiro). Train transfer from Porto to Pinhão (110 km). Following the railway track to the Douro, our expectation will increase as we reach near Pinhão. Meanwhile, we tend to observe the landscape that we encounter. The luggage and bicycles go inside the van to get to the same destination. A visit and dinner will be expecting us at Pinhão.
Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa. Land where the cave paintings are classified as World Heritage, which also produces the famous Douro wine.
Cycling until Vila Nova de Foz Coa. We will begin the course heading towards Ervedosa do Douro and continue to São João da Pesqueira, enjoying the Douro River.
Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo: Pedaling towards Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, we will visit the Northern plateau of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a preserved village with its medieval castle which overlooks the highest point of Portugal. We also will pass through Castelo Melhor, Algodres and Vilar de Amargo. Between February and March, in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, this natural landscape provides a beautiful scenery of almond blossoms.
Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva. We continue our cycling journey to. Our day will start following the river course of the Côa River, which will go up to Pinhel. Marialva is connected to a nobility title of Marquis, created after the Portuguese Restoration, in 1640, as well as connected to the equestrian art of the 18th Century.
Day 5: Marialva – Tabuaço. Mêda and Ranhados, highest points of this route. From this stage we will enjoy the unique landscapes of the vineyards, that portrait the inhabitants of Douro and the vine carving in the mountains.
Day 6: Tabuaço - Régua. From here, we will ride along the Douro River. Régua is the last frontier of the Douro wine on the way to Porto.
Day 7: Train transfer from Régua do Porto.