Douro Valley Wine Tour
Portugal Bike Tours
A breathtaking bike tour through Portugal wine country
We know that you will fall in love with biking in Portugal as we already have. What an amazing country! On this bike tour in the Douro Valley, you will combine visits to the traditional wineries with fulfilling bike rides through the vineyards and olive groves.
The Douro valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage region with its endless olive groves and orange fields, vineyards, river beaches, and abundance of wildlife. The Portuguese people and others claim it is the most beautiful wine region in the world. Walls of schist support the climbing, gravity-defying vineyards, constructed over the centuries, each stone laid by hand, creating an astonishing and unique landscape.
Still today, there is a focus on the handmade. It is common to find local estates where grapes are still harvested by hand and crushed with bare feet.
- Côa Valley Rock Art and Museum in Vila Nova de Foz Côa
- Rustic crafts
- Cistercian monasteries and Romanesque churches
- Wine culture
- Warmth and hospitality of the Portuguese people
This tour is rated difficult on a regular bike but we encougage you to not overlook this tour due to the difficulty level. For the first time in her cycling career, Hennie used an electric bike for this tour and she was glad she did! This is a spectacular tour that is rated easy to moderate on an electric bike. Ask Hennie.
Where You’ll Stay
The accommodations for this tour are boutique level hotels. We can send you a sample hotel list. Just ask.
- Fully Guided
- 7 nights accommodations
- Airport transfers from Oporto
- Bike rental (road bike)
- Route descriptions and maps
- Luggage transfer
- Train ticket from Porto to Douro and from Douro to Porto (or Van transfer if available)
- Van Support vehicle
- 6 lunches
- 6 dinners
- Personal accident insurance
- Liability insurance
What’s Not Included
- Tips for your guide
Arrival possible on any day. August and September are an especially festive time as this is vintage celebration time and even the very small villages will be full of energy. Minimum number of bookings
This is a guided bike tour that is rated moderate to difficult with 279 km total cycling distance with 4000 m of climbing. Don’t forget that electric bikes are available for rental which completely changes the difficulty level.
Day 1: Porto - Pinhão, 69 mi. (110 km) train transfer
Day 2: Régua - Pinhão, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Pinhão - Penedono, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Penedono - Loop, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 5: Penedono - Marialva, 19 mi. (30 Km)
Day 6: Marialva - Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 7: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - Vila Nova de Foz Côa, 27 mi. (43 Km)
Day 8: Departure
All distances are approximate.
Day 1: Porto – Régua
Régua is the entry to the Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage site. To arrive, you will go by train, following the coastal waterfront of the Douro River. It’s a 2 hour trip through the natural landscapes and traditional small villages. As you near Régua you will start to see the climbing vineyards. Bicycles will be waiting at the hotel’s reception and you will enjoy enough free time to visit the Douro Museum. There is also an option to go by boat from Porto to Régua.
You will have one night in Régua at the Quinta do Vallado.
Day 2: Régua - Lamego - Pinhão, 34 mi. (55 km)
Your day will start with a climb to the elegant city of Lamego, whose Porta dos Figos gateway arch leads into the narrow streets of the inner town. There is a graceful sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies that overlooks the town and the center is graced with 17th and 18th-century mansions. After Lamego you will have a long descent with an incredible view of the Douro River, entering through the Douro Valley World Heritage landscapes. You will marvel at the vineyards of the Douro and its surroundings. You’ll cross Régua again but this time, on the south side of the river, towards Pinhão, a small, picturesque village by the river in the heart of Douro. You are surrounded by vineyards. You will want to visit the historic train station, adorned with gorgeous blue and white Azulejo tiles that depict a variety of Portuguese scenes.
Day 3: Pinhão – Penedono, 31 mi. (50 km)
Your cycling journey continues through the outstanding landscape of this region, always surrounded by vineyards. From Pinhão, you head to Tabuaço but first must master a difficult climb. Don't be discouraged, however. You can always walk for a bit and look forward to the vista that awaits. You then turn inland to Penedono, where the landscape changes to rough and rocky and the vineyards are replaced by chestnut, cherry, and olive tree fields. The castle here dates from the year 900. You can explore Sírigo, as well, which offers a loop ride, taking you through neighboring villages, such as Ferronha and A-do-Bispo.
Day 4: Penedono Loop (or free day)
Enjoy a rest day or if you prefer to be on the bike, you can cycle a loop, through neighboring villages. It will not be an easy ride. Leaving Penedono, you will find yourself in the middle of traditional farmlands, dominated by vineyards and chestnuts. Sernacelhe area is known as chestnut country. Cycling alongside the Távora River, you can enjoy the wonderful geography with the mountains and valleys so typical of this part of the country. If you have the time, be sure to visit the 12º century church.
Day 5: Penedono – Marialva
Your route departs from Penedono heading south toward Marialva. During this cycling stage, you will start heading to Mêda passing by the Ranhados dam towards Marialva. The landscape here is more arid with the roadsides dotted with corktrees. The white number you find painted on the trunks represents the year of the harvest. Slowly you start to climb to Marialva. You can visit the castle of four towers and the incredible church of Santiago. A land full of castles and with history sites, being classified as one of several historical villages of Portugal.
Day 6: Marialva – 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, Serra da Estrela. The fields are full of olive trees, almond trees, and vineyards an the people who live in these villages still cultivate their own food, growing vegetables and raising livestock animal (cows, goats, and sheep).
Day 7: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Vila Nova de Foz Côa
During this cycling stage, you will pass through Castelo Melhor, Algodres, and Vilar de Amargo. Between February and March, in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, the landscape is dotted with almond blossoms.
You will cycle back through the vineyards again, but can focus on olive groves, another important Portuguese heritage. The route slowly approaches the Douro River. To make it to Vila nova de Foz Côa you will need to make the last effort, one last climb to finish you tour with one of the best scenarios at the Douro Valley. Your last day finishes in an accommodation at Vila Nova de Foz Côa, a very well-known site for its pre-historic paintings.
Day 8: Departure
End of tour or extension of stay
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