The Douro Valley

On the roads of Porto wines

Highlights

Vineyard of the Upper Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Douro Gorge 200 meters high
The boat cruise on the river
Charming addresses at oil and wine producers
The 2 nights in Porto to discover this city of history

The history of the trip

Passionate about wines and bicycle routes winding through the vineyards, great olive oil customer … when Abicyclette heard about this region that produced both and offered a beautiful natural area to discover, it became a must to get our wheels on the area. The meeting of João and his team in Porto did the rest: a generous sharing of the passion for his country, the love of beautiful things and the good products of the land and the sea. He transmitted to us the love of this region of northern Portugal, very welcoming and full of simplicity. We participated in the finishing touches of this circuit by donning the jersey in 2016. We are happy to offer the Douro Valley  by bike in 2018!

Summary of your trip

Wine, Nature and Traditions of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover the Douro Valley through cycling. You cycle through fascinating landscapes and cross natural areas of great worth. From Porto, our guide takes you to the border with Spain, in the gorges of the Douro River. With its cliffs over 200 meters high, the Douro has shaped a beautiful valley that you follow for a few days.

You ride along the plateau of the “Natural Park of Douro Internacional” (Natural Park of the Douro), which has more than 170 species of birds, including the Egyptian vulture. Pedal quietly and soak up the peaceful and wild atmosphere of northeastern Portugal. An old railway line transformed into an “ecopista” (greenway) allows you to cross vast forests, alleys of almond trees, olive trees, vineyards and typical agricultural landscapes.

The terraced vineyards, unique in the world and typical of the region, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO are a feast for the eyes. Your trip allows you to visit Pinhão, city around which the majority of the famous wine producers of Douro and Porto are installed, and Peso da Régua, chief town of the region. Here we produce excellent wines, often unknown in other producers such as France. The winemakers do not have to be ashamed of their high quality work. Enjoy varieties of grape varieties and appellations during your walks or evenings stages.

The hosts we have selected carefully, are representative of local life and customs. You can relax in a hotel overlooking the river, at an olive oil producer, or in a charming winemarker’s guest house. This is also the opportunity to sit down with the men and women who work the land you are traveling. Portuguese cuisine of a tasty simplicity: fish (especially cod, sardines, octopus …), beef, cooked in a thousand and one ways but always generously accompanied by their delicious olive oil!

The kindness and generosity of the Portuguese people, allows you to travel with peace of mind (Portugal is one of the 5 safest countries in the world!) And to let you cradle like a “Rabelo” (flat-bottomed boat) on the Douro, bringing its casks of Port Wine to the cellars of Villa de Gaia.

Carte itinéraire séjour à vélo La Vallée du Douro
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

PORTO

Arrival at Porto. Settle in your hotel and free evening to discover the city.

Day 2

From PORTO to MIRANDA DO DOURO

Meeting at your hotel. During the transfer to Miranda do Douro, enjoy the landscape that is emerging around you, like a canvas of green trees and gray and brown stones, hills and mountains, which is stands out under a blue and mild sky. The cliffs of the Douro River, more than 200m high, also offer a fascinating view. The small town of Miranda do Douro, with its typical whitewashed houses, of Roman origin, and its narrow stone streets, is worth a visit.

Day 3

From MIRANDA DO DOURO to MOGADOURO 47km 320m Niveau Forme

The first leg of your cycling route includes the eastern part of the Douro International Nature Park, where wild nature and radiant landscapes are the most outstanding features. Here you will cycle along a medium difficulty plateau. It is a peaceful place, populated by more than 170 species of birds, wild boars and Iberian wolves. Even the farmers’ herds graze silently. Stay alert, you may have the chance to see an Egyptian Vulture or a Bonelli Eagle in the sky.

Day 4

From MOGADOURO to TORRE DE MONCORVO 40km 150m Niveau Forme

Today, your route includes an old railway line. The green trail will take you between forests and typical agricultural landscapes. Pedal between the olive trees to Torre de Moncorvo, the almond capital. In Torre de Moncorvo, you will be warmly welcomed by the owner of a charming manor house, proud of the accommodation he offers. You will taste his delicious artisanal liqueurs, which perfectly accompany the almonds of Moncorvo.

Day 5

From TORRE DE MONCORVO to VILA FLOR 30km 200m Niveau Forme

You will pedal today along the Douro River. Prepare for a magnificent view and a magical landscape. You will descend to the river by a winding trail between the olive groves of the properties that produce some of the best olive oils in the world. Tonight, you will be hosted by a producer of organic olive oil. At dinner, you can savor some of the region’s finest culinary products – artisan cheeses, sausages, wood-fired bread and olive oil, organic oranges and, of course, Douro wine.

Day 6

From VILA FLOR to SABROSA 25km 150m Niveau Forme

The Vineyard of the Alto Douro Valley is known worldwide for its wines (Douro and Porto) and for its Touriga Nacional variety, the most important in the region.The terraced vineyards, so distinctive of this UNESCO World Heritage Region, are a feast for the eyes. One of the highlights of your day will be the Rabelo boat ride that once carried the wine barrels, following the river to Porto. While you relax in the sun, take the opportunity to take pictures of the landscape around you, and let yourself be enchanted by the Douro region. In Pinhão, where the majority of Porto wine producers are located, do not forget to visit the railway station, whose facade is entirely covered with azulejos.

Day 7

From SABROSA to PESO DA REGUA 36km 270m Niveau Forme

At first, the bike tour will take you to the secondary roads of the Douro, and then to the Douro River. The views are breathtaking and it almost feels like the Douro Valley, knowing that this is the last stop on your vacation, wants to make sure you will not forget its enchanting beauty. At the end of the day, you will arrive at Peso da Régua, a town in the center of the Porto Wine Region. A wine producer will welcome you with a good glass of wine on the terrace and at dinner, you can share with him a culinary experience.

Day 8

From PESO DA REGUA to PORTO

Back to Porto. Night on the city. The opportunity to go down to Villa Nova de Gaia and enter the largest Porto cellars in the world. You will have then followed the same road as the wine to get there. One last evening allows you to enjoy the Portuguese cuisine and lively docks of the city.

Day 9

PORTO

End of the trip after breakfast.

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Bed & Breakfast Range

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments


Starting from 1325€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in bike trips:
  • Routes picked with the Abicyclette team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
  • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
  • A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

Assistance close at hand :
  • A personalized reception on the first day of your trip by a local guide that will provide you travel documents (reception & documents in English)
  • Telephone assistance from the ABICYCLETTE team
  • Local telephone assistance
  • Luggage transfer service

A modern and efficient route tracking:
  • A logbook to find all useful addresses and tourist information, maps and a description of the circuit.
  • We provide a GPS to follow the route without ever having to look for directions (bike mount provided)

And also:
  • Confortable bike rental, ideal for this varied route made up  roads and paths
  • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

Getting here

Meeting point

Porto, Portugal

Porto by car

From Hendaye (760km 8H00) : pay attention to the difference of safety equipment imposed in vehicles in Spain and Portugal. Also think about motorway vignettes that may be mandatory.

Porto by train*

Train station in Porto (2 stations: Sao bento and Campanha) : 19 hours from Paris.

Porto by plane*

Airport in Porto

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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