Northern Mountains of Portugal MTB

Ermida, Portugal Bike Tours

Northern Mountains of Portugal MTBThis is a unique MTB tour in Portugal. The challenging seven day track will allow the in depth discovering of an often forgotten Portugal nested between these mountains and away from the bustle of big coastal cities.

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MTB bike tour GUIDED OR self guided
- 9 days, 8 nights, 7d MTBiking
- 53 km cycling per day
- 90% off road
- Hills and Valleys
- Important height difference

- Level of difficulty: Medium-Hard +

Typical Day

Program and Lodging:

Day 1: Arrival " Welcome at Porto airport.
After welcoming you at the airport, transfer to Vila do Gerês (1h30), inside the National Park of Peneda Gerês. This little thermal town offer a unique way to enter this northern mountains .
Lodging in 3* Hotel: Hotel Carvalho Araújo

Day 2: Bike from Vila do Gerês to Agra (50km, +1730m)
The day starts uphill into mountain; the first place to check is Pedra bela view point, where the views over Vila do Gerês and the dam in the bottom are excellent. The way continues up to a waterfall, Arado waterfall, this wild waters run in the middle of a granitic surrounding, big round boulder are around us into all corner.... In the way down to cross to Cabreira Mountain range the path crosses the villages of Ermida and Fafião, two of the best example of life in the region. The dam wall ledads to the other shore and the huge uphill to Cabreira and its forested sides... The top of Cabreira will stand there without us as we take the round to the south, the trail follows around 1000m and give the rider fantastic views over landscape. Agra is one of several small villages that cover the southern hillside. It’s also the end of the day, granitic houses, small stone paved streets will welcome us at the end of the day.
Lodging at Agra in a Guest House

Day 3: Bike from Agra to Beça (64km, +1520m).
Our day starts with a climb to Cabreira Hills and its dense woods. The views are amazing and it smells like mountains, here we may found garranos (wild horses) from Gerês. Crossing the mountainous region, we can see some amazing granitic villages. Our way is always near 1000m-high and cross the hills going up and down along hills and valleys. We get to Barroso Hills and climb up to almost 1200m-high. The climb is long but the final and steepest section is on asphalt which makes it easier; this asphalt road gives access to a wind mill farm. We will still have time to see one of the highest granitic villages in Portugal: Alturas do Barroso. From here we will follow tracks passing along small typical villages, fir-tree and pine-tree woods, and some tracks sided by old granitic walls. Before the day is over we we will visit an old iron sttlement: Castro de Carvalhelhos, dated from the Iron Age and in the Roman times.
Lodging at Beça in a 3* Hotel: Hotel Beça.

Day 4: Bike from Beça to Montalegre " (54km, +1150m).
We leave Beça following the track that leads us to the river Beça; this is one of the purest rivers in Portugal. After follow the river we cross it over a beautiful granitic bridge and we start the first climb of the day until we get to about 1000m-high. We follow an old track within old walls and oak woods up to a village called Cervos; this is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal with a natural and wild landscape. Our way continues along calm and beautiful trails, along fallow grounds and long stone walls. Along trails and isolated roads we pass granite-paved roadways which give access to the small villages. And we go back in time again: oxteam creaking towards the vegetable garden, an old large cross set up in the road covered by wall-moss, the cold water coming out from the old fountain, the cattle that comes back to the shed. This is Sarraquinhos, and also Arcos and Cervos - some of the villages we visit on this bucolic route. Along the way we can admire stripes of land, some are cultivated, some are abandoned; some are yellow due to the dry cereal, some are vivid green, but they are always marked by piled stones. And connecting the houses to the oak wood and the hills there is a labyrinth of dirt roads almost invisible.
Our day ends in Montalegre, a beautiful city in the slope of the hills with its medieval castle.
Lodging at Montalegre in a 4* Hotel: Montalegre Hotel

Day 5: Bike from Montalegre to Pitões das Junias " (52km, +1400m)
Our day starts along a beautiful pine-tree and fir-tree wood way to the mountain crest. The tour continues along trails at more than 1000m-high with superb view over the hills, valleys and villages and the big lake formed by the dam in Alto Rabagão. The track passes through typical granitic villages and along old trails into the hills, climbing isolated roads and old trails to above 1000m-high with awesome views over the meadows. Cycling around the Alto Cavado dam, through a dense oak wood, before the long climb to Travassos , small village at 900m-high to the borderline with Spain, up on the hills, until around 1400m-high! Here the breathtaking scenery is beautifull with green meadows and - if we are lucky - we may see some wild horses: Garranos!. Pitões das Junias, the highest village in Portugal is our end of the day. It’s still maintains a small population and its characteristic medieval aspect. Here you should find the time to hike for about an hour to discover the amazing Benedict Monastery from the 12th century. It is an amazing and magic spot which takes to contemplation and long meditation even the most sceptical person!
Lodging at Pitões das Junias in a Guest house: Casa do Preto.

Day 6: Bike Pitões das Junias to Baños/Lobios " (69km, +1300m).
This day takes place in Galicia (Spain), on the slopes of Xurés hills and riding along many Galician granitic villages.
The day starts going to the top of the hills to cross the border to Galicia, Spain. We follow several km along a beautiful trail, which is great fun for mountain-bikers, always riding round the Sala’s dam. At the end of this trail we discover a fantastic very well-preserved pre-historic monument - an anta, used as a burial monument. The way goes along very diverse tracks and forest trails crossing a beautiful dense fir-tree wood, the views are amazing! At Esperanzo we follow a medieval stone paved road winding along an oak wood, passing some villages of narrow and steep roads. Along the way river Mau offers waterfalls to the rider, whose waters run within gigantic granitic blocks! Old trails sided by walls and dense oak woods are the scenery towards our destination, Lobios, a Thermal Hotel built on the hills and benefiting from the hot springs.
Lodging at Baños in 4* Hotel: Hotel Lobios Caldaria

Day 7: Bike from Baños to Campos do Gerês " (53km, +1770m).
The day is marked by huge height differences, and goes up right after we saddle, crossing the sierra Santa Eufémia to the river Lima Valley. The river is more like a lake due to the dam just away near Lindoso town. Lindoso is our next stop already in Portugal and is an important strong all from medieval times. A castle and a unique communal cellar quarters make this town a good picture site. After an short rest, back to Santa Eufémia Sierra and the rivar Caldo Valley to enter once more in Portugal by the border of Portela do Homem. Entering now one of the most protected area of the country, we follow the road crossing the Albergaria Forest, to meet the river Homem dam, the way is old, romans were one of the first to have a road here. Several arqueologic site are on the way. Following the shore of the artificial lake, and if in low waters, an ancient villages can be seen, Vilarinho das Furnas, one victim of development. Near is the end of this day, Campos do Gerês is just ahead.
Lodging at Campos do Gerês in a Hotel: Albergaria Stop Hotel

Day 8: Bike from Campos do Gerês to Vila do Gerês (24km, +670m)
One easy end of adventure is the day. Mostly downhill the way follows the hillside and a small valley that end up into the São Bento de Porta Aberta Sanctuary. This sanctuary is devoted to…. And is place to an important religious gathering in august. Once in god hands we aim to the water bellow, they belong to the Caniçada dam in the Cavado river valley, once there we veer to north by the shores of the lake. Soon the valley tights and the path goes up to meat Vila do Gerês a few kilometer away.
A good bath awaits us and the final Pic-nic to recover strength.
Afternoon Transfer to the Porto and overnight at a Porto Hotel

Day 9: Transfer to the airport.
End of Program.

Discounts Offered

» Detailed information about tour
» 9 days MTBiking Guided tour
» Porto transfer to first Hotel and briefing about tour
» Transfer from last hotel to Porto
Included in Guided Tour:
- Transfer from Porto to Airport
- 8 nights lodging
- 7 nourishing and energetic picnics
- Daily fruit, energy-bars and water
- Luggage transport Hotel to Hotel
- Liability and personal accident insurance
- Techno-Mechanical Assistance
- Spare Bike (just in case…)
- Backup Vehicle

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Northern Mountains of Portugal MTB
Northern Mountains of Portugal MTB
Ermida, Portugal Bike Tours
This is a unique MTB tour in Portugal. The challenging seven day track will allow the in depth discovering of an often forgotten Portugal nested between these mountains and away from the bustle of big coastal cities.

Starting at 989 Per Trip


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