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Mountain Biking Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages - Guided

Leisure | Guided | Comfort | 7 Days/6 Nights | From 1590.00€
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Visit remote 12th Century Historical Villages. Ride, inn to inn, on Roman paths and enjoy awesome single tracks. The most challenging mountain bike rides in Portugal!

This is one of the most challenging mountain bike rides in Portugal. It links ten remote 12th Century Historical Villages. Ride, inn to inn, on Roman paths, enjoy awesome single tracks and test your fitness going up some long up hills. We also offer a short version of this trip, 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. Gary Fisher, one of mountain biking's legends, took this trip with us and said "the worst part was leaving the tour. I had a great time". Now you have the best price option starting with ride-only days, but you can add some extra days for a full week including airport transfers.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 01
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 is a very picturesque village that hosts a interesting collection of archaeological remains from a Roman city established in the 1st Century B.C. 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
Lodging: Casa do Chafariz
Day 02
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. Monsanto was once considered the most Portuguese village of Portugal. 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
Lodging: Casas do Campanário
Day 03
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. Almeida is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture – the hexagonal shaped walls of Almeida's fortress were built in the XVII Century.
Short version: distance: 43 km / 27 mi | climbing: 424 m / 1391 ft
Lodging: Residencial Muralha
Day 04
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. Castelo Rodrigo was once a very important settlement due to its proximity to the Spanish border. 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
Lodging: Calcaterra Agroturismo
Day 05
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 para-gliding 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
Lodging: Estalagem Inatel in Linhares da Beira
Day 06
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, a beautiful village were the houses blend perfectly with the natural environment.
Short version: distance: 33 km / 20 mi | climbing: 1285 m / 4216 ft
Lodging: Estalagem Inatel in Piódão
Day 07
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
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Casa do Chafariz

Casas do Campanário

Residencial Muralha

Calcaterra Agroturismo

Estalagem Inatel in Linhares da Beira

Estalagem Inatel in Piódão

Dates & Prices

From 1590,00€/person  |  Min. 4 participant

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8 accommodations with breakfast
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 jersey and water bottle

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