Region Overviews: Portugal Travel Guide: Overview
The oldest nation-state in Europe—it became the Kingdom of Portugal in 1139—Portugal is as steeped in history as it is in its own unique culture.
They say the soul of Portugal is found in the north. Amid Porto's majestic bridges, iconic tile façades and echoes of ancient nobility. It lingers in the terraced vineyards that have been producing the region's exquisite wines for centuries. Ride winding mountain roads past lost-in-time stone villages. Unwind in unique elegant hotels imbued with history. This cycling journey is positively soulful.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start out in historic Porto, a World Heritage city and vibrant university town | Pass tiny stone villages and medieval ruins as you bike through the wild green hills of Peneda-Gerês National Park | Step back in time and into luxury at a historic monastery turned boutique hotel.
Surrounded by green hills and classified as a National Heritage site, this 12th-century monastery was masterfully restored and converted into an intimate hotel by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. (pool)
As you ride, take in views of vineyards producing the region's distinct and effervescent Vinho Verde | Wander the grounds of a magnificent Portuguese solare (manor) | Taste local varietals and discover the region's longstanding wine-making traditions | Bike quiet serpentine roads as you descend into the lush Douro River Valley | Enjoy lunch at an enchanting family-run quinta (farm estate) | Tour around on foot in Amarante, a charming village set on the banks of the Tâmega river | Experience Relais & Châteaux hospitality and Michelin-starred cuisine.
This beautiful property in the Douro Valley is housed in a historic building of baroque design and grandeur with a 100-year-old garden and a private vineyard. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Bike toward the Trás-os-Montes mountain range and among tidy vineyards in the Favaios valley | Discover peaks, plateaus and a welcoming mountain culture | Immerse yourself in Vidago Park's botanical bounty and purifying thermal waters | Ride to hidden treasures tucked away in Northern Portugal's highlands, like the lovely town of Chaves | Cross an ancient Roman bridge and relax in the town's graceful central plaza | A forested cycling route is the perfect end to a one-of-a-kind Portuguese journey.
A Leading Hotels of the World member, this property was commissioned by King Carlos I and lives up to its name with palatial elegance, top-notch service and a gorgeous natural setting. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: Northern Portugal's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain, as well as high heat in the summer months, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and Old World qualities in Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe. Additionally, while the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the country, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also bit more rustic than other places we visit in Europe.