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Bike Tour in Rota do Românico

Duration 8 Days
Type Self Guided
distance 215 km
Lodging Comfort

Step back in time and come discover the emblematic monuments of Romanesque. A journey of refinement and charma always surrounded by a monumental landscape.

Get to know all the history of some of the most emblematic Romanesque monuments of Tâmega and Sousa and travel back in time to the period of the foundation of Portugal. The monumental richness of the region shows the important role that the territory formerly played in the history of the nobility and religious orders in Portugal. These lands were inhabited by some of the noble families of the beginning of the Nationality, as Ribadouro, from which descends Egas Moniz, the famous schoolmaster of D. Afonso Henriques, the Sousa or Sousões and Baião. At the end of the day, the accommodations where you stay will be a real luxury!

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Lourido
You can get the bus from Porto to Celorico de Basto (2h10)
Transfer from Celorico de Basto to Lourido.
Day 02
Cycling Tour 1: Lourido | Amarante (25 Km)
Along the banks of the Tâmega river, the old railway line, now converted into a bike path, it's a perfect way to see the vineyards. The Church of Gatão along the route is an important monument of the Romanesque. This is a region where green wine is produced and the day ends in a great winery farm by the river. Here we can taste the various green wines produced here.
Overnight in Amarante.
Day 03
Cycling Tour 2: Amarante | Santa Cruz do Douro (42 Km)
Amarante is the center of this day. With a rich heritage, Amarante and its historic center is situated on the banks of the river Tâmega. Known by the Church of S. Gonçalo and the bridge that was the scene of one of the most heroic episodes of the popular resistance to the Napoleonic wars.
You´ll be able to find the Monastery of Saint Andrew in Baião, situated on a hillside facing the river.
Overnight in Santa Cruz do Douro.
Day 04
Cycling Tour 3: Santa Cruz do Douro | Porto Antigo (33 Km)
On the way to the next destination you will pass by Resende, known as the capital of Cherry.
Always with the Douro on our side, we follow by Caldas de Aregos, a thermal resort by the river.
Overnight in Porto Antigo.
Day 05
Cycling Tour 4: Porto Antigo | Entre-os-Rios (42 Km)
Following the Douro River s you can visit other monuments of the Route of the Romanesque: the Churches of Escamarão, Tarouquela and S. Christopher of Nogueira, always with a view over the Douro.
You´ll pass by Castelo de Paiva to find Memorial of Sobrado, a funeral monument from the 13th century. The next destination will be Entre-os-Rios (which means between rivers), where the Douro and Tâmega join and place of San Miguel church.
Overnight in Entre-os-Rios.
Day 06
Cycling Tour 5: Entre-os-Rios | Paço de Sousa (48 Km)
The journey to discover the Route of the Romanesque ends in Paço de Sousa, near Penafiel, in Solar Egas Moniz, a small 18th century manor house only meters away from the Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa. This is one of the important monuments of the Route where Egas Moniz is buried, schoolmaster of D. Afonso Henriques. S. Pedro de Cête monastery is another monument that we will find on this stage. It is an 11th century monastery located in a verdant valley.
Overnight in Paço de Sousa.
Day 07
Cycling Tour 6: Paço de Sousa | Louredo (25 Km)
Leaving Paço de Sousa, the day ends in the Cozinha da Terra (Kitchen of the Earth), in Paredes, one of the most charismatic restaurants in the area, where all recipes keep the tradition in an unique way.
Overnight in Louredo.
Day 08
Departure
After breakfast, you can get the train from Paredes to Porto (about 40 min).
 
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Dates & Prices

From 990.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

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Included

8 accommodations with breakfast
7 bike rides
Luggage transfers
Hybrid bike rental
Maps and documentation
GPS device rental with GPS tracks
24H support line
Personal Insurance
A2Z offer and A2Z water bottle

*For more information about lodgings please contact us!

 
Extra Services

Cycling Tour 4: Loop Porto Antigo (50 Km)
Today you will have the chance to make a journey through Montemuro mountain, passing by the Ovadas bridge and another monument of the Route of the Romanesque: the Monastery of Cárquere in Resende.

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