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Bike Tour in the Historical Villages

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
distance 248 km
Lodging Comfort

A2Z challenges you to discover the history of the oldest European border.

Find twelve villages spread through the Center of Portugal, each one more surprising than the one before. Cross mesmerizing landscapes to find these castle villages at the end of the day, after traversing perfectly desert roads or ancient trails that lead you to the top of the hills.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal
Get the Train/Bus to Guarda.
Transfer from Lisbon/Porto to Guarda (optional).
Briefing with an A2Z Guide/delivery of Bikes.
Overnight in Guarda.
Day 02
Bike Tour 1: Guarda | Belmonte (distance: 35 km | climbing: +720 m)
Leaving Guarda behind you´ll cross some typical villages until you arrive at the Historical Village of Belmonte. The town of Belmonte in Cova da Beira commands a broad view of the eastern slopes of the Serra da Estrela mountains, and fully justifies its name. Tradition has it that the name Belmonte comes from its location (beautiful hill). Some say, however, that it comes from 'belli monte', the hill of war. A sunny place, with good people, endless vistas and centuries-old history.
Overnight in Belmonte.
Day 03
Bike Tour 2: Belmonte | Termas do Cró (distance: 45 km | climbing: +698m)
Today's ride is very interesting: beautiful landscapes where you´ll be able to explore the history, the traditions, the colours, the smells and the tastes of such a diverse territory.
You will pass Sabugal, which has one of Portugal’s best-kept castles, rising at the top of a mount surrounded by river Côa. Before the foundation of Portugal, this castle was occupied, in 1296 by King D. Dinis. The Portuguese borders were only set one year later, by the Treaty of Alcanizes. Then you go until Termas do Cró.
Overnight in Termas do Cró.
Day 04
Bike Tour 3: Termas do Cró | Almeida (distance: 51 km | climbing: +602m)
The pleasure of ending the day with the greetings of an ancient local inhabitant, still reflecting in its face the hardship and happiness of a life lived in harmony with the strengths of nature, is one of those moments that will make you smile with joy and gratitude. This can happen in the last stop, at the Historical Village of Almeida.
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.
Overnight in Almeida.
Day 05
Bike Tour 4: Almeida | Cidadelhe (distance: 41km | climbing: +355m)
Today you will ride to Cidadelhe, a UNESCO World Heritage site due to Pre-historic granite figures found in the area. Its Castle and amazing views are also a highlight not to be missed!
Overnight in Cidadelhe.
Day 06
Bike Tour 5: Cidadelhe | Guarda (distance: 55 km | climbing: +895 m)
Leaving Cidadelhe behind, today will be your last ride of this amazing journey in such an idyllic region, full of history and traditions.
You´ll arrive at Guarda again, which was built into the mountain landscape of Serra da Estrela, and that was one of the most important strongholds in a set of fortifications that defended the Portuguese border against Castile and León during the Middle Ages.
Overnight in Guarda.
Day 07
After breakfast end of services.
Get the Train/Bus from Guarda to Lisbon/Porto.
Transfer from Guarda to Lisbon/Porto (optional).
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Dates & Prices

From 895.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Single Supplement: from 295.00€/person

More Information


6 accommodations with breakfast (sharing a double room)
Briefing with an A2Z Guide
Luggage transfers 1 bag per person - up to 20kg/bag
Maps and documentation
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone)  
Hybrid Bike rental
24H support line 
A2Z offer

*For more information about lodgings please contact us!

Extra Services

Extra Night in Lisbon / Porto / Guarda: on request
Single room (supplement): 170€
Package 6 diners: 175€ (alcoholic drinks not included)
Transfers to and from airports: On request

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