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Historical Villages - Center-Based Bike Tour

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
altimetry 2770 m
distance 220 km
Lodging Comfort

The Centre-Based Bike Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages is a label “Clean & Safe” self-supported bike holidays adventure with the label “Clean & Safe” and the “Less is More” policy. This means that we had in mind a safer and relaxed way for our customers to make their holidays in Portugal’s countryside, avoiding the crowds, with a centre-based trip only with two lodgings.

The beauty of this Bike Tour allows you to cycle in locations of high historical nature. Find some of the many ancient villages spread in Portugal’s centre, each one more surprising than the one before, such as the Portuguese Historical Villages of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Almeida, or Marialva. The organization provides tools that make the adventure possible, integrated into a follow-up structure, guaranteeing information and security services.
While crossing such mesmerizing landscapes you will find these castle villages at the end of the day, after going through perfectly desert roads or ancient trails that lead to the top of the hill. This centre-based group of loops start in two different locations along the week, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and Juízo, and goes through some of the most impressive Portuguese natural regions, like the Côa Valley, with it's cave paintings, or Faia Brava, the first private conservation area in Portugal.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal | Castelo Rodrigo | Briefing
Arrival at Porto airport.
Get the train along the Douro Railway until Pocinho (about 3 hours).
Private transfer from Pocinho to Castelo Rodrigo (about 45 min).
Transfer from Lisbon/Porto to Castelo Rodrigo (optional).
Immerse yourself in a medieval experience among Castelo Rodrigo’s historical village walls, a local of exceptional historical interest for the remarkable monuments it holds. Walk the narrow cobbled streets and visit medieval references such as the Mother Church or Palácio Cristovão de Moura’s ruins.
Overnight in Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 02
Bike Tour 1: Castelo Rodrigo Loop (40 km)
The first stage will take you to some paths with ancestral traces of where important battles were fought throughout history. These battles and the bravery of its people led to the independence of Portugal. On this day, you will have the opportunity to rediscover the charm of the rural world through almost deserted roads surrounded by agricultural fields.
Overnight in Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 03
Bike Tour 2: Castelo Rodrigo | Almeida Loop (48 km)
Today will take you to one of the most important Historical Villages of Portugal, Almeida. Located on a vast plateau overlooking the Côa River, Almeida was one of the most important fortresses during the Modern Age. It constitutes an original exemplar of military architecture, with its twelve-point star shape from the 17th century.
Overnight in Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 04
Bike Tour 3: Vale de Afonsinho | Algodres | Vilar de Amargo | Castelo Rodrigo Loop (41 km)
When you reach the third stage, you will continue by bicycle through typical Beirã villages such as Vale do Afonsinho, Algodres and Vilar de Amargo while you enjoy the beautiful landscapes of cultivation fields and cycle through secondary roads. Vale de Afonsinho holds one of the ancient rock art centres of the Côa Valley - this valley was classified by UNESCO in 1998 as a World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 05
Bike Tour 4: Castelo Rodrigo | Penha de Águia | Cidadelhe | Juízo (34 km)
Leaving Castelo Rodrigo behind, today you will pedal towards the village of Juízo.
You'll have the chance to visit the village of Penha da Águia, with a beautiful “Igreja Matriz” - Mother church -, where the graves carved in rocks from various sources stand out. The Côa river, the castle tower and the eagle-shaped baroque are places of scenic interest.
A small climb is the next smooth challenge until Cidadelhe.
Part of Cidadelhe is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the rock figures, engraved in granite, dating back to Prehistory. 
Cidadelhe belongs to the Vale do Côa Archaeological Park area and sits on top of a hill, over 500 meters high, between the Massueime and Côa rivers. It was the writer José Saramago who called Cidadelhe the “heel of the world”, because it is located at the northern end of the municipality, and it thus became known as such.
Its view of the Côa Valley from the top of the mountain is capable of leaving us speechless. It is very close to the beautiful Aldeia do Juízo, where you'll sleep tonight.
Overnight in Juízo village.
Day 06
Bike Tour 5: Juízo | Longroiva | Mêda | Marialva | Juízo Loop (53 km)
Short version: Juízo | Marialva | Juízo (40 km)

Departing from Juízo, you will continue your journey passing by the Historical Village of Marialva, which takes you to the deepest roots of the country's history in a scenario that reveals one of the living relics of Portuguese ancestry.
The streets are lined with buildings that have stood the test of time and lead to the citadel, surrounded by walls in whose ruins it is easy to lose track of time. You'll return to Juízo through some beautiful roads, where the surrounding nature is in a pure state and where some of the country's deepest cultural roots are found.
Overnight in Juízo village.
Day 07
Transfer from Juízo to Pocinho Station. Take the Train from Pocinho to Porto city.
Transfer from Juízo village to Porto (optional).
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Dates & Prices

From 919.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants (sharing a double room)

Departures: Weekdays

Single Supplement: 232€
High Season Supplement:139€/person

More Information


Transfer from Pocinho Station to Castelo Rodrigo
Transfer from Juízo to Pocinho Station
6 accommodations with breakfast (sharing a double room)
5 bike rides
Luggage transfer on day 5 (1 bag per person) – up to 20kg/bag
Hybrid bike rental
Maps and documentation
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone)
24H support line
Handle bag or pannier bag

*For more information about lodgings please contact us!

Extra Services

Transfer from Porto airport to Castelo Rodrigo: on request
Transfer from Juízo to Porto airport: on request
Transfer from Lisboa airport to Castelo Rodrigo: on request
Transfer from Juízo to Lisboa airport: on request
Extra night in Lisboa: On request
Dinners at the hotels during the way (6 dinners): on request
Pack 5 Lunchboxes: on request
Upgrade to electric bike:  168€/bike
Visit  the Palaeolithic rock engravings in the Côa valley: on request
Gel pad for the saddle: 12€
GPS device rental: 50€
Powerbank rental: 15€
Pack Handle bag and pannier bag rental: 12€/person (the trip includes one of these pieces)

Possible Upgrade from Casas do Juízo to Casas do Côro (Marialva): on request

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