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Mountain Bike Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages | Guided

Duration 9 Days
Type Guided
distance 533 km
Lodging Comfort
Ref. Tour: tour012

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. We also offer a short version of this tour, 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.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Lisboa | Castelo Novo
Transfer from Lisboa airport to Castelo Novo. Time to prepare your bike for the next days' ride.
Overnight in Castelo Novo.
Day 02
MB Tour 1: Castelo Novo | Idanha-a-Velha | Monsanto (62 km | 39 mi / 806 m | 2644 ft)
On your first day of serious riding, you will connect two historical villages: Castelo Novo and Monsanto. Idanha-a-Velha, in the middle, is a very picturesque village. 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.
Overnight in Monsanto.
Day 03
MB Tour 2: Monsanto | Sortelha (68 km  | 42 mi / 806 m | 2644 ft)
Sortelha is a Historical Village which dates back to the 12th Century. Its castle is a national monument. 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.
Overnight in Sortelha.
Day 04
MB Tour 3: Sortelha | Castelo Mendo | Almeida (90 km | 56 mi / 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.
Short version: distance: 43 km / 27 mi | climbing: 424 m / 1391 ft.
Overnight in Almeida.
Day 05
MB Tour 4: Almeida | Castelo Rodrigo | Marialva (72 km | 45 mi / 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. 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.
Overnight in Marialva.
Day 06
MB Tour 5: Marialva | Linhares da Beira (65 km | 40 mi / 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 paragliding 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.
Overnight in Linhares da Beira.
Day 07
MB Tour 6: Linhares da Beira | Piódão (88 km | 55 mi / 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.
Short version: distance: 33 km / 20 mi | climbing: 1285 m / 4216 ft
Overnight in Piódão.
Day 08
MB Tour 7: Piódão | Castelo Novo (88 km | 55 mi / 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.
Day 09
Castelo Novo | Lisboa
Transfer from Castelo Novo to Lisboa.
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Casa do Chafariz

Casas do Campanário

Residencial Muralha

Calcaterra Agroturismo

Estalagem Inatel in Linhares da Beira

Estalagem Inatel in Piódão

Casas do Campanário

Dates & Prices

From 1790,00€/person  |  Min. 4 participants

October 21 to October 29

Note:  Other dates available on request! Please contact us for further information.

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8 accommodations with breakfast (based on 3* lodgings or similar)
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 devise and GPS tracks
A2Z offer and water bottle

For an upgrade of lodgings, please feel free to contact us!

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