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Portugal - Mountains of the Douro - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

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23 to 30 Sep - With three World Heritage Sites recognised by UNESCO, there is no shortage of reasons to visit the Douro Valley, a land of tradition, a place of enchantment and one of the most stunning landscapes in all of Portugal!

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Holiday Highlights

  • Travelling along the Douro through the immense vineyards on the terraced slopes
  • Staying in characteristic lodgings of the wine farms where we visit the Port wine cellars with their port and wine tasting on offer
  • The astonishing views from Penedo Durao on the Spanish border
  • The historic fortified village of Almeida
  • Tackling the challenging climb to Torre, the highest point of Portugal
  • The final hotel at Unhais da Serra, the unexpected oasis at the end of the ride

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Douro is a region intrinsically linked to its wines. All these wines come from the terraces that surround the river Douro and its tributaries, where walls made of schist support the vineyards full of white or red grapes. As such, the landscape is not only moulded and sculpted to the production of wine but also the pace of life of the Douro. If the winter is marked by the calm and quietness, which seems to be reflected in the bare vines, the transition from the summer to the autumn brings the bustle of the harvest with a fall and rise of baskets and pruning shears, on the slopes populated by workers. The slopes, the vast rows of vines and the Douro river, are all part of this unique landscape. These slopes are accompanied by a network of secondary roads linking tiny villages on both sides of the river and these are the roads our tour takes on our journey upstream with lots of ups and downs along the way. Some of the climbs are long but generally gentle.
The middle part of our tour is run on a plateau between the Douro valley and the mountains where we have the opportunity to visit some of the most charismatic historic villages.
Finally we reach Serra da Estrela Natural Park with its highest point in Torre. Serra da Estrela is an area of rare landscape beauty, with striking mountain drops where a 24km long climb along the old glacier valley will take us to the top at 2,000m.
There is no doubt that this is a challenging tour but it is one which is filled with fantastic rewards like those outstanding hotels where you can relax and reflect at the end of the ride and sample the very best of the Portuguese genuine gastronomy.

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7 nights hotel accommodation

6 days riding

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