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Making the connection between Régua, considered the capital of the demarcated region in which the well-known Douro Wine is produced, and Pinhão, nestled between two rivers, and situated on a stepped hillside on the Douro Region, presents a beautiful landscape dotted with farms and lots of unique beauty, typical of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, this 27km road can offer you amazing and stunning views of this Unesco World Heritage site.
Note: This is just a sample of the program and all itineraries and program will be adjusted to the clients’ level and preferences.
At your arrival to Oporto, you will have the transfer by car to your hotel, where you will meet your bike host. While having a Port wine tasting, we will give all the information regarding the tour and discuss or make some last-minute changes to the itinerary according to your needs.
Other points of interest in Oporto:
- Dom Luís I Bridge – arched bridge carrying low-level road & a high-level metro line between Oporto & Vila Nove de Gaia;
- São Bento railway station – 19th-century railway station noted for its elaborate tilework in the main vestibule;
- Livraria Lello – lavishly designed historic bookstore with an art nouveau exterior & a winding wooden staircase;
- Clérigos Church – baroque church with a marble altarpiece & a 75m bell tower that is a symbol of Oporto.
The bikes BMW will be delivered to your hotel, you will start your moto tour with a fast visit of Porto and then leave to Douro valley crossing the EN222, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
The EN222, which connects Peso da Régua to Pinhão and crosses the landscape of Alto Douro Vinhateiro – World Heritage, was awarded the title of “World Best Driving Road”. The recognition is made by the car rental company Avis, which is based on a formula developed by a scientist.
In addition to the privileged view over the river Douro and the terraces, the sharp corners followed by long straight lines and gradients contributed to the classification. The index, which meets the best driving conditions, has been applied to 25 roads around the world. The best is in the North of Portugal. Next are Big Sur, California (USA), and A535, in the United Kingdom.
Leaving behind the idyllic scenery of the Douro Valley, you will cross cities as Lamego and Viseu. Drive in the Luso area and you will be amazed at the views of the Bussaco mountains in order to arrive in the city of Knowledge – Coimbra.
The National Forest of Buçaco, with 105 hectares and about 5 km of perimeter, has been a National Monument since 1943. It is classified by botanists as one of the best arboretum in Europe and by poets as the “altar of nature” 700 exotic and indigenous species of trees. As we walk along its paths, on footpaths, we will be in the middle of the Amazon forest or in Tasmania, hiking through the Vale dos Fetos.
The Bussaco Palace was one of the most luxurious royal retreats. The Palace’s interior is truly unique and steeped in history, with antiques and fine paintings adorning the rooms. A truly historic hotel, Bussaco Palace has focused on retaining the charm and elegance of the early 20th century rather than offering certain modern conveniences that are often expected as standard (such as air conditioning in all rooms).
Lying halfway between Lisbon and Oporto in the Beiras region of central Portugal, venerable Coimbra nestles on the banks of the River Mondego in dignified glory. Famed for its university – the oldest in the country – and a fantastic collection of handsome churches, serene monasteries, and lively cultural institutions, Coimbra is also a busy commercial hub with its many shops, boutiques, and appetizing choice of cafés and restaurants. The city center is divided into two neighborhoods, the Lower Town and the Upper Town. Its historic heart lies high above the Mondego on Alcaçova hill, known to the Romans as Aeminium. Here, medieval convents, cathedrals, and some fine museums cluster around the old University.
This royal heritage permeates the city’s steep hills, narrow lanes, and verdant parks, all of which are best explored on foot. And exploration further afield is rewarded with the largest and most compelling Roman site in Portugal, and an emerald-hued forest of enchanting allure and breathtaking beauty.
On this day we will ride close to the Atlantic Ocean, passing through cities as Figueira da Foz, Nazaré and Peniche until we reach Cabo da Roca, near Lisbon. On the way, we will make a short stop on the medieval and fortified city of Óbidos.
Long recognized as one of the most beautiful villages on the Portuguese coast, Nazaré was associated mainly with heights such as New Year’s Eve, Carnival and summer holidays. Today it is famous worldwide thanks to the gigantic waves of the North Beach, where Garret McNamara set the record for the biggest wave surfing in the world.
Located in the sub-region of the West, the Village of Nazaré congregates three distinct locations: the Vila itself, the Pederneira and the promontory where the famous Site rises. Together they form one of the most beautiful postcards of our country, that combines the immense sand in the low zone and the places of observation on the mount, where the field of vision comprehends in full the immense sea. Many tourist attractions and ex-libris, such as the Church and the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, will find the Marginal or the elevator reveal a special connection with the sea and nature. Therefore, this is an invitation to explore spaces where you will feel in harmony with the environment and that astonish by its singular beauty.
Early rise for a full day of tour leaving Lisbon behind and driving to Alentejo area passing by Arrábida mountain. This area is part of the Natural Park that starts further north in the Southwest Alentejo and is the longest stretch of the protected Portuguese coast. The beaches follow one another, some of them long swathes of sand stretching into the distance, others smaller, framed by magnificent schist and limestone cliffs. The choppy sea produces a natural symphony that serves as the soundtrack to this trip by the sea. We will arrive in Tróia after a short travel with the ferry, to head to Porto Covo just in time for lunch. After lunch, the ride continues to Reguengos de Monsaraz crossing the Alqueva area. We will arrive in Lisbon at night.