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Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Total Distance 246 miles (393km) | Average distance per day 49 miles (79km)

Seville and Porto are without doubt two of the most beautiful European cities. This tour will give you the chance to explore both, but also to discover a well-kept Spanish secret - the vast and beautiful open landscapes along Europe's oldest border between Spain and Portugal.

You will cycle through the legacy and remains of Roman Iberia, the Moors and the land of the conquistadores in Extremadura, and finally travel by train along the Douro Valley into Porto.

What not to miss

  • Extremedura and Alentejo
  • Seville
  • Douro Valley
  • Dehesas Valley
  • Porto
  • Wine tasting

What’s included

  • Touring / Hybrid bike and transport (bus, taxi, train)
  • 5 nights premium accommodation, 2 nights standard
  • Meals (breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Seville.

Your tour starts in Seville, the capital of Andalucia and a city which overflows with life and variety. Ramparts dating back to the 13th century, the Alcázar and the Giralda, all remind us of earlier Moorish occupation and later buildings reflect the Mudejar architectural style, a mixture of Moorish and Christian influences. In the early evening we plan an orientation walking tour around the city. Seville is a fascinating city with many attractions so we recommend booking some extra time before the tour starts.

Meals included: lunch, dinner

Day 2

From Seville to Elvas | Distance 45 miles (72km) | Elevation +425m / -425m.

Today starts with a two hour drive to visit the fascinating medieval town of Jerez de los Caballeros, located in the province of Extremadura. The old town is surrounded by a Moorish wall with six gates. Famous for its agricultural produce, especially in ham and bacon from herds of pigs which are reared in the surrounding oak forests. Afterwards it is just a 45 minute drive to the start point of today's cycle ride at Villanueva del Fresno. You’ll get acquainted with your bikes as you ride through a landscape of cork oak estates and farms to the Portuguese border town of Elvas. A well-preserved ancient settlement, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, Elvas has UNESCO World Heritage Status and is home to a Roman temple and aqueduct from a much later period. The middle section of today's ride will test your fitness with two short climbs. We finish our cycle route with a final climb to our accommodation right in front of the Amoreira aqueduct.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Elvas to Marvao | Distance 54 miles (87km) | Elevation +1400m / -950m.

A full day of cycling is ahead of you. You set directly from the hotel and your route is mostly on very good tarmac roads across a rolling landscape. Criss-crossing the Spanish-Portuguese border we cycle through some lovely Alentejo scenery to Marvao, a dramatic medieval hilltop village. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with whitewashed houses, some dating back as far as the 15th century, featuring characteristic terracotta roofs and decorative wooden doors and windows. The houses wind their way up along a steep ridge to one of the finest castles in Portugal, dating from the 13th century. We recommend a visit to the castle for the panoramic vista far over the wild rocky landscape towards Spain and the Serra da Estrela Mountains in Portugal. Today is the most challenging ride of your tour - the final 5km has an average gradient of 5%!

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

From Marvao to Alcantara | Distance 51 miles (82km) | Elevation +850m / -1500m.

Enjoy a scenic and undulating ride across a high plateau on our way to Alcántara (derived from the Arabic word for 'the bridge'). Alcántara is famous locally for its six-arched Roman stone bridge built across the Tajo River. The border is locally known as 'la raya' (the line) and the condition of the roads on our ride tend to be slightly better on the Spanish side. The town is also home to a hydroelectric dam and reservoir, surrounded by pretty holm oak and cork oak forests.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

From Alcantara to San Martin de Trevejo | Distance 48 miles (77km) | Elevation +1200m / -950m.

Departing from Alcántara we tackle an initial warm up climb (!) and then continue to ride along the edge of the Extremadura region, an area dotted with ‘finca’ estates and farmland. In the second half of the day we encounter more hills as our cycle route leads us up into the Sierra de Gata Mountains. The ride culminates with a demanding ascent to reach our night stop in the town of San Martin de Trevejo, still in Spain and located in a beautiful valley setting between mountains against a backdrop of olive groves and oak woodland.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From San Martin de Trevejo to Aldea del Obispo | Distance 47 miles (75km) | Elevation +1000m / -800m.

Today is a more challenging ride as we pass through the Sierra de Gata Mountains, offering excellent views as you follow the border northwards into the Spanish province of Salamanca. In the morning there is a long and steep climb (9km with an average gradient of 5%). The very particular isolation of Sierra de Gata has contributed to conserve two linguistic fossils - Fala and Extremeño - and this mountainous area has remained one of the most untouched and natural areas on the Iberian peninsula. The area is also known for wild mushrooms and many locals are aficionados; heading off into the forests in season, basket in hand. Our cycling involves some harder climbs today, but there are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the scenery and you will be rewarded with exhilarating downhills. Your accommodation is a lovely hotel in the village of Aldea del Obispo in Spain.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

From Aldea del Obispo to Porto.

An early start and a two hour bus transfer across the Portuguese border to Pocinhos. From here you board the train for the three hour journey on a winding route along the Douro Valley. The scenery is stunning and you will pass countless vineyards as you travel into Porto, arriving mid-afternoon. After a short orientation tour on foot, we visit the Sandeman wine cellars where we enjoy a port wine tasting. This evening you celebrate the end of your journey in this lovely city with a final group meal.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

End in Porto.

We say “adeus” and “ate breve”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Macarena, Seville

4-star

Located in front of the Macarena basilica the hotel is set around a typical Seville-style patio, where there is a restaurant and cafeteria. There is a rooftop pool with panoramic city views.

Hotel Dom Luis, Elvas

3-star

Facing the impressive aqueduct of Amoreira this hotel features spacious guest rooms and a garden with a swimming pool.

Hotel El Rei Dom Manuel, Marvao

3-star

Ideally located, this hotel offers stunning views over the city of Marvao. This warm and cosy accommodation also serves a great breakfast.

Hospederia Conventual, Alcantara

4-star

This hotel has recently been renovated and offers a perfect combination of an old historic atmosphere, and a modern convenient stylish feel. There is a swimming pool and a quiet garden to relax in.

Hospederia Conventual Sierra de Gata, San Martin de Trevejo

4-star

This beautiful hotel used to be a convent and has been perfectly renovated to feature all you need for a great stay. Facilities include a spa and a swimming pool.

Hotel Domus Real Fuerte, Aldea del Obispo

3-star

This converted fort is located just on the on the outskirts of the town and next to the border with Portugal. There is a beautiful courtyard and a restaurant which serves truly great food.

Hotel Moov Centro, Porto

2-star

This refurbished hotel was formerly an art deco cinema. The modern rooms are decorated in soft colours and feature black and white photographs that keep the spirit of the cinema alive.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
15 September – 22 September 7 £1,495 Enquire now
13 October - 20 October 7 £1,365 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
15 September – 22 September 7 £1,145 Enquire now
13 October – 20 October 7 £1,145 Enquire now

Extras

Single room supplement: from £255 depending on departure date.

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Seville to Porto | Guided Group

Total Distance

246 miles (393km)

Average distance per day

49 miles (79km)

Suitability

We generally cycle on quiet tarmac roads and most of the rides are through hilly terrain. The steepest and most challenging climbs are on days 3 and 6. Each day a support vehicle carries the luggage from point to point, accompanying the ride wherever necessary while the Tour Leader cycles with the group. We have graded the route as moderate to challenging. 

Bikes

Bikes are 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. At the time of booking we will take your height to reserve equipment.

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