In Roman times, the river was personified as a god, Durius. Now, it is personified as the god of the wines. The remarkable Duero river in Spain, or Douro river in Portugal, offers shelter to some of world’s greatest wine regions: Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Toro in Spain and Port wine in Portugal.
From Madrid, we head north towards one of the largest wine producing areas in the world, Ribera Del Duero, where we are surrounded by stunning medieval towns and large sunny valleys. Later on we bike through the wine area of Toro and Rueda, entering further into the isolated, wildlife refuge of the Natural Park of Arribes del Duero. From there we pedal along the stunning Dam of La Almendra, one of the largest in Europe.
Once in Portugal the landscape gets wilder and more small towns begin to appear as the river grows to gigantic proportions. Wineries, lonely roads and excellent food are the landmarks of our friendly neighbors. In the valley of Coa, we visit one of the largest collections of Paleolithic Cave Art in Europe. Following our stay in the charming town of Peso de Regua we continue our journey along the Duoro to finish in the charmingly beautiful city of Porto. What a great way to end our wine journey!
Day 1: Peñafiel, Spain
Route: 53 km
Accomodation: Hotel Pesquera AF Hotel
Our team will pick you up in your hotel in Madrid and transfer to the splendid Romanesque town of Sepulveda in the Province of Segovia. From here we continue to the stunning gorges of the Duraton river, Las Hoces del Duraton, where we will see the impressive Hermitage of San Frutos carved into the rock and possibly also spot some local eagles or vultures. Then we hop on the bikes and pedal to the wine town of Peñafiel to our hotel for the night. Owned by the “godfather of wine”, Mr Alejandro Fernandez built up the Pesquera AF Hotel around his love for wine and his passion for winemaking.
Day 2: Peñafiel, Spain
Route: 50 km
Accomodation: Hotel Pesquera AF Hotel
Today´s biking takes us on a scenic loop ride from the hotel through the surrounding vineyards with the opportunity to stop and visit some of the most interesting wineries. of the area. At the end of the ride we will have the opportunity to visit the impressive 10th century castle of Peñafiel and its interesting wine museum.
Day 3: Toro, Spain
Route: 47 km
Accomodation: Hotel Valbusenda
After a quick transfer to Toro, the area that is known for its red wine variety “Tinta de Toro”, we jump on our bikes and make our way around. It’s a gentle ride today through picturesque, agricultural countryside with lots of sprawling vineyards. Toro is a relatively new wine-making region, which is slowly gaining recognition.
Tonight we stay in luxurious surroundings in the 5* hotel Valbusenda, where you choose to pamper yourself with the soothing properties of the local grape in their wine spa.
Day 4: Marialva, Portugal
Route: 34 km
Accomodation: Hotel Casas Do Coro
After breakfast, we start a day with a transfer to reach Portugal through the spectacular area of the dam of La Almendra, one of the biggest in Europe, that well diserves a stop. The impressive dam was built between 1964 and 1970 and forms part of the hydroelectric system knows as the “Duero Drops”. We continue following the course of the Douro river into the natural park of Arribes del Duero offering remarkable goegraphical features and wildlife.
Crossing the border we arrive in Portugal at our final destination, the beautiful medieval town of Marialva, which is just a stone’s throw away from our eco-friendly hotel for the night.
Day 5: Pinhao, Portugal
Route: 35 km
Accomodation: Hotel Vintage House Pinhao
Our day begins with a visit to one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Europe. The Coa Valley is home to a remarkable set of prehistoric rock carvings, which have been designated a World Heritage Site. It is a fascinating open-air display of rock drawings in a spectacular setting above the Douro river.
From here we make our way to the start of today’s bike ride, which is a stunning stretch of riding along quiet roads with vineyards blanketing the landscape. Our final destination is the beautiful town of Pinaho, which sits peacefully on the banks of the river Douro and further along the river sits our hotel for the night, the luxurious Vintage House Hotel.
Day 6: Peso da Regua, Portugal
Route: 30 km
Accomodation: Hotel Quinta Pacheca
After leaving Pinhao by bike we follow the course of the river on a beautiful and pleasant final ride, which offers us glimpses of the many fortresses that dot the surrounding landscape. This area is at the heart of Port wine production in Portugal.
On arrival in Peso da Regua, known as the Port wine capital, we will take a quick visit of the town before enjoying some delicious local food and wine specialities over lunch.
Tonight we spend our final night of the trip in the spectacular wine hotel, Quinta Pacheca, where you can relax and relive the memories of your week’s biking adventures!
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, your Bike Spain guides will say goodbye to you as they make their way back to Madrid by van. Before they leave, they will help you with your onward travel arrangements to Porto.
Porto is a particularly beautiful city, built on gently sloping hills along the meandering curve of the Douro river just before it enters the Atlantic. With many cultural sites of interest, as well as modern art museums and historic port wine cellars, it is no wonder that this city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
There are a couple of options for you to get to Porto from Peso da Regua, both of which allow you to continue your journey along the Douro. There are regular train services, which take approx. 2 hours to arrive in Porto. The other option is a relaxing river cruise, which can take up to 6 hours. Either way, you are guaranteed a spectacularly beautiful trip.
The Pesquera Hotel was created by the “godfather” of Ribera Wines, Alejandro Fernandez.
The hotel was created as a Boutique hotel and true monument for the enjoyment of the senses; it offers its visitors an unforgettable experience in a very exclusive atmosphere. Located in the town and close to the castle is set in an old industrial building with a strong personality, in a characteristic early 20th century style; its decorative eclecticism becomes a homage to art, to reveries and, above all else, to good taste.
The luxurious Valbusenda Hotel Resort & Spa is 5-star hotel located in the beautiful region of the Vega de Toro.
Located 12 km from Toro village, and few meters away from the banks of the Duero River in Valbusenda winery complex. This spectacular wine resort with futuristic design is the perfect place to enjoy a unique experience in this famous wine area. It offers luxury rooms with minimalist decor and exceptional views of the vineyard.
Casas do Coro
The Hotel Casas do Côro offers a garden that exhibits the characteristic of the land.
The Hotel Casas do Côro offers a garden that exhibits the characteristic of the land: olives, almonds and vines patios that lead to the outdoor swimming pool with jet streams, spectacular chill out with fabulous beds and a little hut that houses the sauna and Jacuzzi. Panoramic views complete the quiet atmosphere of this spectacular boutique but rusticate hotel, melting sustainable design and comfort. It is located on top of a hill with spectacular views of the castle and with maximum privacy, guests may enjoy singular suite.
Hotel Vintage Pinhao
In the heart of Douro’s World Heritage site, this former 18th century wine estate enjoys a fantastic riverfront location.
The hotel is surrounded by famous Port wine production estates and their extensive vineyards. The interiors are sophisticated and comfortable and all the rooms have balconies overlooking the river. The award-winning “Rabelo” restaurant provides a combination of excellent food and wines of the region.
Hotel Quinta da Pacheca
At a Quinta with 51 acres full of vineyards stretching down to the Douro.
The Wine House Hotel is an intense and soulful hotel that surprises by its history, combined with an innovative and sophisticated style. The main building is a typical house of the eighteenth century it was all restored respecting its original architecture and traditional values. The common spaces and their fifteen unique bedrooms each other now benefit from a modern and avant-garde image, with a sober and elegant dash.