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8 Days Road Cycling Holiday in Galicia, Spain
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Casa Vilapouca, Vilapouca 5, Pexegueiro, Tui, 36711, O Baixo Miño, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Cycling Holiday in Spain

Cycling Galicia invites you to join this cycling tour in Spain. This tour would be ideal for those who enjoy accumulating kilometers but with a bit less mountain climbing, and a bit more appreciating the scenery. The trip will take in 600 kilometers of riding and 8,000 meters of accumulated climbing. Take the challenge, release your pent-up stress, and satisfy your adventurous soul!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Centre-based
  • Terrain: Paved road and mostly hilly with undulating roads
  • Starts in: Tui
  • Ends in: Tui
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46 - 80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 375 miles / 603.5 kilometres
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • 4 - 10 participants

Highlights

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Cycling through hills
  • Biking in Spain and Portugal
  • Massage session with a massage therapist
  • Airport transfers for participants and their bike
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Support vehicle during cycling
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


6 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
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Accommodation

The accommodation for the duration of your holiday will be in Casa Vilapouca. The accommodation is situated in the valley of Pexegueiro, three kilometres from Tui. The house comprises of four guest rooms, three with their own private bathroom. Beds can be double or twin, depending on each guest's preference.

The house has a shared living and dining room, with full Sky TV English language package. There is a large fully stocked kitchen for breakfast and post-ride snacks, two large gardens, and two terraces to relax on. There is also a secure locked garage for bike storage. The guide, Dean Fletcher lives on site to ensure 24 / 7 care for all guests.

Rooms

Rooms are available with a garden view, en-suite bathroom, heating, Wi-Fi, bedding and towels provided, and hairdryer. The kitchen and living room will be shared, as well as the garden, terrace, and parking areas.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1, Saturday: Arrival at Porto Airport (OPO)

Your arrival and collection from Porto Airport (OPO) will be the latest early afternoon arrival, and you will be transferred to your base at the Rectoral de Areas in Tui. On arrival, Cycling Galicia will make up the bikes, toast your arrival in Galicia, and discuss the upcoming week over an evening meal in a local restaurant.

Day 2, Sunday: Baiona - Gondomar (58 miles / 94 kilometres with 980-metre accumulated climbing)

You will hug the Miño River and the coast as you head towards Baiona. A beautiful 60-kilometre undulating road so you can enjoy the view of the ocean. From Baiona, you will head towards Gondomar and tackle Monte Aloia from Gondomar. After the descent into Tui, you will shake out the legs with a small loop to take you through the 100-kilometre barrier.

Day 3, Monday: As Neves - Porriño (65 miles / 105 kilometres with 1,416-metre accumulated climbing)

You will head inland today for what the Galicians call “rompe pernas”, a route that tests the legs. You will head along the Miño valley to As Neves, and then inland towards the spa town of Mondariz-Balneario to enjoy their famous water. From there you will tackle Alto de Moscoso, and onto Pazos de Borbén, and the decent to Os Valos. A quick climb up to Peinador and then a descent back to Porriño, and through the countryside to Tui will get you back to the base.

Day 4, Tuesday: Morgadanes - Tui (54 miles / 87 kilometres with 1,330-metre accumulated climbing)

This is a shorter day in prospect as you go straight up the south face of Monte Aloia to warm the legs up. From the summit, you will descend to Morgadanes and across to Tebra via Couso. Go for a quick climb up the Alto del Castillo to enjoy the greenery of the vineyards and kiwi plantations of the Sierra de Vilachán. From there, you will descend towards O Rosal and back to your Tui base along the Miño River to enjoy a well-deserved massage. And your dirty kit will be taken away, washed, and ready for Wednesday morning.

Day 5, Wednesday: Pontevedra - O Salnés (57 miles / 92.5 kilometres with 1,100-metre accumulated climbing)

Exit early this morning as you take the vans for a quick hour’s drive to Pontevedra, from where you will start your ride. You will hug the estuary of the Ría de Pontevedra heading out via Sanxenxo to the headland at O Grove. You can enjoy the sea views all the way, as you round the headland and head up to Cambados.

Finally, you will head inland through the vineyards of O Salnés with your ultimate target, the climb to Monte Castrove. To cap it all off, a breathtaking descent back to the coast at Pontevedra and the drive back to the base.

Day 6, Thursday: Arcos de Valdevez - Paredes de Coura (65 miles / 105 kilometres with 1,235-metre accumulated climbing)

You will adventure into the old Galician territories, crossing the Miño into northern Portugal. You will head to Arcos de Valdevez via the first part of the climb to Extremo, where you will enjoy some lovely Portuguese pastries. From Arcos, you will climb steadily up through the Corno do Bico Protected Landscape and descend into Paredes de Coura, and from there, back to your base in Tui, on undulating roads.

Day 7, Friday: A Guarda - Gondomar (75 miles / 120 kilometers with 1,820-meter accumulated climbing)

Your last day will see you favor the coast, with a gentle 25-kilometre ride along the Miño River before you tackle Monte de Santa Tegra on Galicia's southwest tip. From A Guarda, you will head along the coast road to Baiona, 30 kilometres of an uninterrupted coast road.

You will tackle the north face of Monte da Groba, and enjoy its stunning ocean views from the summit. You will descend towards O Rosal but cut across the Sierra de Vilameán and back to sea level via San Cibrán. Your final climb of the holiday will be San Antoniño from Gondomar, and a lovely 11-kilometre descent back to your base in Tui.

Day 8, Saturday: Departure

Pack your bags and transfer to Porto Airport (OPO).

Bike transport and bike hire

Cycling Galicia knows from experience that bike transport is very important when organizing a tour. Most people like to bring their own bikes on their holidays. Bike boxes are now more affordable, and also available to rent. They provide a full pick-up service from Porto Airport (OPO), so on arrival, they will take over.

However, for those of you who do not want to bring your own bike, Cycling Galicia provides two options, bike transport directly to them, or bike hire. They can offer a rental bike for an additional cost. This can be easily arranged through their relationship with a local bike shop, El Box de Jorge, which they owned until last year. The owner is a close personal friend and will assure that you receive a top quality bike in perfect condition. Please contact them if you would like to discuss doing this.

The second option is bike transport directly to Cycling Galicia. Thus, they can have it ready for you on arrival, making cycling holidays in Galicia a lot easier.

You can pack up your own bike, in a cardboard bike box which your local shop will provide for you, or in a travel bag / box. You can then send it to Jorge’s bike shop, or Cycling Galicia's home, whichever you prefer. They will set it up for you, and it will be ready on a bike stand for you when you arrive here in Tui.

At the end of your holiday, just leave the bike with them and they will dismantle it, pack it, and send it back to you. They will not charge for any of this packing or unpacking and set up. Bike transport usually takes two to three days, door to door, although, for an extra cost, next day delivery is available.

There are many bike transport companies that operate this service. From personal experience, Cycling Galicia has always used SENDBIKE, and they have a direct arrangement with them to cater for clients, and they are very happy to liaise with them on your behalf. They are very professional, have a live chat facility to clarify all issues, and use DHL for all their deliveries. Again, please contact Cycling Galicia if you would like more information on this service.

Note

  • There will be a support vehicle with the group all day.
  • If Cycling Galicia decides that the route will start away from the base, they will provide all transport to and from the desired start and finish point. They will carry spare wheels and innertubes in case of punctures, and have a toolbox available for on-road repairs.
  • On this week-long trips, Cycling Galicia knows that dirty kit can be a problem. So, after day three's ride, you can bag up your used kit. It will be washed and ready for you for the next morning.
  • Also, when you return on day 3 from your exertions, Cycling Galicia will have a massage therapist ready at Rectoral de Areas to put some life into those weary legs for you.
  • Each morning, Cycling Galicia will make sure that their mechanic looks at your bike to ensure it is ready to go into battle.
  • Cycling Galicia can tailor make bespoke holidays to suit every client whether it is the length of stay, type of daily ride, etc. Just contact them to discuss your individual requirements.

Location

During the holiday, you will cycle to Tui, Baiona, Gondomar, As Neves, Mondariz-Balneario, Pazos de Borbén, Os Valos, Peinador, Porriño, Morgadanes, O Rosal, Pontevedra, O Grove, Cambados, O Salnés, and A Guarda in Spain as well as Arcos de Valdevez, Extremo, and Paredes de Coura in Portugal.

Tui

Cycling your base for the duration of your cycling holiday in Galicia will be the historic frontier town of Tui. It is situated on the banks of the Miño River in the southernmost part of Galicia. This historic town is mentioned in many old scriptures dating back to the time of the birth of Jesus.

Standing at the highest point of the town is the imposing cathedral, which was built sometime in the 12th century. That area of the town known as the “casco vello” retains many features of how the town looked hundreds of years ago. For that reason, it still has its narrow cobbled streets and high-sided buildings.

The town is overlooked by the mythical Monte Aloia and sits on the banks of the Miño River. This river separates it from its neighbor Portugal. Tui is a very well-connected town with great transport links as the A55 motorway to Galicia passes by it. Consequently, the connection to Porto Airport (OPO) is just an hour, and similarly to Vigo in half an hour. Similarly close by is the Rías Baixas motorway leading to the interior of Galicia. Because of this new network of motorways, you can access other parts of Galicia quickly and easily.

The base is less than one kilometer from the town centre, making it easily accessible for those who want to explore its historical center. It is a delightful place, very welcoming, and the ideal site to base your week's cycling from. Directly from your base, you will be able to access some beautiful cycling routes. For days that you go further afield, you will only have, at most, an-hour travel to reach your starting destination.

Galicia

Galicia is in the northwest corner of Spain and offers cyclists a perfect cocktail for a cycling holiday. It is easy to get to via Porto Airport (OPO) in northern Portugal. Flights from the UK and northern Europe are plentiful and inexpensive, and all major airlines operate there.

Galicia, with over 1,500 kilometers of coastline, offers some sublime beaches, and many of them accessible by bike. This makes it the perfect place for cycling holidays in Spain. Also, an unwritten law states that coffee stops or quick lunches have to be at a beachfront cafe. The Galicia coast, in the more southern regions, gives way to spectacular rugged headlands, and small inlets known as rias. These rias are fed by sometimes up to three or four separate rivers. As a result of this convergence of sea and freshwater, Galicia has perfect conditions for the growth of shellfish.

Galicia has more coastline than any other Spanish region and more beaches. Many of these beaches have the coveted blue flag award, illustrating their quality. Many of Galicia’s 113 blue flag beaches are totally natural, without facilities, or just one bar, known locally as chiringuitos. The more exposed beaches tend to have bigger waves and cooler water temperatures. However, those found in the inlets are calmer and with warmer water.

Cycling Galicia is fortunate to be based next to the beautiful Monte Aloia. The mountain is one of Galicia’s seven natural parks. This beautiful mountain rises up to 700 meters above the Rías Baixass on the border with Portugal. The mountain is steeped in Galician tradition and many legends surround its history such as the immaculate conceptions of the wild horses, and the mythical suicides of Celtic tribes during the Roman invasions. Above all, Monte Aloia’s wild rugged nature is a joy to behold. As a result, despite the effort of climbing it, the views across the Miño Valley to Portugal are worth the effort.

Distances

  • Large supermarkets - 2 minutes
  • Tui - 3 kilometres
  • Porto Airport (OPO) - 1 hour
  • Town centre - 10 minutes' walk
  • Vigo - 30 minutes

Food

Breakfasts will be at Rectoral de Areas. Before your trip, you can let Cycling Galicia know what you usually have for breakfast and if it exists in Galicia, it will be in the kitchen. They will arrive every morning with fresh bread and croissants, so you will be fuelled up for the day ahead.

Depending on how the day progresses, you will have a coffee stop and a light lunch en route. Lunches will be light and usually consist of a sandwich or some tapas, as climbing on a very full stomach is not something Cycling Galicia can recommend.

Every evening, you will dine in a different local restaurant, and Cycling Galicia will try to introduce you to the different gastronomy that Galicia has to offer, and if time permits, a pre-dinner drink in one of the numerous bars. They will also make sure that the fridge in Rectoral de Areas has a few treats to tide you over, and more than enough cyclotourist recovery drink as you will need before lights out.

Cycling Galicia is aware that many cyclists prefer their own brand of energy bars and gels during their rides. These will be provided for you and they use NutriSport products. All the water and energy drink mix that you need during the day´s ride is included too.

Please contact Cycling Galicia if there are any requests that you may have regarding food preferences, etc. Cycling Galicia aims to cater for everybody.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Massage session with a massage therapist on day 3
  • Dirty kit washing during the holiday
  • Minor bike reparations
  • Support vehicle during cycling
  • Transport to and from the desired start and finish point
  • Airport transfers for participants and their bike
  • Coffee stops during cycling
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Cyclotourist recovery drink
  • Water, energy drink mix, energy bars, and gels during the rides
  • Pre-dinner drinks in one of the numerous bars (if time permits)
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Bike hire
  • After dinner trips
  • Flights to and from Porto Airport (OPO)
  • Major bike repairs or components that are required during the trip
  • Insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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