This 7-night, 6-day tour would be ideal for those who enjoy accumulating kilometres, but with a bit less of them mountain climbing, and a bit more appreciating the scenery. The trip will take in 600km of riding and 8000m of accumulated climbing.
Arrival and collection from Porto Airport, latest early afternoon arrival, and transfer to our base at the Casa Vilpaoucain Tui. On arrival we will make up the bikes, toast your arrival in Galicia, and over an evening meal in a local restaurant discuss the upcoming week.
SUNDAY 94 km with 980 m accumulated climbing
We will hug the river Miño and the coast as we head towards Baiona. A beautiful 60km undulating road so you can enjoy the view of the ocean. From Baiona we will head towards Gondomar and tackle Monte Aloia from Gondomar. After the descent into Tui, we will shake out the legs with a small loop to take us through the 100km barrier.
MONDAY 105 km with 1416m accumulated climbing
We will head inland today for what the Galicians call “rompe pernas”, a route that tests the legs. We 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 we will tackle Alto de Moscoso, and onto Pazos de Borben, 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 gets us back to base
TUESDAY 87 km with 1330 m accumulated climbing
A shorter day in prospect as we straight up the south face of Monte Aloya, to warm the legs up. From the summit we will descend to Morgadanes, and across to Tebra via Couso. 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, we descend towards O Rosal, and back to our Tui base along the River Miño to enjoy well-deserved massage. And your dirty kit will be taken away, washed and ready for Wednesday morning
WEDNESDAY 92.5 km with 1100 m accumulated climbing
Early exit this morning as we take the vans for a quick hour’s drive to Pontevedra, from where we will start our ride. We will hug the estuary of the Ria de Pontevedra heading out via SanXenxo to the headland at O Grove. You can enjoy the sea views all the way,as we round the headland,and head up to Cambados . Finally we head inland, through the vineyards of Salnés, with our 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 base.
THURSDAY 105 km with 1235 m accumulated climbing
We will adventure into the old Galician territories, crossing the Miño into northern Portugal. We head to Arcos de Valdevez via the first part of the climb to Extremo, where we will enjoy some lovely Portuguese pastries. From Arcos, we will climb steadily up through the Parque Corno de Bico, and descend into Paredes de Coura, and from there back to our base in Tui, on undulating roads.
FRIDAY 120 km with 1820 m accumulated climbing
Our last day will see us favour the coast, with a gentle 25km ride along the Miño river before we tackle Monte Santa Tegra on Galicia´s south west tip. From La Guardia, we will head along the coast road to Baiona, 30km of uniterrupted coast road. We will tackle north face of Monte Groba, and enjoy it´s stunning ocean views from the summit. We will descend towards O Rosal but cut across the Sierra de Vilameán and back to sea level via San Cibrán. Our final climb of the holiday will be San Antoniño from Gondomar, and a lovely 11km descent back to our base in Tui.