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Any advice for a Northern Portugal route that is not too difficult?!

Old 04-24-16, 01:05 AM
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Any advice for a Northern Portugal route that is not too difficult?!

I would really appreciate some advice on a route and starting point for a not-too-demanding trip.
We will have about 12 days and we have to end up at Tui in Galicia just north of the Portuguese border. Average daily distance are likely to be pretty low! While we are experienced cycle campers we do seek out easy routes, we like mountains but have tended to take trains to high starting points so we are mainly downhill. We have kids with us but youngest now 12 so they're probably not the limiting factor any more! Bit worried about heat and hills...
We are planning to hire bikes so could have them delivered to a convenient starting point.
We like quiet routes, beautiful scenery and somewhere to camp - and places to swim e.g. rivers - it'll be August!
Any advice much appreciated
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Old 04-24-16, 02:19 AM
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Pineda Geres National Park is very nice, but lots of up and down. the whole place is up and down, not a easy terrain. and august amigo is HOT!!! +30-40º Celsius
Quiete routs you have to explore yourself, they are not written in tourist guides, if you do so you will find the most beautiful unspoiled places .....
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Old 04-24-16, 01:40 PM
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Northern Portugal is not flat, so unless you're riding in river valleys, you'll usually have lots of hills. Fortunately, the Douro valley is lovely and was my favorite part of Portugal for touring. We were riding east to west, ending in Porto. I don't recall how much traffic there was, to be honest.

The Minho/Miño river forms the westernmost border between Galicia and Portugal. For most of the length where the river is the border (about 80 km) there is a nice paved bike trail along the river on the Portuguese side. I rode that west to east, and then continued on roads upriver in Spain, where the river was entirely flowing within Spain. Those Spanish roads were particularly nice, as the scenery was lovely and there was very little traffic.
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Old 04-25-16, 07:36 AM
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You can do the coast, around 450km from lisbon to border, very flat.
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I'm living in Portugal since almost 5 years and collected some GPS-trails, tour descriptions, pictures
on my website mountainbike-traveller.com which is currently under construction and a bit chaotic.
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