This leisure cycling bike tour follows the coastline of north central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land. The route starts in Porto, a vibrant city full of history and culture to unveil, it’s a renowned place for its Port wine and cellars and is also classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. On the way you’ll cross the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve and the Ria de Aveiro, on the estuary of Vouga river, which marks this region and takes you to Aveiro, our little Venice with its moliceiros boats. To the south, the way crosses pine tree forests and the dunes system allowing you to enjoy some quiet and solitude, and a stop in small beaches to have a drink and contemplate the immense sea.
Day 1: Arrival in Porto
Welcome to Porto! Our guide will pick you up at the airport and drive to your hotel in the center of Porto. Plan some time to explore and enjoy this exciting city. The grey color of the granitic building stones, the narrow streets from the middle ages and the riverside make it a fantastic place to wander. The second biggest city of Portugal, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Porto has a lot to see and will be your home for the first night.
Day 2: Porto - Espinho, ~22 km
This first day starts from the old Porto, crossing Don Luís Bridge, with a spectacular view over Douro River. On the way, you will cross several small beaches like Valadares, Francelos and Miramar, by a cycling path near the coastline. These beaches are good spots to take a bath and enjoy the sun (if the weather and the conditions allow it). Miramar Beach is worth a stop to visit a small and intriguing little chapel, on the top of a boulder situated on the shore, the famous Capela do Senhor da Pedra.
Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro, ~64 km
Today you will have some pine tree forests to cross and enjoy some easy roads leading you to Ria de Aveiro. The river Vouga Delta (Ria de Aveiro) is a shallow coastal lagoon connected to the Atlantic Ocean. Its unique mesotdal wetland area has several branches forming islands and it is a pleasure to ride along. Arrive at the dune system of São Jacinto, an incredible natural reserve home to many valuable species and perfect to watch some wild life. At last this is where you will catch the ferry that will take you to our own little Portuguese Venice, Aveiro.
Day 4: Aveiro - Praia da Mira, ~42 km
Getting out of Aveiro takes you to a path that crosses a land of salt harvesting ponds, interesting views of the old ancestral works in the estuary. Ahead the route follows one dock, offering views of the harbor and some old Codfish Boats. Soon you will cross the bridge and arrive in Barra Village, follow south by the bicycle path which avoids the open road. The scenery will be from the Ria itself and arriving at the end of the Ria it changes to small fields and vegetable gardens until Mira Beach.
Day 5: Praia da Mira - Figueira da Foz, ~60 km
One day of solitude crossing one of the biggest dune systems covered in a pine tree forest. Here you can feel the nature and the silence while cycling through this immense green scenery. By the end, you’ll go up Serra da Boa Viagem, a massif made of Jurassic limestones, and stop for the great view of the Atlantic! Finish by going down to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego and continuing on to the touristic town of Figueira da Foz known by its enormous beach.
Day 6: Figueira da Foz - S. Pedro de Moel, ~65 km
The day starts crossing the bridge over de Mondego River and for some kilometers follow a once important road N109 until you reach Carriço. There you will take the cycling path named the Atlantic Way, and again the long pine forest will enchant you with the fresh smell and tell you the story of how it was planted to build the fleet of the adventurous Portuguese discoverers of the seas. On the way you will pass by some small beaches, places like Pedrogão or Vieira beach and São Pedro de Moel are like oasis in the countryside of covered pine forest dunes.
Day 7: End of the bike tour
6 nights in 4**** hotels
detailed tour description with maps and GPS tracks
transfer from airport Porto to the first hotel
transfer from the last hotel to the airport Porto
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
season I (929 €/person in double)
season II (+90 €/person in double and 110 €/person in single)
season III (+130 €/person in double and 170 €/person in single)
season IV (+190 €/person in double and 270 €/person in single)
route (2): ~250 km
mostly flat, always paved roads
how to get there
by plane: airport Porto
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