Cycling ATLANTIC ROUTE Porto to Coimbra - 7 nights | 6 stages

 

 
 
 
  • Enjoy the fantastic life of Porto while exploring Cycling Holidays in Portugal
  • Discover incredible sights upon the coast and the best beaches in the northwest coast
  • Spectacular rivers and lagoons to explore
  • Visit traditional villages and towns
  • Extra nights available

 

In this self-guided bike tour you will be cycling through 248 km on a 6 days journey, surrounded by beautiful sceneries. The origin of the name of Portugal it was given by the city of Porto from a very early age (c. 200 BC) when it was designated as Portus Cale. The city is known worldwide by its wine, bridges, contemporary and ancient architecture and its magnificent historic centre, classified has a world heritage by UNESCO. Enjoy the first night and explore this beautiful and ancient city and off course, taste a traditional Port Wine. Through cycle tracks and secondary roads, the selected routes takes you to beautiful beaches, natural features, villages where the ancient traditions still last, and much more!

The beginning of your journey marked along the banks of the Douro River and the northwest coast, will provide great moments to keep in memory. Secondary roads and cycle tracks will guide you by the northwest coast until the city of Ovar, known as the City Museum of Tiles. Cycling south by the amazing Aveiro lagoon, the traditional boats of the region - moliceiros - will welcome you to the city of Aveiro. Pedaling through natural features you will discover the track to Figueira da Foz and amazing views to the Atlantic coast. Cycling side by side with the Mondego River the last stage will guide you to Coimbra, a historically University city, passing by the lovely Choupal National Forest. Passing by many small villages you have the opportunity to try the typical Portuguese gastronomy and mingle with the locals.

The fascinating views upon the northwest coast, the beautiful rivers and lagoons together with the traditional villages and historical towns, travelled mostly by cycle tracks and secondary roads; combined with a great selection of seafood and Portuguese traditional cuisine, is certainly one of the most wonderful experiences you will not want to miss!

 

 

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Cycling ATLANTIC ROUTE Porto to Coimbra - 7 nights | 6 stages

 

Day 1 - Arrival Porto (optional transfer with MegaSport from Porto airport to hotel)

Enjoy the arts, history and vibrant culture of Porto city. (Along with travel pack we provide tips for Porto visits).

Porto is known worldwide by its wine, bridges, contemporary and ancient architecture and its magnificent historic centre, classified has a world heritage by UNESCO.

(Extra nights available before tour starts)

 

Day 2 - Porto to Espinho – (37 km)

Having relaxing time to enjoy the city, the journey starts cycling along the northwest coast and on the bank of Douro River through cycle tracks to one of the most ancient and typical places of the city, called Ribeirinha (Riverside). Crossing by the famous bridge "D. Luis I" we cycle to Vila Nova de Gaia where there are plenty of caves of producers of Port wine. Take some time to explore the area and admire the view to the city of Porto from the other side of the river. The way to Espinho is marked by the cycle tracks and by the gorgeous views to the Atlantic Ocean. We highlight the visit to the chapel "Senhor da Pedra", built on a rock by the sea in 1686.

 

Day 3 - Espinho to Ovar – (30 km)

A relaxing day full of nature. Cycling mostly through cycle tracks you will travel your way involved in green areas and by the coast discovering the beautiful lagoon of Paramos, where you can observe some birdlife, the beach of Esmoriz and the beach of Furadouro. The overnight will be in Ovar, a city that is known as "Cidade Museu do Azulejo" (City Museum of Tiles) because of the use of the tiles as a decorative component in local architecture, being visible throughout the city.

 

Day 4 - Ovar to Aveiro – (49 km + ferry)

A day full of nature and adventure, with plenty to see and feel. Cycling by cycle tracks, flat off road paths and secondary roads - the wonderful Aveiro lagoon is a constant presence. Passing the S. Jacinto dunes a ferry boat journey will take you to the other side of the lagoon. Reaching the city centre of Aveiro you are welcome by the moliceiros - elegant colourful boats that were used to collect moliço seaweed. They are decorated with paintings that ridicule everyday situations.

 

Day 5 - Aveiro to Praia de Mira – (38 km)

Start the day visiting the splendid city of Aveiro also known as "The Venice of Portugal" and then the route will take you through the Aveiro lagoon to the beach of Mira (Praia de Mira) by secondary roads and cycle paths. We highlight the beach of Vagueira, where apart of the lovely views which provides us, this beach is still used today by fisherman who develop their craft by hand.

 

Day 6 - Praia de Mira to Figueira da Foz – (49 km)

A day full of adventure and nature. Cycling through quiet roads and trails you will travel your way involved in a forest and a dune landscape environment. Crossing by a quarry disabled, you will have the opportunity to observe stunning views to the north and to the south side of the Atlantic coast. Pedaling on the cycle track on the beach you will arrive at your destination.

 

Day 7 - Figueira da Foz to Coimbra – (45 km)

Along the Mondego River north bank you will make your way to Coimbra, by a cycle track and secondary roads. Because of its university being one of the oldest in Europe, Coimbra is a Historically University City. We highlight the track through the lovely Choupal National Forest, place where you can have a drink/snack just before get in the city, while enjoying the nature.

 

Day 8 - Return

End of program with optional transfer with MegaSport.
OPTIONAL: extra night/s available on request.

Cycling ATLANTIC ROUTE Porto to Coimbra - 7 nights | 6 stages

 

It features mostly flat terrain with an average of one / two medium ascents per day. With an average of 41 km per day, easily crossed. Routes are supported by detailed roadbook and GPS that is provided.

 

Daily Distances
30 – 49 Km
 
Temperature
The northwest of Portugal offers good temperatures to enjoy a cycling route at any time of year. Average maximum temperatures vary between 14 degrees in January until the 26 degrees in August and 17 degrees in November.
 
Getting to Porto

Plane – You can book your airfare directly to Porto or Lisbon Airport (with any connection to Porto by Bus or Train).

 

Characteristics of the route

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Cycling ATLANTIC ROUTE Porto to Coimbra - 7 nights | 6 stages

 

2020:

 

Jan/Feb/Mar Nov/Dec

Apr/May October June/Sept July/Aug

Double

(p. person)

890 € 950 € 990 € 1.050 €

Double

(supplement - p. person)

PREMIUM VIEW

95 € 120 € 160 € 195 €

Single (supplement)

350 € 390 € 430 € 450 €

Single (supplement)

PREMIUM VIEW

580 € 650 € 790 € 820 €

  

Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast (6 nights in 4* hotels and 1 night in 3* hotel - subject to change due to availability)

  • Trekking bicycle with front and saddle bag

  • Helmet

  • Travel pack per booking

 

Travel pack included:

  • 1 road book per room
  • Hotel vouchers
  • 1 GPS per booking
  • 1 speedometer per booking
  • 1 set of puncture repair kit each two bikes
  • 1 lock each two bikes

 

Not Included:

  • Ferry tickets from S. Jacinto to Forte da Barra (Day 4 - Ovar to Aveiro)

 

Supplements:

*E-Bike (Bosch) = 126€

*Half board p. person (7 dinners) = 290€

*Arrival transfer from Porto Airport to the Hotel in Porto: 1-4 persons = 50€ | 5-8 persons = 80€

*Daily Luggage Transfer: 1-4 persons = 450€ | for each additional person = 30€

*New year - 35€ p. person for double room and 60€ for single room - 27th, 28th, 29th,  30th, 31st December 2020 and 01st  January 2021

*Christmas Dinner /suplement dinner p.person - 25th December: 50€

*New Year's Eve /supplement p. person - 31st December: 150€

 

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