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Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast
Tour Location
Country:
Portugal
From:
Porto
To:
Sao Pedro de Moel
Tour Information
Guiding:
Self-guided
Support:
Luggage Transfer, Phone Support, Maps or GPS
Duration:
7 days
Level:
Easy
Bike Options:
Bike hire available
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
£975
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
243 Km
Month(s):
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Tour Operator:
Macs Adventure

Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast

7 Days Easy 243 Km

This easy cycling tour follows trails along the azure coastline of the Atlantic in north central Portugal and discovers the natural beauty of this area; São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve, the vast lagoon of the Ria de Aveiro and immense pine forests.

The route begins in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage City and takes you down the coastline past beautiful beach resorts, small towns and villages and Portugal's ""Little Venice,"" Aveiro. Immersion in the Portuguese culture and way of life is one of the many highlights you’ll experience.

Porto spans the mouth of the serene Douro River and is a fabulous city to explore, with its Baroque churches, village-style plazas, soaring bell-towers, and narrow cobbled lanes. Stroll through the Ribeira district where local inhabitants mingle with the locals, or sit on the terrace of a traditional restaurant to see the sun setting over the Douro River; this is indeed a city of romance.

Admire the small beachside chapel of Senhor da Pedra en route to Espinho, where you can pause and stroll through the sand dunes or along the beachfront promenade. If you are lucky you will see the fisherman hauling in their day’s catch. The lagoon of Ria de Aveiro is 45km long and full of wildlife, including many species of birds.

A small local ferry takes you to Aveiro, the town of canals and small bridges and cycle into the village Praia da Mira where you can admire its brilliantly coloured fisherman’s chapel and large silken sandy beach. Riding from this village to Figuera da Foz you encounter an immense pine forest and the characterful Cape Mondego lighthouse built in 1917.

As you pedal down the Atlantic Way you go through the Pinhal de Leiria, another pine forest planted here by a 15th century king so that the timber could be used for a shipping fleet involved in the discovery of the sea route to India. You final night’s hotel is located on a cliff-top where you can relax while watching the colourful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Accommodation
Comfort (3-4 ★), Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement: Available
Inclusions
6 Nights in 3* and 4* hotels (5 nights in a 3* and 1 night in a 4*)
6 Breakfasts
Baggage transfers
A transfer from Porto Airport to first hotel
A transfer from the last hotel to either Porto or Lisbon Airport
Orientation meeting
Detailed information pack, route notes, local maps, GPX tracks and loan of a GPS unit
Organisational assistance and backup from our team
24/7 Emergency Support
Exclusions
Flights to Porto and from Porto or Lisbon
Dinners and lunches
Bike rental
Admissions or entrances
Drinks and snacks
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Options
Additional nights before or after the tour
Single room supplement if single room required
Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
Bike rental
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