Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast

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7 Day(s)
Easy
205 Km
Self-guided

Description

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; S�o 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.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Portugal
Region:
Central Portugal|Northern Portugal
From:
Porto
To:
Sao Pedro de Moel

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Duration:
7 Days
Level:
Easy
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 975

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
205 Km
Month(s):
May

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: Available

Inclusions

6 Nights in boutique B&Bs or 3* hotels
6 Breakfasts
Baggage transfer
Detailed maps, route notes & information pack
24/7 telephone support

Exclusions

Travel to Blois / from Azay le Rideau
Lunches
Drinks and snacks
Bike hire/helmet
Entrance fee or gratuities
Personal equipment and expenditure
Travel insurance

Options

Solo Cyclist Supplement
Bike Hire
EBike Hire

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