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Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast

7 Days & 6 Nights 4 Read 3 reviews
  • Immerse yourself in Portuguese life and culture on this self-guided holiday
  • Stroll along the ancient city streets of UNESCO listed Porto
  • Cycle along the canals of Aveiro, Portugal's 'Little Venice'
  • Pedal past brightly-coloured striped fisherman's chapel's
  • Ride through the immense green pine forests
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. As you pedal down the Atlantic Way take your time and spend time at the many small beaches to have a drink and contemplate the immense roar and waves of the Atlantic ocean.
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What To Expect

This tour will immerse you in the culture and way of life of north central Portugal and also offers easy cycling along coastal routes and through immense sand dunes and pine forests. So if you enjoy cycling through typical villages and towns and areas teeming with wildlife and natural beauty, then this is the tour for you.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

E-Biking | E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wildlife
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular

Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. We also recommending using our smartphone app to follow the GPS tracks provided to make navigation even easier! The majority of the time you will be cycling on small roads or cycle paths, so it will be relatively easy to find your way.

Experience & Fitness

This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition. It is rated easy as it is mostly flat. There are some elevation gains, particularly on Days 5 and 6, but aside from that all the coastal routes are mainly level.

Accommodation Information

On your 7 days, 6-night self-guided cycling tour in Portugal you will stay 6 nights in a mixture of 23 & 4* hotels (depending on availability). 

Alternate accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the main daily description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo cyclists are also welcome for an additional charge.

Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. All the other nights you can eat dinner at your accommodations, or in the local town or village. For lunches, there are plenty of villages that you cycle through where you can buy goods for a packed lunch.

Included
  • 6 Nights in a mixture of 2*, 3* & 4* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Porto Airport to your first accommodation
  • Orientation meeting with our local representative
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Porto
  • Travel from Coimbra
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Private transfer (Onward Travel) from Coimbra to Porto Airport
  • Private transfer (Onward Travel) from Coimbra to Lisbon Airport
  • Bike hire

When To Go

This cycling tour is available to start any day of the week between April and November.

Getting to the Start

On arrival at  Porto Airport a transfer is included to your hotel. Therefore you will need to provide us with your flight arrival details.

Porto Airport is served by many airlines, such as Easyjet, Ryanair, KLM and British Airways. If you prefer to fly into Lisbon, Porto is also accessible from Lisbon Airport. From Lisbon Airport take an airport shuttle bus to the Santa Apolonia Train Station and then a train to Porto which takes around two and a half hours.

Getting from the End

A regular connecting bus/train service runs from Coimbra bus/train station to Porto and Lisbon. For more information visit: Flix Bus or CP (Trains) or use one of the many journey planner tools found online: Google and Rome 2 Rio.

If you wish to book a supplemented private transfer from your hotel in Coimbra to Porto or Lisbon Airport then please contact our Adventure specialists who can give you a quote.

Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

2022 Route update

Based on feedback we have worked with our local supplier to update, better value for money and improve the tour for 2022 - The changes are as follows:

  • Day 1: Arrive Porto // (overnight in a more minimalistic hotel)
  • Day 2: Porto to Ovar // Previously: Porto to Esmoriz
  • Day 3: Loop ride from Ovar // Previously: Esmoriz to Aveiro
  • Day 4: Ovar to Aveiro // Previously: Aveiro to Praia da Mira
  • Day 5: Aveiro to Praia da Mira // Previously: Praia da Mira to Figuera da Foz
  • Day 6: Praia da Mira to Coimbra // Previously: Figuera da Foz to Sao Pedro da Moel
  • Day 7: Onward Travel // Previously: Transfer to Porto Airport.

Equipment

You can choose between hybrid bikes or e-bikes (electronic bikes) on this tour. Bike hire detailed information.

Brand

own brand (bases KTM)

Bike Type

City,

Frame types

gents, ladies, unisex

Sizes

Unisex/ladies: 43, 46, 51, 56

Gents:46, 56, 60, 64

Front suspension

no

Stand

yes

Mud guards

yes

Luggage rack Rear/Front

yes

Paniers

Yes

Handle bar Bag/ map holder

Yes/integrated in the handle bar bag

Bottle holder/Water bottle

no

Computer meter

yes

Interchangeable pedals

yes

Front gear set

3

Back gear set

7

Brakes

Shimano V-breaks

Helmet included

No

Puncture repair kit

Yes

Spare inner tubes/ how many

Yes/1

Pump

Yes

Lock

Yes

 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Porto Day 2 Porto to Ovar 32 miles / 51 km Day 3 Ovar Loop 24 miles / 38 km Day 4 Ovar to Aveiro 33 miles / 54 km Day 5 Aveiro to Praia Mira 30 miles / 49 km Day 6 Praia Mira to Coimbra 35 miles / 57 km Day 7 Onward travel

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