Atlantic Coast from Porto Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishPorto / Sao Pedro de Moel
Distance153 miles/246 kms
This cycling holiday in Portugal leads you from the city of Porto, southwards along the Atlantic coast, unveiling some of the country’s most beautiful and rugged scenery along the way. Besides some truly charming villages you’ll also pass huge sand dunes, pine forests and some amazing unspoilt beaches.
Porto is a great place to start, from the UNESCO World Heritage old town to its elegant, wide boulevards – and let’s not forget its famous port wine. Heading out from the city you’ll soon discover countless hidden coves and idyllic sandy beaches as you make your way southwards along the coast.
Cross the Sao Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve and the nature-filled Vouga River estuary as you approach Aveiro, a quaint city of canals and boats. As you continue your journey you’ll also stop off at memorable small beach towns like Praia da Mira and Sao Pedro de Moel, your eventual destination.
You’ll be riding on smooth, flat roads, lanes and pathways and will average around 30 miles a day, so this Portuguese cycling tour is suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. This tour is pleasant even during the height of summer as Atlantic sea breezes will cool you as you ride.
Itinerary & Map
You’ll be riding on smooth, flat roads and will average around 30 miles a day, so this Portuguese cycling tour is suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. This tour is pleasant even during the height of summer as Atlantic sea breezes keep the temperature bearable.
Day 1: Arrive Porto
Arrive at Porto Airport and be transferred to your first hotel. This vibrant coastal city is a great place to explore on foot, from its UNESCO designated medieval core to its wide, more modern boulevards.
Day 2: Porto – Espinho, 15 miles/24 kms
After making your way through Porto’s old town you’ll then cross the Douro River on the famous Don Luis Bridge and start to follow the coastal cycling path past idyllic beaches and coves down to Espinho, your overnight destination. On-route why not stop in Praia de Miramar to admire the pretty little seaside chapel and, if the mood grabs you, this is the perfect beach for a cooling dip.
Day 3: Epinho – Aveiro, 37 miles/60 kms
Continue cycling south along the idyllic Portuguese coast on lanes and cycle paths through pine forests to the River Vouga Delta. Here we recommend a walk on the lovely beach which is also a nature reserve to admire the many species of birds that gravitate here. You then take the ferry across the mouth of the River Aveiro to the town of Aveiro, where you’ll spend the night. Take a wander through the historic old town admiring the brightly painted fisher-men’s houses.
Day 4: Aveiro – Praia da Mira, 27 miles/42 kms
Heading out from Aveiro you’ll pass canals and huge dunes close to the River Vouga. Stop to climb the dunes for great sea views if you wish before following a quiet road past a succession of pretty villages and open farmland. Eventually you reach the quaint village of Praia da Mira, with its fabulous beach, where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Praia da Mira – Figueira da Foz, 31 miles/50 kms
Today is all about solitude, beaches and sea views. as you cycle south alongside mile after mile of pristine beach. It’s an extremely peaceful landscape where you’ll hardly see anyone else about.In the afternoon you have a climb through shady pine forests up to the Serra da boa Viagem and from here it’s a lovely freewheel down to Cape Mondego, with its distinctive lighthouse. Then it’s not far to Figueira da Foz, with its wide, long sandy beach where you stop for the night.
Day 6: Figueira da Foz – Sao Pedro de Moel, 43 miles/70kms
Your last day’s cycling starts with with a ride across the bridge spanning the River Mondego. You then pick up the Atlantic Way cycling path near Carrico. This spectacular route will take you through the dense Pinhal de Leiria pine forest, once used to provide timber for the Portuguese imperial navy. The forest borders the ocean and you can stop and discover numerous deserted beaches en route as you make your way to the pretty village of Sao Pedro de Moel, the final stop on your Portuguese cycling holiday.
Day 7: End of trip
After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure. A transfer is included to take you to Porto or Lisbon Airport.
Dates & Prices
|2017 Arrival Dates|
|Arrivals daily from 01 March to 27 November|
|Low season:||1-26 March, 28 October - 27 November|
|Mid season:||27 March - 6 April, 16 April - 26 May, 29 September - 27 October|
|High season:||27 May - 26 June, 30 August - 28 September|
|Peak season:||7-15 April, 27 June - 29 August|
Per person - 2 sharing
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Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps and route information
Arrival transfer from Porto Airport to first hotel
Departure transfer to Porto/Lisbon Airport
Lisbon arrival transfer
Bike hire (see supplements)
High season (£89)
Peak season (£166)
Single*, low season (£220)
Single*, mid season (£258)
Single*, high season (£277)
Single*, peak season (£363)
Hybrid bike hire with GPS (£109)
Electric bike (£217)
* Single only applicable when travelling with 2 people. Solo cyclist prices are on request
Deposit per person £100
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid/mountain bike models with 27 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes comes equipped with back pannier, handlebar bag, lock, map holder, water bottle and holder. Plus an extra inner tube and one tool kit per couple. In addition, one GPS is provided per couple.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Fly to Porto Airport where you will be picked up and dropped off at either end of your holiday.
- Date - 16/11/2016
- Name - Eric Olson
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - We were pleased with Flexi-Trek Always quick to respond and accommodating our needs and requests. We did feel after the ride that they did not have quite enough knowledge about the actual ride. We were a little disappointed that more of the trail was not along the ocean. But it was still an enjoyable trip. We didn't find a lot of reviews so we knew we were taing a bit of a risk.The local contact, Portugal Nature Trails, were excellent. Wonderful people, Great information, bikes, and equipment and service. All good! We would not hesitate to use either companies in the future.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - We rode for 4 days and spent 6 nights on the trip. We thought it was priced a little high. We have done longer bike trips in Europe for the same price.
- Date - 31/07/2016
- Name - Atida
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Always quick responses with emails in the planning stage and happily accommodated our alterations to the regular trip.
The briefing the day before was thorough and the guy was nice and friendly.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - We enjoyed the bike ride very much.
The scenery is pretty and the riding was quite easy which is what we wanted.
We were a little disappointed that the tour was mainly GPS dependant . We have done a number of these self guided bike trips in the past and enjoyed self navigating.
But the maps on this trip were very undetailed and the intention is for riders to rely on the GPS - which is certainly reliable , but to us- takes away some of the fun.
We felt that lot of what you are paying for on these self guided trips is bag transport , and secondly route guidance./ detailed maps and route descriptions. But the latter has now been replaced with a GPS and really , one could just use their phone and Google Maps .
( which is what i did one day when we got separated and only one of us had a GPS )
That said, the 2 staff we encountered were lovely , professional and helpful.
Everything ran smoothly from a logistics point of view and was well organised. We were very impressed by details such as supplying us with a local mobile phone .
The chosen hotels were generally good.
Espinho was average.
Aveiro was fabulous.Highlight of the trip !
Praia da Mira was gorgeous, but it was frustrating being at a hotel a few kilometres away from the beautiful beach.
Figuera da Foz was an incredible beach .
Overall a great holiday and we would recommend Portugal Nature Trails.
We particularly liked the one in Averes
- Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed your trip Atida. To be honest, this is the first time we've heard of someone preferring route notes and maps to gpx tracks and it'll be interesting to see how many others echo your sentiments. We find that most customers, who have a choice, prefer to use a GPS as it allows them to enjoy the ride without having to stop and consult the map/notes every few kilometers. That said, I also appreciate that if you enjoy self-navigation then the maps are definitely more rewarding. What's available does differ by tour so be sure to ask about this before booking your next trip.
- Date - 14/04/2016
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Very good all our requests were acomodated
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Two out of three hotels were excellent the third one was poor. The bikes and the agent in Portugal were excellent.
- Flexitreks response - Nice to talk to you on the phone the other day and following your comments, and subsequent discussions with local suppliers, we have now sourced a new, replacement hotel for the night in Praia da Mira. I’m glad the issues here didn’t upset the overall enjoyment of the holiday too much and we look forward to welcoming you on another Flexitreks Cycling Holiday soon.