Atlantic Coast from Porto Cycling Holiday

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.

Aveiro

Cross the São 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 São 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.

Atlantic Coast from Porto Cycling Holiday

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.

Aveiro

Cross the São 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 São 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

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
14 miles/22 kms

After making your way through Porto’s old town you’ll then cross the Douro River on the famous Don Luís 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 : Espinho – Aveiro
40 miles/64 kms

Continue cycling south along the idyllic Portuguese coast on lanes and cycle paths through pine forests to the River Vouga Delta, a shallow coastal lagoon connected to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive at the São Jacinto dunes, 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
38 miles/60 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 – São Pedro de Moel
41 miles/65 kms

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 Carriço. 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 São Pedro de Moel, the final stop on your Portuguese cycling holiday.

Day 7 : São Pedro de Moel - 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 Airport.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

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.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Porto: Legendary Hotel

Espinho: Hotel Solverde & Spa

Aveiro: Hotel Moliceiro

Praia da Mira: Hotel Maçarico

Figueira da Foz: Hotel Sweet Atlântico & Spa

Sâo Pedro de Moel: Hotel Mar e Sol

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting there

Fly to Porto Airport where you will be picked up and dropped off at either end of your holiday.

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