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  Activity

  • Cycling
  • Hybrid Bike
  • E Bike

  Duration

  • 7 days Tour - 5 days cycling
  • Difficulty: medium

  Accommodation

6 nights - 4* Hotels and Charming
Lodge

  Price

From 1,055€

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 The Atlantic Way

Cycle trough our nature and discover our coast! The Atlantic Way is a cycling tour that follows the coastline from northern to central Portugal, all while discovering the cultural and natural beauties of this region. The route starts at Porto, a vibrant city full of history and culture to unveil. It is a renowned place for its Port wine and cellars. It is also classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. On the way, you'll cross the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve and the Ria de Aveiro, on the estuary of Vouga River, which marks this region and follows you to Aveiro; our little Venice with its typical moliceiro boats. As you head further south, the route will cross pine tree forests and the dunes allowing you to enjoy some peace and quiet, during which you can choose to stop in the small beaches to have adrink and contemplate the immense sea.


 Day by Day

 Day 1 - Pick up and reception 

Welcome to Porto! Our guide will transfer you from the airport to this amazing city which has something mystical that is difficult to describe. It is for your own eyes to see! Take the rest of the day off to experience the city, taste the food, reach the sightseeing spots and interact with the lovely people. This is where your journey begins.

Places to visit: Luís I bridge, Lello bookstore, Clérigos church, Bolsa palace, Gardens of the Crystal Palace, Music House, Aliados Avenue, Cais da Ribeira, Bolhão market, Ribeirinha area, try Port Wine and a Francesinha 

Accommodation in Porto 


 Day 2 - From Porto to Espinho 

LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 22 KM
ELEVATION GAIN: 100 M 

Accommodation in Espinho - Sol verde SPA Hotel

On day one, you will start biking at the town center, head down some narrow streets and then arrive to an old train station. Do not forget to visit it and to take a second and appreciate the slow and quiet life of the countryside of Portugal. As you follow the train tracks to the sweet water aquarium, you will have an opportunity to discover the most fantastic scenery of rivers and lakes! Then, you will be making your way to Paiva and the landscape will most certainly not disappoint. Paiva is an old town with a traditional architectural style and atmosphere.  
 
Places to visit: Espinho market, Baia beach, Espinho beach

 Day 3 - From Espinho to Aveiro

LEVEL: MEDIUM
DISTANCE: 64 KM
ELEVATION GAIN: 200 M 

Accommodation in Aveiro - Moliceiro Hotel

Another fresh day by the sea! You will also have some magnificent pine tree forests to cross and enjoy some easy, flat roads leading you to Ria de Aveiro. The Ria de Aveiro is a shallow coastal lagoon connected to the Atlantic Ocean. It's unique mesotidal wetland area has several branches forming islands and is an absolute pleasure to ride along to. You will then arrive at the dune system of São Jacinto, an incredible natural reserve home to many valuable species and the perfect place to watch some wildlife! At last, this is where you will catch the ferry that will take you to our own little Portuguese Venice, Aveiro. 

Places to visit: Costa Nova and Barra beaches, Aveiro Lighthouse, Moliceiro trip on the Aveiro channel


Day 4 - From Aveiro to Mira

LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 42 KM
ELEVATION GAIN: 200 M 

Accommodation in Aveiro - Maçarico Hotel

As you leave Aveiro, you will head down a path that crosses a land of ponds, where salt is extracted by an old traditional method passed down through generations. As you head on, you will arrive at a dock in which you can view the harbour and some old codfish boats. After, you will cross the main bridge and arrive in Barra Village. From here, you will follow south through the bicycle path which avoids the open road and traffic. The scenery during this path will be from the Ria itself. However, as you arrive to the end of it, the landscape will begin to change into small fields and vegetable gardens right up until Mira beach. 


Day 5 - From Praia de Mira to Figueira da Foz

LEVEL: MEDIUM
DISTANCE: 61 KM
ELEVATION GAIN: 500 M

Accommodation in Figueira da Foz - Swet Atlantic Hotel

A day of solitude crossing one of the biggest dune systems which is covered by a pine tree forest. Here you can feel the nature and listen to the silence while cycling through this immense green scenery. By the end, you'll go up Serra da Boa Viagem (Good Journey Hill), a massif made of jurassic lime stones with a great spot to view the Atlantic on its summit! You will finish by going down to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego and continue on to the touristic town of Figueira da Foz, known for its enormous beach front.

Places to visit: Figueira beach, Soto Maior Palace, Cabo Mondego viewpoint, Engenheiro Silva Market


Day 6 - From Figueira da Foz to São Pedro de Moel

LEVEL: MEDIUM
DISTANCE: 65 KM
ELEVATION GAIN: 400 M 

Accommodation in São Pedro de Moel - Hotel Mar e Sol

The day starts crossing the bridge over the Mondego River and for some kilometres you will follow an once important road (N109) until you reach Carriço. There, you will enter the cycling path named the Atlantic Way, where you will be once more surrounded by a pine forest and its pleasant scent. The forest is also a symbol of Portugal's history as it was planted in the 14th century to build a fleet for the adventurous Portuguese discoverers. As you make your way, you will pass by some small beaches, some of which are entirely deserted, making for a peaceful stop. Places such as Pedrogão, Vieira Beach and São Pedro de Moel are a sort of oasis in a countryside covered with a pine forest dune.

Places to visit: Norte and Nazaré beaches, Nazaré Lighthouse


Day 7 - Transfer to Porto or Lisbon

This is it! The day has come to take back all the incredible memories you made and new interesting things you discovered. It has most definitely been a great adventure and we truly want you to come back and discover some more of Portugal. 


Prices

(per person)


01-01-2020 to 26-05-2020  1.055€   single supplement 390€

27-05-2020 to 26-06-2020  1.095€   single supplement 410€

27-06-2020 to 26-09-2020  1.416€   single supplement 450€

27-09-2020 to 31-12-2020  1.055€   single supplement 390€

hybrid bikes 100€
e-bikes 200€
road bike 150€

Map of the Tour

Included

  • Transfer from the Porto airport to the hotel in Porto and from São Pedro de Moel to Porto/Lisbon
  • Accommodation 6 nights - 3*/4* Hotels and Charming Lodge
  • Luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation
  • Assistance during the 5 cycling days
  • GPS device with tracks
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Transfer from S Pedto de Moel to Lisbon airport, price upon request

Levels

Easy - Very few hills and the existing hills are not steep.
Medium - Some hills that are not steep or only few hills but steep.
Difficult - Several hills of all types.

The participants should take into account the terrain and the km/miles of each route and be sure to check in advance that they are in good physical condition to do it.