Day 02: cycling tour 1: Porto | Espinho | Ovar | Furadouro (50 km)
Today you will ride along Douro River until its mouth. Then you will head south along the coast, mostly on bike paths, with beautiful sandy beaches on your right. During this ride you'll have plenty of places to stop and enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal or just to have a drink looking at the Atlantic Ocean!
At Espinho, you can continue on a cycling path along the pine tree forest to Furadouro beach, cycling the final 21 km. You have also the option to take the train to Ovar and there ride 6 km more to get your final destination, the Furadouro beach.
Overnight in Furadouro.
Day 03: Cycling Tour 2: Furadouro | Barra | Praia de Mira (60 km / 37 mi)
Today's bike ride will take you along the Aveiro lagoon. On the beach of San Jacinto you will cross by ferry to Barra Beach, located on the south side of the lagoon. You will then continue along the Ria de Aveiro and find the bike path that will take you to your hotel in Praia de Mira. Praia de Mira, with the dunes and Atlantic on one side, and the peaceful lagoon of Barrinha de Mira on the other, is a pretty fishing village developing as a resort.
Overnight in Praia de Mira.
Day 04: Cycling Tour 3: Praia de Mira | Figueira da Foz (50 km / 31 mi)
Today's bike ride will take you towards Figueira da Foz city.
This tour full of dune systems covered in pine forest and you will take time to appreciate this lovely green scenery. You will cycle along the Atlantic Coast and up to the Serra da Boa Viagem to appreciate the panoramic view from the Miradouro da Vela where you can see not only the city and the salt-pans of the River Mondego, but on clear days the coastline is also visible as far as the Berlengas islands. Then the trip goes down to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego.
Overnight in Figueira da Foz.
Day 05: Figueira da Foz
Optional loop: Montemor-o-Velho or Optional free day: Visit Coimbra by train
Optional loop: Montemor-o-Velho
You can enjoy a relaxing tour and meet village of Montemor-o-Velho and it´s Castle and return to Figueira.
Option free day: Visit Coimbra by train (about 45 minutes). Between the sea and the mountains, Coimbra is a land of student bohemia and familiarity, due to the University ( listed as UNESCO World Heritage site). Here you can visit many historical monuments such as beautiful convents, monasteries, churches and aqueducts. Also noteworthy, are the various renowned museums the city has, such as Machado de Castro Museum and the National Museum of Science and Technology, all classified as world heritage.
Overnight in Figueira da Foz.
Day 06: Cycling Tour 4: Figueira da Foz | São Pedro de Moel (70 km / 43,5 mi)
Today´s ride will start from Carriço ou Louriçal train station and start into a cycling path that lead you through the Pinhal de Leiria.
You will pedal along small beaches along the cycle path which crosses this immense pine forest. Beaches like Praia do Pedrogão, da Praia da Vieira and Praia de São Pedro de Moel are like oases in this countryside of pine forest covered dunes. São Pedro de Moel have a large beach and it is sheltered from the wind, ideal for sports, namely for the practice of windsurfing and diving.
Overnight in São pedro de Moel.
Day 07: Cycling Tour 5: São Pedro de Moel | Obidos (64 km / 39 mi)
As you pedal up the Atlantic Way you will discover cultural and natural attractions along the route, with beautiful beaches and small towns that give a glimpse of Portuguese culture and lifestyle. One good example is Paredes beach.
Then you will pedal until you get to Nazaré, a traditional and well known fishing village. It was also the place where you can find the biggest waves ever ( Nazaré Cannon) in Praia do Norte.
The last stop will be the delightful town of Obidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle. Obidos is one of the most perfect examples of a Portuguese medieval fortress.
Overnight in Obidos.
Day 08: Departure
You can make your own way by train or bus from Obidos to Porto / Lisbon. Transfer from hotel to Lisbon/Porto (optional).
|Figueira da Foz|
Figueira da Foz, Portugal
|Praia de Mira|
3070 Mira, Portugal
Furadouro, 3880-352 Ovar, Portugal
|Portugal | A2Z Biking Tour from Porto to Lisbon|
|São Pedro de Moel|
São Pedro de Moel, 2430-481 Marinha Grande, Portugal
|From March to July and from September to October, ||1,580||Guided|
|From March to July and from September to October, ||1,360||Supported|
|From March to July and from September to October, ||1,290||Self-guided|