The Atlantic route is a cycling tour that follows the coastline of north central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land.
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The Atlantic route is a cycling tour
that follows the coastline of north central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land.
The route starts at Porto city, renowned place for its Port wine and cellars of this wonderful wine and a vibrant city full of history and cultural site to unveil, is also a classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
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Day 1: Arrival - Welcome at Porto / Lisbon airport.
Transfer from the airport to Porto (20min) / 3h by train from Lisbon to Porto.
Porto a vibrant city, the grey color of the granitic building stones and the narrow streets and alley make it a fantastic place to wander. From the old middle age quarter, UNESCO Classified to the large avenues of early XX century, Porto has a lot.
Lodging in 4* Hotel: Hotel Teatro.
Day 2: Bike from Porto to Espinho (24km, +15m, road).
The day starts from Porto thru the old town, to cross the Don Luis Bridge, design and planed by Gustave Eiffel. Almost all the way to Espinho will follow a cycling path near the coastline, crossing numerous small beaches. Praia de Valadares, Francelos and Miramar are good spots to take a bath and enjoy the sun. Praia de Miramar worth a stop to visit a small chapel by the sea, just off the waves, the Church os Senhor da Pedra.
Lodging at Espinho in a 4* Hotel: Hotel Sol Verde
Day 3: Bike from Espinho to Aveiro ��" (60km, +25m, road).
An easy and enjoyable day by the sea, riding flat. Pine forest trees and the Ria the Aveiro are sceneries that make the day prior to get to Aveiro.
The river Vouga Delta (Ria de Aveiro) was formed from de XVth century, with the sea retreat. And nowadays it’s a favourite place to catch shellfish, and to enjoy water sports.
The dune system of São Jacinto is a Natural reserve, walks along the beach in the sea front are excellent and birds lover are in a good area to watch wildlife.
Is at São Jacinto that you catch the ferry to Aveiro.
Lodging at Aveiro in a 4* Hotel: Hotel Moliceiro
Day 4: Bike from Aveiro to Praia da Mira (42km, +25m, road)
The days starts going out of Aveiro and its canals to cross to a dune system that close the Ria the Aveiro. Following this huge dune by the inner road you’ll cross small villages looking inland to the calm water of the Ria. Why not stopping along the way and climb the dunes to take a look to the more alive scenery of the sea, just a few meters from the road. By the end of the water arm of the Ria the way enter a small field and vegetables gardens lands to enter the Praia da Mira village.
Lodging at Praia da Mira in 4* Hotel: Aparthotel Mira Villas
Day 5: Bike from Praia da Mira to Figueira da Foz (50km, +270m, road)
One day of solitude crossing one of the biggest dune systems covered in a pine tree forest. Here you can feel loneliness while cycling thru this immense green scenary, roads are empty and distances between points are much bigger than previous days. Near Figueira da Foz, the big climb of the day. Cycling up to the Serra da boa Viagem and then down to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego. Then follow the slopes of the hill into Figueira da Foz and its huge sandy beach.
Lodging at Figueira da Foz in 4*: Hotel Atlantico
Day 6: Bike from Figueira da Foz to São Pedro de Moel- (70km, +315m, road).
The day starts crossing the bridge over de Mondego River and for some kilometres follow a once important road. Arriving near Carriço you will enter in a cycling path, the Atlantic way, that led you thru the Pinhal de Leiria. A pine tree forest which is told that a king of the XIV century order to plant it. And all of this to have timber to build the fleet, the one who will discover the world and the maritime way to India (hundreds of years later). A cycling path which cross this immense pine forest and visit on the way numerous small beach. In some places the felling of being alone is huge, but distances are not as big as the day before.
Places like Praia do Pedrogão, da Vieira and São Pedro de Moel are like oasis in the countryside of covered pine forest dunes.
Lodging at São Pedro de Moel in 3* Hotel: Hotel Mar e Sol
Day 7 : Departure - Farewell at LISBON / Porto airport.
Transfer to Lisbon or Porto airport. (2h drive or train to Lisbon airport or 2.30h Porto).
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| Medium season (April, May, October)||799||Single Sup + 235€|
|High season (Jun and September)||849||Single Sup + 250€|
|Special season (July and August) ||899||Single Sup + 315€|
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We are a Portuguese Tour Operatour specialized in organizing Trekking, Mountain Biking and Cycling Tours and in corporate events. We organize Guided, Supported, Self Guided and Low Cost Tours.
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