Douro River running through Porto, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Pepe Martin
Maybe off the bike for a swim at Vagueira Beach, Portugal. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator

Rooftops in Porto along the Douro River, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:HarshilShah
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Portugal Atlantic Route

Portugal Bike Tours

Cycling the Coastline of North Central Portugal

  • This cycling tour in Portugal follows the coastline of north central Portugal, known as the Atlantic Way. Discover some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land.
    The route starts at Porto, renowned place for its Port wine and wine cellars, it is a vibrant city full of history and cultural sites to unveil. The town of Porto is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. From the narrow streets and alleys of the old town, the route crosses along the coastline past beautiful beach resorts and small towns which give insight to Portuguese culture. The route crosses the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve and the Ria de Aveiro, the estuary of the Vouga river. Aveiro City, Portugal's little Venice, is another highlight of the tour.

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  •  BudgetSuperior
    January 1 to March 26 + Oct 28 to Dec 23 £ 790 $ 1,364 889 NOK 8297 kr 7659 $ 996 £ 992 $ 1,712 1116 NOK 10416 kr 9615 $ 1,250
    Single supplement £ 116 $ 199 130 NOK 1213 kr 1120 $ 146 £ 204 $ 351 229 NOK 2137 kr 1973 $ 256

    March 27 to April 6 + April 16 to May 26 + Sept 29 to Oct 27

    £ 844 $ 1,456 949 NOK 8857 kr 8176 $ 1,063 £ 1048 $ 1,809 1179 NOK 11004 kr 10158 $ 1,320
    Single supplement £ 129 $ 222 145 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 239 $ 413 269 NOK 2511 kr 2318 $ 301
    April 7 to April 15 £ 932 $ 1,609 1049 NOK 9791 kr 9038 $ 1,175 £ 1146 $ 1,978 1289 NOK 12031 kr 11105 $ 1,444
    Single supplement £ 178 $ 307 200 NOK 1867 kr 1723 $ 224 £ 337 $ 581 379 NOK 3537 kr 3265 $ 424
    May 27 to June 26 + Aug 30 to Sept 28 £ 888 $ 1,533 999 NOK 9324 kr 8607 $ 1,119 £ 1072 $ 1,850 1206 NOK 11256 kr 10390 $ 1,351
    Single supplement £ 142 $ 245 160 NOK 1493 kr 1378 $ 179 £ 257 $ 443 289 NOK 2697 kr 2490 $ 324
    June 27 to Aug 29 £ 932 $ 1,609 1049 NOK 9791 kr 9038 $ 1,175 £ 1146 $ 1,978 1289 NOK 12031 kr 11105 $ 1,444
    Single supplement £ 178 $ 307 200 NOK 1867 kr 1723 $ 224 £ 337 $ 581 379 NOK 3537 kr 3265 $ 424
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 331 $ 571 372 NOK 3472 kr 3205 $ 417 £ 260 $ 448 292 NOK 2725 kr 2516 $ 327

    *If traveling solo (without other persons) a solo traveler supplement will apply. This is in addition to the single supplement! 

    extra options

    Road bike rental: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56

    Electric bike rental: £ 89 $ 153 100 NOK 933 kr 862 $ 112

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations offered in two different categories, superior or budget hotels.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in selected category (budget or superior)
  • Breakfasts
  • Route information
  • Bicycle rental including helmet, tool kit, pump, lock, handle, handlebar bag, and flat/spd pedals)
  • Transfer on day 1 from Porto airport to the first hotel and briefing about tour
  • Mobile Telephone for emergencies (free to call our local tour operator 24h/day)
  • Transfer on day 7 to Lisbon or Porto
  • Liability and personal accident insurance
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS for navigation

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended!

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TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible daily in 2017. The weather is ideal between May and October.

*Guided tours can be organized for groups.

Skill Level

This is an easy, flat bike tour that takes place on paved roads and dedicated bike lanes.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Portugal Atlantic Route Map

Day 1: Arrival 
Day 2: Porto - Espinho, 15 mi. (24 km)
Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 4: Aveiro - Praia da Mira, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Praia da Mira - Figueira da Foz, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Figueira da Foz - São Pedro de Moel, 43 mi. (70 km)
Day 7: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival  
Transfer from the airport in Porto to the starting hotel (approximately 20 min). Porto a vibrant city. In the old town, granite houses line the narrow streets that are ideal for a stroll. After arrival, explore the city of Porto. 

Lodging in 4* Hotel: Hotel Teatro.

Day 2: Porto - Espinho, 15 mi. (24 km, + 15m, road)
The day begins in Porto, the old town, to cross the Don Luis Bridge, designed by French civil engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel. Almost all the way to Espinho, you 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 is worth a stop to visit a small chapel by the sea, the Church os Senhor da Pedra.

Lodging at Espinho in a 5* Hotel: Hotel Sol Verde

Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro, 37 mi. (60 km, + 25 m, road)
Today's route is easy and enjoyable along the sea. The route includes pine forest trees and the Ria de Aveiro. The river Vouga Delta (Ria de Aveiro) is a favorite place to catch shellfish and to enjoy water sports. The dune system of São Jacinto is a Natural reserve providing bird enthusiasts a good opportunity watch wildlife. In São Jacinto, catch the ferry to Aveiro.

Lodging at Aveiro in a 4* Hotel: Hotel Moliceiro

Day 4: Aveiro - Praia da Mira, 26 mi. (42 km, + 25 m, 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: Praia da Mira - Figueira da Foz, 31 mi. (50 km, + 270 m, road)
One day of solitude crossing one of the biggest dune systems covered in a pine tree forest. Here one can feel quite small while cycling through this immense green scenery, on nearly empty roads. Near Figueira da Foz, you'll experience the first 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 with its vast sandy beach.

Lodging at Figueira da Foz in 4*: Hotel Atlantico

Day 6: Figueira da Foz - S.P. de Moel, 43 mi. (70 km, + 315 m, road)
Cross the bridge over the Mondego River. Cycling further, arrive near Carriço you will enter the Atlantic way, a designating cycling path that leads through the Pinhal de Leiria. Along the way, pass a pine tree forest which was planted by orders of a king of the XIV century in order to have timber to build the fleet, the one who will discover the world and the maritime way to India (hundreds of years later). The cycling path which crosses this immense pine forest also passes numerous small beaches along the way. 

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
Transfer to Lisbon or Porto airport. (2h drive)

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Customer Feedback

  • Marvin Robison 2 years ago

    Terrific time, everything came off without a hitch. Can hardly wait to do another.

  • Hank Robison 2 years ago

    Tour operator got us from AP to hotel, fixed us up with two able bikes with all accessories, and provided thorough pre-ride instruction including, most-importantly, how-to operate the provided gps. But there is more: One of our ride days was stricken with particularly bad weather (30 km headwind with gusts to 50 km, dead against us). About 25 km in, exhausted, wind with rain now, tour operator tracks us down with his van and transports us to our next hotel. Great attention to detail, we couldn't be happier with the whole experience.

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