Evening glow in Porto on the Duoro River. Photo via Flickr:Chris Stephenson

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.

    Highlights:

    • Porto, a World Heritage UNESCO Sites and Douro river and its wine cellars;
    • Ria de Aveiro with its Natural Reserve and and canals;
    • Aveiro City, the Portugal Venice
    • Cape Mondego and its Lighthouse
    • Famous Figueira da Foz beach and crossing the dunes of Quiaio

    See a complete list of our bike tours in Portugal here.

  •  BudgetSuperior
    January 1 to March 25 + Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 760 $ 1,369 928 NOK 9125 kr 8423 $ 1,095 £ 933 $ 1,679 1138 NOK 11190 kr 10330 $ 1,343
    Single supplement £ 107 $ 192 130 NOK 1278 kr 1180 $ 153 £ 196 $ 353 239 NOK 2350 kr 2169 $ 282

    March 26 to April 1 + June 27 to August 29

    £ 892 $ 1,605 1088 NOK 10699 kr 9876 $ 1,284 £ 1074 $ 1,934 1311 NOK 12892 kr 11900 $ 1,547
    Single supplement £ 164 $ 295 200 NOK 1967 kr 1815 $ 236 £ 442 $ 795 539 NOK 5300 kr 4892 $ 636
    April 2 to May 26 + Sept 27 to Oct 31 £ 810 $ 1,457 988 NOK 9715 kr 8968 $ 1,166 £ 984 $ 1,771 1201 NOK 11810 kr 10901 $ 1,417
    Single supplement £ 119 $ 214 145 NOK 1426 kr 1316 $ 171 £ 261 $ 471 319 NOK 3137 kr 2896 $ 376
    May 27 to June 26 + Aug 30 to Sept 26 £ 851 $ 1,531 1038 NOK 10207 kr 9422 $ 1,225 £ 1009 $ 1,816 1231 NOK 12105 kr 11174 $ 1,453
    Single supplement £ 131 $ 236 160 NOK 1573 kr 1452 $ 189 £ 278 $ 500 339 NOK 3334 kr 3077 $ 400
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 237 $ 426 289 NOK 2842 kr 2623 $ 341 £ 196 $ 353 239 NOK 2350 kr 2169 $ 282

    *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: £ 41 $ 74 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59

    Electric bike rental: £ 82 $ 148 100 NOK 983 kr 908 $ 118  

    Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Porto on arrival day: price available on request

    Transfer to Lisbon Airport on day 7 (price per person): £ 16 $ 30 20 NOK 197 kr 182 $ 24

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon or Porto Airport.

    Local Travel

    Transfer from Porto airport to starting point of the tour is included. From Lisbon, take a train to Porto (approximately 3 hours).

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. A good website to use for average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    This tour can be combined with our Atlantic West Coast Tour!


Skill Level

This tour is rated easy to moderate featuring 21 - 67 km per day. See each day’s description for change in elevation.The only steep uphill that you will encounter is on Day 5 and that is only a 200 meter elevation gain. The last day has a bit more distance than is usually offered on an easy tour and features rolling hills. Thus we feel we should give it a rating of easy to moderate.

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)
  • Breakfast
  • Route information
  • Bicycle rental including helmet, water bottle, tool kit, pump, tube repair kit, lock, handlebar bag, rear rack and pannier, 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 Porto Airport
  • 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!

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible daily in 2018. The weather is ideal between May and October.

*Guided tours can be organized for groups of 6 or more.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Portugal Atlantic Route Map

Day 1: Arrival 
Day 2: Porto - Espinho, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro, 39 mi. (63 km)
Day 4: Aveiro - Praia da Mira, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Praia da Mira - Figueira da Foz, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 6: Figueira da Foz - São Pedro de Moel, 42 mi. (67 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. 

Superior option: 4* Hotel Teatro

Budget option: 2* Hotel Moov Porto Centro

Day 2: Porto - Espinho (superior), 13 mi. (21 km, + 100m, road) or Esmoriz (budget), 20 mi. (32 km, +105m, road)
The day begins in Porto, the old town, to cross the Don Luís 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 famous Capela do Senhor da Pedra. Tour ends in either Espinho (superior option) or Esmoriz (budget option). The two villages are right next to each other. 

Superior Option: 5* Hotel Sol Verde.

Budget Option: 3* La Fontaine 

Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro, 39 mi. (63 km, + 200 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.

Superior Option: 4* Hotel Moliceiro

Budget Option: Welcome Inn Suites and Hostel

Day 4: Aveiro - Praia da Mira, 25 mi. (40 km, + 150 m, road)
Leaving Aveiro, you'll follow a path that crosses a land of salt harvesting ponds with interesting views of the old ancestral works in the estuary. Ahead the route follows one dock, offering views of the arbour and some old Codfish Boats. Soon you’ll cross the bridge and arrive in Barra Village and cycle south along a bicycle path which avoids the open road. As you cycle, the scenery changes to small fields and vegetable gardens until you reach Mira Beach.

Superior Option: 4* Hotel Maçarico 

Budget Option: 2* Hotel Sra. Da Conceição 

Day 5: Praia da Mira - Figueira da Foz, 35 mi. (57 km, + 400 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.

Superior Option: 4* Hotel Sweet Atlântico 

Budget Option: 1* Hotel Aliança 

Day 6: Figueira da Foz - S.P. de Moel, 42 mi. (67 km, + 500 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.

Superior Option: 3* Hotel Mar e Sol

Budget Option: 2* Hotel MiraMar

Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Lisbon (incurs supplement) or Porto airport. (2h drive)

Please note that daily mileage may vary slightly between budget and superior options depending on the hotel locations. 

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  • Jeanette A. 2 weeks ago

    Wonderful bike tour along the coast of Portugal which included biking through forests and small towns. Having a pre-set GPS made it so much easier when traveling without a guide. Hotels (and breakfasts) were' top notch' and our luggage was always waiting when we arrived. Could easily do his trip all over again but more likely will consider a second one in Portugal (starting in Lisbon and heading south this time). Not only is Portugal an incredibly beautiful country, but the people are friendly and radiate the relaxed atmosphere that makes touring even better.

  • Jill P. 2 months ago

    We were unfortunate to do this tour when the weather was unseasonably bad. It would be a much better experience with good weather and tail winds! However, the tour providers kept in touch and made the tour as good as it could be under the circumstances.

  • Marvin Robison 3 years ago

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

  • Hank Robison 3 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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