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 Bike Tour

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.

  • 2020 Season Dates & Pricing

    Daily Arrivals Possible:
    Low Season:
    January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
    Mid Season: March 27 - April 5 / April 13 - May 26 / September 27 - October 31
    High Season: April 6 - April 12 (Easter) / May 27 - June 26
    Peak Season: June 27 - September 26

    Self-Guided Tour

    Twin/
    Double
    Single
    Room
    Solo
    Traveler
    Low Season $ 1796 £ 935 $ 1,615 1086 $ 1864 kr 11681 $ 1,228 $ 2406 £ 1253 $ 2,164 1455 $ 2498 kr 15649 $ 1,645 $ 2851 £ 1485 $ 2,564 1724 $ 2960 kr 18543 $ 1,949
    Mid Season $ 1945 £ 1013 $ 1,749 1176 $ 2019 kr 12649 $ 1,330 $ 2588 £ 1348 $ 2,327 1565 $ 2687 kr 16832 $ 1,770 $ 3033 £ 1580 $ 2,727 1834 $ 3148 kr 19726 $ 2,074
    High Season $ 2011 £ 1047 $ 1,808 1216 $ 2087 kr 13079 $ 1,375 $ 2687 £ 1400 $ 2,417 1625 $ 2790 kr 17478 $ 1,837 $ 3132 £ 1631 $ 2,817 1894 $ 3251 kr 20371 $ 2,142

    Peak Season

    $ 2110 £ 1099 $ 1,898 1276 $ 2190 kr 13724 $ 1,443 $ 2852 £ 1486 $ 2,565 1725 $ 2961 kr 18553 $ 1,951 $ 3297 £ 1717 $ 2,965 1994 $ 3423 kr 21447 $ 2,255

    Single Room - single traveler booked with a group
    Solo Traveler - single traveler traveling alone

    Supported Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 2148 £ 1119 $ 1,932 1299 $ 2230 kr 13972 $ 1,469 $ 2758 £ 1437 $ 2,480 1668 $ 2863 kr 17940 $ 1,886
    Mid Season $ 2297 £ 1196 $ 2,066 1389 $ 2384 kr 14940 $ 1,571 $ 2940 £ 1531 $ 2,644 1778 $ 3052 kr 19123 $ 2,010
    High Season $ 2363 £ 1231 $ 2,125 1429 $ 2453 kr 15370 $ 1,616 $ 3039 £ 1583 $ 2,733 1838 $ 3155 kr 19769 $ 2,078

    Peak Season

    $ 2462 £ 1282 $ 2,214 1489 $ 2556 kr 16015 $ 1,684 $ 3205 £ 1669 $ 2,882 1938 $ 3327 kr 20844 $ 2,191

    Guided Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 2507 £ 1306 $ 2,254 1516 $ 2602 kr 16305 $ 1,714 $ 3117 £ 1623 $ 2,803 1885 $ 3236 kr 20274 $ 2,131
    Mid Season $ 2656 £ 1383 $ 2,388 1606 $ 2757 kr 17273 $ 1,816 $ 3150 £ 1641 $ 2,833 1905 $ 3270 kr 20489 $ 2,154
    High Season $ 2722 £ 1418 $ 2,448 1646 $ 2826 kr 17704 $ 1,861 $ 3398 £ 1770 $ 3,056 2055 $ 3528 kr 22103 $ 2,324

    Peak Season

    $ 2821 £ 1469 $ 2,537 1706 $ 2929 kr 18349 $ 1,929 $ 3564 £ 1856 $ 3,205 2155 $ 3699 kr 23178 $ 2,437

    extra options

    Extra Options for all Tour Types

    Electric Bike Rental (Focus Aventura): $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1076 $ 113 Road Bike Rental (Focus Paralane): $ 83 £ 43 $ 74 50 $ 86 kr 538 $ 57 MTB Bike Rental (Focus Whistler): $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1076 $ 113

    Extra Options for Self-Guided Tour

    Additional GPS device: $ 124 £ 65 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 807 $ 85 Transfer Lisbon Airport to Porto: $ 726 £ 378 $ 653 439 $ 754 kr 4722 $ 496 Transfer San Pedro de Moel to Lisbon Airport: $ 379 £ 197 $ 341 229 $ 393 kr 2463 $ 259

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • 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!


Tour Dates

Daily arrivals possible for all tour types.
Supported & Guided tours require a minimum of 6 participants.

Low Season: January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
Mid Season: March 27 - April 5 / April 13 - May 26 / September 27 - October 31
High Season: April 6 - April 12 (Easter) / May 27 - June 26
Peak Season: June 27 - September 26

The weather is ideal between May and October

Where You’ll Stay

Superior 4* Hotels (see itinerary for sample hotels)

What’s Included

All Tour Types Include:

  • 6 Nights Accommodations in 4* Hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Hybrid Bicycle Rental (Focus 24-Speed)
  • Bike Equipment: helmet, water bottle, tool kit, pump, tube repair kit, lock, handlebar bag, rear rack and pannier, and flat/spd pedals
  • Luggage Transport
  • Transfer Day 1: Porto Airport/Porto city center to hotel
  • Transfer Day 7: Hotel to Porto Airport
  • Welcome Briefing at first hotel (English)
  • Route Information & Tour Packet (maps, daily descriptions)
  • Mobile Telephone for emergencies (free to call our local tour operator 24h/day)
  • Liability & Personal Accident Insurance

Self-Guided Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)

Supported Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

Guided Tour Also Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended!

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TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
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Skill Level

This tour is rated easy to moderate, with a range is daily cycling distances of 22-67 km per day. 100% of the route is on paved roads. See each day’s description in the itinerary for change in elevation.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Portugal Atlantic Route Map

Day 1: Arrival 
Day 2: Porto - Espinho, 14 mi. (22 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

Day 1: Arrival
Our local guide will transfer you from the Porto airport to your hotel (approximately 20 min). Enjoy the day exploring the vibrant city of Porto and all that it offers! Taste the delicious food, explore the sights, and interact with the friendly locals.
Hotel: Legendary Porto

Day 2: Porto - Espinho (Distance 14 miles / 22 km) (Elevation gain +100 m / 328 ft)
Starting out from old Porto, enjoy the view as you cross the Douro River via the Don Luís Bridge, designed by French civil engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel. Following a cycling path along the coastline, you will pass numerous small beaches including Valadares, Francelos, and Miramar, all good spots to take a swim and enjoy the sun. Miramar Beach is worth a stop to visit the charming little chapel that sits on top of a boulder by the sea, the famous Capela do Senhor da Pedra.
Hotel: Solverde Spa Hotel

Day 3: Espinho - Aveiro (Distance 40 miles / 64 km) (Elevation gain +200 m / 656 ft)
Today's route is easy and enjoyable along the sea and through pine tree forests. The path leads you to Ria de Aveiro, a shallow coastal lagoon connected to the Atlantic Ocean, that is a favorite place to catch shellfish and enjoy water sports. It's unique mesotidal wetland area has several branches, forming islands, and is an absolute pleasure to cycle along. The dune system of São Jacinto is a natural reserve and home to many unique bird species, proving a perfect opportunity to watch wildlife. In São Jacinto, you will catch the ferry to Aveiro, also known as the Portuguese Venice.
Hotel: Moliceiro Hotel

Day 4: Aveiro - Praia de Mira (Distance 26 miles / 42 km) (Elevation gain +200 m / 656 ft)
Leaving Aveiro, you will follow a path through an area of ponds where salt is harvested by traditional methods that have been passed down through generations. As you continue, you will arrive at a dock where you can enjoy views of the harbour. Soon you’ll cross a 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.
Hotel: Maçarico Beach Hotel

Day 5: Praia de Mira - Figueira da Foz (Distance 38 miles / 61 km) (Elevation gain +500 m / 1640 ft)
Enjoy a peaceful ride today as you cross a large dune system 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 cycle up Serra da boa Viagem (Good Journey Hill), a massif made of jurassic limestone. The climb will prove worthwhile when you reach the summit and take in it's views of the Atlantic. The descent back down leads you to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego and then onto the town of Figueira da Foz, known for it's large beachfront.
Hotel: Sweet Atlantic Hotel

Day 6: Figueira da Foz - S.P. de Moel (Distance 40 miles / 65 km) (Elevation gain +400 m / 1312 ft)
Your last day of cycling begins by crossing the bridge over the Mondego River and leads to Carriço where you will enter the Atlantic Way, a designated cycling path. You will ride through a large pine forest that is a symbol of Portugal's history as it was planted in the 14th century, it's timber intended to build a fleet of ships for future adventures by the Portuguese explorers. Continuing on, you will cycle past some small deserted beaches that make for a pleasant pitstop including Praia do Pedrogão, Vieira Beach, and São Pedro de Moel.
Hotel: Hotel Mar e Sol

Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Porto Airport. (2-hour drive)

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Tour Reviews

  • Elisa N. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We absolutely loved our trip along the Portugal Atlantic coast! The route was beautiful and different everyday. We loved the variety of pine forest, coast line and little towns. The route was pretty easy to follow and the GPS worked great. Thank you again for a great trip!

  • Richard J. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I really enjoyed this bike tour; everything from the hotel in Porto, to the gps guide, luggage transfer and our final transfer to Lisbon was excellent. Carlos briefed us about the tour, introduced us to our bikes and our gps "tour guide"; actually made us do it before he left us. Since we had an extra day in Porto we practiced using the gps by doing its walking tour of Porto. Appreciate the Emergancy phone provided, even tho we did not use it. Weather was perfect. The only downside is the tour goes thru areas that were burned a couple years ago; very sad; made us really appreciate the beautiful unburned forests we rode thru. The tour booklet provided a good overview of each day's ride; there are some sections where finding food & water at mid day may be a challenge. A good tour

  • Jeanette A. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 R. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Hank Robison 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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