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.

  • January 1 to March 26 and Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 991 $ 1,997 1156 $ 1757 NOK 10982 kr 10137 $ 1,318
    Single supplement £ 231 $ 465 269 $ 409 NOK 2556 kr 2359 $ 307
    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to April 26 | April 27 to May 26 £ 1077 $ 2,169 1256 $ 1909 NOK 11932 kr 11014 $ 1,432
    Single supplement £ 256 $ 516 299 $ 454 NOK 2841 kr 2622 $ 341
    April 14 to April 20 £ 1102 $ 2,221 1286 $ 1955 NOK 12217 kr 11277 $ 1,466
    Single supplement £ 273 $ 551 319 $ 485 NOK 3031 kr 2797 $ 364
    May 27 to June 26  £ 1102 $ 2,221 1286 $ 1955 NOK 12217 kr 11277 $ 1,466
    Single supplement £ 308 $ 620 359 $ 546 NOK 3411 kr 3148 $ 409
    June 27 to July 26 £ 1162 $ 2,342 1356 $ 2061 NOK 12882 kr 11891 $ 1,546
    Single supplement £ 308 $ 620 359 $ 546 NOK 3411 kr 3148 $ 409
    July 27 to August 29 £ 1162 $ 2,342 1356 $ 2061 NOK 12882 kr 11891 $ 1,546
    Single supplement £ 273 $ 551 319 $ 485 NOK 3031 kr 2797 $ 364
    August 30 to September 26 £ 1102 $ 2,221 1286 $ 1955 NOK 12217 kr 11277 $ 1,466
    Single supplement £ 256 $ 516 299 $ 454 NOK 2841 kr 2622 $ 341
    September 27 to August 29 £ 1077 $ 2,169 1256 $ 1909 NOK 11932 kr 11014 $ 1,432
    Single supplement £ 231 $ 465 269 $ 409 NOK 2556 kr 2359 $ 307
    Single traveler supplement (applicable to all dates)* £ 256 $ 516 299 $ 454 NOK 2841 kr 2622 $ 341

    *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: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57

    Electric bike rental: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114  

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

    Transfer to Lisbon Airport on day 7 (price per person): £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    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 superior hotels.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in selected category
  • 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

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended!

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TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From1156 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible daily in 2019. 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. 

4* Hotel Teatro

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. 

5* Hotel Sol Verde.

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

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.

4* Hotel Maçarico 

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.

4* Hotel Sweet Atlântico

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.

3* Hotel Mar e Sol

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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Customer Feedback

  • Richard J. 3 weeks ago

    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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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 R. 4 years ago

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

  • Hank Robison 4 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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