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.


    • 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 £ 921 $ 1,381 928 NOK 9667 kr 8923 $ 1,160 £ 1129 $ 1,693 1138 NOK 11854 kr 10942 $ 1,423
    Single supplement £ 129 $ 193 130 NOK 1354 kr 1250 $ 163 £ 237 $ 356 239 NOK 2490 kr 2298 $ 299

    March 26 to April 1 + June 27 to August 29

    £ 1079 $ 1,619 1088 NOK 11333 kr 10462 $ 1,360 £ 1301 $ 1,951 1311 NOK 13656 kr 12606 $ 1,639
    Single supplement £ 198 $ 298 200 NOK 2083 kr 1923 $ 250 £ 535 $ 802 539 NOK 5615 kr 5183 $ 674
    April 2 to May 26 + Sept 27 to Oct 31 £ 980 $ 1,470 988 NOK 10292 kr 9500 $ 1,235 £ 1191 $ 1,787 1201 NOK 12510 kr 11548 $ 1,501
    Single supplement £ 144 $ 216 145 NOK 1510 kr 1394 $ 181 £ 316 $ 475 319 NOK 3323 kr 3067 $ 399
    May 27 to June 26 + Aug 30 to Sept 26 £ 1030 $ 1,545 1038 NOK 10813 kr 9981 $ 1,298 £ 1221 $ 1,832 1231 NOK 12823 kr 11837 $ 1,539
    Single supplement £ 159 $ 238 160 NOK 1667 kr 1538 $ 200 £ 336 $ 504 339 NOK 3531 kr 3260 $ 424
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 287 $ 430 289 NOK 3010 kr 2779 $ 361 £ 237 $ 356 239 NOK 2490 kr 2298 $ 299

    *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: £ 50 $ 74 50 NOK 521 kr 481 $ 63

    Electric bike rental: £ 99 $ 149 100 NOK 1042 kr 962 $ 125  

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

    Transfer to Lisbon Airport on day 7 (price per person): £ 20 $ 30 20 NOK 208 kr 192 $ 25

    please note

    Rates are 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).


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


    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)
  • Breakfasts
  • 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!

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.

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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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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