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
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Budget Superior January 1 to March 25 + Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 754 $ 1,293 € 928 NOK 9048 kr 8352 $ 1,086 £ 925 $ 1,585 € 1138 NOK 11096 kr 10242 $ 1,331 Single supplement £ 106 $ 181 € 130 NOK 1268 kr 1170 $ 152 £ 194 $ 333 € 239 NOK 2330 kr 2151 $ 280
March 26 to April 1 + June 27 to August 29
£ 884 $ 1,515 € 1088 NOK 10608 kr 9792 $ 1,273 £ 1065 $ 1,826 € 1311 NOK 12782 kr 11799 $ 1,534 Single supplement £ 163 $ 279 € 200 NOK 1950 kr 1800 $ 234 £ 438 $ 751 € 539 NOK 5255 kr 4851 $ 631 April 2 to May 26 + Sept 27 to Oct 31 £ 803 $ 1,376 € 988 NOK 9633 kr 8892 $ 1,156 £ 976 $ 1,673 € 1201 NOK 11710 kr 10809 $ 1,405 Single supplement £ 118 $ 202 € 145 NOK 1414 kr 1305 $ 170 £ 259 $ 444 € 319 NOK 3110 kr 2871 $ 373 May 27 to June 26 + Aug 30 to Sept 26 £ 843 $ 1,446 € 1038 NOK 10121 kr 9342 $ 1,214 £ 1000 $ 1,715 € 1231 NOK 12002 kr 11079 $ 1,440 Single supplement £ 130 $ 223 € 160 NOK 1560 kr 1440 $ 187 £ 275 $ 472 € 339 NOK 3305 kr 3051 $ 397 Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 235 $ 403 € 289 NOK 2818 kr 2601 $ 338 £ 194 $ 333 € 239 NOK 2330 kr 2151 $ 280
*If traveling solo (without other persons) a solo traveler supplement will apply. This is in addition to the single supplement!
Road bike rental: £ 41 $ 70 € 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59
Electric bike rental: £ 81 $ 139 € 100 NOK 975 kr 900 $ 117
Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Porto on arrival day: price available on request
Transfer to Lisbon Airport on day 7 (price per person): £ 16 $ 28 € 20 NOK 195 kr 180 $ 23
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Lisbon or Porto Airport.
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!
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.
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in selected category (budget or superior)
- 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 nights are always recommended!
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.