Harbor in Porto, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Porfirio
Duoro River in Porto, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Alex Ristea

Gorgeous tiled buildings in Porto, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Berit Watkin
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Silver Coast of Portugal

Portugal Bike Tours

From Porto to Coimbra

  • Portugal's Silver Coast, or Costa de Prata, is a stretch of spectacular coastline that runs north of Lisbon. On this unique bike tour you will cycle one of the most important routes along that coast, between the city of Porto and the "capital" of the central region, Coimbra. Renowned for its ancient towns, breathtaking beaches, and its rugged coastline, it also offers fairly easy and scenic cycling! Stunning views of inland hills and mountains will inspire you daily!

    Begin your tour strolling the narrow cobbled streets of the ancient Ribeira district of Porto and end in riverside, Coimbra and enjoy Portuguese culture, history, and culinary delights along the way!

    Highlights:

    • Historic (and BEAUTIFUL) towns and villages including Porto and Coimbra
    • Miles of stunning beaches with incredible views
    • World class, inexpensive wine and food
    • Hospitality of the Portuguese people
    • PORT!

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  • 2019 Prices

    Self guided (minimum of 2): £ 1166 $ 2,349 1360 $ 2067 NOK 12920 kr 11926 $ 1,550 Guided (minimum of 4): £ 1911 $ 3,852 2230 $ 3390 NOK 21185 kr 19555 $ 2,542 Supported (minimum of 4): £ 1431 $ 2,883 1669 $ 2537 NOK 15856 kr 14636 $ 1,903 Single supplement: £ 282 $ 568 329 $ 500 NOK 3126 kr 2885 $ 375 July, August, and September supplement: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 171 $ 345 200 $ 304 NOK 1900 kr 1754 $ 228 Train ticket from Coimbra to Lisbon, payable on arrival, must be booked in advance):+/- £ 21 $ 43 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 (Depends on time of booking. If you prefer you can book this on your own at www.cp.pt)
    Extra nights: On request

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Porto Airport or Lisbon

    Local Travel

    Arrival to Porto Airport

    Airport transfers from the airport are included in your tour price.

    Arrival to Lisbon Airport

    The airport is located quite close to Lisbon center. You can take a taxi or train into the city or the airport is now connected directly to Lisbon center (Saldahna) by underground metro.
    If you are continuing onward from the airport to Porto, you can take the Airport metro to Orient station in Lisbon, and from there, train to Porto with 0 transfers.
    Train:
    The train service​ connecting Lisbon to Porto is fast, modern, and comparatively inexpensive. There are two different train services between Porto to Lisbon; the Intercidades and the Alfa Pendular. The Alfa Pendular service is faster and offers a high standard of comfort and facilities (free WIFI and more legroom) but is significantly more expensive than the older Intercidades trains. Both train services are direct and travel time is anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to three hours.
    Bus:
    If you prefer travel by bus, the main intercity coach company​ of Portugal is Rede Expressos and they provide multiple express coach services between Lisbon and Porto. There are two main bus routes operated by Rede Expressos between Lisbon and Porto, one faster at 3.5 hours, and the other slower with more stops at 4.5 hours.

    To return to Porto or Lisbon

    Return travel is included from Coimbra back to Porto for bookings of 4 or more. This can be by van or train, depending on number of participants. Depending on departure flight, transfer can be provided on this same day to the airport or the next day if necessary.
    For groups less than 4, for return travel from Coimbra to Porto, or for any group size to return to Lisbon, you can request the purchase of train tickets in advance and pay upon your arrival. You can also purchase these tickets on your own. Please visit: www.cp.pt.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good web site to use to research regional weather conditions is weatherbase.com. Here you will find average high/low temperatures and average rainfall as well.

    AIRPORT TRANSFERS:

    Once your tour is confirmed, please send us your air travel details so that we can arrange your transfer. 

    DOCUMENTS: 

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Your accommodations will be in unique 4 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Self Guided
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Porto Airport (air travel details are needed to confirm)
  • Bike rental with helmet and water bottle
  • GPS
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guided walking tour of Porto
  • Return travel from Coimbra to Porto. This can be by van or train, depending on number of participants. Depending on departure flight, transfer can be provided on this same day to the airport or the next day if necessary
  • Fully Guided
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Porto Airport (air travel details are needed to confirm)
  • Bike rental with helmet and water bottle
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Cycling guide
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Guided walking tour of Porto
  • Return travel from Coimbra to Porto. This can be by van or train, depending on number of participants. Depending on departure flight, transfer can be provided on this same day to the airport or the next day if necessary
  • Supported
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Porto Airport (air travel details are needed to confirm)
  • Bike rental with helmet and water bottle
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Cycling guide
  • Guided walking tour of Porto
  • Return travel from Coimbra to Porto. This can be by van or train, depending on number of participants. Depending on departure flight, transfer can be provided on this same day to the airport or the next day if necessary
  • *Van support is added if there are 8 or more participants

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length7 days
From1360 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Daily arrivals possible throughout the year

Skill Level

On this 7 day tour, you will cover approximately 243 km on a relatively flat route.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Silver Coast of Portugal Map

Day 1: Porto 
Day 2: Porto - Furadouro, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 3: Furadouro - Aveiro, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Aveiro - Praia de Mira, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Praia de Mira - Figueira da Foz, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Figueira da Foz - Coimbra, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 7: Departure

Day 1: Porto
Your first day will be spent in Porto, an ancient port city, once an outpost of the Roman Empire, steeped in history and tradition. Located along the Douro River Valley in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European cities and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996.  Once you settle into your tour hotel, you can make your way to our partner's bike shop for a bike fitting followed by an included guided walking tour of this beautiful city. Three tours are offered daily. 10 am, 3 pm, or 4 pm. This will lead you through the art and tradition, such as the blue and white tiled churches, as well as some contemporary highlights including the bookstore that influenced J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the magnificent Stock Exchange Market. 

Day 2: Porto  - Furadouro, 29 mi. (47 km)​ 
You exit Porto cycling over one of the most famous bridges in Portugal, the Don Luis I Bridge, entering then the city of Vila Nova de Gaia on the southern side of the Douro River. This town was originally founded as the Roman settlement, Cale. Here you can visit world famous Porto wine cellars. Another highlight is the chapel of Senhor da Pedra located in Miramar Beach.  Built on the top of a rock situated right on the shoreline of the Atlantic ocean, you will enjoy amazing views both out to sea and to the white sandy beach stretching in front of it. 

Upon arrival to the city of Espinho, famous for its fresh fish, you can sample for yourself the taste of the sea.  As you cycle through Ovar next, be sure to taste the famous bread-cake! Bread baking in Portugal is just as an important part of the culture as is wine, cheese, and pastries. You will also have the opportunity to see the famous Chapel of the Steps, which is classified as a National Interest Monuments and many examples of the typical Portuguese tiles “azulejos”, not only on the facades of public buildings but on privately owned houses.

Day 3: Furadouro - Aveiro, 28 mi. (45 km)​ 
Following a coastal route, you will cycle on a secondary road, through several fishing villages including, Torreira, with its long stretch of beautiful beach. You will also cycle through the famous nature reserve of the São Jacinto Dunes, a peaceful 6.7 square kilometer wooded nature reserve, equipped with trails and birdwatching areas. 

Via ferry, you will cross to Aveira where you can visit the Monastery of Jesus, observe the tiles of the train station, and take a boat tour of the Ria de Aveiro.

Day 4: Aveiro - Praia de Mira, 25 mi. (40 km)​
Today's route will lead through Ílhavo, location of Vista Alegre,  Portuguese porcelain manufacture, founded in 1815. You will enjoy the fantastic scenery of the famous Costa Nova do Prado where the beaches are intertwined with the rural farms, creating a unique environment. The enchanting haystack houses splash the waterfront with their vertical multicolored bands. 

Day 5: Praia de Mira- Figueira da Foz Route, 31 mi. (50 km)
On your ride today you can visit the little known and beautiful Barrinha Lagoon. The landscape progresses from that of oceanfront and the wide expanse of sand dunes to the lagoon and aromatic pine forests. The Queen of the Silver Coast,  Figueira da Foz,  is the day's destination. It is here that the beautiful River Mondego meets the Ocean.

Day 6: Figueira da Foz - Coimbra, 34 mi. (55 km)​
The final cycling route leads away from the sea, but continues along the Mondego River to end in Coimbra, famous for its University, the oldest in Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe, which over time has shaped its image to become "the city of students". 

Day 7Departure
Included in your tour price is transportation back to Porto from Coimbra. This will be by van or train depending on number of participants. 

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Tour Reviews

  • Liz G. 5 days ago

    Bike company and owner Sergio were extremely helpful and particular that we all had a good experience. The bikes were of superior quality...Escorting us out of the center of Porto was greatly appreciated and necessary as we were a group of 12. Accommodations were excellent and GPS’ worked well. Restaurants along the way provided excellent food. The only negatives were the cobbled streets and some of the roads had many potholes so attention had to be paid instead of looking at the scenery. As Portugal becomes a “biking” country, I’m sure this will be addressed in the future. The locals were more courteous to bikers than our drivers at home!!
    The abundant storks nesting in one area was a highlight.

  • Jeanne W. 5 days ago

    Porto was extraordinary as was Aveiro. The bike routes were primitive or sand covered. Local company was extremely nice and accommodating. Portuguese people couldn’t have been friendlier.

  • Kathleen B. 6 days ago

    Biking along the coast was epic. The vistas were beyond beautiful.

  • Patricia S. 7 days ago

    Our Silver Coast of Portugal trip was splendid. Our guides, the food, our hotels and our group had a lovely time. We've done over 10 cycling trips and this was one of the best overall trips we've had.

  • Richard F. 7 days ago

    Our self-guided Bruge/Amsterdam had given us a detailed book as well as GPS. This was [portugal coast] only GPS and one road was not usable due to a rock slide, so we had to go around a mountain with no real help with map. Also, they warned us of bad road conditions due to fire last year in their big forest. They were surely right as 15 miles of solid potholes and loose rock were what we got.

  • Steven 4 weeks ago

    The Portugal Silver Coast bike tour was one of my favorite vacations ever! I and 7 other people took the guided version of the tour in early June 2019. The more urban sight-seeing highlights included the city of Porto, with its very unique architecture and charming neighborhoods and cityscapes that cascade down the walls of both sides of the beautiful river valley, providing memorable photo-ops everywhere you turn. We toured a port distillery and tasted. Also noteworthy was the town of Aveiro, with its canals inhabited by gondolas and its colorfully tiled town center. And finally the university town of Coimbra, with its extraordinary 16th century library and its charming town square where groups of university students wearing darkest black perform splendid music (instruments and vocals) in various Portuguese traditions, such as Fado. Rural high-lights included beautiful beaches, pine forests, and amazing villages of stork nests, some constructed on high-voltage power Read more… distribution towers.
    Food highlights included a seafood and rice stew served at a little café in Miramar right near the chapel on the beach. Also, standout was a sports bar named Núcleo Sportinguista in Figueira da Foz where we feasted on sardines. Our server was a gem! She was so friendly and patient with our rowdy group that she deserves some sort of prize! And on the final night, we enjoyed a really extraordinary meal of lovely tapas and wines at Taberna Urbana in Coimbra. Just excellent!
    Many thanks to our guides, Sergio and Henrique, for their generous hospitality and flawless attention to detail. It was a joy to have them along on the trip!

  • Ann and Patrice 1 month ago

    We loved our bike trip and will definitely go back to Portugal. We would love to do another bike trip supported by Sergio and his team - we highly recommend them!
    Our trip was in April 2019 and from the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed - with an airport pick up. We were given the best walking tour we have had which was done in conversation style allowing us to both learn about the rich history of Porto and to ask questions vs. being "talked at". A port tasting and tour was also included and was equally well done. Sergio and his staff treated us with incredible care all along the trip even though we were self guided. The bikes and Garmin GPS were top! The suggested restaurants along the way provided delicious food (that says a lot because we live in France and we are quite selective). Hotels were very comfortable some with spa facilities which were appreciated after being in the saddle. The route was varied - mostly coastal yet some forests. We Read more… enjoyed the visit to Vista Allegra to see the porcelain factory including the artists at work hand painting porcelain. We saw many birds along the route including nesting storks. The surface for cycling varied from paved bike routes, dirt trails and sometimes a bit of sand covering the route due to some wind. We strongly encourage you to treat yourself to this trip!

  • Leigh & Pat 2 months ago

    Just completed this tour - May, 2019. We were a group of 12 (Canadians) and were looking for a reasonably easy bike journey. The terrain was - as advertised - very flat and never strayed very far from the beautiful shorelines of Portugal. (one significant hill - character builder) Early to mid-May worked well and we could only imagine how crowded the beaches and communities would be if the trip were taken in high summer months. Many of the small towns we passed through were almost dormant - very little life or activity, and many shops seemed closed . If you take the trip - be aware of Sunday closings and fewer selections of restaurants in Portugal. Sergio, the organizer and supporter, was helpful in every way with the organization of the trip, gps devices and bikes. He was available at all times if needed. We did not require that sort of support - and we were non-guided. The actual surfaces of land that we biked upon were variable - ranging from excellent bike Read more… paths to rural, remote dirt roads - but all very passable.
    Not enough can be said about the hospitality and consideration of the Portuguese people we encountered. Bike travel is not as abundant in Portugal, and not as much a part of the culture, as elsewhere in Europe - but the gentle ways of the Portuguese are a pleasure to encounter. lb

  • Marjorie S. 1 year ago

    We loved this trip. The route was scenic and easily navigated, the bikes were well maintained and the customer service was impeccable. It was an easy trip with the exception of one leg at the end, but electric bikes made it doable. Absolutely recommended. The only point of confusion was occasionally the GPS would point us in 2 different directions. One was the main route and the other was an optional side trip. At times it was confusing as to which way to go. Otherwise, things were exceptionally well planned. See this wonderful part of Portugal while it’s still less visited by tourists.

  • Gloria 1 year ago

    Did a self-guided tour with a group of 5 women - had a blast. Flat terrain, beautiful scenery. Glad we built in time to explore Porto and Coimbra, both fabulous cities. Sergio was a pleasure to work with, highly recommend this trip.

  • Martha 1 year ago

    Very nice bike tour - great scenery and nice hotels. Everyone was very nice and helpful. Sergio is wonderful to work with and very responsive to our questions and requests. Wonderful trip!

  • Andy Foster 2 years ago

    A wonderful time. A hands off unguided tour down that beautiful coast just my friend and I. Thanks to Sergio and the gang for excellent guidance and suggestions, and his GPS, we never got lost and were able to stay on bike paths most of the way. All hotels were waiting for us, our bags already pre arrived. Thanks again Sergio! Highly recommended.

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