Easy Portugal Silver Coast
7 Days / 6 Nights / 5 Cycling Days
Following the coastline from Porto to Figueira da Foz, and later the meanders of the Mondego River towards Coimbra, the Portugal Silver Coast Cycling offers a superb route to discover the natural and cultural treasures of Central Portugal.
Starting at Porto, a vibrant city full of history and cultural sites to unveil, the route follows the narrows streets of the old town towards the seaside. It then runs along the golden sandy beaches south of Porto all the way down to the São Jacinto Dune Natural Reserve at the mouth of the Ria de Aveiro.
From the narrows streets of the old town the route runs along beautiful beach resorts and small towns giving an insight over the Portuguese culture and live.
On the way you’ll cross the São Jacinto Dune Natural Reserve and the Ria de Aveiro, the estuary of the Vouga river which characterizes part of the region arriving at Aveiro City, our little Venice with its channels and moliceiros boats.
To the south the route crosses an immense pine forest, making solitude crossing the dunes system one big part of the day, stopping at small beaches to have a drink and watch the sea and contemplate.
Finishing in Coimbra, renowned for its century old University and UNESCO old medina area, and academic life.
1: Arrival at Porto airport and transfer to the hotel
Overnight: Hotel 3* América Hotel (Porto)
Welcome to Portugal! You will be pick up at the airport.
Make yourself comfortable in the car while driving to the hotel.
Our Guide will meet you at the Hotel and brief you about the tour.
If you have sometime one the first day, roam free in the city.
We suggest a riverside walk, a visit to the Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The opportunities are endless and Porto is gorgeous.
2: Cyle from Porto to Esmoriz
Overnight: Monte Lirio Hotel (Espinho)
The day starts from Porto thru the old town, and across the Don Luis Bridge, design and planed by Gustave Eiffel.
Almost all the way to Espinho 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 worth a stop to visit a small chapel by the sea, just off the waves, the Church of Senhor da Pedra.
The day ends at Espinho or Esmoriz (Comfort & Budget), another excellent spot by the sea with plenty to do and experience...
Note: on the Superoir versin, the day is cycling from Porto to Espinho
Cycle 33,4km | 2H30»3H | + 210m | -320m
3: Cycle from Esmoriz to Aveiro
Overnight: Veneza Hotel (Aveiro)
An easy and enjoyable day by the sea, riding flat.
Pine forest trees and the Ria the Aveiro are sceneries that make the day prior to get to Aveiro.
The river Vouga Delta (Ria de Aveiro) was formed from de XVth century, with the sea retreat.
Nowadays it’s a favourite place to catch shellfish, and to enjoy water sports.
The dune system of São Jacinto is a Natural reserve.
Stop and walks along the beach in the sea front are excellent and birds lover are in a good area to watch wildlife.
Is at São Jacinto that you catch the ferry to Aveiro.
Aveiro is just a few minutes away with canals and “gondulas” in one authen-tic Venice stile…
Note: on Superior versin, this day is clycling from Espinho to Aveiro
Cycle 52,7km | 3H30»4H | + 280m | -300m
4: Cycle from Aveiro to Praia de Mira
Overnight: Miravillas Hotel (Praia de Mira)
The days starts going out of Aveiro and its canals to cross to a dune system that close the Ria the Aveiro.
Following this huge dune by the inner road you’ll cross small villages looking inland to the calm water of the Ria.
Why not stopping along the way and climb the dunes to take a look to the more alive scenery of the sea, just a few meters from the road.
By the end of the water arm of the Ria the way enter a small field and vegetables gardens lands to enter the Praia da Mira village.
Cycle 37km | 2H30»3H | + 110m | -110m
5: Cycle from Praia da Mira to Figueira da Foz
Overnight: Wellington Hotel (Fig da Foz)
One day of solitude crossing one of the biggest dune systems covered in a pine tree forest.
Here you can feel loneliness while cycling thru this im-mense green scenary.
Roads are empty and distances between points are much bigger than previous days.
Near Figueira da Foz, the big climb of the day. Cycling up to the Serra (Hill) da boa Viagem and then down to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego.
Then follow the slopes of the hill into Figueira da Foz and its huge sandy beach.
Cycle 55,4km | 3H30»4H30 | +670m | -680m
6: Cycle from Figueira da Foz to Coimbra
Overnight: Dona Ines Hotel (Coimbra)
Departing from Figueira da Foz the path will follow inland leaving the ocean front to Coimbra.
Starting at the Mondego River mouth and the north side bank thru agricultural lands you’ll arrive at Monte-Mor-o-Velho.
Overlooking the river from the little hill, this strong castle was for several centuries the border between the Cristian world and the Moorish nation.
There are tales and history going back to the IX C ad. Now it overlooks the rice fields and the Mondego River.
Continuing following the channels and the river the path get near Coimbra. On top of the hill is the Old quarter (UNESCO).
The Coimbra University , is one of the oldest in Europe and the second at the Iberian Peninsula.
Cycle 55,4km | 3H30»4H30 | + 320m | -310m
On this departure day a transfer will take you back to Porto, the airport or other lodging in the City.
You can ask for a latter transfer if you are staying in Porto, please inform us to check our availability.
END OF TOUR ONCE IN PORTO.
|Dates & Prices|
• Welcome transfer at Porto Airport or train Station in Porto to your Hotel.
• Briefing at the Hotel with handover of documentation and Gps Device for navigation.
• Gps For Navigation (How to use tuition at briefing).
• Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps.
• Luggage transfer during Hike, Hotel to Hotel. (2 pieces per person)
• Phone assistance during all journey.
• Portuguese phone for assistance 24/7 .
• 6 nights lodging on budget (2*) Comfort (2*&3*) Superior 4*) accommodations on BB basis.
• Final Transfer from Coimbra to Porto (Airport, Train Station or Hotel)
• Liability and personal accident insurance.
* Lunch and diners.
* Extra days for rest or visits.
* Personal expenses.
* Taxi transfer (not specified).
* Support vehicle during Cycle.
* Bicicle Rent.
• Extra days for rest or Visits
• Support vehicle (ask quotation)
• Hybrid bike or E-Bike rental (see Supplement)
* 5 Day Cycling Trekking Bike rent (100€)
* 5 Day E-Bike Rent (115€ per E-Bike)
Bike rental includes Helmet, handlebar bag + small rear bag, pump, extra inner tube, toolkit and locks