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Portugal's Atlantic Coast

Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast

This easy cycling tour follows trails along the azure coastline of the Atlantic in north central Portugal and discovers the natural beauty of this area; São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve, the vast lagoon of the Ria de Aveiro and immense pine forests. The route begins in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage City and takes you down the coastline past beautiful beach resorts, small towns and villages and Portugal's "Little Venice," Aveiro. Immersion in the Portuguese culture and way of life is one of the many highlights you’ll experience. Admire the small beachside chapel of Senhor da Pedra en route to Espinho, where you can pause and stroll through the sand dunes or along the beachfront promenade. A small local ferry takes you to Aveiro, the town of canals and small bridges and cycle into the village Praia da Mira where you can admire its brilliantly coloured fisherman’s chapel and large silken sandy beach. As you pedal down the Atlantic Way take your time and spend time at the many small beaches to have a drink and contemplate the immense roar and waves of the Atlantic ocean.
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Bike Riding · Portugal
Porto to Ovar
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 51.1 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 108 m
Descent 191 m

This first day starts from the old Porto crossing the Don Luís Bridge which has a spectacular view over the Douro River. 

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Bike Riding · Portugal
Aveiro to Praia Mira
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 48.3 km
Duration 4:15 h
Ascent 42 m
Descent 52 m

As you leave Aveiro, you will head down a path that crosses the land of ponds, where salt is extracted by an old traditional method passed down ...

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Bike Riding · Portugal
Ovar to Aveiro
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 55 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 39 m
Descent 58 m

Today you will continue the path along the coast towards the city of Aveiro, known as the little Venice of Portugal. 

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Bike Riding · Portugal
Praia Mira to Coimbra
Difficulty moderate
Distance 56.3 km
Duration 5:10 h
Ascent 318 m
Descent 201 m

Today you will say goodbye to the immense Atlantic ocean and ride towards Coimbra, a city that in old times was the medieval capital of the country ...

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Bike Riding · Portugal
Ovar Loop
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 37.8 km
Duration 3:50 h
Ascent 357 m
Descent 351 m

Today you will have a different and special day. Far away from the ocean, you will have the opportunity to discover incredible and historic hidden ...

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