Cycle from Barcelos to Vila do Conde
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Minho to PortoPhoto: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
Make your way through more beautiful countryside as you head back to the ocean once more at the mouth of the Cávado River.
After a stretch of lightly rolling terrain enjoy a largely downhill then flat approach to your next overnight stop. You'll be following the coast south to the sandy beaches and riverside town of Vila do Conde, which is famous for bobbin lace-making, embroidered "handkerchiefs of love" and its naval history. With a prosperous ship-building past you'll find grand townhouses, a replica of one of the "discovery" ships in the charming harbour, overlooked by Santa Clara monastery and the impressive aqueduct. For the seafood enthusiast, sampling freshly caught cuisine with a view of the Atlantic is surely the only option for dinner.
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Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling.
If you are doubtful of the condition of your hire bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling.
Do remember to ride on the right-hand side of the road and whilst drivers in Portugal are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs. The road does narrow in parts so please take on bends and when descending, do so with caution.
Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.weather2travel.com or www.yr.no
Tips and hints
Points of interest:
- Pastelaria Clarinhas in the village of Fão - go here to try the typical local sweet ("Clarinhas"). Now known as the Clarinha of Fão, and a pastry filled with pumpkin squash and egg yolks.
The town of Apúlia - renowned for windmills dotted along its coast, on the boardwalk and beach. These were used to grind corn grain (flour mills), using the strong winds and the sea breeze as its force. The mills are privately owned and have been converted into beautiful holiday homes.
Besides cycling in the kit you are used too, we'd also suggest taking the essentials of water bottle(s), nutrition, an extra layer, cash/credit cards and mobile together with emergency telephone numbers.
Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool.
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