Biking tours and cycle holidays - eurocycle.at
    • Travelcode: 447

    Portuguese north coast

    Along golden sandy beaches and fishing villages

    • The Atlantic Coast biking holiday route represents a week in the freshest, lightly salty air imaginable. A boost to both body and mind. As you cycle southwards from the Galician coastal region in the north, the beauty of continuously changing views over the vast Atlantic will impress itself on your mind and soul. Taste both Galician and Portuguese seafood. Encounter latter-day pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, with whom you share a few kilometres. Meet the nicest fishermen and their wives who will welcome you and enjoy sharing lifetime experiences and customs.

      Stroll through the fish markets and watch them as they work. Visit Porto, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, classified as a Unesco World Heritage Property. Learn about Port Wine, the beverage and the associated culinary dimension of its own. Dance on saltpans and bring back some excellent salt crystals from there. Taste, smell, meet and bask in the sun as you cycle gently along this beautiful coast. Maybe, even dream. After a great day cycling, the night will cherish you with nothing less than the freshest air conceivable.

      Tour profile/ level 1-2

      You cycle on paved roads and on non-paved trails. Elevation gain between approx. 20 and 400 m per day.

      Day 1: Baiona

      From Porto airport (Portugal) where you will arrive, you will be taken to Baiona (in Galicia, Spain) - transfer at 3pm, a charming and lively harbour town, where a dish of fresh fish from the sea is an absolute must. Don’t forget to stroll around the harbour or the Monterreal Fort, famous for the Príncipe Tower.

      Day 2: Baiona - Caminha, approx. 40 - 59 km

      The first half of the day on your bike you cycle in Spain, gently following the flat coastline, along the foothills of the Sierra de la Grova mountains and a bit further south, of the Sierra de Argalo. You may enter Portugal by ferry, across the River Minho into the town of Caminha, or a bit further upriver, by crossing the Vila Nova de Cerveira bridge. In Caminha delight in the stately houses that set the scene as you enter the town, whose history dates as far back as pre-Roman times. Your 40 kilometres stage ends here. A lovely wine tasting and dinner (option) awaits you.

      Day 3: Caminha - Viana do Castelo, approx. 29 - 49 km

      Cycle southwards on excellent asphalted cycle paths along the coast and fields close to the coastline, until you reach Viana do Castelo, where you will spend the night. Seagulls will also enjoy your attention too, especially if you let them taste a few crumbs from your food. Viana do Castelo, located on the River Lima estuary, is a bustling city with an active student population and a good night life. Dating back to Roman times, Viana’s impressive history includes that of the merchants who provisioned the ships that took part in the Portuguese discoveries during the 16th century andlater built the ships that sailed to Newfoundland for codfish. It is they who built the numerous stately town houses whose architectural beauty is a hallmark of the city.

      Day 4: Viana do Castelo - Vila do Conde, approx. 50 km

      The third stage again offers a gentle 50 kilometres ride southwards, cycling through vineyards and across the Protected Landscape Area of the Esposende coast, a wild life and flora reserve. Speak with the fishermen and their wives. They are such beautiful people - always warm-hearted and with a friendly word for every passer-by. The city centre is dominated by elegant manors and small stately homes. The importance of its harbour is not only evident at sea, as you will discover when you enjoy a wonderful sardine or other fresh fish dinner in town. Afterwards, relax with a leisurely stroll along the beach before you go to bed, refreshed by the sea air.

      Day 5: Vila do Conde - Porto, approx. 34 - 48 km

      On Stage 4 of your holiday, you will cycle to Porto, a short ride of some 34 kilometres. Starting, naturally, at the Atlantic, you will follow cycle paths until you reach the River Douro. Alongside this famous river, you will cycle into one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Porto is a World Heritage city, a historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. Ride gently past the famous Eiffel bridge; see how the proud Port Wine lodges rise uphill from the south bank of the River Douro. An essential stop, of course, will be to admire the Casa da Música auditorium, designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch architect. It will be hard to choose where to dine tonight: Porto is famous for Port Wine and the diversity and quality for its cuisine.

      Day 6: Porto - Furadouro, approx. 42 - 52 km

      This morning you exchange the hustle and bustle of the city for the peace and quiet of the Atlantic shore. Once again, you will have a lovely ride along the coast, partly through a pine woods. The day ends in Furadouro, a hospitable town renowned for its excellent fish. Enjoy your meal!

      Day 7: Furadouro - Mira, approx. 55 - 64 km

      For this last stage, you must not miss visiting the small city of Aveiro, with its picturesque town centre; if you’re lucky, you will catch sight of a Moliceiro, the colourful wooden boats used for gathering seaweed. Visit the saltpans too, if you can, and enjoy a delightful footbath in one of the pans. Once again, this is a beautiful ride of some 55 kms in all today, including through the Protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes. Mira, where you will sleep tonight, perhaps to dream, is a small fishing village. You will certainly be inspired by the beautiful multi-coloured striped houses. Visit some of the little shops too; a nice carpet can be bought at affordable prices.

      Day 8: Mira

      Transfer to the Porto airport from where you will depart.
      End of the tour.

    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Porto (OPO)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      Transfer

      It is considered an extra transfer every time a transfer isn’t direct. Transfer IN is from Porto airport to the starting point of the program in a car. Departure from the airport Porto is at 3pm. If you arrive later than 3pm there will be an additional fee of € 75,00 per person. Transfer OUT is from the ending point of the program to Porto airport.


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    • Included in the price:

      • Accommodation, 7 nights BB, in double standard room
         
      •  Luggage transfer
         
      •  Transfer: Porto airport - Porto hotel depature from the airport at 3pm and Mira hotel - Porto airport by bus
         
      • 21-speed-bike incl. equipment (cargo rack, pannier bike bag, handlebar bag - one per two bicycles, lock, helmet
         
      • Per group/reservation: Pre-paid mobile phone (charged with 10 Euros), toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, and spare inner tube
         
      • Per group/reservation: GPS loaded with the tracks and a roadbook with detailed information
         
      • maps/information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 01.03. - 17.04.20 every MON
      S2 18.04. - 22.04.20 every MON
      S1 23.04. - 30.04.20 every MON
      S2 01.05. - 30.09.20 every MON
      S1 01.10. - 30.11.20 every MON

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
      children 0-2,99 years -100%
      children 3-11,99 years -20%
      more than 12 years -10%
       
      Bicycles and equipment
      21-speed-bike incl.
      E-bike 90
      Children seat incl.
      Children bike 20" incl.
      Children trailer incl.
         
      Additional nights
      Porto, season 1** (dbl/sgl) 69/127
      Porto, season 2** (dbl/sgl) 89/168

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • You will be accomodated in 3-4-star hotels

      Hotelexamples:

      Baiona: (Spain)
      Hotel Bahia Bayona

      Caminha:
      Design & Wine Hotel

      Viana do Castelo:
      Hotel Rali

      Vila do Conde:
      Hotel Brazao

      Porto:
      Carris Porto Ribeira Hotel

      Ovar:
      Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa

      Praia da Mira:
      Macarico Beach Hotel


      Please be informed that these are accomodation examples. Subject to alteration! Please see Your final accomodations on Your hotellist at booking/prior tourstart.

    • Bicycle inclusive panniers:

      For this tour we selected you 2  types of bicycles for you to choose for:

      21- Hypride bike
      Specialized hard rock sport disc 2014
      29’ wheels
      Suntour XCT front suspension
      Hybrid tires
      Adjustable height stem

      E-bike
      Cube reaction HPA 2015
      29’ wheels
      Suntour XCR front suspension
      Mtb tires or Hybrid tires
      50 to 120Km autonomy depending on energy management
      Adjustable height stem

       

      With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electric bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

      Children equipmenal:

      Child bikes

      Child bike trailer

      Hybrid tires

      Children bike tow bar

      Child seat


      Includet in this tour are cargo rack, Pannier bike bag or handlebar bag, helmet, bike tool kit for quick repairs, first aid kit, pre-paid mobile phone and GPS garmin Dakota 10 with android basesd software.

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