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Porto to Coimbra Cycling

Porto to Coimbra Cycling

Porto to Coimbra Cycling

  • Superb varied cycling: riverside and forest routes; beaches and sand dunes; charming cities
  • Taste wine in Porto's famous wine cellars and in the superb Bairrada wine region
  • Aveiro's Venetian canals; UNESCO-recognised Coimbra
  • Coastal and lagoon wildlife: pink flamingo, purple heron, kingfisher and sandpiper
  • 4-star hotels throughout in beachfront, town and country locations
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2030
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Thursdays from 6 Apr '17 to 19 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 89%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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If you've any questions about this holiday call to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email sales@headwater.com

On this nine-night, self-guided cycling holiday you'll enjoy wonderful, relaxed cycling along the idyllic coastline south of Porto and the beautiful Aveiro Lagoon, discovering two of Portugal's most important cities - Porto and Coimbra - and sampling some of the country's signature wines.

You begin in UNESCO-recognised Porto, a beautiful mix of winding, mediaeval streets, impressive architecture and the serene Douro River, packed with brightly coloured rabelo sailing boats - it's also home to some world-famous wine cellars and we've included a port tasting for you in the afternoon. From here you'll head south, past sandy bays and beaches, to your luxury hotel in Furadouro right on the beachfront, before heading via the Aveiro Lagoon, to 'Portugal's Venice', Aveiro. Here, the latticework canals are overlooked by grand buildings and inviting restaurants, while pretty moliceiro boats sail leisurely along the water. Returning to the ocean you'll pass high sand dunes and fragrant pine and acacia forest, on your way to Praia de Mira, before heading inland to the Spa town of Curia in the Bairrada wine region, the home of Portugal's best Champagne-style wine - be sure to stop for a tasting! From Curia your final stretch takes you to Coimbra, Portugal's former capital and now a cosmopolitan university city. Explore its charming cobbled alleyways, bustling markets and wonderful architecture such as the C16 aqueduct and the university's sublime Baroque library, perhaps rounding off with a traditional fado evening in one of the local bars.

We've picked some rather special accommodation for you including luxury townhouses in Porto and Aveiro, a design hotel in Praia de Mira with a rooftop pool boasting fabulous ocean views, stylish spa hotels in Furadouro and Coimbra and a restored Belle Epoque hotel in Curio, set in 14 acres of private gardens and parkland. We've included five evening meals for you on this holiday and you're free to choose from some great local restaurants in Porto (night two), and also in Aveiro and Coimbra.

Please note: Cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Portugal for anyone using an e-bike.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Porto

Arrive at your hotel in Porto. After a briefing with our agent you can enjoy dinner on the Douro riverfront.

Day 2 - At Porto 29km/18.5mi

Today you could opt for a return cycle ride, taking you north of Porto and along both the Douro River and the ocean front, passing glorious beaches, the C16 castle of Sao Joao da Foz, Matosinhos - with some great seafood restaurants - and the Boa Nova Tea House which belongs to the Portuguese Masterchef's Rui Paula. If you'd rather spend the day exploring Porto, why not enjoy a stroll along the riverfront, wander the narrow, winding streets or explore the historic Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? We've included a port wine tasting and cellar visit for you in the afternoon, across the Douro, and for dinner this evening you can choose from a number of fine local restaurants.

Day 3 - Porto to Furadouro 42km/26.5mi

This morning, enjoy a relaxed ride along the Douro River's south bank, full of brightly coloured rabelo boats. You could stop for a tasting in one of the famous port wine caves before following an idyllic waterfront path from the Natural Reserve of the Douro Estuary - a great spot for birdwatching - to the Atlantic coast. Heading onwards, you'll pass some beautiful sandy beaches - perhaps stop for lunch in one of the seafront restaurants and relax on Espinho's gorgeous golden sands - before following a cycle path through pine forest to your beachfront hotel in Furadouro, where you'll enjoy dinner in the restaurant.

Day 4 - Furadouro to Aveiro (Salreu) 44km/27.5mi

Head south from Furadouro along the protected Aveiro Lagoon, one of Europe's last pristine coastal marshes and a haven for many bird species including plover and sandpiper - you can discover more about the area by joining the canal and paying a visit to the BioRia Interpretation Centre. It's then on to Salreu where you'll take a short train journey (10 mins - pay locally) to Aveiro, your home for the next two nights. There are plenty of good fish restaurants to choose from for dinner, within easy reach of your luxury hotel.

Day 5 - At Aveiro

Aveiro is known as 'Portugal's Venice', with a picturesque network of canals weaving their way through the city, lined with grand buildings and former fishermen's houses and filled with gondola-style boats making their way leisurely along the water. Charming alleyways are lined with churrasquerias for lunch, while a bustling fish market takes place every day. Visit the impressive Jesus Monastery and Aveiro Museum, along with the beautiful cathedral which dominates the town square.

Day 6 - Aveiro to Praia de Mira 45km/28mi

Cycle southwards today and visit the factory and museum of Vista Alegre, Portugal's oldest fine porcelain producer, based in Ilhavo, before crossing the Aveiro Lagoon to meet the ocean again in Vagueira. From here you head north to Costa Nova, home to a lovely sandy beach lined by colourful candy-striped houses, before cycling back to Vagueira and along the coast. Turning inland, you'll make your way to your 4 star beachfront hotel at Praia de Mira, passing fields of pears, lemons and strawberries en route.

Day 7 - At Praia de Mira 24km/15mi

Perhaps take it easy today and enjoy a day at a beach, relaxing on Praia de Mira's silky sands dotted with brightly coloured fishing boats and several beach cafes. Alternatively, follow a trail eastwards into lagoons and acacia forest, crossing the canals over New England-style bridges. This is a lovely route lined by iris and bright cistus and you're likely to spot kingfisher and blue heron, along with several good picnic spots!

Day 8 - Praia de Mira to Curia 42km/26.5mi

Leave the coast behind and follow a cycle path inland through acacia forest, before passing farms and small villages on your way to the vineyards of the Bairrada region. Stop for a spot of wine tasting at the Quinta do Encontro before a short ride brings you to Curia and your 'Palace Hotel' set in 14 acres of gardens and parkland.

Day 9 - Curia to Coimbra 37km/23.5mi

Your final day takes you through vineyards to the Mondego River Valley. You'll cycle alongside farms and rice fields, following the river, with a final stretch through the Choupal Forest to arrive in Coimbra. There's so much to discover in this beautiful riverfront city, including the historic university with its spectacular Baroque library, the Museo de Castro, whose art collection in the Bishop's Palace is one of the finest in Portugal, not to mention the interest-packed streets and leafy plazas just perfect for exploring. We recommend spending extra nights here so you can enjoy the city to the full, including the markets, restaurants and lively fado bars!

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Carris Porto Ribeira, Porto (4 Star)

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Located in the old quarter of Porto, overlooking the majestic Rio Douro as it completes the final few kilometres of its long journey to join up with the Atlantic Ocean, the Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira also finds itself opposite some of the famous Porto wine cellars. To emphasise the hotel’s ideal location it is very close to Ribeira Square, the Palacio da Bolsa and the Centro de Congressos da Alfandega.

The Carris Porto Ribeira is the result of the recent restoration and conversion of five listed buildings. The property boasts a restaurant (offering buffet breakfast and evening meals) and features stylish comfortable rooms, decorated to a high standard with modern decor that includes wooden floors and a mix of dark and light colours.

The nearby city centre is itself an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further architectural attractions include the 13C Oporto Cathedral and the Church of Saint Francis, a Gothic monument with a Baroque interior.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite/Superior
08/04/2017 - 31/10/2017 £20

All prices shown above are valid from 25/01/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The Superior rooms and Junior Suites offer more space and a seating area.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Furadouro Boutique Hotel and Spa, Furadouro (4 Star)

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Facing the beach just a 5km ride from the inland town of Ovar, the Furadouro Hotel is a chic and classy waterfront property with cutting edge design throughout. The spa facility is a nice way to reward yourself after a day on the bike, as is a good walk along the endless beach.

Evening meals here are a real treat- taking traditional recipes and infusing a modern twist.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Sea View Junior Suite Land View
08/04/2017 - 31/10/2017 £28 £28

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Superior Sea View rooms are on the 1st floor and offer a better sea view; Junior Suite land view offers more space and a sofa, with a land view.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Moliceiro, Aveiro (4 Star)

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In the heart of Aveiro amid the canals and colourful boats (from which the hotel takes its name), the Hotel Moliceiro is a 4 star hotel in one of Aveiro's period buildings. Artwork on the walls, patterned fabrics and atmospheric lighting all add to the luxurious atmosphere. It is easy to walk out and explore the narrow streets and alleys that are filled with restaurants, and it makes an ideal base for exploring the town.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Design/Provencal Room Superior Cosmopolitan Room Deluxe Marrakesh/Superior Oriental/ Superior Spa Suite Venezia
01/04/2017 - 30/06/2017 £26 £30 £44 £54
01/07/2017 - 31/10/2017 £31 £30 £44 £54

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices per person per night based on 2 sharing. There are also Superior Chanel and Superior Manhattan rooms available at £34pppn There is also a Presidential Suite available at £95pppn
The upgrade rooms are all themed as denoted by their names and all offer a view over the canal.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Macarico Beach Hotel, Praia de Mira (4 Star)

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The Maçarico Beach Hotel mixes nautical themes with contemporary design and is located on the beachfront of Praia de Mira.

There is a rooftop swimming pool with fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Sea View room
01/04/2017 - 30/06/2017 £12
01/07/2017 - 31/08/2017 £14
01/09/2017 - 31/10/2017 £12

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. Superior Sea view rooms offer more space.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Curia Palace Hotel, Curia (4 Star)

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The Curia Palace is a lovingly restored 'Belle Epoque' building in the centre of the spa town of Curia. Set amongst 14 acres of formal gardens and parkland and with pool and spa facilities this is a wonderful place to relax.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior King
01/04/2017 - 30/10/2017 £18

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The King Superior room offers more space, a King size bed and views over the gardens, pool or golf course.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Vila Gale, Coimbra (4 Star)

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One of the newest and most luxurious hotels in the city of Coimbra, the Vila Gale Hotel is a large riverfront property around a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. The rooms are modern and spacious with every possible convenience. The hotel also has a spa with an indoor pool, hammam and gym, and by the riverside the large outdoor pool is also ideal for relaxing at the end of the trip. The grand public rooms on the ground floor are very high and light, with lots of glass making the building very light and attractive.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Pool View room
12/04/2017 - 00/00/0000 £14

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices per person per night.

Dates Double Single
12/04/2017 - 30/10/2017 £56 £90

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. All extra night prices are per person, per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.


Transfers included from Porto airport at 14:10, back to Coimbra station payable locally

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mr Aston

Lovely holiday - the northern Portuguese seemed very friendly and welcoming of tourists.

Mr Levitch

We have always found Headwater to be a most professional company in their approach and this holiday proved to be the same. However, due to both of us coming down with a nasty cold virus virtually from day one, we also found a caring and flexible company in the Local Agent who offered helpful suggestion's and bike transfers on bad days. Now in our September, years this was important and will bring us back to Headwater in the future.

Mr Marsh

Everything was well thought though, GPS, local mobile and bike equipment. Very relaxing and enjoyable holiday

Mr Plant

Very positive experience.

Interesting series of landscapes/urbanscapes travelled.

Excellent birdwatching along the way.

Very good hotels selected.

Mrs Collins

Our 9 days on the Porto to Coimbra cycling holiday was overall a very enjoyable experience. For those who are not regular cyclists, the first 4 or 5 days, the cycling is along very quiet cycle tracks and mainly flat. The weather was not especially favourable for the first half of our stay, but good cycling temperature. On the other hand, it only rained on the day off and not for long, or at night. We were near the Atlantic coast most of the time, so we didnt get to see the beaches bathed in warm... read moreth and sunshine. We cycled along a lot of lagoons and saw flamingos which was exciting and one of the other couples doing the same holiday, was an avid birder and apparently crossed off most of the birds on his list.

Porto is a charming town and the first restaurant that Headwater booked us in for our first evening meal was terrific. Furodouro, the 2nd night's accommodation, hasnt that much to offer, apart from a nice beach and a most welcoming Manager and a lovely indoor pool. The accommodation itself is very

light and spacious.

Aveiro is also a pleasant town, a miniature Venice. The reception recommended a fantastic fish restaurant on the opposite side of the canal, called Mare Cheia, very regional. Excellent hotel, and next door to the Art Nouveau Museum, which is a bit quirky.

The Macarico Hotel in Praia de Mira has a lovely pool on the rooftop. The restaurant, for which you are given Vouchers is good, once you know how and what to order. Not many of the waiters speak English.

The Curia Palace Hotel is extremely grand though not quite as luxurious in its features as we have become accustomed. However there is a huge pool and on the other side of the pool wall, a field with fairly tame fallow deer. The hotel dates back to 1926 and is very much a heritage hotel, with swing music playing in the background at breakfast which is held in a vast ballroom or banqueting hall.

The last hotel in Coimbra is very modern, and you virtually have your own personalised lift. We encountered the only mosquito of the whole trip there! Lovely pool, and it is about a 20 minute walk to the train station, and probably less up to the main part of Coimbra.

The weather and the scenery improved vastly once we headed away from Mira. There are some quite steep hills on the last leg to Coimbra, but we saw electricity pylons layered with nesting White Storks.

Mrs Barr

The website does not make it clear that a lot of the cycling is in built up areas ,which was disappointing and unlike our many previous Headwater holidays.Although all the hotels ,apart from the one in Curia ,were outstanding, I would not recommend this area for cycling.

Mr York

Very good.

We've done several similar cycling holidays in Europe and this was up there with the best.

Mr Allin

Excellent holiday. The bikes were quite heavy but the cycling was flat and the electric bike was modern and excellent.

Dates and prices

The prices quoted below for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and are shown for guide purposes only. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Thursdays from 6th Apr 2017 to 19th Oct 2017, for 9 nights.

All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £65 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Other details
Airport/station and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Porto airport at 14:10, back to Coimbra station payable locally


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