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Cyclist in front of a typical stone house with colourful windows and doors

Portugal Bike & Quintas

The green heart around Coimbra

8 Days / 7 Nights
Challenging
Cyclist in front of a typical stone house with colourful windows and doors

Experience great bike tours between Costa Prata and the foothills of Serra de Estrela, through green and hilly landscape, with many rivers, streams, lakes and fantastic views, named “Miradouros”. Many inhabitants here still live off what the land offers them and it would not be unusual to come across a farmer with a donkey and cart. Of course, a visit to the coast, with its wild and high waves and cozy fishing villages, is a must. Just like a visit to Coimbra, the cultural pearl with its cozy old town, beautiful parks and the old Manuelino-style university towering far above the Mondego River. You will spend the night in "quintas", centuries-old manor houses and country estates that have been restored in authentic style.

Itinerary at a glance

You will be welcomed in „Quinta no Pinhal“. This Quinta is located on the brink of the forest and a little bit outside of village Vila Nova de Poiares. Possibility to try your bike and to talk to your hosts.

Today you get to know the landscape of Beira Litoral: slightly hilly terrain, a lot of green and a lot of water. You cycle along Barrier Lake “Barragem das Fronhas”, one of many barrier lakes in Portugal. At the end of this tour you can try your climbing skills in Moura Morta. Overnight stay in “Quinta no Pinhal”.

You cycle from Vila Nova de Poiares to Ceiro dos Vales. Mostly you follow Rio Ceiro. Along the route possibility to take a bath in the river in Casal de Ermio/Praia Fluvial. You continue to Lousã which is located at the foothills of Serra de Lousã. This area offers green mountain landscapes, many trees, a lot of water and a palace from 10th century which is surrounded by small chapels. When you enter the villages you can visit “Casa de Cima” and “Casa de Quinto do Cano”, two luxury manor houses from 17th and 18th century. Overnight stay in “Além do Ribeiro”.

Today you can choose between two routes. You can go along a short route of 15 to 20 km to a nature bath in the near of a fortress. Or you make a longer tour of 60 km into Serra da Lousã up to an elevation of 1.200 m, where you can enjoy pure silence and a clear view onto Central Portugal, from the Atlantic Sea to Serra da Estrela. A tour which leads along lonesome mountain villages with old houses and offers beautiful views. The descent leads along unpaved roads back onto the road of Goís-Lousã. Overnight stay in “Além do Ribeiro”.

This tour leads from Ceira dos Vales to São Laurenco de Bairro. You pass village Penacova, which is located high above Rio Mondego and continue to national park Buçaco. Along your way see numerous springs, many villages, olive groves, fruit orchards and stone pines. In Serra do Buçaco you will find Mata do Buçaco, a forest with a size of 105 hectare. It is fenced by a wall with a length of 5 km and 11 gates. From Luso, a health-resort which is well-known for its sanative water you cycle through the wine region of “Bairrada”. Goal of today is Quinta de São Lourenço.

Today you will cycle through pine forests via Mira to Praia de Mira, broad and sandy beaches await you. The village was called Palheiros de Mira before, due to the typical houses built on piles. Some of the fishing-men still carry out the traditional fishing with nets. In summer it is a popular beach resort. Overnight stay in Quinta de São Lourenço.

You go by bicycle or take the train to the ancient University City Coimbra and then contione on the bike past old villages, some of them are already deserted, and along paddy fields at Gandara through the valley of Mondego to Quinta no Pinhal.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

On the Atlantic coast, you will pass through the picturesque Aveiro with its canals and enjoy grilled fish in Furadouro. The Portuguese are known for their warmth and hospitality, and you'll be staying in particularly authentic hotels along the way.

You will be welcomed in „Quinta no Pinhal“. This Quinta is located on the brink of the forest and a little bit outside of village Vila Nova de Poiares. Possibility to try your bike and to talk to your hosts.

Today you get to know the landscape of Beira Litoral: slightly hilly terrain, a lot of green and a lot of water. You cycle along Barrier Lake “Barragem das Fronhas”, one of many barrier lakes in Portugal. At the end of this tour you can try your climbing skills in Moura Morta. Overnight stay in “Quinta no Pinhal”.

You cycle from Vila Nova de Poiares to Ceiro dos Vales. Mostly you follow Rio Ceiro. Along the route possibility to take a bath in the river in Casal de Ermio/Praia Fluvial. You continue to Lousã which is located at the foothills of Serra de Lousã. This area offers green mountain landscapes, many trees, a lot of water and a palace from 10th century which is surrounded by small chapels. When you enter the villages you can visit “Casa de Cima” and “Casa de Quinto do Cano”, two luxury manor houses from 17th and 18th century. Overnight stay in “Além do Ribeiro”.

Today you can choose between two routes. You can go along a short route of 15 to 20 km to a nature bath in the near of a fortress. Or you make a longer tour of 60 km into Serra da Lousã up to an elevation of 1.200 m, where you can enjoy pure silence and a clear view onto Central Portugal, from the Atlantic Sea to Serra da Estrela. A tour which leads along lonesome mountain villages with old houses and offers beautiful views. The descent leads along unpaved roads back onto the road of Goís-Lousã. Overnight stay in “Além do Ribeiro”.

This tour leads from Ceira dos Vales to São Laurenco de Bairro. You pass village Penacova, which is located high above Rio Mondego and continue to national park Buçaco. Along your way see numerous springs, many villages, olive groves, fruit orchards and stone pines. In Serra do Buçaco you will find Mata do Buçaco, a forest with a size of 105 hectare. It is fenced by a wall with a length of 5 km and 11 gates. From Luso, a health-resort which is well-known for its sanative water you cycle through the wine region of “Bairrada”. Goal of today is Quinta de São Lourenço.

Today you will cycle through pine forests via Mira to Praia de Mira, broad and sandy beaches await you. The village was called Palheiros de Mira before, due to the typical houses built on piles. Some of the fishing-men still carry out the traditional fishing with nets. In summer it is a popular beach resort. Overnight stay in Quinta de São Lourenço.

You go by bicycle or take the train to the ancient University City Coimbra and then continue on the bike past old villages, some of them are already deserted, and along paddy fields at Gandara through the valley of Mondego to Quinta no Pinhal.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route Information

Challenging

Flat coastal roads and hilly sections. Also climbs, but easier alternatives are available. Asphalted roads. Sometimes a little bit exhausting, but it is worth it!

Prices & Dates

Category: Quintas (lovely restored former country houses and estates) with pool

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch package for the route (6x)
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the Quintas
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (GER,EN)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Half board evening meal (multi-course), in Caniço and Funchal incl. drinks (house wine, beer, soft drinks and water)
  • Transfer possible upon request – per ride approximately     
  • Airport Porto (until 4 Persons) EUR 154
  • Airport Lisaboa (until 4 Persons) EUR 209
  • More than 4 Persons on request

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Coimbra train station
  • Porto or Lisboa airport
  • Free parking at the Quinta, reservation is necessary
  • Good bus connections from Coimbra to Vila Nova de Poiares EUR 4, Taxi approx. EUR 30 or transfer EUR 29 per person

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch package (6x)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch, French, Spanish)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Airport transfer possible, reservation required, payable on site, Porto airport EUR 159 per trip (up to 4 persons), Lisbon airport EUR 214 per trip (up to 4 persons), from 5 persons on request

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Coimbra train station
  • Porto or Lisboa airport
  • Free parking at the Quinta, reservation is necessary
  • Good bus connections from Coimbra to Vila Nova de Poiares EUR 4, Taxi approx. EUR 30, transfer EUR 32 per person

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Detailed information

  • If you book an extra night in Coimbra, we invite you to a Fado concert
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