Boardwalk at the beach
Blue fisherman's chapel at the sea
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Central Portugal

The green heart around Coimbra.

Great bike tours between Costa Prata and the foothills of Serra de Estrela. You cycle through green and hilly landscape, with many rivers, streams, lakes and fantastic views, named “Miradouros”. In this area, which is named “Pinhal Interior” because of its many pines, yellow boxes, cork- and durmast oaks, citrus fruits, olives and small vineyards are growing. In spring plenty mimosas put forth here. A farmer with donkey is in this surrounding not uncommon. Many inhabitants are living from their harvest. Centuries-old “Quintas” (farm houses) and country estates are restored in authentic style, in parts you stay overnight in such houses. You travel along the coast with its wild and high waves and homelike fisher villages as Praia de Mira. To make a long story short: it is a diversified bike tour which offers Portuguese silence, space and authenticity. Of course you can visit also Coimbra: the cultural pearl with great old city, beautiful parks, river Mondego and ancient University in Manuelino architectural style. The students are wearing still their traditional “capas negras” (black cape). This is the city, where the Fado is sung from men only and where it sounds more adorable and more charming as in Lisboa. Tired from all those impressions you rest in a café at the “Igreja Santa Cruz” on square “8° de Maio” where you think of all efforts which the mountain villages along the Serra de Lousã caused.

Challenging
Challenging
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum number of participant 2
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Itinerary

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.

After breakfast your bike tour ends or you enjoy some additional nights in Coimbra!

Tour character

               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 and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Vila Nova De Poiares
  Season 1
01.03.2021 - 31.03.2021
01.10.2021 - 31.10.2021

daily
Season 2
01.04.2021 - 30.06.2021
01.09.2021 - 30.09.2021

daily
Season 3
01.07.2021 - 10.08.2021

daily
Central Portugal, 8 days, PO-PMRPP-08X
Base price
499.00
549.00
629.00
Surcharge single room 239.00 239.00 339.00
Surcharge half board (evening meal: mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher) 169.00 169.00 169.00
Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021
daily
Season 2
Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021
daily
Season 3
Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 10, 2021
daily
Central Portugal, 8 days, PO-PMRPP-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board (evening meal: mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
499.00
239.00
169.00
549.00
239.00
169.00
629.00
339.00
169.00
Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021
Season 2
Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021
Season 3
Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 10, 2021
Vila Nova De Poiares
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
39.00
74.00
39.00
74.00
39.00
74.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Vila Nova De Poiares
  Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021

daily
Season 2
Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021

daily
Season 3
Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 10, 2021

daily
Vila Nova De Poiares
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 39.00 39.00 39.00
Extra night sgl/bb 74.00 74.00 74.00
Filter
Rental bike 27-gear trekking
Electric bike
85.00
135.00

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
  • 6x lunch package for en route
  • Welcome briefing (GER, EN)
  • Luggage transfer between the Quintas
  • Detailed travel documents (GER,EN)
  • GPS-data is 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 149                                   
  • Airport Lisaboa (until 4 Persons) EUR 199
Infos

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!
Contact & booking
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Ratings

4.2 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Gordon Von Muehldorfer CA | 02.08.2018
Amazing Cycling!
We have done many cycle tours, and this was one of the best. The scenery is beautiful, the villages are a delight, and the routes are well planned and quiet There is some climbing, but it is rewarded by enjoyable downhills. We also loved the accommodations, and would highly recommend the the meal package. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
Eurofun Touristik GmbH answered:
What a pleasure to read your feedback! It seems that you had a really good time! Thank you very much!
3 stars
Esther P. DE | 08.06.2018
Eine Erfahrung wert.
5 stars
Alexander Matveev RU | 11.10.2017
Beautiful and hospitable Portugal
Sometimes it was a little bit hard to climb at the steep hills, but the hospitality of the hosts and the beauty of the nature recoup this in full.
Lisa Klinger
Lisa Klinger answered:
Dear Mr. Matveev! Thanks for writing us your opinion! I'm very happy to hear that you liked the beautiful Portugal tour! Hope to have you also next year on one of our tours!
4 stars
julie ridley GB | 11.08.2017
Well planned tour with unique accommodations!
A well planned tour with varying rides on some days offering good choices. We liked this time that we stayed in the same accommodation for 2 days at a time, and the packed lunches were a welcome bonus. Some routes espeically those in the mountains are quite challenging but feels like an achievement. The day by the Ocean at Mira was a favourite. Gave us a taster of this beautiful country, we will definitely want to return to explore more. Hopefully there will be more tour options in Portugal in the future.

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