Bike: Bairrada-Coimbra

The cycling tour "Bairrada-Coimbra" consists of a 6-days round trip, heading from thr Mondego river to the Atlantic ocean. You will stay two nights in the Bairrada wine region with the possibility to visit a wine cellar. If desired you can complete this trip with a stay at Coimbra.

From € 334 p.p.

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IMG_0560aIncluded

  • 5x overnight stay with breakfast
  • 4x lunchpackage
  • route descriptions
  • route maps
  • additional personal route information
  • luggage transport


Day 1

IMG_0093_02 You will get the opportunity to try your bicycle. Overnight stay: Quinta no Pinhal .


Day 2

Round tour of 33 or 48 km. The landscape of Beira Litoral is a green undulating area with a lot of natural waters. You will cycle at the border of the `Barragem das Fronhas` one of the dam lakes that enriches Portugal. If you like you can take a shorter (33km) route. At the end of the route you can test your capacity at Moura Morta. Overnight stay: `Quinta no Pinhal’.Quinta no Pinhal


Day 3

kanoen op mondegoYou leave the Quinta to make a trip of 50 km to São Lourenço. You drive along the village of Penacova, highly above the river Mondego, forward to the national Parc of Buçaco with its stunning hotel


On the way you will pass numerous fountains, a lot of unspoiled villages and olive groves and orange orchards, surrounded by pineforests. In the National Parc of Buçaco you will find the Mata do Buçaco, a wood of 105 ha, surrounded by a wall of 5 km and 11 entrances. Via Luso, a spa well known for its therapeutic mineral water, you pass the wine region “Bairrada”. Your destination is Quinta São Lourenço in São Lourenço.Quinta no Pinhal


Day 4

JPG0930 km out and 30 km home. Today you will go by Mira to Praia the Mira. Broad sandy beaches and a wild sea.. Here you will find a part of the 5.000 ha pine forests, planted to stop the sand-drifts in the dunes. A tour over plain roads. In the village Praia the Mira, previously known as ’Palheiros de Mira’ so called because of the typical, wooden houses build on piles; some fishermen still fish in a traditional way with drag-nets. In the summer a frequently visited seaside resort. Overnight stay: ‘Quinta São Lourenço’ .Quinta no Pinhal


Day 5

Kastanjepoffer in de straten van CoimbraYou start in São Lourenço for your last trip of 27 km or 67 km. The first part you will encounter ancients hamlets, some of them partly abandoned. Before you enter the famous age-old university town of Coimbra, you will pass various rice-fields nearby Gandara.You can also take the train to Coimbra, that will shorten your trip to 27 km. Cycling along the river Mondego you will reach the historical town-centre. . The ancient university and the cosy, narrow shopping streets worth to be visited By the southide you leave Coimbra and driving along the astonishing valley of the river Mondego you ’ll reach your final destination. Overnight stay: `Quinta no Pinhal’.Quinta no Pinhal


Dag 6

Zwembad met overdekte  buitenruimte QNPAfter a benevolent breakfast your tour ends.Quinta no Pinhal


Equipment

Your rental bike is a hybrid bike with Shimano parts, front suspension and 21 gears, luggage rack, water bottle holder, bicycle pump, repair kit and meter. You can borrow bicycle bags for a small deposit on the spot. You can also rent a bike helmet. We recommend to wear a bicycle helmet.

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Extra days


aldeias de xistoYou can book an extra night at every Quinta. An extra day in Vila Nova de Poiares gives you the opportunity to canoeing on the Mondego River. You can also book a guided hike in the hills of the Serra de Lousã.In São Lourenço an extra day to visit the wine cellars of Aliança (by bike, 14 miles back and 14 miles back) or the thermal baths of Luso (15 km and 15 km back by bicycle or by train). All accommodations have a swimming pool. Additional nights are always based on breakfast or half board, lunch package is not included on extra days. If you want to spend more time in the beautiful city of Coimbra, this is accessible by bus from Vila Nova de Poiares and by train from Sao Lourenço. You can also schedule an extension after the journey in Coimbra.

Environment

In this region, called the Pinhal Interior, because of the great number of pine trees, also exist a lot of olive orchards, eucalyptus and citrus trees but also cork oaks and of course the big amount of "vinhas" vineyards. In spring the mimosa with it´s typical yellow sweet smelling flowers decorates this region. Often you will meet the peasant cart with the dunkey. A lot of the portugese people here live of agriculture. In the summer there are a lot of markets and festivals with music and dancing to honour the saint.

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