Bike: Coimbra in between

The 6-days cycling tour "Coimbra in between" starts at Quinta no Pinhal, which is surrounded by a green landscape and has a lovely refreshing pool. Here you will get your bikes and maps, The tour ends in the city of Coimbra

From € 302 p.p.

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JPG11Included

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

Day 1

Zwembad met overdekte  buitenruimte QNPYou will be welcomed at “Quinta no Pinhal”. This quinta is situated in the wood just outside of the village Vila Nova de Poiares. You will get the opportunity to try out your bicycle. Overnight stay: Quinta no Pinhal .


Day 2

IMG_0565cRound 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’.

Day 3

IMG_057646 km. Today you will cycle from Vila Nova de Poiares to Ceira dos Vales. The major part of this trip you will follow the river Ceira, during this trip you will pass by a Praia Fluvial at Casal de Ermio where you can take a refreshing bath in the river. At the end of this tour you will pass by Lousa, situated at the foot of the Serra de Lousa. An area with beautiful green landscapes, a lot of trees, water, and the ruins of a Moors Castle from the 10th century surrounded by little chapels. Entering the village (coming from Gois) you will see two of the various luxurious ancient residences of the 17th and 18th century (casa de Cima and casa de Quinta do Cano) which Lousã possesses due to the industrial revolution of that time. Just outside of the village the most impressing residence Quinta da Santa Rita. Overnight stay:: `Quintal Álem do Ribeiro’.

Day 4

Bergdorp PIODAOToday you can choose between a short ride of 14 km to a natural pool build of schists nearby a Moors Castle, around trip 35 km or you can pick the ’Queens’ tour (58 km) in the Serra de Lousã to a height of nearly 1200 m, where you can feel the overwhelming calmness and a superb view over a big part of middle Portugal, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Serra de Estrela. A trip passing the Aldeias Serranas, abandoned mountain villages with very old small houses build of flat natural mountain stones. This whole trip is rich of wonderfull ’ Miradouros’ (views). The descent brings you through an unpaved road back to the track Gois-Lousa. Overnight stay: ‘Quintal Álem do Ribeiro’.

Day 5

Quinta 2After a benevolent breakfast at Quinta Além do Ribeiro you will be brought to the train station. Where you take the train to Coimbra where you can visit the university city of Coimbra. You stay in the hotel Astoria.

Day 6

After a benevolent breakfast your tour ends.

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.

Fiets_zwartYour rental bike is a hybrid bike with Shimano parts, front suspension and 21 gear, luggage rack, water bottle holder, bicycle pump, repair kit and bike computer. 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.

Extra days


You 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.

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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