The Cultural Center of Portugal
Porto, Coimbra, Aveiro
Tomar & more
Our Local Partners
Trustful partners give us the oportunity to rent our bikes on demand in Porto, Coimbra and many other places in north and central Portugal. Please consider that we need a week to organize rentals in this area.
Please contact us for any of our services. But feel free to contact our partners for any need or assistance.
Daily baggage transport from hotel to hotel
Porto – Ovar – Espinho – Aveiro – Coimbra – Figueira da Foz – Nazare – Obidos – a.m.m.
Highlights along the way
Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of SÃ£o Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da MÃºsica and the Serralves Museum. And also for its School of Architecture which bred names like Ãlvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize.
Coimbra is formal capital of Portugal, but more famous for it’s academic tradition. The university founded in the XIIIth Century and which UNESCO has placed on its list of World Heritage sites. It’s well worth climbing its tower, which houses the bells that signal the start and end of classes, in order to appreciate the superb 360Âº view of Coimbra. But there is much to see at ground level, too: the Sala dos Capelos hall where the most important ceremonies are held, the Chapel of SÃ£o Miguel with an imposing Baroque organ and the Joanine Library, which has more than 300,000 works dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries arranged in beautiful gilt-covered bookcases. The buildings occupy the place of the Palace where the first Kings of Portugal lived, when they made the city the capital of the kingdom.
Aveiro, next to the sea and the ria (estuary), is crossed by a network of channels through which moliceiros (local boats) meander. These slim, colourful vessels used to be used to collect algae and seaweed, and today are for sightseeing trips.
Aveiro has a number of buildings in Art Nouveau style that are worth seeing. Many are situated along the main channel, but there are some off the beaten track and in other locations.
Ã“bidos, located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romansâ€™ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queensâ€™ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place.
You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the townâ€™s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.
Our Accommodation –
Remote Countryside and Vibrant towns
Comfortable hotels, authentic holiday homes and charming farm and nature stays characterize our accommodations at Alentejo and the Western Algave.
Ask us for your individual holiday program or join one of our existing trips
Many Portuguese farmhouses, cottages, mills got a new life as rural accommodations. Along Costa de Prata – between others -Â we stay in an historic water mill and a horse farm.
Immerse into Portuguese culture and history asleep!
In lively cities of Porto, Coimbra or Obidos, we want to feel the vibe.
We chose hotels centrally located, in foot walking distance to everything you want to see after putting your bike away in the evening!
Small touristic villages dominate the region. Owner run hotels are a cheap option to discover the Alentejo and the Algarve in an authentic way.
Depend on season & availability this can be shared or private rooms
Garmin Edge 705
The route from Porto to Lisbon provides many different options. Our Garmin provides you 10 different sections. You can create up to 3 different routes depend on the challenge you want to give yourself.
- Porto – Nazare – Obidos
- Coimbra – Tomar – NazarÃ©
- NazarÃ© – Obidos – Torres Vedras
- Torres Vedras – Santa Cruz – Ericeira
- Ericeira – Sintra – Cascais