Enjoy relaxed and easy cycling along the idyllic Atlantic coastline south of Porto. Pass by the beautiful Aveiro Lagoon nature conservation area, with great bird watching opportunities. Sleep in Aveiro city, known as the Portuguese Venice and detour inland to cycle through the vineyards of Bairrada, where you will have the chance to do some wine tasting. End in style in the city of Coimbra, where one of the oldest universities of Europe is located, recently classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. One week to connect and discover two of Portugal's most important and vibrant cities - Porto and Coimbra - riding your bike through bike lanes and flat land.
You will begin in Porto, an intense and authentic city of exquisite architectural and landscape value, where you will be able to visit the vital streets of the Historical Centre and admire the richness of the historical buildings. The Historic Centre of Porto was classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1996. If you set out on foot along the typical alleys, with each step you will encounter a monument of indisputable value, the well-known hospitality of the city's people and a stunning panoramic view of the old houses and Douro river. Porto’s nightlife is vibrant and trendy, with lots of bars and restaurants to go out to at night.
Aveiro is a bustling city, often called “the Venice of Portugal” due to its picturesque setting of scenic canals connected by charming bridges and dotted with colourful gondolas and speed boats. You can easily take a trip on a moliceiro boat to admire the beautiful pastel-coloured art nouveau houses façades that line the waterways, explore Aveiro Museum, discover important ecclesiastical buildings and sample the gastronomic delights that await at every turn.
The end of your tour is Coimbra, with its university, classified as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra-Alta and Sofia has grown and evolved over more than seven centuries to form its well-defined urban area of two components within the old town of Coimbra - an exceptional example of a university city that illustrates the interdependence between the city and the university.
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