Cycle through nature, discover the coast and the best of Coimbra. The Silver Coast Tour follows the coastline from northern to central Portugal. The route starts at Porto, a vibrant city full of history and culture. It is known for its Port wine, cellars, and historical centre, classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On the way, you'll cross the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve and Ria de Aveiro, on the Vouga river estuary. Aveiro is our own little Venice with its typical moliceiro boats. As you head further south, the route crosses pine tree forests and sand dunes, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere. Last but not least, arrive in Coimbra: the first capital of Portugal, but best known for its UNESCO-recognised historical university. Self-guided tours offer tremendous freedom, flexibility, and independence. Your tour is meticulously planned by our local experts with everything taken care of for you - from planning the routes to booking accommodation, transferring your luggage and so forth. We provide a cell phone for your convenience plus 24-hour support. We also provide a guide with information about every stage of your journey: a small description of the stage, map, sites to visit, places to eat, the ascent and distance, water points, opening hours, and other useful information and suggestions about your route. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!
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- Private transfer from Porto airport to your hotel in Porto
- Bike from Porto to Furadouro
- Bike from Furadouro to Aveiro
- Bike from Aveiro to Praia de Mira
- Bike from Praia de Mira to Coimbra
- Bike from Coimbra to Figueira da Foz
- Private transfer from Figueira da Foz to Porto Airport
Mainland Portugal enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate involving hot summers and mild winters. The northern regions are consistently a little cooler and wetter than the south all year around, but the climate is pleasant and offers plenty of sunshine hours for much of the year. The best time to visit Portugal for activities such as hiking, golfing, surfing and sightseeing is basically anytime - it's a year-round destination with plenty to do in all seasons, though in the heat of the summer hiking and biking are more manageable at higher altitudes where it isn't quite so hot. Winters (December to February) are generally mild especially in the southern region of The Algarve when average daytime temperatures even in midwinter hover around 16°C and you can expect plenty of sunny days mixed in with some rainy and windy weather. Spring (March to May) brings fresh greenery to the whole country, and warmer weather perfect for coastal and countryside hiking, biking or cultural pursuits. The landscapes are especially beautiful during spring with flowers blooming everywhere. Summer begins in earnest in June, with temperatures reaching the high twenties centigrade and sunny days the norm. July and August are peak holiday season in Portugal and availability is correspondingly lower while prices and footfall rise. Beachgoers will enjoy the fierce summer heat, but active travellers in search of biking or hiking routes may need to head for the mountainous regions where it is cooler. Another great time to visit Portugal is autumn (September to November) when the sea is still balmy, the weather is generally warm and dry, but the number of visitors is far less than in high season making the experience calmer and often cheaper. So in summary, the best time to visit Portugal depends to some extent on what you are hoping to do while there, but no season should be excluded as they all have their merits. For a busy itinerary of sightseeing and outdoor activities beyond the beach, spring and autumn are probably the best seasons to visit. Portugal's islands of Madeira and the Azores have a relatively stable temperature profile, with minimums rarely dropping below 15°C or rising far above 25°C. An exception to this is when a hot wind blows in from the Sahara which can nudge summer temperatures over the 30°C mark. An important consideration is the state of the sea, especially if you plan to spend time on or under it, so for the calmest period the best time to visit Madeira and the Azores is between April and October. For whale and dolphin watching, which is a major reason for travelling to the Azores, summer (June to August) is the best time. Whales and dolphins are present year round but the calmer seas and migration patterns make summer the sweet spot.
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