Aveiro is one of the coolest cities in Centro de Portugal region to ride a bike, because it’s a very flat city. In Aveiro you can ride along the city for free! However there’s more to it: along the absolutely unique ecosystem of the Aveiro Lagoon – stretching from Ovar in the north to Mira in the south – you can ride along the most incredible natural landscapes, discover priceless spots away from the world, solitary beaches and enjoy the soul-soothing effect of an involving nature!Cycling in Aveiro
Locals say that there are 3 ways to explore Aveiro: on foot, by boat (the typical “moliceiro” boat, used in the past to collect sea-weed to fertilize the agricultural fields) or by bike.
There are approximately 350 BUGAs – Free Bikes of Aveiro – in the city that can be picked up everyday of the week from 10:00 to 19:00. You just need to go to a BUGA spot, leave your ID and you’ll be given a portable lock with a code, so that you can use and stop your BUGA wherever you want.
Cycling in Aveiro lagoon
Aveiro Lagoon – “Ria de Aveiro” – is an absolutely unique ecosystem in Portugal, located between Ovar in the north and Mira in the south. A land of unrivaled natural beauty, where you can see flamingos or white herons, take a kite surf lesson, ride along endless maize fields, watch busy fishermen collecting the freshest clams or simply enjoy the luxury of silence in isolated beaches.
Apart from being a very important economical asset, the Aveiro Lagoon is also what defines the identity of the whole region.
Therefore, the Municipality of Murtosa has created a sustainable mobility project based on a network of cycle-paths in urban and rural context. One of the goals of this project – named NaturRia – was to enable the discovery of the cultural and natural heritage of Murtosa.
Imagine riding your bike from quay to quay and in each spot unveiling a surprising landscape, meeting friendly locals along the way who invite you to eat fresh crabs with them or feeling the refreshing wind in your face in a moment that you want to last forever! You can actually do all this in the several NaturRia cycling paths and you can be sure that each path will be a life-changing experience!
Departing from Aveiro by ferry boat, cross the Varela Bridge and follow the route of the quays along the enchanting Aveiro Lagoon.
Varela Bridge – This is the longest cycling path of Murtosa. It is 11 km long, crossing the north area of Murtosa to the Atlantic coastline.
Cais da Béstida – A beautiful fishing port with lovely colourful houses where fishermen keep their utensils. In this area you can have a yummy “petisco” at the welcoming Casa Alcina, filled with old photos of the lagoon and colourful paintings of “moliceiros” – traditional boats of the Aveiro lagoon.
Cais da Mamaparda – Clube Nortada organises thrilling kite-surf activities in this spot. Water temperature around 26 degrees Celsius is quite inviting for practicing nautical sports!
Ribeira de Pardelhas – In this environmental education centre you have bikes at your disposal that you can use for free to discover this amazing region ! You will see friendly fishermen working on their typical colourful boats or locals having a snack on the nearby café.
Murtosa Municipality organises guided group tours by bike and visitors can either use their own bikes or the free bikes provided by the city hall.
A picnic area with tables and benches is also on spot.
Cais do Bico – This is “the” spot for bird-watching activities, offering a priceless view over the lagoon. White herons are quite easy to spot, as well as busy men fishing mouthwatering crabs and seafood. Nearby a unique fine sand beach with plenty of space to put your beach towel. No risk of bumping into a crowd of tourists!
Cais do Chegado – This area boasts a modern fishing port as well as totally renewed warehouses in bright colours, instantly catching the eye of the visitor. Fishermen come and go with loads of fresh crabs and seafood. There are colourful boats with typical Portuguese names, as well as pleasant café by the Bico beach.
BioRia, a project developed and consolidated by the City Hall of Estarreja, offers several walking and cycling trails, revealing the highly rich natural heritage of the region.
To discover the perfect spots for birdwatching, BioRia organises guided tours on foot, bike and electric vehicle. These tours cost 2€ per adult and 1€ per student.
The visit on electric vehicle and on bike last 1 hour and a half and on foot 2 hours and 50 minutes, approximately. Group visits can last up to 4 hours.
From Aveiro head to the Atlantic coastline!
São Jacinto beach
This is a truly one-of-a-kind beach of crystal-clear water and endless fine sand dunes, which are actually a Natural Reserve. In São Jacinto you can not possibly miss the familiar-like restaurant A Peixaria, a nice welcoming spot where you can taste the most incredibly delicious fish varieties, directly from the ocean! A bike-friendly beach, only a few minutes away from Aveiro by ferry boat.
This cycling path is 2,5 km long along the coastline and some of the streets of the urban centre. Ideal for surf and fishing.
Grab your bike and discover the dazzling Furadouro beach! This wide beach has good accesses, as well as truly pleasant wooden paths. You can still see the traditional fishing boats along the coast bursting with colour!