Day 3 Cycle: Figueiro do Foz to Batalha

Our boutique hotel, Fonte do Foz was good for leaving to cross over the bridge to cross the Mondego River.  (Tip: ignore google maps, you can Cycle easily down the esplanade to get to the bridge without having to go back through the town).

The cycle route was really good as for the best part it was mainly through forest areas.  However in a small village, quite early on in the day, I fell off my bike (due to a car suddenly backing out – being clipped in and having disk breaks on your bike takes it toll occasionally, so back to trainers for safety and confidence !)

Then hubby had a flat tyre so a stop to change the tyre was required.

Nearer the end of our cycle, there were a few very steep uphill climbs (12 – 14% incline), which required us to get off our bikes (we still have heavy luggage!).  But still, we found the cycling really good.

Aveiro (2nd night)

As a place to stay, Aveiro is ok for one night only.  Our hotel for the night was the Aveiro Palace Hotel, an average hotel, certainly not 4*, (it hasn’t been completely refurbished at the time our travel as their website suggests), and the standard of breakfast on offer was not good. And after a noisy Friday night with late night party goers outside the hotel (you should read as, ‘not too much sleep was had’!)

However, we did enjoy our evening food & drink at a little gastro bar called ‘Biscoito‘, (a few minutes walk from the hotel) on a quiet side street. They serve both regular & vegan food, craft beer and good wine.  Had a cheese dip starter followed by creamy bachalau (only found elsewhere in Norway) – we would highly recommend both dishes.

We didn’t go on a gondola ride in Aveiro, but it looked fun and something different to do in Portugal.

Cycle Route – Porto to Faro…..Thrills, Spills & Hills

Day 1: Porto to Aveiro (via ferry at Sao Jacincto)

Day 2: Aveiro to Figueiro do Foz

Day 3: Figueiro do Foz to Batalha

Day 4: Batalha to Obidos

Day 5: Obidos to Turcifal

Day 6: Rest day

Day 7: Turcifal to Lisbon

Day 8: Rest day

Day 9: Lisbon to Setubal (via ferry to Seixal)

Day 10: Setubal to Troia (via ferry), onto Santiago do Cacem

Day 11: Santiago do Cacem to Zambujeira do Mar

Day 12: Zambujeira do Mar to Aljezur

Day 13: Aljezur to Sagres

Day 14: Sagres to Lagos (then a train to Faro)

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Our 1st post…Journey from Porto to Faro.

So this is it.  We’re off to Portugal for a 3-week cycling trip – flying into Porto and cycling from there to Faro. We’ll look to post our cycling route with highlights along the way, with reviews of places we’ve visited, hotels, food and wine.  We hope you enjoy our blog.

But firstly, what a stressful time getting through Manchester airport that was!  Fist of all we had difficulties in reaching check in – with lifts and queue jumpers to contend with. Then, we had check-in. So, when exactly did they automise the checked baggage area to self-service? As, having two oversized boxes, containing our new bikes (our mode of transport for the next 3 weeks); in addition to our laundry bag (it was the lightest and most roomiest bag to put our pannier bags in!), we found that the luggage labels that are produced from the said self-service machine wouldn’t attach to said luggage!  With an altogether unhelpful member of staff at the ‘baggage handling area’, separate to above, whose response to the question posed as to, how we should attach the luggage labels was quote-unquote “not his problem – he couldn’t help”! 20 minutes later, and a few gentle words with several members of staff (you should read our response as, ‘get it sorted’!), we were assured, well, kind of, that our bikes & bag will arrive at our destination….Porto, our next stop and where we start our trip.

Jacqueline & Paul 😄

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