Get ready to discover a region where diversity rules. This is a land of contrasts that offers you the best of both worlds, the coast and mountains! Central Portugal has plenty of surprises in store for nature lovers. If you embark on a journey through Central Portugal, you’ll never forget the best of nature as you travel through mountains and protected areas to catch glimpses of unique flora and fauna, beaches and hinterland villages. There are plenty of options for exploring on foot or by bike:
We’re happy to introduce you to the Grand Route of Portugal’s Historical Villages and the opportunity to explore a route that is nearly 600km long, split up into 12 stages that start and finish in one of the 12 Historical Villages in Portugal.
Continue the adventure and discover the Zêzere Grand Route on foot or by bike. Follow the Zêzere River for 370 km from its headwaters, in the Serra da Estrela, to its mouth in Constância, where it meets the River Tagus.
Also on foot or by bike, discover primitive art on trails forming part of the Côa Grand Route. Listed as a World Heritage site since 1998, the Côa Valley is widely considered as the most important site with open air rock art.
In the wine-making region of Dão, travel the 50 km long Dão Ecopista on foot or by bike. This route starts at the Dão railway line and features some spectacular pieces of railway heritage as well as some interesting medieval history with pillories, manor houses and churches just waiting to be discovered.
But if bike routes are your main reason for discovering this area, you should know that Central Portugal also has a Network of MTB Centres with marked trails with four difficulty levels, suitable for all types of riders.
388 km of the Eurovelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route also runs through Portugal’s central region, from Praia de Santa Cruz, near Peniche, to Aveiro, always in the company of the sea.
With so much choice it is always difficult to choose where to start your trip. Regardless of where you choose, we’ll make sure that you have the chance to appreciate the cultural diversity and landscapes that central Portugal has to offer.