São Jacinto Biking Tour

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The biking tour has a 37,5 mile distance and takes about 4 hours to complete. It is possible to shorten the tour if you wish. We’ll ride along the edge of the estuary of the Ria de Aveiro over paved roads as well as dirt roads with very little traffic. The estuary with it’s food rich brackish waters, holds a special attraction for a wide variety of shore birds, for example flamingos and storks, who find themselves a perfect place to stay for a while. We’ll be cycling through an open landscape with plenty of reasons to stop and enjoy the surroundings. Out there on the salt fields and beside the small agricultural fields and fishermen’s piers the time really seems to have stood still. When we arrive at our destination we’ll have time to settle down on a cozy terrace or to have a nice fresh fish dish at the local restaurant.

The biking tour is perfect for a family trip!

The mouth of the river Ria de Aveiro flows into the sea at Aveiro. Where the waters meet a large lagoon or estuary of brackish water is created. This outlet creates a distinctive coastline around Aveiro and in one area forms a headland of which Sao Jacinto is a peninsula. Between Aveiro and Sao Jacinto the area is dominated by the tide and has been utilized for centuries to harvest salt. This area is also a favourite place for many shore birds who stop here on their migration south, and for many that stay here during the winter season. The local people work with their natural surroundings through agriculture and fishery. In the olden days they also harvested seaweed using their typical ‘moliceiro’ boats which they then used to fertilize the soil. This bike ride offers the opportunity to get to know this rich coastline from another aspect other than the normal beach culture we are used to seeing. The city of Aveiro, from where the tour begins, has a historical centre where you can find some Art Nouveau architecture. Sao Jacinto, where the tour ends, is a quiet, somehow isolated fishing village which still has a very tight community where you can enjoy watching the fisherman catch fish from the river.

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