THE ROUTES OF THE EUROPEAN WEEK
During the European Week, the cyclists are challenged to discover the region. There are five proposed routes - one per day - which, together, show the diversity of our territory: The Ria Route, The Mountain Route, Sparkling and Piglet Route, the Port Wine Route and The Atlantic Route .
For each of the three proposed routes are routes of difficulty and different scope: the short course, 30 to 50km, the average distance of 70 to 80km, and the long journey, from 100 to 130km. The routes are designed to avoid, whenever possible, the busiest roads, leading to the discovery of sites of historic, cultural, scenic and economic interest.
JULY, 7 – RIA'S ROUTE
This route gives notice of Aveiro’s Ria, a large lagoon that unites the entire region of Aveiro and has his heart in Murtosa. Along the route, which passes through the municipalities of Murtosa, Estarreja and Ovar are many quays and anchorages to discover the intense relationship between man and Ria and remember the time when the lagoon was the true way of communication in the region, where all departing and arriving. The Aveiro’s Ria is also one of the most important humid ecosystems in Europe, where it can see, at different times of the year, more than 200 different species of birds. The ride, along some 100 kilometers, enables a privileged contact with nature and the vast beauty of a single territory.
JULY, 8 - MOUNTAIN ROUTE
This route is the biggest challenge in terms of terrain for cyclists and shows the landscape diversity of the Aveiro’s region. In a distance of a few tens of kilometers we spent the coastal plain to the altitude of the mountain. The mountainous landscape is the main attraction of this route, which penetrates in towns and villages and passes through some places of pilgrimage in the region: Nossa Senhora de La Salette, in Oliveira de Azeméis, and Nossa Senhora da Saúde da Serra, in Vale de Cambra are two examples. Who will adventuring into the long route will have the premium to meet one of the most beautiful places of the mountainous landscape: the Cabreia, in Silva Escura, with its extraordinary cascade.
JULY, 9 - SPARKLING AND PIGLET ROUTE
SPARKLING AND PIGLET ROUTE
Piglet and Bairrada sparkling are two brands in the region. To discover, cyclists must travel the longest course of the five proposed for the European Week, which has its most southerly point in Curie, where is the Espace Bairrada, the real area that the region has better to offer. Before arriving there, the passage through the Wine Museum in Anadia is obligatory. And because the bicycle are, after all, the main reason for our event, the route also offers a visit to Órbita, Águeda, where it’s manufactured the common bicycle with Paris – the Velib - and to National Velodrome in Sangalhos, stage of important bicycles events. Along the way, there are many restaurants where piglet is the king, awaiting a visit of the cyclists. Almost at the end of the course, at the return of an intense gastronomic experience, we propose a stop at Vista Alegre - one of the oldest porcelain factories in the world still in operation - and Maritime Museum of Aveiro, where it’s the single codfish’s aquarium in Europe.
JULY, 11 - THE PORT WINE ROUTE
THE PORT WINE ROUTE
This route goes to the north, along the coast, to the quay of Gaia, for a visit to the Port Wine cellars, while enjoying the extraordinary waterfront cityscape. Along the way, cyclists will make a journey by coastal municipalities of Murtosa, Ovar, Espinho and Gaia, with an incursion by some of the most famous resort areas in the region. In return, by an inner track, we propose a visit to Santa Maria da Feira, where the climb up to the castle is almost obligatory.
JULY, 12 – ATLANTIC’S ROUTE
This route runs along the coastline, passing through some of the best beaches in the area. Beyond the tourist aspect, the route explores the culture of the peoples of the seaside, with a visit to some iconic places that celebrate the memory of what was and still is one of the most important economic activities in the region: fishing. Emphasis on visiting the Aveiro’s city, the capital of this region, where Ria enters the city inside, through a network of canals, reminiscent others stops like Amsterdam or even Venice.