The new cycle path is practically finished exiting Figueira-da-Foz towards the agricultural fields of Lower Mondego.
Eastern bike lane of Figueira-da-Foz.
The new eastern bike lane of Figueira-da-Foz, which connects this coastal city, famous for its extensive sandy beach, to the agricultural fields of Lower Mondego (the longest portuguese river) is practically finished.
It's just over 3 km in asphalt and macadam that runs mostly parallel to the Alfarelos Raileay Branch, the railway line that connects this city to Alfarelos - already on the North Line - and from there to the Coimbra train station.
Lower Mondego Greenway
"This is a long-awaited bike path, as it's part of the future Lower Mondego Greenway that will one day connect Figueira-da-Foz to the city of Coimbra"
Including two level railway crossings, fortunately with low frequency of trains and on a single track, this route allows you to leave the city towards the roads of the agricultural fields of Lower Mondego, without practically having to pedal on high traffic roads.
Mondego River Estuary
This is a long-awaited bike lane, as it's part of the future Lower Mondego Greenway that will one day connect Figueira-da-Foz to the city of Coimbra.
With the conclusion of these about 50 km very distant, it's still possible to cycle from Mondego Rivermouth to the National Forest of Choupal and from there to the center of the students' city, using the agricultural roads of the extensive cornfields and rice fields included in the GPS tracks the are already identified in section 9.1 of the National Cycle Touring Network.
You can see the general map of the National Cycle Touring Network here »
Fontela train station.
The surprises of the tour through section 9.1 are not limited only to the beautiful views over the estuary, as it includes the passage through the River Beach of Ereira, a visit to the castle of Montemor-o-Velho and the passage through the famous village where its produced the tasty, and still handmade, Tentúgal pastries.
Before arriving to Coimbra, still a visit to one of the most beautiful national forests, the Choupal.
You can purchase the Road Book 2020 from the National Cycle Touring Network, with this and other routes, here »
A crowdfunding campaign is underway to finance the identification of 500 new kilometers to be included in the beginning of 2021 in the National Cycle Touring Network.
Bo part of the growth of the National Cycle Touring Network and get your reward.
More information at https://ppl.pt/en/ecovia
* Images taken by Marcin Fraszczak.