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Portugal: 5 Days By Bike From Porto To Coimbra

5 Days By Bike From Porto To Coimbra

Accompanied by a friend keen on cycling, I accepted the challenge of spending 5 days by bike – in fact 4 days actually pedaling – from the north of Portugal, Porto to the center, Coimbra. Or 180.7 km in 4 days! Hello! Far from being a great sportswoman, I had never done even more than 10-20 km in a day: the exceptional bike ride! In short I knew nothing about it and so much the better (lol)!

I was recommended for more comfort, an electric bike. My friend preferred a traditional bicycle. I’ll stop you right away: we also pedal on an electric bike! It’s not a moped, lol! Certainly less difficult than a real bike, but we pedal anyway! And I can say it remains physical, especially if you do it for 5 hours straight.

So that this challenge takes place in a pleasant way, without having to think about practical details, such as: what do we do with our luggage each morning (because we sleep each night in a different place)? Etc … The VOS Travel agency specializing in bicycle trips, organized our trp: starting with the route mainly on cycle paths in beautiful landscapes, our bikes with local assistance (we received a phone with an emergency number). And of course, our flights, hotels and restaurants. 

One of our bikes is equipped with a GPS with our route recorded day by day. No more unnecessary maps, a simplified navigation! Awesome! In the morning, our luggage is transferred by taxi to our next hotel (from one town or village to another). Our breakfasts and dinners are also planned in advance. And we discover for ourselves picturesque restaurants where to have lunch on the way. What happiness! And a lot of sweat (lololol!) …

Pictures of the best times and locations of our bike trip below.

Day 1: The Arrival In Porto

Day 2: From Porto To Ovar (46,7 km)

Day 3: From Ovar To Aveiro (40 km)

Day 4: From Aveiro To Praia de Mira (40 km)

Day 5: From Praia de Mira To Coimbra (54 km)

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

www.vostravel.be

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Many thanks to VOS Travel for this amaing invitation. As always these are my opinions.

5 jours à vélo de Porto à Coimbra

5 jours à vélo de Porto à Coimbra

Accompagnée d’un ami féru de vélo, j’ai accepté le challenge de passer 5 jours en vélo – en fait 4 jours à réellement pédaler – du nord du Portugal, Porto jusqu’au centre, Coimbra. Soit 180,7 km en 4 jours! Hello! Loin d’être une grande sportive, je n’avais jamais fait ne serait-ce que plus de 10-20 km : la promenade à vélo exceptionnelle! Bref je n’y connaissais rien et tant mieux (lol)!

On m’a recommandé pour plus de confort, un vélo électrique. Mon ami a préféré une bicyclette traditionnelle. Je vous arrête tout de suite : on pédale aussi sur un vélo électrique! Ce n’est pas une mobylette, lol! Certes moins difficile qu’un vrai vélo, mais on pédale quand même! Et je peux vous assurer que ça reste physique, surtout si vous en faites pendant 5h d’affilée.

Pour que ce challenge se déroule de manière agréable, sans avoir à penser aux détails purement pratiques, comme : que fait-on de nos bagages chaque matin, puisque nous dormons chaque soir dans un endroit différent? Etc… L’agence VOS Travel, spécialisée dans les voyages à bicyclette, a organisé notre séjour : à commencer par le parcours essentiellement sur pistes cyclables dans de magnifiques paysages, nos vélos avec une assistance locale (nous avons reçu un téléphone avec un numéro d’urgence). Sans oublier les vols, les hôtels et les restaurants.  

Un de nos vélo est équipé d’un GPS, avec notre route enregistrée jour par jour. Plus de carte inutile, une navigation simplifiée, fantastique! Le matin, nos bagages sont transférés par taxi jusqu’à notre prochain hôtel (d’une ville ou village, à l’autre). Nos petits déjeuners et dîners sont aussi planifiés à l’avance. A nous de découvrir de pittoresques restaurants où déjeuner en chemin. Que du bonheur! Et beaucoup de sueur (lololol!)…

Notre parcours en images ci-dessous.

Jour 1: l’arrivée à Porto

Jour 2: de Porto à Ovar (46,7 km)

Jour 3: d’Ovar à Aveiro (40 km)

Jour 4: d’Aveiro à Praia de Mira (40 km)

Jour 5: de Praia de Mira à Coimbra (54 km)

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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www.vostravel.be

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Un grand merci à VOS Travel pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Switzerland: 7 Activities For a Weekend in Gstaad

1. Snowshoeing & Nature In Sparenmoos

When it is snowing a lot and the fog is falling, I much prefer snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing with an experienced instructor who will be able to choose the right place. Significantly less stressful than being at the top of a slope for skiing without any visibility! So I discover with pleasure the beautiful scenery of Sparenmoos. Big crush on the fir trees, a bit like in Méribel! A fairytale landscape.

2. Visiting The Mirage of Doug Aitken

The Unusual Experience

I really liked the short hike to the Mirage by the American artist Doug Aitken. A visionary construction, located between Gstaad and Schönried. Fantastic! All walls (including ceiling and roof with the exception of the floor) are mirrors. Stunning and fun! A must see and experience! The installation will remain until January 2021.

3. A Drink On The Slopes

Enjoying The Panorama

During this weekend, the weather is pretty capricious, two white days (very foggy) and one single sunny day (the one of my departure, lol!). Finally with a friend and our instructor, we take a long break at the top of the slopes, waiting for a better visibility. The weather darkens and we went back down by cable car. But happy!

4. Sleeping at 1,450 Meters Above Sea Level

In Nature

I spent the first night of my trip at the Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge. A  real change of scenery! You need to take the cable car to access this very welcoming and cozy little hotel, located near the Rinderbergbahn intermediate station. From the small balcony of my room, I have a panoramic view of the mountain and the fir trees. The landscape is a bit magical. Photo above: the spa bordered by fir trees.

5. Strolling in Gstaad

Away From The Hustle And Bustle

The Gstaad I discover (off of the season) is a quiet and charming village. People are relaxed and the general rythm is calm. Perfect when you need to recharge, or if you are agoraphobic. On the shopping side: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana … are installed in beautiful wooden “chalets”. There are plethora of restaurants and some cafes and bars are really cool.

6. Discovering Saneen

The Historic Village

The center of Saanen is charming with small streets lined with wooden houses built between the 15th century and the 18th century. The woodwork (facades and doors) is beautiful. And the al fresco paintings of the Saint Maurice church date back to the 15th century. There are also a few lovely shops with local handicrafts. A nice walk after skiing.

7. The Hype Design Hotel

Where To Stay

The HUUS Hotel Gstaad is defenitely my favorite place in Gstaad! I am absolutely delighted with my two nights there. Awesome design, team and atmosphere! I really liked my room, the common areas, lounge with the fireplace, long bar, excellent Italian restaurant, view, champagne evening, breakfast and location!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

www.MySwitzerland.com, www.gstaad.ch, www.visitvalais.ch, www.swiss.com, www.swisstravelsystem.com

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Many thanks to the tourist offices, My Switzerland and Gstaad for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.