Some suggestions for cycling (a part of) the Ecopista do Dão
Small Ecopista Tour to the Nagozela River Beach
7 km back and 7 km forth
From Abelenda Bike Rental to the river beach (not an official river beach) near Nagozela.
Only 7 km cycling from Abelenda Bike Rental, the best for small children
Just after the second bridge (and after after kilometer marker 40.0), turn right on a unpaved road to the river (50m). Go off your bike and walk, it's a little bit steep. Take your bikes with you or lock them.
A spectacular spot to have a break, a pick-nick (bring your own) or swim.
Afterwards, cycle back or continue the Ecopista until for instance Tondela (see next suggestion)
Medium Ecopista Tour to Tondela or Tonda
19 km back and 19 km forth
Cycle from Abelenda Bike Rental to Tondela (+/- 18 km). Therefor, turn left at Km 28.7 near the former station of Tondela and cycle to the center
You can have lunch or coffee in the center before cycling back, or you can continue to the village of Tonda (easy to find) and have lunch in restaurant "Os 3 pipos". Afterwards, instead of cycling back, continue the road downwards until you reach the Ecopista.
On the way back to Abelenda Bike Rental, visit the river beach Nagozela (just before kilometer marker 40) of the first suggestion.
Easy Ecopista Tour with Transfer
47 back (forth with the transfer)
The most popular. To Viseu with our transfer Service and back by bicycle
You cycle the 47 km back on a gently sloped constant descent, making it very easy to bike.
On the way back to Abelenda Bike Rental you can have coffee at km 7.5, lunch at Km 16.5 and visit the river beach Nagozela at Km 40 (see the first suggestion).
The beginning (or end) of the Ecopista do Dão at the station of Santa Comba Dão in Vimieiro
Location of Abelenda Bike Rental. You can reach us by car and park here
Nice bridge over the river Dão. Between Km 49 and 35 the Ecopista follows the banks of the river Dão. Every bend in the river is followed by a bend in the Ecopista, with stunning views.
River beach Nagozela. A spectacular spot to have a break.
The Green Part - Tondela
Between km 35 e 30 you will have lovely views over the valey of the river Pavia. Lots of oaks, cork oaks and chestnut trees, and also some nice vineyards.
The Ecopista passes the city of Tondela, but you hardly notice the movement of a city as it does not pass through the center. If you like to visit Tondela, turn left at the station. Further on, the Ecopista passes the ruins of the station of Santa Ovaia.
You pass the old Romanesque Gothic Church of Canas de Santa Maria, built in the fourteenth century.
The tunnel of Santa Catarina, about 200m long and illuminated with solar electricity, but not always working.
The Red Part - Viseu
The former station of Farminhão, now a café and good restaurant with the name "Station Alive"