CYCLING
IN PORTUGAL


THE ECOPISTA DO DÃO

Cycling on the Ecopista in central Portugal
  • Cycling along an abandoned railway line

  • 49 km and no steep slopes, very easy to cycle.

  • Probably the most beautiful Ecopista of Portugal
Ecopista do Dão

Ecopista do Dão - Cycling along an abandoned railway line

The Ecopista do Dão Greenway

Ecopista do Dão - Bridge over the river Dão The "Linha do Dão", until 1988 a railroad between Santa Comba Dão and Viseu in central Portugal, was opened again in 2011, but now as a bike and walking path called the Ecopista do Dão. With its 49 km, it is not only the longest Ecopista in Portugal, but probably the most beautiful as well.

Cycling in a beautiful landscape

Ecopista do Dão, a former railway lineThe first part of this path, which passes in front of Abelenda Bike Rental, runs along the banks of the river Dão. Every bend in the river is followed by a bend in the Ecopista, with stannic views.
Later on, the Ecopista leaves the river, but the landscape remains very beautiful, with views of mountains and valleys covered with oaks, cork oaks and chestnut trees, but also some vineyards, cultivated land and small villages. In the distance the mountains of the Serra do Caramulo (in the north) and the Serra da Estrela (in the south) are always present.

Very Easy cycling and walking

Cycling the Ecopista do Dão Because this cycle path used to be a railway, there are no steep slopes and it is very easy to cycle, although it is a mountainous area. The path is paved with colored asphalt, blue in the county of Santa Comba Dão, green in Tondela and red in Viseu.
Because of the length (49 km) and the fact that motorized vehicles are not allowed, the Ecopista is also appropriate for training the marathon.

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Some popular Ecopista trips

Small trip to the Nagozela River Beach

the Nagozela River Beach - 14 km (7 forwards, 7 back). From Abelenda Bike Rental to Km 40. Just after the second bridge, turn right on a unpaved road to the river (100m). A spectacular spot to have a break, a pick-nick or swim.

Medium trip to Tondela

Cycling from Santa Comba Dão to Tondela - 40 km (20 forwards, 20 back). From Abelenda Bike Rental to Tondela. At Km 28,7 turn left at the former station, pass the center of Tondela and continue to Tonda. Have lunch in Tonda in restaurant "Os 3 pipos". Afterwards, continue downwards to the Ecopista. On the way back to Abelenda Bike Rental, visit the place of the first suggestion.

One way with our transfer service

Descending the Ecopista do Dão - 47 km (one way). We bring you and the bicycles from Santa Comba Dão (Abelenda Bike Rental) to the beginning of the Ecopista in Viseu. From there, you cycle the 47km back on a gently sloped constant descent, making it very easy to bike. See our package:
Descending Ecopista + transfer

- 20 or 30 km (one way). We bring you and the bicycles from Santa Comba Dão (Abelenda Bike Rental) to the the Ecopista in Tondela or Farminhão. From there, you cycle back on a gently sloped constant descent, making it very easy to bike. See our package:
Short Bike Ride Ecopista + transfer

To Viseu and back the second day

- 94 km (47 forwards, 47 back): Cycle all the way to Viseu, visit the city, stay the night in Viseu and cycle back the next day.

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To eat and to drink along the Ecopista


By leaving the Ecopista do Dão and entering Viseu or Tondela or a small village it is not difficult to find a café or a restaurant.
Along the Ecopista only at:
  • Km 7,5 Figueiro. The former station of Figuieró is now a nice café, the "Cais Bar". Open every day.

    The former station of Figuieró is now a nice café
  • Km 16,5 Farminhão. Also a former station. Now a café and good restaurant with the name "Restaurant Station Alive". Open every day.

  • Km 19 Parada de Gonta. Also a former station. Now a café and good restaurant with the name "Restaurant Temperos Nómadas". Closed on Mondays.

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Description of the Ecopista

The descriptions below corresponds to the kilometer markers that you encounter every 500 meters.

Km 49,2 Beginning of the Ecopista, station of Santa Comba Dão

 We recommend to start in Santa Comba Dão. In that case you will rise slowly towards Viseu, almost without noting it, but cycling back will be easier.

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Km 47,1 Abelenda Bike Rental

Bike Rental Ecopista Viseu - Santa Comba Dão Standard bicycles, mountain bikes, child bikes and several special bikes.
Transfer service to the other end of the Ecopista.
Easy to reach by car.

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Km 44,5
Bridge over the river Dão

 The old railway bridge over the river Dão was fully recovered and is now part of the cycle route.

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Km 40,0 Nagozela River Beach

  Just after a second brige, turn right on a unpaved road to the river. A spectacular spot to have a break.

At Km 37,5 the pavement changes from blue (county of Santa Comba Dão) to green (county of Tondela).

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Km 35,0 The river Pavia valley

  Between km 40 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.

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Km 28,7 Tondela / Santa Ovaia

 The Ecopista passes the city of Tondela, but you hardly notices 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 former station of Santa Ovaia.

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Km 24,0
Church of Canas de Santa Maria (ruins)

 The old Romanesque Gothic Church of Canas de Santa Maria, built in the fourteenth century.

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Km 19,0 -
16,5
Tunnel and restaurants

  At Km 19 You can have lunch at "Restaurant Temperos Nómadas" in the former station of Parada de Gonta, located directly at the Ecopista (closed on Mondays)

The tunnel of Santa Catarina (Km 18) is about 200m long and illuminated with solar electricity. The pavement changes from green (county of Tondela) to red (county of Viseu).

The former station of Farminhão, located at Km 16,5 of the Ecopista, is now a café and good restaurant with the name "Station Alive" (open every day of the week).

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Km 11,9 Torredeita - Steam locomotive
Mosteirinho


 Enter the steam locomotive from 1885, which is stationed in the Torredeita Station.
Further on. in Mosteirinho, the Ecopista continuous over a beautiful bridge designed by a student of Eiffel.

Photos Torredeita, steam locomotive and Mosteirinho
Km 7,5 Former station of Figueiró (café)

 The station of Figuieró is now a nice café, open every day.

Photos Figuieiró
Km 3,0 Tondelinha / Vildemoinhos

 Almost in the city of Viseu.

Photos Ecopista near Viseu
Km 0 Viseu

 The end (or the beginning) of the Ecopista in the Avenida da Europa in Viseu.

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Cycling in central Portugal

Bridge over the river Dão, between Viseu and Santa Comba Dão

Ecopista do Dão



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