Long distance cycling recommended route

Dão cycle path

· 5 reviews · Long distance cycling · Viseu · Open
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The Ecopista do Dão is the longest in Portugal, and one of the most beautiful. In addition to conserving its natural environment, it is surrounded by the Estrela and Caramulo mountains and the Dão and Mondego rivers. It is almost 50km of easy walking or cycling. It is a linear route that reveals a rural area, with many vineyards and farming communities. The Ecopista starts at the railway line in Dão, and for this reason spectacular railway heritage sites are also some of the route's highlights. Along the way there is a steam locomotive, stations and modern architecture bridges.

A stroll along the Dão Ecopista is also a walk through medieval history, on which you can discover medieval pillories, manor houses and churches.

The Dão Ecopista forms part of the National Ecopista Network. It has support structures and the route is paved and signposted throughout.


Know more in the official website of this cycle path

Distance 48.8 km
3:25 h
203 m
482 m
445 m
131 m

Author’s recommendation

Responsible Trails ® ensures that an annual technical audit is carried out in which the main points of the code of ethics are evaluated. Here you find the result of the last audit.

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Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit realized at 14/06/2020)


Direcional signing - 5 (It’s perfectly signed and fulfilling the national requirements)

Path conditions - 4 (In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations)

General conservation (enviroment) - 3 (some place present some degradation but with no negative impacts on the experience)

Head boards and aditional signs - 4 (Well maintained and with interest)

Other boards informations - 1 (Nonexistent)

Safety structures - 5 (All recommended structures well maintained)

Interaction with local comunitiy - 3 (Interaction / occasional contacts with the community)

Landscape integration - 4 (Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest)

General Safety - 5  (The environment allways as some risk)

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Update: July 09, 2021
Highest point
445 m
Lowest point
131 m

Safety information


No âmbito da execução dos trabalhos da empreitada de “Requalificação da Ecopista do Dão”, iniciaram no dia 27 de maio de 2021 os trabalhos de limpeza e reparação de pavimento, no troço entre a Estação de Figueiró e Viseu.


Poderão existir condicionamentos pontuais de circulação entre troços, os quais estarão sempre devidamente sinalizados!


Solicitamos a todos os utilizadores que, além do Regulamento de Utilização da Ecopista, tenham atenção redobrada nas zonas onde decorrem os trabalhos, garantindo sempre a máxima segurança na circulação!


40.664771, -7.921248
40°39'53.2"N 7°55'16.5"W
29T 591183 4502104


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40.664771, -7.921248
40°39'53.2"N 7°55'16.5"W
29T 591183 4502104
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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António Silva 
March 24, 2021 · Community
Por forma a cumprir uma meta que estabeleci para mim próprio, aceitei o desafio de fazer a ciclovia do Dāo, do seu início até ao final, a correr. Este desafio foi cumprido no dia 21 de março. É com muita satisfação ter verificado que as mais variadas correções feitas ao traçado, no que diz respeito à sinalização dos kms, limpeza da via, proteções laterais, proteções junto às entradas das estradas principais e painéis informativos, melhoraram significativamente a sua qualidade. Deixo aqui os meus parabéns a todos os responsáveis pela realização destas melhorias e aconselho vivamente a todos os amantes da actividade física ao ar livre que façam uma visita a esta ciclovia.
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When did you do this route? March 21, 2021
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48.8 km
3:25 h
203 m
482 m
Highest point
445 m
Lowest point
131 m


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