Atlantic Coast from Lisbon Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Lisbon / Lisbon
  • Distance

    168 miles/270 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    049-102CPT
Price From £860

Overview

This moderate cycling holiday in Portugal showcases the beautiful Atlantic coast north of Lisbon. Gorgeous beaches punctuated by charming little fishing villages characterise this varied and exciting cycle tour. You’ll also venture inland to explore the natural beauty of the Sintra Natural Park before concluding your tour in delightful Cascais near Lisbon.

You’ll be picked up at Lisbon Airport and transferred an hour and a half up the coast to Sao Pedro Moel, a pleasant village with a lovely beach. You’ll then spend the next five days cycling back towards Lisbon on cycle paths, coastal roads and quiet country lanes.  On the way you’ll explore the charming old town of Nazare and stay in Portugal’s best-preserved medieval village – Obidos.

Gorgeous beaches are a regular feature of this cycling holiday and there are plenty of opportunities to spend time on wide expanses of white sand besieged by powerful Atlantic waves

Obidos

Obidos

In Peniche, a peninsula town which from a distance looks like an island,  the large fishing fleet keeps the town’s many restaurants stocked with an incredible choice of fresh seafood at very reasonable prices. You’ll also enjoy the spending a night in Ericeira, a village that combinse old world charm with cool surfer-chic.

The scenery changes dramatically as you climb from the coast through shady pine forests to the beautiful village of Sintra. Explore the elegant Monserrate Park with its extensive gardens and marvel at the fantasy spires and ramparts of nearby Pena Palace. Finally you descend to Cape Roca, Europe’s most westerly point before finishing your tour in the charming cosmopolitan village of Cascais, just a few kilometers from Lisbon.

This tour will suit regular cyclists with a good level of fitness. You’ll be covering between 38 and 73 kms each day on undulating terrain. The climb up to Sintra on day five will get the blood pumping but there’s no shame in stopping for a break or even walking for a bit – this is a holiday after all!

Itinerary & Map

This tour will suit regular cyclists with a good level of fitness. You’ll be covering between 38 and 73 kms each day on undulating terrain. The climb up to Sintra on day five will get the blood pumping but there’s no shame in stopping for a break or even walking for a bit – this is a holiday after all!

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Day 1: Arrive Sao Pedro Moel

Sao Pedro de Moel

Near Sao Pedro de Moel

On arrival at Lisbon Airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred up the coast to the pretty seaside village of  Sao Pedro Moel (journey time 1hr 45 mins). Settle into your hotel and maybe go for a stroll along the fabulous beach or venture out on the bikes for a warm-up ride.

Day 2: Sao Pedro Moel – Obidos, 42 miles/67 kms

Obidos

Obidos

After breakfast your cycling holiday starts in earnest. Your route leads you south along the coast on a well-maintained, level cycle path. Extensive pine forests give way intermittently to gorgeous beaches of white sand besieged by Atlantic rollers. Stop in Nazare to explore its network of cobbled streets and perhaps cycle out to the point to admire the beach and sea views. It was here in January 2013 that big wave surfer Garret McNamara rode the biggest wave ever ridden. The route carries on along the coast for a while longer before diverting inland to Obidos, one of Portugal’s best-preserved villages. You’ll enjoy exploring the narrow, cobbled  lanes of this pretty hill-top village before retiring for the night.

Day 3: Obidos – Peniche, 32 miles/52 kms

Old fortifications - Peniche - Portugal

Lighthouse at Peniche

After breakfast you leave Obidos and head back to the coast via the stunning Obidos Lagoon, a tidal inlet flanked by gorgeous sandy beaches. Your route south flirts with the coast, providing plenty of opportunities for swim breaks. along the way. You’re heading for the charming fishing village of Peniche however before then we also recommend a visit to the peninsula village of Baleal – accessible only when the tide is out via a short causeway. Peniche, also a peninsula town, is a bustling little port, perfect for an overnight stop. The harbour shelters a substantial fishing fleet and if you are a fan of seafood then this is the place to satisfy your craving. It’s worth taking a stroll out to the point where an old Lighthouse has withstood Atlantic storms for decades.

Day 4: Peniche – Ericeira, 46 miles/73 kms

Ericeira - Portugal*

Beach near Ericeira

Today’s route leads you inland first through beautiful countryside, dotted with tiny villages of red-roofed, white-washed houses. Later you return to the coast via a fertile valley and head south along cliff-top roads offering fabulous sea views. After a short detour inland again you return to the coast to Ericeira, your overnight stop. This beautiful little fishing village makes for a charming overnight stop and being close to some of Europe’s top surf beaches attracts surfers from all over the world.

Day 5: Ericeira – Sintra, 24 miles/38 kms

Sintra

Sintra

The last two days of this tour are the toughest as the route heads up into the hills of the Sintra Natural Park but your legs should be conditioned by now and ready for the challenge. You first cycle south along the coast through some coastal towns and villages interspersed with more wonderful beaches. Then you head inland and begin to climb. The scenery becomes greener and soon you are on a winding lane through a thick pine forest. Stop at Monserrate Park to catch your breath and admire the elegant and finely detailed Palace. The rambling, partly wild, botanical gardens hat surround the palace are quite extraordinary and worthy of exploration. A little further on you reach the beautiful village of Sintra, your home for the night. If you can stand a little more climbing we highly recommend a visit to the nearby Moorish Castle that dates back to the 8th Century. Also worth a visit is the Pena Palace, a wild fantasy of colourful domes, towers and ramparts.

Day 6: Sintra – Cascais, 25 miles/40 kms

Cascais

Cascais

Leaving Sintra you’ll head back down towards the coast. On the way you’ll pass the hobbit-like Capuchin monastery, where an order of ascetic monks once lived in very cramped conditions. An exhilarating descent brings you to Cape Roca the westernmost point of mainland Europe. After contemplating this significant spot and admiring the view you turn south and follow the coast road to Guincho, a wide beach popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. From here it’s just a few kilometers to Cascais, a cosmopolitan suburb of Lisbon, where you spend the last night of your holiday. Whether you just wander the narrow lanes of this atmospheric little place or brave the cool Atlantic waves for a last dip, Cascais is a fitting finale to your Portuguese cycling holiday.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel in Cascais to nearby Lisbon Airport.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 March to 30 November

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Arrival transfer from Lisbon Airport
Departure transfer to Lisbon Airport
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets

Supplements

Hybrid bike hire with GPS (£109)
Roadbike with GPS (£164)
Electric bike with GPS (£218)

Notes

Superior: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
* Single only applicable when travelling with 2 people. Solo cyclist prices are on request

Practical Information

Bikes

Female hardtail mountainbike

Example of the female bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid/mountain bike models with 27 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes comes equipped with back pannier, handlebar bag, lock, map holder, water bottle and holder. Plus an extra inner tube and one tool kit per couple. In addition, one GPS is provided per couple.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels.

Sao Pedro de Moel: Hotel Mar e Sol 3*
Obidos: Hotel Real D’Obidos 4*
Peniche: Peniche Soleil Hotel 3*
Ericeira: Hotel Vila Gale Ericeira 4*
Sintra: Sintra Boutique Hotel 4*
Cascais: Vila Gale Village Cascais 4*

 

 

 

Getting There

Fly to Lisbon Airport where you will be picked up and dropped off at either end of your holiday.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.5
  • Date - 18/07/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Quick responses to all of my questiosn
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Excellently organized tour. Cycling was ok, some of the roads in bad shape or with too much traffic.