8 days − Self Guided
3 & 4* Hotels & Country Inns
Ride alongside the Portuguese northern coast to arrive in Lisbon!
This self-guided bike tour is a beautiful journey down the Portuguese shoreline and visiting many cultural and historic sites. It links two of the main cities in Portugal, Porto, and its vibrant capital, Lisbon and many seaside places like Figueira da Foz and Óbidos, the walled town.
Enjoy Porto, a Unesco World Heritage City in Western Europe and learn about its famous wine and gastronomy, experience Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, and arrive in Lisbon, a city that has served as inspiration for many artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers through the ages.
Admire its brightly coloured buildings straddling the slopes, striking ochre roofs, tile-covered building facades and narrow twisting alleys of the medieval districts. It is one of Europe’s finest capital cities and a great achievement to cycle to!
1 Jul 2020 to 30 Nov 2020
1 Mar 2021 to 30 Nov 2021
1 Mar 2022 to 30 Nov 2022
60KM Daily Average
- 2 main Portuguese cities – Lisbon and Porto – in one trip
- Accommodation at lively towns by the sea, some facing the beach
- Golden beaches, countryside, forests and lagoons
- Ride through the protected Natural Park of the São Jacinto dunes
- Daily Atlantic catches of unbeatable fish and shellfish
- Famous wineries and wine tastings
- Towns rich in roman, baroque and neoclassical architecture
THE CC ADVANTAGE
We’ve have a personal connection to Portugal and absolutely love exploring it on 2 wheels!
Enjoy as we do, the fascinating history and culture of this country that once ruled the world and read up on it in your personal CC guide book.
Ride this coastal area on a comfortable hybrid or an Electric assist bike.
We had a great trip. The cycling was challenging but well worth the scenery, the views and the white villages we visited. The accommodations were wonderful and the hosts were very pleasant and helpful. The food was very tasty but then how can you go wrong with tapas, cerveza and sangria…
Kathy and I would like to thank Cycling Country for setting up the tour, providing the bikes, maps, information sheets/booklet and directions. Definitely, an A-One job. It was a pleasure meeting Warren, Geoff and Maggie. Otherwise as we said, the trip was great and the organization and preparatory help from Cycling Country was superb. A great big thank you from us both.”
Day 1. PORTO ARRIVAL
You will be met upon arrival at Porto airport and taken to your hotel in the centre of Porto from where you can explore this fascinating city. Pick up your bicycles and ride down to the riverside, into the medieval quarter of the Ribeira. Porto is a World Heritage city, a historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments! Cycle leisurely along the riverbank, past the famous Eiffel bridge and across to the Port Wine lodges that rise uphill from the southern bank of the River Douro. That evening, we suggest you to enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants for which Porto is famous.
Day 2. PORTO TO FURADOURO
Ride : 44 km | Elevation Gain : 228 m
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city for the peace and quiet of the Atlantic coast. Ride through the many small towns that nestle along the coast and, from time to time in and out woods of pines. The day ends in Furadouro, a hospitable town renowned for its excellent fish and set on a very long sandy beach. Enjoy your meal!
Day 3. FURADOURO TO AVEIRO
Ride : 49 km | Elevation Gain : 19 m
This stage would not be complete without a visit to Costa Nova, a small town with its picturesque town centre of multi-coloured candy cane striped houses. If you have time, take a trip on a Moliceiro, the brightly-coloured hand painted wooden boats used for gathering seaweed, along the canals for which Aveiro is named Portuguese Venice. Ashore, tickle your taste buds and join a workshop to make a typical Aveiro pastry. Do not fail to visit the salt pans and enjoy the wonderfully soothing properties of sea salt as you soak your feet in small tubs. Your bike tour for today is a pleasant 49 kms ride through the Protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes.
Day 4. AVEIRO TO FIGEIRA DA FOZ
Ride : 75 km | Elevation Gain : 237 m
Leave enchanting Aveiro for Figueira da Foz, cycling along the canal and through green fields until you reach Mira where you will be dazzled by the golden effect of the sunshine on the sand, the sea, the vegetation and the brightly contrasting colours of the landscape. Visit Praia de Mira fishing village with the typical colourful wooden houses they call palheiros. Treat yourself to one of the fresh fish gastronomic specialties for which Mira is famous. At this point, a shared transfer is included to Figueira da Foz, the ideal place to stop for the night.
Day 5. SAO PEDRO DE MOEL
Ride : 75 km | Elevation Gain : 237 m
This stage takes you along the Portuguese silver coast and through the Pinhal de Leiria, the great pine forest planted in the 15th century to supply the wood for the caravels on which the Portuguese discoverers sailed the seven seas. Today it is an immense forest, a favourite of nature lovers and home to many kinds of wildlife. The trail follows a cycling path alongside the Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road) to São Pedro de Moel, an elegant beach resort that nestles in a forest clearing. Famous for surfing, the splendid beach is bordered to the north by steep rocks and to the south by a small stream. Try fishing off the rocks near the lighthouse where the cliffs attract several species of tasty fish, especially sea bass and bream.
Day 6. ÓBIDOS
Ride : 57 km | Elevation Gain : 411 m
Today takes you to two towns beloved by visitors to Portugal – Nazaré and Obidos. Nazaré, possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal, also famous for its beautiful beach, is unique in many ways. Its atmosphere of times gone by, contentment and long-standing traditions make it a special place to visit. The narrow, gaily-painted wooden fishing boats with their high, curved bows, are reminiscent of the Phoenicians who first visited the area. Another unique tradition are the seven-layered skirts that the fisherwomen still wear, their wooden clogs and predominantly black headscarves. At the top of the high cliff overlooking the beach, a small village marks the birthplace of Nazaré and the legend of a knight saved by the Virgin Mary. The view out to sea is breathtaking. Óbidos, your final destination of the day, is a charming, small fortified town that makes one think of a medieval film set. The town has been carefully preserved and its inhabitants take pride in maintaining the architectural style from ages past, its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers. The walls covered with 18th century blue tiles inside the southern gate that acts as the main entrance are especially impressive.
Day 7. LISBOA!
After checking-out from your hotel in Óbidos, return your bikes at the hotel. A transfer will take you to your hotel in Lisbon where, after checking in, you will have plenty of free time to explore the city. Lisbon is a romantic city open to the sea that has always shaped its destiny. Start with two landmark monuments near each other on banks of the Tagus: the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery. Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites are noted for the beauty of the Manueline architecture. Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter, is not to be missed. Sprawling over the southeastern slope of the hill crowned by São Jorge Castle, the picturesque neighbourhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps. Bairro Alto, a picturesque working-class quarter dating from the 16th century, has traditionally been the bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Its streets are quiet during the day but at night they are transformed by the city’s vibrant nightlife. Behind the colourful and graffiti-covered façades you will find a variety of traditional and international restaurants, tourist-packed Fado Houses, and a multitude of bars and shops that stay open until late at night.
Day 8. LISBON TO LISBON AIRPORT
Transfer to Lisbon airport AT 9:00am, or take the metro or taxi there for a different time.
Boa Viagem and we hope you enjoyed your trip down the West Coast!
Leisure Cycling Tour : Self-Guided
Bikes : Hybrid or Ebike
Route : Porto, Aveiro, Óbidos, Lisbon
Group Size : Minimum 2 people
Easy to Moderate : Daily average of 60 km over flat terrain. The tour is suitable for moderate leisure cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy leisure biking.
7 nights in 4 Stars Boutique Hotels | All bedrooms are en-suite | Breakfast included
Map, Guide Book, Helmet Bag
Luggage moved on daily
Toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, and spare inner tube and Pre-paid mobile phone
GPS loaded with the tracks and a roadbook with detailed information
Overnight storage of bicycles at the hotels
5% off on your next tour with Us!
Guide and support vehicle
Meals, wine experiences and cooking experience
Travel Insurance . we suggest Nomads / Worldwide / Colombus
Porto Gastronomy & Aveiro Boat Experience : 30 Euros per person. Details: ▪ Day 1 – 1 Port Wine visit and tasting, at a historic Port Wine cellar in Porto* (only available for clients arriving soon this day, because the last possible visit to the cellars is at 17h45 – subject to availability) | ▪ Day 3 – 1 Moliceiro boat trip in Aveiro | ▪ Day 3 : Aveiro’s speciality tasting, including 1 pastry, 1 liquor and biscuits
Special Wine & Dine package with 2 dinners : 130 Euros per person. It includes: ▪ Day 1 – Gourmet dinner at Porto with three courses & wine – in Porto
▪ Day 7 – Fado dinner & soirée, three courses menu & wine with typical music Fado show – in Lisbon
Picnic package : 95 Euros per person. Includes 5 light lunch meals to carry on bike in riding days.
You can bring your own bike or we can arrange good quality bike hire:
From Porto airport on the first day and back to Lisbon airport on last day.
Quiet country and coastal roads. Some Bike Paths
Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, located in the central World Heritage city area, 6 historic buildings were converted into this 4-star hotel. Stylish and comfortable rooms. Douro River is just 1 minute walking with lively terraces, bars and restaurants, several monuments and shops.
The Melia Ria Hotel & Spa is a recent 4-star deluxe hotel in the heart of Aveiro, next to the picturesque Ria de Aveiro. Relax on its modern spa and taste its rich traditional and regional gastronomy, with a wide variety of wines from the region of Bairrada.
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