We will meet you in our Porto bike shop to provide you with a detailed briefing for your tour, hand you over the GPS with preloaded tracks, detailed routebook and all the gear and support.
After the private briefing and bike fit, you can start riding south on the same day or the next day. The following days you will be riding south to Espinho, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Óbidos, Peniche and Sintra, arriving in Lisbon, where you'll drop off your bikes at our Lisbon warehouse and end your adventure with a high note on Portugal's capital.
Private briefing, bike fit and delivery of bikes and gear for the tour at our Porto bike station;
Your ride will start right after you cross the D. Luis I metal bridge to the Douro south bank, where you will have amazing views over Porto and the Ribeira area. Soon you will reach Afurada, a fishermen’s village between Douro and the Atlantic. From here you will cycle mostly through bike lanes along the coast and heading south. At Miramar you can see the impressive Senhor da Pedra chapel built on the ocean rocks. Near Espinho we suggest a 1 km walk over a wooden footbridge. Do NOT cycle here, walk for 15 minutes and appreciate the sand dunes, a small brook and the Atlantic Ocean.
Night in three star hotel in Espinho;
Exiting Espinho and heading south along the coast you will cycle on a footbridge (this one you can cycle) and pass by an abandoned military air base. Near Esmoriz you will cross the urban park, Buçaquinho, and then continue along the Pine Tree Forest, always on a bike lane until Furadouro beach. Further, using bike lanes and macadame trails, you will reach Torreira beach, and then the seven old docks where you can spot the traditional boats, called “Moliceiros”, painted in their typical lively colours. Back on the road you will cross a bridge and reach Torreira where the only alternative is to ride on the shared national road to São Jacinto. Once in São Jacinto you will have to take the ferry boat to Forte da Barra and from there ride to your hotel for the night in the city of Aveiro.
Night in three star hotel in Aveiro;
Today you'll ride inland, parallel to the Aveiro Lagoon and going south to Costa Nova using the recently built bike lane. After Praia da Vagueira it is best to cycle along the macadam trail and passing Praia do Areão you will be back on a bike lane along a Pine Tree forest. First in asphalt, then in gravel, then in asphalt again until you reach Lagoa de Mira, a beautiful and well preserved lagoon surrounded by a forested area. Further ahead you will reach Praia de Mira, your final destination. Relax, go to the beach or just take a funny tour at the inside lake with a rented pedal boat.
Night in three star hotel in Praia de Mira;
Today's ride leads you through a long section of forest road with little or no traffic almost all the way, this will definitely be an introspective ride surrounded by pine trees and sand for a few kilometers. After visiting Praia da Tocha you will pass near two beautiful lagoons, one of them hidden behind the endemic vegetation. After coming down to the ocean again and visit Praia de Quiaios, you will pedal the hardest climb of the day: a hilly gravel road (650 meters long) that will take you through an abandoned quarry of cement stone extraction. This is an amazing natural open air museum, showing you several rock types and geological formations from the Miocene age. After the lighthouse, you will start to see the city Figueira-da-Foz, your final destination for the day.
Night in three star hotel in Figueira da Foz;
Start your day riding along the Mondego River and its rice fields, with a visit to Montemor-o-Velho’s ancient castle. Crossing the Mondego River and heading south, you will ride through farming areas always using backroads. Right before the only big climb of the day, the route will take you near the abandoned Seiça Monastery. After Marinha das Ondas you will pass beneath the N109 road and enter on the Leiria National Pine Tree forest where there's you'll ride the longest bike lane in Portugal, 70 km long, which today will take you to Lagoa de Ervedeira, an ancient lagoon surrounded by forest, and finally to Praia do Pedrogão. The next suggested stop will be Praia da Vieira and then São Pedro de Moel, a traditional summer village where your hotel is located. Enjoy here the relaxed atmosphere, the typical architecture of the coastal homes and the public seaside pool of the 1930's to 1960's and the beach.
Night in three star hotel in São Pedro de Moel;
Leaving São Pedro de Moel you will ride the cycle path heading south to Sitio da Nazaré and passing the entrances to the beaches of Pedra do Ouro, Vale de Paredes, Vale Furado and Praia do Norte, the famous beach where in 2012 the Hawaiian Garrett McNamara broke the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed, with 30 meters height. When you reach Sítio da Nazaré, a village perched on top of the cliffs that sit on the northern edge of the Nazaré beach and that has an amazing view over Nazaré, the beach and the ocean. This section will take you along the top edge of two small sierras giving you great perspectives over the Atlantic Ocean. After exiting Nazaré you will have to face 2 hilly sections. This first will take up from the rice fields and along the the ocean to the old windmill. After going down you will pass by the amazing and sui generis São Martinho do Porto bay, an ocean lagoon cloistered by cliffs. Then, the second hill which is not as high as the first one, will lead you to Foz do Arelho beach and amazing Óbidos lagoon, where you will cycle along the trails that surround it. From the Lagoon you'll have to head up to the medieval village of Óbidos where your hotel is located and where you can enjoy the medieval atmosphere of this beautifully preserved fortified village.
Night in three star hotel in Óbidos;
Leaving Óbidos you will cycle along the lagoon gravel trails. Enjoy this flat ride with low traffic along this beautiful lagoon that will take you to Bom Sucesso beach. Afterwards you will have to pedal the only hilly road of this section, going past a stone quarry and then leading you to Praia d’El Rei beach resort. After that you will ride on a gravel trail along the farming areas close to the ocean before reaching Baleal beach and its little and unique islet. Your destination is Peniche, where your hotel is locate and we suggest you to take some free time to enjoy the city and fort, not forgetting to try the fresh fish and seafood of this coast.
Night in three star hotel in Peniche;
Leaving Peniche you will ride along the south coast parallel to the ocean in most probably your toughest day on the bike. You will go past many beaches such as Praia da Consolação, Praia do Paimogo with its old fortress and the famous Areia Branca beach. You will quickly realize that this area is most infamous by its successive up and downhill sections taking you across the existing valleys and beaches of this part of the coast. In Praia de Porto Dinheiro take time to enjoy the dinosaurs tracks and history. Climbing from that beach you will reach the next point, the famous thermal village of Vimeiro. From here you will pedal along a private road parallel to the Alcabrichel River. Next, from Praia de Porto Novo there is a bike lane that takes you to Santa Cruz. From Santa Cruz enjoy the cliffside roads taking you to Praia Azul. At this point, this track takes you inland as there are no Atlantic roads or just too much traffic at N247. This way you can enjoy the backroads small sierras and valley villages on your way to Praia de São Lourenço, a river mouth and cliffy beach. Right before Ericeira you will spot Ribeira d’ilhas, a well known beach for surf competitions. From here there is a bike lane towards Ericeira, where your hotel is located. After the ride take some time to walk around the village
Night in three star hotel in Ericeira;
As the previous day, today will be quite a hilly ride thanks to the many valleys and rivers of the coast, often forcing you to go up and down to the beaches. Fortunately they are all worth to visit. Right after exiting Ericeira you will pass by the Lizandro’s river mouth and beach. Then you will take N247, a busy road, to tackle the first climb of the day. Reaching the village of Baleia, you will turn right towards the beautiful São Julião beach and its cliffs. Prepare for the steep climb as you exit São Julião and head towards Magoito beach, a long sandy beach below the high cliffs and with a great view over the Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Cross the beach trail that will lead you to the top of the cliff and enjoy the trails and roads that will take you to Praia da Aguda and then to Azenhas do Mar, an old and traditional village built on the rocky cliffs, and one of the landmarks of the Sintra region. From here you will head into the historical village of Sintra, that will be the last climbing section of the tour. When you reach the charming village centre of Sintra, your hotel is just a few meters away from it. Take the rest of the day to visit and explore the village history and it’s landmarks, it's well worth it!
Night in three star hotel in Sintra;
Option to take our transfer to Lisbon or ride to our Lisbon warehouse. The latter option is only advisable for experienced cyclists that are at ease with riding in busy shared roads. If you choose to ride to Lisbon, you'll start your day by riding down to Colares along the tram line that takes beachgoers to Praia das Maças. This road takes you along the Sintra Natural Park first to Colares and then up a 5km climb to Aldeia da Serra and the detour to Roca Cape. From here you'll have a long downhill section with the most beautiful views of the coast and Guincho Beach. From Guincho you'll be oceanside all the way to Lisbon. This 40km ocean road connects Guincho, goes through the urban costal towns of Cascais, Estoril and Oeiras, entering Lisbon in the monuments area of Belém, where you can admire the Tower and the Jerónimo's Monastery. You'll then ride past the central riverside area of Cais do Sodré and Baixa with great views of the city and the Tagus River. Once you're past the central area it's just a short ride to the new area of Parque das Nações where you'll drop your bikes at our warehouse.
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