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Portugal

Atlantic Escape

Guided Road Bike Tour

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Duration

10 days

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$2,670 P.P.
Portugal

Atlantic Escape

Guided Road Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

10 days

Prices from

$2,670 P.P.
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A superb road cycling holiday that explores the very best of the coast of Portugal. Starting near Porto the route follows the coastline to the south, starting on almost flat terrain, on a road squeezed in between the ocean and a natural lagoon. From here we continue through pine trees forests to reach Figueira da Foz and Nazaré. The ocean views are a constant in this tour, the deep blue of the ocean providing a huge contrast to the deep green of the forests.
After the fishing village of Nazare the terrain changes on approach to Lisbon and the elevations increase in number, length and gradient, but the pristine paved roads are quiet and just perfect for cycling.
Leaving the ocean for a short while we visit medieval village of Obidos, but are soon back on the coast checking out the amazing scenery around Peniche, before heading towards Sintra with its numerous 18th and 19th century palaces.
The lush vegetation of Sintra mountains and its narrow roads offer some superb cycling opportunites all the way to Lisbon, where we've scheduled a rest day so as to fully appreciate one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
The second part of tour takes on a more relaxed feel due to its relative flatness. However, before reaching the flatter lands we do have the Arrabida mountains to tackle. This range of mountains just south of Lisbon presents us with the most challenging climb of the tour and offers gret views from its lofty heights.
We'll reach the plains of the south following a short ferry journey and we'll soon be speeding along quiet roads along the coast to our final destination of Sagres, the most southwesterly point of continental Europe.
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Highlights

  • Stunning Sintra and sunsets
  • The lovely fishing village of Nazare
  • Incredible accommodation, in 4 star hotels each night
  • Views from the Arrabida mountains
  • Coastal riding and beautiful beaches
  • Reaching mainland Europe’s most southwesterly point by bike!

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Perhaps my favourite section was the ridge road at the top of Sintra – it was spectacular. My other favourite would be the day we hit Obidos. The scenery was breathtaking! Our guide was awesome. He manages every detail, is a proud ambassador of his country and was a kind and supportive riding companion. We really enjoyed his company!

Drew, Canada

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Porto Airport
Non Riding Day

Porto is the closest airport to the start of your tour and a 45 minute transfer will take us to our first hotel south of the city of Porto. Our accommodation for this evening is a nice modern boutique hotel on the ocean front, opposite the lovely beach of Furadouro and is the perfect spot to begin our journey along the coast of Portugal. After building bikes (assistance will be on hand) we’ll dine together at the hotel. After dinner your Skedaddle guides will chat with you about the journey ahead.

Day 2
Furadouro to Figueria da Foz
65 Miles / 105 kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.

Coming out of Furadouro we follow a flat road that borders the ‘Ria de Aveiro’ lagoon for many miles. Once at St Jacinto we take the ferry across the channel to get to Aveiro on the other side. We are soon following the ‘Ria’ on its south part with the first big village on west bank Costa Nova where we make a pit-stop at a local café. The lagoon is now in sight all the way to Praia da Mira where the pine tree forests begin. The roads through the forest will lead us to Serra da Boa Viagem and the first hill to tackle today – a 4km long climb with a few steep sections between its switchbacks. At the summit we finally get the first view of the coastline and notably the Bay of Figueira da Foz with its vast beach. The ride ends today as we enter the city by riding along a bike path beside the bay.

Day 3
Figueira da Foz to Obidos
77 Miles / 125 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.

After crossing the River Mondego we are soon amongst small rural villages. With a few gentle short climbs here and there, the scenery changes as we enter the big eucalyptus and pine tree forests that run along the coast. Our first village of note is Praia da Vieira. This is one of the last remaining places in Portugal where the traditional way of fishing continues, with the catch sold at the village market. São Pedro de Moel and Sitio follow before we reach Nazaré – the most famous fishing village of the west where nearby sits one of the best surf beaches in Portugal and is where surfer Garret McNamara created a world record by surfing a 33 metre high wave. After Nazaré the route finally starts ascending and descending for the remainder of the day, with St Martinho do Porto Bay and the Obidos lagoon amongst the highlights.

Day 4
Obidos to Sintra
62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,375 Metres Approx.

The flatter part of the tour is definitely behind us now and the day starts by taking us back to the coast to the lovely beach Praia da Areia Branca before we reach Santa Cruz.

Today will be a long day in the saddle and for some the most challenging of the tour as there are many climbs to deal with along the way.

Due to the numerous rivers and streams in this region the route will meander around these natural barriers with lots of ups and downs to get your teeth into. Today’s ride ends in the historic village and World Heritage Site of Sintra and we‘re perfectly placed to explore its highlights.

Day 5
Sintra to Lisbon
42 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.

We start the day by climbing through the village on a very winding road through lush vegetation, as we make our way to the coast and Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of continental Europe, compromising a rocky cape 150 metres above sea level that has simply breathtaking views of the Azure Ocean.

From this point to the end of our ride today we closely follow the shoreline taking in the charming village of Cascais before taking the ‘_Marginal_’ past wealthy Estoril with its Hollywood style villas and hotels, the surf beach of Carcavelos, Oeiras and Paço de Arcos, before finally entering Lisbon at Belem. Via a bike path we reach the city centre and the iconic Praça do Comercio. This is where we take a transfer to our hotel which will serve as our base for the next two evenings.

Day 6
Rest Day
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Lisbon is an outstanding city that constantly surprises you by its warm, genuine and friendly welcome. Having a rest day here provides us with the opportunity to explore the city and visit some of its numerous sites and of course to recover a little from the last few days on the bike.

Day 7
Lisbon to Setúbal
62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,150 Metres Approx.

We start the day with a 15 minutes transfer to Belem, where we take the ferry across the river. Our challenge today lies in the mountains ahead in the distance – the Serra da Arrabida, a mountain chain that clings to the ocean and shades the city of Setubal on the other side. Before we reach them, we take in Cabo Espichel, with its beautiful views over to Lisbon and the Sintra Mountains.

Time now to get ready for the big climb of the day, a long and steep ascent up the Arrabida mountains. Once up at the ridge we get to enjoy one of the most astonishing views of the tour, as we admire the river estuary below and the Troia peninsula with its stunning sandy beaches. If it’s a clear day you will be in awe of the view outstretched ahead, the entire 110km you’ll be cycling tomorrow! The descent that follows is a fantastic experience as we seem to be dropping right onto the ocean following a fast steep descent. The last few kms through dense forest will take us to our destination for today, Setúbal.

Day 8
Setúbal to Milfontes
67 Miles / 105 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 700 Metres Approx.

We start the day taking the ferry from Setúbal to Troia amd we have a very easy and relaxing cycling day as we roll towards the end of the tour on a series of very quiet and flat roads. The scenery during the first part of the day is composed of sandy dunes, rice fields and pine and cork trees as we close in on Santiago do Cacém and from here we take a quite winding road on a cork tree forested ridge.

The last part of the day takes us on an undulating route on our approach to today’s destination, Vila Nova de Milfontes, a fishing villlage in on the estuary of the River Mira.

Day 9
Milfontes to Sagres
75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.

Although we are cycling along the coast today we won’t see the ocean as much as in previous days. Our cycling takes us on quiet roads through farmland as we eat up the miles towards the Algarve.

A small bridge over a stream near Odeceixe marks our entrance in the Algarve and we are soon tackling a few ups and downs as we head towards the Odeceixe Valley. The village of Aljezur topped by its ruined castle is reached after 15kms. A long descent with a couple of switchbacks takes us to the shoreline for the first time today, as we enter the village of Carrapateira, before a long but gentle climb takes us up to the plateau. This is the last climb of our tour and soon we are able to see Sagres in the distance and the vast Azure Ocean.

Our goal is now in sight and an open flat road invites us to speed towards the finish. Sagres is a mythical place with the 60m vertical rocky cliffs around the village extending all the way around the south and the west coast. On arrival at the lighthouse of Cape S Vicent, we’ve reached the most southewesterly point of continental Europe and sadly the end of our ride. Obligatory group pictures taken, we make our way to our hotel in Sagres.

Overlooking the harbour, the hotel is superb with its magnificent views a fitting end to this tour. Time to contemplate your achievements whilst gazing over the blue waters of the ocean and reflect of your time in Portugal.

Day 10
Departure: Faro Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to Faro airport for return flights / onward connections.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Our tour runs from north to south along and down the Atlantic west coast, starting just south of Porto. Our route is almost flat for the first 100km/60 miles then from Figueira da Foz to Sintra the shoreline becomes more rugged, with a lot of hills but no big climbs.

After Sintra village, the Sintra mountains are our challenge and they delight us with the amazing views to Lisbon. From Lisbon to the south we take on the highest climb of the tour in the Arrabida mountains, before we hit the Algarve where the going gets easier again. The last few days have a few ups and downs along the way and we end in style with a speedy final ride in to Sagres.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 3: Moderate

45-60 miles / 70-95 kms per day

For riders with experience, good fitness & a decent level of skill

Some features that may be experienced more frequently in a higher grade tour

Most days include a couple of significant climbs

Some long days & some steep to very steep sections

Not for beginners

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re definitely not a novice rider, you’re fit, you ride regularly at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for much of the day, you love your bike! You also enjoy a challenge and if you haven’t already done so you’re keen to attempt a semi-serious to serious mountain pass or two. You’re as comfortable with the prospect of descending from the top of a col as you are with the idea of climbing it and you’re confident that you have the skills to do so safely. You’re not necessarily a “racer” but you can crank up the pace a little when it’s necessary and you don’t mind forgoing a coffee stop if the schedule demands it occasionally. You probably own and use clipless pedals. You have good control of your bike and can take a drink from a water bottle without having to unclip and put your feet on the ground. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 3 would be a good option for you.

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Fantastically organised by Skedaddle and Antonio and his team were brilliant. A true professional in every sense. Great planning and logistically superb. Can’t give enough praise to the Portuguese Team.

Paul, South Africa

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
27/12/2020
Return Date
05/01/2021
Duration
10 days
Price
$2,670.00
Start Date
10/04/2021
Return Date
19/04/2021
Duration
10 days
Price
$2,790.00
Start Date
09/10/2021
Return Date
18/10/2021
Duration
10 days
Price
$2,790.00
Start Date
27/12/2021
Return Date
05/01/2022
Duration
10 days
Price
$2,790.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared en-suite rooms) in 4 star hotels

B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) GPS unit with GPX route files installed

G) Ferry crossings on day 2 and day 7

H) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Porto airport (OPO)

I) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Faro airport (FAO)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc.)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on non-scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Porto airport (OPO) by 14:30, for a 15:00 transfer.

At the end of the tour we will transfer the group to Faro airport (FAO), with an estimated arrival time of 10:00 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your holiday. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

The accommodation provided in this tour is absolutely prestigious, 4 star hotels all the way, most of which have swimming pools and spas, to soothe your body after a day on the saddle.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically KTM Revelator, or alternative brand equivalent. If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets when booking. The bikes will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own pedals if you use clip-in pedals. You are welcome to bring your own saddle too.

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