- Discovering Portugal’s most beautiful beaches
- Cycling alongside the Ria de Aviero, a 40km stretch of blue lagoon
- Helping the fishermen with their catch in Praia da Vieira
- Enjoying the views of the western shoreline from the Sitio viewpoint
- Exploring the historical, castle walled village of Óbidos
- Staying in beautiful Sintra and visiting some of its many palaces
- Meals: Dinner
Following your arrival into Porto airport, you will be met by your guides and transferred to your first accommodation in the city of Porto (approx. 20 minute transfer). Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is located in the estuary of the River Douro. Porto is well known for being the home of Port wine (it’s in the name!) so we’ll be sure to have a glass to salute our journey ahead. Once settled into our home for the night, the guides will fit hire bikes and chat through the week to come.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 63 Metres / 207 Ft.
Today we will be riding along cycle paths alongside the River Douro, along both the north and south banks, allowing for marvellous views of the city, its bridges and the ocean. After pedalling through Gaia, Porto’s neighbouring city, our route continues along bike lanes that stretch right the way south, towards the seashore.
Half way through our journey today, we’ll have the chance to stop and explore the bustling sea side town of Espinho, originally a small fishing village – if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll still see some colourful boats on the sand. As we near the end of today’s ride, our route goes through less populated areas along the shore, towards our home for the evening in a small hotel on the beach, in the typical fishing village of Furadouro.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 104 Metres / 341 Ft.
Today’s route leads us to Ria de Aveiro, a natural lagoon of sea water that extends inland, parallel to the coast, for approximately 40kms. The route follows a bike lane next to the road, nestled in between the lagoon and ocean providing us with stunning views as we pedal. Sticking close to the lagoon, we’ll have water, wildlife and tranquility to the left and villages, beach-resorts and Hollywood-style villas to the right – a wonderful contrast!
Half way through the day’s cycling, we’ll reach the end of the lagoon and it’s time to rest our legs for a few minutes whilst we cross over to the other side on a ferry (2 Euros, not included in tour cost)... then it’s back on the bikes to continue along the lagoon, through many fishing villages along the south shore of Aveiro. Our destination tonight is Ilhavo, well-known for its glorious beaches and cod!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 514 Metres / 1686 Ft.
The first part of our day today will be spent cycling along flat terrain, through isolated areas on narrow roads and through peaceful, pine forests. The second half of today’s route, however, requires a little more of our energy.
After cycling through the pine forests, we’ll make a stop in Quiaios, a rustic village situated on the foothill of the Serra de Boa Viagem mountain range, there’s a cheeky climb to the top, with some steep sections. The climb is smooth and progressive and the ocean views from the top make the ride well worth it! Down the other side, we’ll reach Figueira da Foz and the largest, most famous beach along the west coast. Our hotel for the evening is located on the sea front, right on the beach and is the tallest building in town, offering you great views.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 318 Metres / 1043 Ft.
In order to reach some more relaxing cycle lanes, we begin our day by travelling across the River Mondego over the main road bridge (don’t worry, you can cycle on a side path alongside the road, keeping away from the traffic). After following the road for a couple of miles, we’ll once again be cycling along narrow country roads inside pine tree forests – these will take us all the way to the coastline again!
Along the way, we’ll pass through Praia de Vieira. Depending on our timing, we might head over to the far end of the beach…if we time it right, we will be able to help the fishermen pull their nets from the ocean, full of the day’s catch, ready to be sold at the local fish markets…you can’t get fresher than that and the fish you’ll taste in this area really is the best! Our hotel tonight boasts a cliff top location, overlooking the beach.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 854 Metres / 2801 Ft.
This morning’s ride will take us along bike lanes following the coast line, with magnificent views of the ocean. The most amazing views will come once we reach the village of Sitio, where we’ll make a quick stop, as the viewpoint in the centre of the village is a must! The frame is composed of the town of Nazaré in the foreground and you can see miles and miles of stunning shoreline with the deep blue ocean and crashing waves in the background. Really something not to be missed!
We’ll then descend to Nazaré, one of the most famous fishing villages along the western shoreline, which also boasts one of the regions most beautiful beaches. Moving south, the flat terrain we’ve left behind gives way to more undulating landscape, with a few hills to climb. Our reward… the most beautiful views! Today’s ride finishes in Óbidos, a village surrounded by castle walls, bursting with history and medieval culture.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 783 Metres / 2568 Ft.
Today’s route takes us west towards the town of Peniche. Here we’ll cycle a short loop around the coastline of the peninsula of Carvoeiro, giving us magnificent views to the high cliffs and the distant islands of Berlengas. Our route then proceeds south through neighbouring coastal villages, where we’ll be meandering along a narrow road next to the shore, heading to the beach of Areia Branca.
The ride to our home for tonight is varied and the latter part takes us through a canyon which ends at the beach of Porto Novo. Our hotel overlooks the ocean from its cliff-top position.
- Meals: Breakfast
Due to the busier roads and difficulty of this section of the route, today we have organised a transfer for you from Vimeiro to Sintra. We’ll be taking the scenic route and so there’s still chance to experience and take in the beautiful scenery. We’ll arrive in Sintra early, to allow for you to explore individually.
Our final destination on this journey, and our home for our final celebratory evening, is the world heritage site, Sintra. Popular all year round, it’s the perfect place to finish your trip. Our accommodation for tonight is in a small, cozy hotel within walking distance of the town centre … perfect for a celebratory beer or two!
90% of this tour follows the coast. For the first couple of days, the route takes you along mostly flat terrain. As the week progresses, the landscape gets more rugged and you’ll have some short, steep climbs to conquer. Day 6 will pose the biggest challenge, being one of the longest and hilliest. Around 35% of the route is traffic free on separated cycle paths, and around 65% is on the road, some of which will have designated cycle lanes and some will be riding with traffic. While most roads are quiet, there will be some busier sections, particularly as you head into and out of towns, especially in the high season. Because of this the route is best suited to riders confident in some traffic. For this tour we recommend a hybrid bike, however road bikes can be used if preferred, (with slick or semi slick tyres (25mm/ 1 inch or wider).
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day
For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness
May include some steeper, cheeky climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).
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?
Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.
Dates & Prices
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.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full tour service, including guides
D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid
E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers
F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Porto (OPO)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Lisbon (LIS)
What's not Included
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, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
J) Tourist taxes where applicable; approx. €2 per person, per night
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Martyn, Cheshire, UKExcellent service as always...
Our latest holiday with Skedaddle was excellent. But then again, holidays with Saddle Skedaddle always are! Excellent service from start to finish from the team in Newcastle. All our requests were dealt with expeditiously and successfully. At my age I like good, clean, smart and comfortable accommodation and the hotels certainly met these requirements. Lovely hotels with spacious rooms. Tour leader Antonio is a high-quality, experienced tour leader. Very competent and looks after everyone in the group.
Alexis, Arrington, UKLoved it!
Our tour leaders were very attentive, and had refreshments which fit my needs as I’m gluten free which was great. Every day of the trip was excellent, I absolutely loved the holiday!
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It was my first cycling holiday ever and I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but everything from the booking right through to the actual holiday was great – thank you Skedaddle!