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Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

from $2,099.00

Follow scenic coastal routes along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride.

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes through pine forests and dunes, the Atlantic Coast of Portugal offers some fantastic cycling opportunities. This tour starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city awarded best European City Destination in 2013, 2014, and again in 2017. The itinerary follows relatively easy flat or undulating cycling trails along the stunning coastline, with stops in different villages and towns for a full immersion in the relaxed Portuguese way of life. Highlights include a scenic ride through the dunes of the Sao Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight in the picture-perfect fortified village of Obidos. After a week of cycling and plenty of free time to enjoy some of the best beaches and restaurants of Portugal, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, one of the most charming capital cities in the world.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights 4-star hotels, all en suite
  • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner
  • Local bike rental included
  • Mix of flat riding and some hills throughout
  • Airport transfers (at designated times)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)

Highlights

  • Discover Lisbon and Porto, the two main cities of Portugal
  • Stay in premium accommodation and try delicious local cuisine
  • Enjoy gentle coastal rides and free time to relax by the sea
  • 7 nights 4-star hotels, all en suite
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support (limited seats)
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails
  • Mix of flat riding and some hills throughout
  1. Day 1 Start Porto; afternoon orientation tour and guided wine tasting at a Port wine cellar.

    Start in Porto. Time permitting, your leader will arrange a short orientiation tour in the historic centre. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a real historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. There is plenty to see and for this reason we recommend travelling a day earlier if you are interested to explore more of its vibrant centre. Before dinner, we will enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting at a traditional Port wine cellar. Overnight at Hotel Vila Gale or Hotel Cristal.

  2. Day 2 Gentle coastal ride to the seaside town of Furadouro, renowned for its excellent fish. Free time to explore the lively town or relax at the beach.

    This morning we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and immerse ourselves in the more peaceful atmosphere of the Atlantic shore. Starting from Porto, we will ride along the Douro River until its estuary. We then follow the coast, mostly on cycling paths, enjoying some inspiring views of beautiful sandy beaches along the way. During this ride there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for drinks or snacks in traditional Portuguese cafes, right by the Atlantic Ocean! After following a cycling path which crosses a pine tree forest, we reach lively Furadouro, a seaside town renowned for its excellent fish. Free time for a swim (seasonal), relax in the hotel’s spa or enjoy a deserved drink in one of the several cafes and restaurants in town. Overnight at Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa or similar.

  3. Day 3 Cycle to Mira via the protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes; en route visit to the pretty coastal town of Costa Nova.

    Today’s ride follows the Aveiro lagoon and the nature reserve of Sao Jacinto, one of Europe’s last remaining untouched coastal marshland and habitat of numerous bird species. We pedal through a scenery of sandy beaches, marshland and rolling dunes peppered with grasses and creepers. This is home to a plethora of birds, insects, small animals and unusual flowers and plants. After a short transfer by ferry, we leave the lagoon and continue cycling to the small town of Costa Nova, a picturesque village characterised by multi-coloured striped houses. Our ride ends in the seaside town of Mira, known for its infinitely long beach rated as one of the best in Portugal. Overnight at Macarico Beach Hotel or similar.

  4. Day 4 Follow the Portuguese silver coast and ride to Figuera da Foz through a peaceful pine forest.

    Today’s ride takes us through one of the biggest dune systems in the area covered in a scenic pine tree forest. The route is mainly flat and the roads quiet and peaceful making the cycling very pleasant and relaxing. We aim to arrive in the lively town of Figuera da Foz in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the town of Figuera da Foz and its extensive beach (nicknamed ’Rainha das Praias’ – Queen of beaches) – there are lots of lovely cafes and bars to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and some excellent restaurants. Overnight at Universal Boutique Hotel or similar.

  5. Day 5 Coastal ride to the village of Sao Pedro do Moel; free time to relax by the beach or explore the town.

    Today we enter the Portuguese silver coast and ride a cycleway that follows the Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road). We’ll be riding mainly through a vast pine forest, which was originally planted in the 15th Century with the aim of supplying naval construction during the Portuguese discoveries. We reach the picturesque town of São Pedro de Moel in the afternoon, and enjoy some time to relax at the beach or at the comfortable hotel with sea-view. Overnight at Mar & Sol Hotel or similar.

  6. Day 6 Transfer to the famous town of Nazare', where some of the highest waves in the world are recorded annually; pedal to Óbidos, a stunning fortified mediaeval village.

    Today starts with a transfer to Nazaré, one of the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Here fisherwomen still wear seven colourful layers of skirts, as well as wooden clogs and a traditional black headscarf. There will be the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular ocean views from the popular panoramic terrace. It was in Nazare’s Praia Norte that the world record for the largest wave ever surfed was set, an estimated 30m high! From here we pedal all the way to Obidos, a charming small fortified town which resembles a suggestive medieval film set. It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who have been taking careful pride in maintaining the architectural image of the village characterised by narrow winding streets and white-washed houses.

  7. Day 7 Private transfer to Lisbon. Free day for individual sightseeing and optional Fado dinner.

    A morning private transfer (approx. 1hr) takes us to the great capital city of Lisbon; here we enjoy a full free day for independent sightseeing. Begin with the two landmark monuments, the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jerónimos, both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage status. For some great views, head up the Monument to the Discoveries and in the afternoon consider catching one of the traditional yellow trams for a panoramic ride through old Lisbon and conclude the trip with an enjoyable Portuguese dinner accompanied by traditional Fado music (optional). Overnight at Turim Europa Hotel or similar.

  8. Day 8 End Lisbon.

    End Lisbon**

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Where you stay

Premium Hotels

We use a selection of comfortable 4-star hotels. All hotels are high quality and individual and have been selected for their location, comfort and character. All rooms are en suite and some hotels have a swimming pool or a sea view.

Examples of hotels used:

Porto: Cristal Hotel or Vila Gale – 4 star

Ovar: Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa. 4-star, beach front hotel with a contemporary design

Praia de Mira: Maçarico Beach Hotel. 4-star, located in front of the Mira beach with a contemporary design with an incredible rooftop pool

Figuera da Foz: Universal Boutique Hotel. 4-star, charming style, central and beach side location

Sao Pedro do Moel: Mar & Sol Hotel. 4-star, seafront location, modern style, spa and rooftop deck

Obidos: Literary Man Hotel. 4-star, unique literary hotel and the biggest in the world of its kind. Former convent converted into a hotel in 1965 with traditional decoration and an eco and modern style. Offers gin bar and a lounge with an antique fireplace.

Lisbon: Sana Malhoa / Hotel Czar / Olaias Park – 4 star hotels

Please note some hotels might change on certain departures. For more up-to-date information about the hotels used, please contact our Customer Operations Team closer to your travel date.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner included.

A typical hotel breakfast consists of toast/bread with jam, or honey, cheese and ham, served with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, fruit, cake and yoghurt. Eggs are usually available and there are frequently other cooked options; the breakfasts on this trip are always plentiful and perfect to set us up for a day of cycling.

Portuguese people are very proud of their cuisine, and the deliciously fresh seafood is a real highlight. You will find fresh fish on most menus, usually sardines, sea bream, hake, sea bass and sole, cooked in a variety of ways.

Bacalhau (cured codfish) is a national dish although it can vary depending on the region – there are up to 365 recipes to cook it! Caldo Verde (green soup) is made with potatoes, olive oil and salt, sometimes with garlic and onion, and is typical in the northern region of Portugal.

For meat lovers the barrosã meat (steak) is often served grilled and roasted just to its naturally delicious flavour. ‘Francesinha’ is an iconic dish originating from Porto and involves layers of different meats (usually beef, ham, grilled pork, linguiça (smoke cured pork sausage) and sausage), between two slices of bread, covered by melted cheese and immersed in a spicy beer and tomato sauce, often topped with a fried egg and surrounded by chips. It is not for the faint hearted!

To drink you will find plenty of the local Sagres and Superbock beer. Vinho Verde is available from the supermarket and directly from the producers. It is a young, medium alcohol white wine with an almost carbonated quality. Port needs no introduction and a glass (or two) of the fortified wine will generally follow a hearty Portuguese meal!

There are an incredible amount of different desserts available and if you have a sweet tooth it will be possible to try a different one each day! Local favourites include bolo de bolacha (cookie cake), leite creme (cream eggs and sugar), pao de lo (sponge cake made with lots of eggs), arroz doce (a traditional rice pudding) and of course, the famous pastel de nata, which you will find at most cafes on your route!

This trip is classified as Road. Average daily distance: 52km (32miles) No. of days cycling: 5

We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible.
The first three rides are shorter, mainly flat and easy and on Day 4 the ride is longer and more hilly. The ride on day 6 has the most ascent as the terrain changes, but the pace will be slow and with plenty of coffee and cake stops.  A support vehicle (with limited seats) is available throughout the trip, it will not be able to follow the group at all times but it will meet you at the end of cycle paths and at junctions to give route directions and allow access to any items you don’t wish to carry on the bike.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Perfection in Portugal

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Fantastic sunsets over the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Great seafood and wine. Boutique accommodation, especially the Literary Man in Obidos.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Ruben is an exemplary ambassador for his country. He is a remarkable and engaging young man. I doubt we have had a better leader in any previous Exodus trips. After a leisurely first day's ride he was able to accurately gauge everybody's level of competency and ensured that each individual had the best experience possible. He was well supported by Rafael who was in charge of transportation and excellent picnics. Between them their calm and friendly nature made our whole experience delightful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book an extra night in Porto at the start of your holiday. It is a smaller city than Lisbon and easier to explore on foot. We ate in Volta e Meia in Figueira da Foz on Ruben's recommendation and it was fantastic. If you want to go as a group be sure to book as it is very small and intimate. The first 2 days of cycling are predominantly flat and easily managed by infrequent cyclists. The following 3 days are more challenging so either get some practice in, hire an e-bike or take up the offer of a ride in the support van for the longer hills.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't forget the sunscreen, an extra layer for chilly mornings and evenings and padded shorts. A fantastic holiday, our only constructive criticism is that we would have preferred a later transfer to Lisbon to allow us more time to explore Obidos.

Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Porto to Lisbon bike tour October 2019

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day we arrived in Nazarè with beautiful views of the ocean and of the beaches.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Ruben (our guide) was great. Always smiling and having a good word for every person of the group. He supported the all group very efficiently and in a friendly/professional manner.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some bike training is recommended before to start the tour due to some hilly parts and eventually rent an e-bike to have full fun.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would like to mention Tiago (our driver) for taking care of all the logistics and food along the all week in a very professional and friendly manner.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Absolutely fantastic Portugal

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eating a group dinner after a hard days cycling on a cliff top resteraunt as the sun set over the Atlantic & getting to the top of the hill with a smile in my face.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paulo was excellent, really great full confidence in his abilities and adjusted the plan to cope with hotter than expected days and when we wanted to stay loneger in the town or wanted an extra coffee break.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light, I took way too much stuff

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Scenic and peaceful with wonderful food

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful sea views.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Good guide that spent a lot of time each night assessing the route and alternative options given the local fire situation. On one day, a fire was still burning on the route and he arranged a train ride to Coimbra for a day walking the town and transportation to the next day's destination.. An unanticipated obstacle in the tour but handled well. He also arranged wonderful places for dinners each nice with good variety to experience the local dishes.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Easy ride and rated a 2 probably due to an off-road climb one day which is walkable if necessary and undulating terrain on the last day. It may be too relaxing a holiday for eager riders, but allows you to enjoy the countryside and chat your fellow cyclists.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A Brilliant Week in Portugal with Great People

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Impossible to mention just one. Everyday was inspirational! From getting back onto the bike each morning, to eating the best Portuguese tarts, breath-taking views, finishing "the road to hell" - not that bad really - just 15km of straight road at the end of the day, the first Super Bock of the day and the evening dinner - there was something to savor all the time. For me there were 3 key inspirational features. We had great weather throughout so that helped but also helped enjoy some spectacular views. None more so than ascending the short,steep hill before Figueira da Foz and the beautiful views across and city and coastline far below. There was inspiration everyday in the form of our tour leaders who tended to our every need at any time and always wore great smiles. There was inspiration in the way the team bonded together-16 people from 4 different countries and one more little one for me - the wonderful way the whole team gave me a birthday i will never forget!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jaoa ( Zoom Zoom) and Oscar were/are the very best. Capable, experienced, gracious, on top of everything ,hospitable, caring and understanding. Hard to get all the right words to describe all attributes. These guys were at the core of why our tour was so good. We may not have been the fastest group but we never missed an opportunity to enjoy every possible experience and our leaders allowed that to happen. Always in control - they are the epitome of what great tour guides should be - and always with a smile!!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Spend a little time on a bike before you arrive in Porto for training - just helps you to enjoy the tour a bit more. It is not that it is difficult - it is just getting back on the saddle 5 days in a row!! Hopefully you can get a group like ours and hopefully you can have Jaoa and Oscar as leaders
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd do it again. Hi to all the team of the September 22 2019 tour.

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