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Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

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Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
MEO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
6–16
Ages:
16+

Follow scenic forest and ocean-side paths as you cycle the Atlantic coast of Portugal

 

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes, the Atlantic coast of Portugal offers some fantastic cycling holiday opportunities. This tour starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and the itinerary follows relatively easy flat or undulating cycling trails through a variety of landscapes and 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 São Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight stay in the picture-perfect fortified village of Óbidos. After a week of cycling along some of the best coastline of Portugal, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, one of the most charming capital cities in the world.

Highlights

  • Discover Porto and Lisbon, two of the most charming cities in Europe
  • Cycle through pine forests and along coastal routes
  • Medieval, white-washed town of Óbidos

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star hotels
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails
  • A mix of flat riding and some hills throughout
  • Local bike hire included
  • E-bike hire available on request, supplement from £130, USD $182 or CAD $216
  • Countries visited: Portugal

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)
  • E-bike hire supplement
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

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5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Leisurely: 9-13 km an hour

Terrain:

90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails 

Day by day breakdown
Day 243.0km/26.0miles
Day 357.0km/35.0miles
Day 460.0km/36.0miles
Day 565.0km/40.0miles
Day 645.0km/28.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use hotels that are locally owned and employ local staff. When meals are provided, ingredients used are locally sourced wherever possible otherwise, our local guides will recommend and encourage clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties.

Cycling tours actively encourages the group to chat with the locals, purchase local produce, gifts, and crafts to discover what life is really like in this part of Portugal. Furthermore, cycling trips have very little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Most rides will be point to point hence, transport is barely needed during the week, further reducing our carbon footprint.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Porto
to
Lisbon
  • Day 1

    Start Porto; afternoon orientation tour and guided wine tasting at a Port wine cellar.

    Start in Porto. Depending on the time of your arrival, 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 in exploring more of its vibrant centre. Before dinner, we will enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting at a traditional Port wine cellar. Overnight in Porto.

  • Day 2

    Gentle coastal ride to historic Ovar via the lively seaside town of Furadouro.

    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 some 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), before riding to historic Ovar. The pretty town is famous for the glazed tiles known as “azulejos”, which adorn many of the local houses in the old part of the town. Overnight in Ovar.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 São 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 in Mira.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride to Figueira da Foz.

    Today's ride takes us through one of the biggest dune systems in the area covered in pine tree forest. The route is mainly flat or undulating and the roads quiet and peaceful making the cycling very pleasant. There is a final short but relatively steep climb up the beautiful Serra da Boa Viagem before reaching the lively town of Figueira da Foz. The rest of the day is free to explore the town of Figueira 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 in Figueira da Foz.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Forest and coastal ride to the village of São Pedro de 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 pastoral land and the remains of vast pine forest, the Pinhal de Leiria (Leiria Pine Forest), which was originally planted in the 15th Century to provide timber for the construction o the Portuguese shipbuilding industry during the Portuguese Discoveries. Unfortunately, vast areas of the forest were destroyed in 2017 by one of the fiercest forest fires of the past 100 years. Little more than 1,500 hectares remain, out of a total of 11,000. Although maritime pine is considered a fast-growing tree, it will take many more years for the forest to regenerate. Exodus is supporting the regeneration of the forests, working with local schools and communities to replant trees.

    On our exit from the forest, we take a coastal route in the afternoon to reach the picturesque town of São Pedro de Moel and enjoy some time to relax at the beach or at the comfortable hotel with sea-view. Overnight in São Pedro do Moel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cycle to the famous town of Nazaré, where some of the highest waves in the world are recorded annually; pedal to Óbidos, a stunning fortified medieval village.

    This morning you can opt to either transfer or cycle (adding approx. 20km to today's ride) to Nazaré, one of the most famous fishing towns 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 Nazaré's Praia Norte that the world record for the largest wave ever surfed was set, an estimated 30m high! From Nazaré we ride all the way to Óbidos, a charming small fortified town which resembles a medieval film set. It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who take real pride in maintaining the architectural image of the village characterised by narrow winding streets and white-washed houses. Overnight in Óbidos.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Private transfer to Lisbon. Free day for individual sightseeing.

    A morning private transfer (approx. 1hr) takes us to the great capital city of Lisbon; here we enjoy a full free day of independent sightseeing. Please note that your leader will leave the group after breakfast and the remainder of the trip will be self-guided, but you will be provided with plenty of tips, maps and directions to make the most of your time in Lisbon. An optional guided city tour, conducted by a university student of tourism, can also be booked for a fee. 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 to the old Alfama district and walk from the iconic Praça do Comercio in the heart of Lisbon, to the elegant neighbourhood of Chiado and trendy Barrio Alto. You may also decide to end the trip with a traditional dinner accompanied by Fado music. Overnight in Lisbon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Lisbon.

    The tour ends in Lisbon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Portugal

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 wine tasting 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-strength 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!

Weather

Porto and Lisbon have a temperate maritime climate with a strong Mediterranean influence. The climate here is long, warm summers and mild winters, with most rain falling in the winter months, but possible in all other months. Seasons are marked, with pleasant temperatures in the spring, in the summer, and in the autumn. Heatwaves can push up temperatures between mid-June and September.

Coastal areas of Portugal can be known to be quite windy, but we are fortunate that this tends to be from north to south; which gives us an extra push whilst cycling!

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified as Road. Average daily distance: 55km (34 miles) No. of days cycling: 5

We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible. Occasionally we will cross or ride along some busier roads. The first three rides are shorter, mainly flat and easy and on Day 4 the ride is longer and ends with a moderately challenging hill. 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) will follow the group for approximately 25% of the cycling (at points known to be more challenging). For the rest of the time, the support driver will undertake other tasks to ensure the group’s comfort and safety, for example, going ahead of the group to deliver luggage to the next hotel prior to the group’s arrival.

The trip will require a good level of fitness as some of the rides are on undulating roads with occasional steep but short ascents in places varying from 1 to 4km. We strongly encourage you to request an electric bike prior to departure (available for a supplement) if you have limited cycling experience. This would improve your experience and ensure the trip is led at a comfortable pace for everyone in the group.

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.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Accommodation

Comfortable Hotels

Neya Hotel, Porto
Neya Hotel, Porto

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. Some hotels have a swimming pool or a sea view.

Examples of hotels used:

Porto: Neya Hotel. 4-star hotel offering a health club with an indoor swimming pool. The spacious rooms are air‐conditioned and feature a bright décor.

Ovar: Aqua Hotel. 4-star, centrally located in the historic town

Praia de Mira: Flag Hotel Miravillas. 4-star hotel offering extensive gardens and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, or Maçarico Beach Hotel, a 4-star property with a contemporary design and excellent rooftop pool.

Figueira da Foz: Universal Boutique Hotel. 4-star, charming style, one block from the beach, or EXE Wellington, a 4-star hotel that reflects the town's maritime heritage throughout.

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

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

Lisbon: Marquês de Pombal. 4 -star hotel with an unrivalled location on the city's central Avenida da Liberdade. The hotel has gym and spa facilities, along with an on-site restaurant and bar.

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. Bookings within 30 days are subject to availability and may incur a supplement of approximately £145 per person (based on a twin share).

Jacuzzi at Hotel Maçarico
Jacuzzi at Hotel Maçarico
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  • Reviewed July 2022

    Well organised trip, good hotels with excellent guides

    Trip May/June. Cycling generally leisurely with only one notable hill. Route follows the coast on quite roads and/ or cycle lanes for much of the way. (Poor road surface on one day) Hotels generally good 4 star quality, cafes and lunch / picnic stops were an excellent mix with evening meal venues being fantastic quality. Rubén’s and Rogerio were excellent guides who were very knowledgeable, helpful and good company, just a pity they had no control over the unusually inclement and windy weather. Recommend the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Obidos on last day of cycling

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try to spend extra few days in Lisbon area to allow time to visit Sintra &/or Cascais.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Outstanding

    Well crafted trip showing off Portugal’s rural and unspoilt Atlantic coast

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The pure vastness of the coastline

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding - calm, totally customer focussed, with a strong sense of making the trip work for our group as well as individual needs - and a great sense of humour too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A relatively easy cycle as the distances are spread over a day including stops for coffee/lunch - but therefore time to take in all the info and the scenery - a holiday with cycling in the sun and unspoilt coastline.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommend the three guides we had - Reuben, Chris and Rogerio
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Porto to Lisbon - A fun cycle of the sunny coast

    This was a great trip. Ruben our leader/guide was excellent - enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The scenery, weather (end May), hotels and food were all super - and the cycling was fun and not too strenuous for people who regularly cycle. The distance cycled was about 40 miles a day which meant not too early a start - and adequate time in the evening to visit most of the places where we were staying, and have a good meal. Ruben's recommendations for evening meals were ideal. The group were also lucky to have Rogerio as the driver and support, who was always keen to help in any way. A really enjoyable holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from some of the cycle routes over the last few days especially, and visiting Obidos.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Always smiling. Nothing was too much trouble. Organised and committed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the Exodus information about required fitness levels for the trip you're interested in. Be prepared to get along with others and enjoy yourself with the group.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would nominate Ruben for the leader of the year.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Fabulous trip with outstanding guides, Reuben the lead guide was fabulous.

    A fabulous trip with brilliant Portuguese guides. Reuben, the lead guide was outstanding and his team had a genuine passion for their country which was truly infectious. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The cycle paths meandered their way through beautiful pine forests, villages, coastal areas and farms. The pace of the trip is relaxed but their were also many opportunities to cycle faster and the guides were very flexible. The restaurant recommendations were all excellent and the Portuguese people were most welcoming. The perfect trip if you want to cycle 35-40 miles per day on fairly flat terrain using cycle paths - you won’t find better guides! Thank you Reuben, Christofe and Rogerio.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking at the incredible view of the coastline following the steep ascent and visiting Navarro.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Reuben was simply outstanding, he has a wonderful, cheerful disposition which is truly infectious, his love for his country shone through everyday. He shared lots of information and stories about Portugal. Nothing was too much trouble. The bikes were in excellent condition and the lunches were delicious.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Pleasant, but not an Atlantic Ride. Needs another guide with 16 people.

    This was described as an Atlantic ride. We did not even glimpse the Atlantic until the end of day 3 out of 5. After that, we saw it in parts and it was lovely. It was hopelessly misdescribed. The ride was reasonable, but incredibly slow, particularly on the first 2 days, and on main roads. I am not a fast cyclist, but to travel at an average of 10 to 12kph on a flat main road is ludicrous, and dangerous. It was very hard to control the bike at these speeds and to keep stopping and starting on busy main roads is far from ideal. The problem was that there was only one guide and no support vehicle following us, so the guide had to keep stopping and then riding very slowly. This was incredibly frustrating and annoying, especially as the scenery was boring for the first 2 days. This was not good enough. The accommodation was a bit hit and miss. It was okay, with a couple of very poor and cramped rooms. In one hotel, not only did we get the booby prize of an unsafe room, it was also the venue for the group dinner. The food was inedible, and my husband and I ate very little. The hotel was quirky and very interesting, in Obidos, but we drew the short straw. Overall, I would not particularly recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed most of the company, and the food and the wine, when not organised for us. The picnics were mainly good.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good, on the whole, and the support driver was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would not advise people to do this trip. I just do not think the cycling works.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were health and safety issues with the cycling and some of the rooms. It needs looking at carefully for future rides. For example, in the hotel room in Obidos, the bedside lamp could not be plugged in as there was no socket. There was a bare, live hole where the socket should be. We were also on what looked like camp beds, with a metal frame and rock hard mattress. Another room we saw was gorgeous.
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Lazzaro Amanzio

    Porto to Lisbon bike tour October 2019

    It was a great tour along Atlantic coast with good weather, many good views, excellent guide and driver and great&fun group.

    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 October 2019
    Celia Murray

    Perfection in Portugal

    Fantastic week of cycling, sightseeing, good company and excellent guiding in coastal 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 September 2019

    Too leisurely trip

    The itinerary is beautiful, except for some bits were you ride in some areas devastated by the fires in 2017. Expect a very leisurely pace, less than 20 km/h in average and four stops a day, and do some hills after lunch. You should expect to arrive at the hotel at 4 pm or more by the plan. The average age of the group is 55-65 years old. Generally, good hotels are chosen, however, the Literary Man in Obidos is not worth it, except for its breakfast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Great to meet people from all over the world. Also, is very stunning to watch the sunset in the Atlantic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He didn't have a very good level of English and had poor organization skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it with self-guided if you can cycle for 30 km around 2 hours non-stop and you want to do some exercise. The group is guided at a very leisurely pace and does four stops each day at least, adding some extra photo stops.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Mark Walker

    Absolutely fantastic Portugal

    This trip was an amazing experience with absolutely stunning scenery, around every bend was a picture postcard view of the ocean. The guides were excellent and their spoken English was great. This being my first premium trip I was very impressed with the hotels and watching the sunsets over the Atlantic from our hotel balconies and resteraunt tables was a highlight for everyone. The cycling was a bit harder than I anticipated, the trip is graded a two but is as hard / a bit harder than the indochina trip I did earlier in the year which was graded as a three. The first few days are definitely leisurely, but on later days there are a couple of hills one long climb and one short but steep one, the last day is more undulating. I wouldn’t let these put you off though they are manageable by anyone that’s done a bit of prep or cycles regularly and there’s always the van or an ebike. The bikes were trek dual sport 3’s and were excellent hybrids with hydraulic disc brakes giving confidence on the way down. The trip was mainly on excellent quality cycle paths with only a limited amount of road riding to link them together. We were generally in the hotel for 330 each day with most starts about 930

    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 July 2019
    Angela Jackson

    Pleasant cycling trip

    This is a pleasant cycling trip but as some reviewers have previously highlighted despite the grade 2 we were often arriving at the hotel about 5.00pm or later and so we didn't have much time for relaxation off the bikes. This was not too much of a problem until the arrival in Obidos which is worthy of some time to look around. There are some diversions from the original route following the devastating fires in 2017. Generally good hotels are used, The Literary Man in Obidos is very interesting and quirky.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not really inspirational - but overall this is a very pleasant relaxing trip. We had great company. We had a short guided tour of Porto prior to the wine tasting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ricardo worked really hard all week and was well supported by Ruben. He took some videos of us cycling which he tried to edit each evening for viewing whilst giving the next days briefing. Both were really nice guys who were enthusuatic about the outdoors and Portugal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The kitty for lunches worked out great and I would recommend as everything was ready prepared on our arrival with a good choice of food, this included picnic lunches as well. Book extra nights in Porto and Lisbon as they are both worthy of more time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The last group meal is really the one in Obidos with suggestions of places to go in Lisbon if you wanted to experience Fado. We did not get a guided tour in Lisbon but we were dropped off right in the centre, a guided tour is really not practical given the size of the city. I think it would be better to give everyone a city map with the hotel and nearest metro station marked on it - so you know the way back and with some recommendations of places to go depending on your interests. For the nights when group meals are not organised it would also be useful to be provided with a map and suggestions for restaurants. We can highly recommend the Wine Bar by Cristal in Figueiro de Foz which was very close to the hotel - don't be put off by the name as this was a great little tapas bar with fantastc food.

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Private Adventures 

Not found the date you’re looking for? We can organise this itinerary as a Private Adventure – just click on the tab above the list of dates and prices, let us know your preferred dates of travel and how many people are travelling, and we’ll do the rest!

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