Portugal's Atlantic Coast

Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast - Premium Adventure

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$4,579 USD
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Discover sunny beaches, medieval villages and the freshest seafood as you take to two wheels along Portugal's Atlantic coast


Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes, Portugal's Atlantic coast offers fantastic cycling opportunities. Your premium adventure starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, with the route following relatively easy, flat or undulating cycling trails through a variety of landscapes. Riding along Portugal’s majestic Silver Coast, you’ll stop in different medieval-walled villages and towns for full immersion into the relaxed Portuguese way of life.

Notable highlights include a memorable ride through the dunes of the São Jacinto Natural Reserve, fascinating Port wine cellar tours and an overnight stay in the picture-perfect fortified village of Óbidos. After a week of cycling along some of Portugal's most outstanding coastline, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, with an included guided experience to soak up one of the most charming capital cities in the world.


  • The Expert Leader for the trip is: Ruben Lopes
  • Enjoy one night at The Literary Man, a dream hotel for book aficionados in the white-washed medieval village of Óbidos
  • Our included experiences encompass a guided tour of Porto’s world-famous wines cellars and a guided tour of the charismatic city of Lisbon
  • Feel invigorated as you pedal into Nazaré fishing village, home to some of the biggest waves ever recorded
  • Cycle through the wildlife-rich sand dunes of São Jacinto Natural Reserve

Key information

  • 8 nights staying in premium hotels
  • 9 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 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
  • Countries visited: Portugal

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 wine tastings, 2 dinners
  • Premium accommodation throughout
  • Tips for all hotel staff, drivers and local staff
  • Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Tip for the tour leader
  • Travel insurance: information is available here
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)
  • E-bike hire supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
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1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Days of Premium Adventures

Leisurely: 9-13 km an hour


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

Day by day breakdown
Day 340.0km/25.0miles
Day 460.0km/37.0miles
Day 561.0km/38.0miles
Day 638.0km/24.0miles
Day 750.0km/31.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People: How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • As much as possible, we use hotels that are locally owned and employ local staff.
  • Cycling tours actively encourages the group to chat with the locals to discover what life is like in this part of Portugal and purchase local produce, gifts and crafts.

Places: How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • This trip uses established cycling routes that have been created with the conservation of local landscapes in mind.
  • Our philosophy is to show you authentic Portugal in the most sustainable way possible, helping to conserve rural lifestyle and contributing to the overall sustainable development of the area.
  • We are dedicated to promoting authentic experiences and supporting the enjoyment of Portugal’s natural and cultural heritage while simultaneously encouraging their protection through raising awareness of environmental issues.
  • We only work with small groups of travelers and promote the maintenance of a social, economic, and environmental system that meets the needs of the current generation, without compromising the resources of future generations. Furthermore, local people (be it from restaurants, accommodations or residents) teach us how to care for and protect these destinations, knowledge that is useful not only in this context but globally. 

Planet: How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • When meals are provided, ingredients used are locally sourced wherever possible. When meals are not provided, our local guides will recommend and encourage clients to visit local restaurants and cafés to try specialties from the area.
  • Cycling trips have very little detrimental impact on the environment. Rides on this trip are point to point, hence transport is barely needed during the week, further reducing our carbon footprint.
  • We encourage people to bring a re-usable water bottle and drink tap water on this trip.
  • Our partners take active steps to ensure our groups have a minimal environmental impact, such as sticking to established trails, not leaving rubbish behind and not removing any plants. Our operator also aims to minimise environmental damage by using eco engines on vehicles.
  • After the 2017 fires, reforestation and protection projects were implemented in the Centre of Portugal. Municipalities are still developing the best ways to protect and reforest these affected areas, and we believe we have an important role in spreading this information to tourists. These reforestation and protection projects are based on “firefighting trees”, native trees such as chestnut and cork oak trees, as opposed to the eucalyptus that was previously planted. We aim to allow each client to help in these reforestation efforts, as an effective and useful way of increasing awareness of the importance of native species in maintaining the local ecosystem.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Take the train: Consider taking the train to this trip. Not only will it significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday vs. flying, it also extends your adventure! Read more about which train journeys we can book, or how to book your own, here.


  • Day 1

    Start Porto; free afternoon and welcome dinner.

    Start in Porto. The day is free for you to settle into your accommodation or explore the city, before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group.

    Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a real historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. Continuously inhabited since the 4th century, the hilly city is a melting pot of architectural styles.

    Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel, Porto (4 star)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Full day in Porto: guided tour; wine tasting, boat trip on the Douro River.

    Porto is renowned all over the world for its delicious, fortified wine, and no trip to the city would be complete without taking part in a Port wine cellar tour. Port wine is specific to the region, and refers to grapes that have been cultivated and harvested on the designated banks of the Douro River valley, and transformed into this delicious nectar at one of the area’s many Port wine estates.

    Embark on a guided walking tour through the historic centre of Porto, ending with a wine tasting in a Port wine cellar. Then take a scenic boat ride on the Douro River in a traditional 'rabelo' boat, a vessel once used to carry Port wine barrels from the heart of the Douro Valley to Gaia. Afterwards, we will have lunch together at a local restaurant and the remainder of the day is free for extra sightseeing.

    Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel, Porto (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Gentle coastal ride to the bustling 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 we meet the estuary. We then follow the coast south, mostly on cycling paths, while enjoying some inspiring views of beautiful sandy beaches along the way. During this ride, there will be opportunities to stop for drinks or local snacks such as pão com chouriço (pork sausage and bread rolls) or pastel de feijão (a sweet pastry tart filled with white beans and ground almonds) in traditional Portuguese cafés, right by the Atlantic Ocean. 

    At Miramar, we will be able to see a small and intriguing little chapel built on the top of a rock, situated right on the shoreline. This chapel has amazing views both out to sea and to the white sandy beach stretching in front of it. The chapel has a distinctive hexagonal design and is known as "Senhor da Pedra" (Lord of the Rock). It was built in 1686 and restored in 1996.

    At Espinho, a cosmopolitan holiday resort with beaches and a casino, we continue on a cycling path through a pine tree forest to Furadouro beach, cycling the final 21 km.

    Premium accommodation: Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Furadouro (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Cycle to Mira via the protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes; en route visit 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 marshlands and habitat of numerous bird species, including the diving duck and crested tit. 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 and rated as one of the best in Portugal. 

    Premium accommodation: Maçarico Beach Hotel, Mira (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    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 for panoramic views from the Miradouro da Vela, before descending to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego. On arrival in Figueira da Foz, we will take part in a local wine tasting, then there is free time to enjoy this lively seaside town.

    Premium accommodation: Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Praia da Vieira to enjoy the beach, cycle to Nazaré fishing village.

    This morning, we take a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the picturesque beaches of São Pedro de Moel and Praia da Vieira. Backed by dunes covered in pine forests, São Pedro de Moel's large beach is sheltered from the wind, making it ideal for watersports including diving and windsurfing.

    Getting back in the saddle, we will continue the journey south to Nazaré, a traditional fishing village and perfect spot to try fresh seafood. The cycle path to Nazaré hugs the Atlantic coastline and takes in some of Portugal's most impressive beaches. It is also along this stretch of water that Garrett McNamara broke the record for the largest wave ever surfed (30 metres/100 feet) in 2013. While in Nazaré, there will be time to visit the lighthouse, which offers the best views of the waves crashing to shore, and the interesting surf museum to learn about the underwater Nazaré Canyon, which produces such dramatic waves.

    Premium accommodation: Hotel Praia, Nazaré (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Cycle to the beach of Foz do Arelho, transfer to Óbidos, a picturesque and beautifully preserved medieval town and fortress.

    Today we ride to Foz do Arelho, on the confluence between the Óbidos Lagoon and the sea. After free time to enjoy the beach, we take a transfer to the charming medieval town of Óbidos that seems to have been frozen in time. It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who take real pride in maintaining the architectural image of the village and is characterised by narrow winding streets, white-washed houses and trailing bougainvillea and honeysuckle. This evening, we will share a farewell dinner then stay at the quirky and characterful hotel, The Literary Man, located next to Óbidos Castle. This premium accommodation was once a former convent and is now one of the biggest literary hotels in the world. According to the owner, the hotel currently holds more than 45,000 books!

    Premium accommodation: The Literary Man, Óbidos (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Private transfer to Lisbon, guided tour and free afternoon for sightseeing.

    A morning private transfer (approx. 1 hour) takes us to the great capital city of Lisbon, our final stop on this tour of Portugal's Atlantic coast. A guided city tour will take you to some of the city's most recognisable locations and monuments, while you will have free time in the afternoon for individual exploration. Please note that your leader will depart after the guided tour 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.

    Premium accommodation: Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon (4 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Lisbon.

    End Lisbon

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Eating and Drinking

8 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 wine tastings and 2 dinners are 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 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 is an incredible range of 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), pão 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 cafés on your route.


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: 50 km (31 miles) No. of days cycling: 5

We mainly use cycle paths and quiet roads, and will occasionally cross or ride along busier roads. The first two rides are shorter and easier, through mainly flat terrain. Day 4 has a slightly longer ride and one challenging hill - worth it for the exquisite views over the Atlantic Ocean. On Day 6, after a short transfer, the ride starts on cycle paths by the ocean with a slow pace and plenty of possible stops, ending in the well-known fishing village of Nazaré. 

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 the group 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. This tour will require a good level of fitness, but was designed so that you can take time to enjoy this charming part of Portugal, combining enjoyable rides with good food and outstanding landscapes. 

Part of this tour include occasional steep but short ascents - if you have limited cycling experience we encourage you to request an electric bike before departure (available for a supplement), to improve your experience and ensure the trip is led at a comfortable pace for 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.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Premium Hotels

Swimming pool at Hotel Praia, Nazaré
Swimming pool at Hotel Praia, Nazaré

This tour uses a selection of carefully selected properties in key locations along our route on Portugal's Atlantic coast, many offering quick access to a beach or the local cafés and restaurants. Each has its own style and character to offer something a little different for your stay in Portugal. 

The Literary Man (4 star), Óbidos - 1 night

Dining room at the Literary Man, Obidos

  • Enjoy an enchanting stay at a former convent on the cobbled streets just outside the impressive city walls of medieval Óbidos
  • With echo-chic rooms, the furnishings are made from reused materials including iron beds, as well as rooms in the old wing, known as the "Nuns' cells"
  • This hotel is perfect for bibliophiles as it houses over 45,000 books from floor to ceiling, with each room featuring different novels from all over the world
  • The Literary Man also has a beautiful, rustic dining room, high ceilings with antique flooring and a quirky Gin Bar.


Maçarico Beach Hotel (4 star), Mira - 1 night

Maçarico Beach Hotel pool

  • Enjoy a relaxing stay at this contemporary seafront hotel
  • Unwind for the evening with a refreshing drink at the Bik Bik Bar
  • Take advantage of the fantastic spa and fitness centre, or head upstairs to the top floor jacuzzi and pool to admire the spectacular sea views 


Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Ovar (4 star), 1 night

Sea-view room at Furadouro Boutique hotel

  • Situated just in front the Furadouro beach in Ovar, you can enjoy sunset walks on the beach in the evenings during your stay
  • With the hotel’s light, spacious and contemporary design, your accommodation also comes with an indoor heated swimming pool and relaxing spa area
  • The sophisticated and elegant Furadouro Boutique Hotel offers beautiful sea-view rooms


The full hotel list comprises:

  • Neya Hotel, Porto (2 nights)
  • Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Ovar (1 night)
  • Maçarico Beah Hotel, Mira (1 night)
  • Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz (1 night)
  • Hotel Praia, Nazaré (1 night)
  • The Literary Man, Óbidos (1 night)
  • Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon (1 night)


The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to change to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, this could, on rare occasions, be at late notice. Bookings within 30 days are subject to availability and may incur a supplement of approximately £145 per person (based on a twin share).

Room at Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz
Room at Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz
Neya Hotel, Porto
Neya Hotel, Porto
Call for general departures:
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