Porto - Lisbon with charm
Along Portugal’s cycle paths
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
- Minimum number of participants: 2
Arrival in Porto
Arrival at the airport of Porto and transfer to the hotel. Then personal welcome briefing. Take your time to discover Porto on your own.
This morning you exchange the hustle and bustle of the city for the peace and quiet of the Atlantic shore. You will have a lovely ride along the coast, partly through a pine wood. The day ends in Furadouro, a hospitable town renowned for its excellent fish. Enjoy your meal!
For this stage, you must not miss visiting the small town of Costa Nova, with its picturesque town centre of multi-coloured striped houses; if you have time take a ride on a Moliceiro, the hand painted wooden boats used for gathering seaweed. Travel through the channels of the “Portuguese Venice” in one of the beautiful Moliceiros boats and let yourself be seduced by the typical pastry of Aveiro, a delight for both the senses and the eyes. Take part of a workshop and learn how to do it! The best part is you can eat it at the. Also visit the salt pans and enjoy the properties of sea salt on the skin, after putting your feet in the small reservoirs. Dance next to the salt pans and feel the wind on your face. Your bike tour for today is a pleasant ride of 49 kms, through the Protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes.
Today you leave the enchanting city of Aveiro, in the direction of Figueira da Foz. Ride quietly along the canal that gives the city the name "Portuguese Venice". Enjoy nature with a beautiful ride through green fields. Reach Mira and observe the golden effect of the sunshine on the sand, the sea, the vegetation and the brightness of the contrasting colors of the landscape. Be sure to visit the fantastic fishing village of Praia de Mira and discover the typical colorful wooden houses they call "palheiros". Indulge yourself with the fantastic gastronomic specialties made with fresh fish that you can find here. Stroll past the beautiful lagoon of Mira and enjoy its natural landscape. Transfer by bus to Figueira da Foz, where you stay overnight. Surrounded by preserved dunes, the picturesque and tranquil village of Praia da Tocha has a huge golden sand beach that extends to the north. Also known for its amazing golden sandy beach, Figueira da Foz is the ideal destination to rest and maybe to dream.
In stage this you will meet the Portuguese silver coast. You’ll be riding between long beaches and a big pine forest that makes you feel in the wilderness. This pine forest planted in the 15th century
served to supply the naval construction during the Portuguese discoveries. Today is an immense forest, perfect for nature activities and home to many kinds of wildlife. The ride takes place in a cycleway that follows a road called Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road). You may stop at Praia da Tocha to admire the palheiros (typical wooden fishermen houses) that make this a very picturesque spot in the coast. São Pedro de Moel, is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Portuguese coast, with an excellent location in a clearing of the Pinhal de Leiria. Famous for surfing, this is a splendid beach, with tasteful and aristocratic atmosphere, limited to the north by steep rocks and to the south by a small stream. Explore the beauty of the sea and practice deep sea fishing near the lighthouse, as there are cliffs that attract several species of fish, such as sea bass, and goldfish.
In the morning short transfer to Nazaré with one of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal and possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Nazaré is unique in many ways. It has an atmosphere of times gone by, contentment and traditions which continue to thrive and make it a special place to visit. The wooden fishing boats still used today are colourful and narrow with curved prows and decoration evocative of the first fishermen of the area. Another tradition quite unique is that of the seven skirts. Fisher women here still wear seven colourful layers of skirts, as well as wooden clogs and a predominantly black headscarf. At the height of the cliff, a small village is the birthplace of Nazaré, where the legend of a knight saved by Virgin Mary was born. Up there, go to the belvedere and contemplate the vast ocean and the magnificent view over Nazaré. Óbidos will your final destination of the day: a charming small and fortified town which can be suggestive of a medieval film set. It has been carefully preserved and its inhabitants take careful pride in maintaining the architectural image of days gone by, with its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers. Impressive 18th Century blue tiles line the walls within the southern gate that acts as the main entrance.
After checking-out in Óbidos, you will leave your bikes at the hotel as a transfer will take you towards Lisbon. The transfer will end at your hotel in Lisbon. Check-in at free time to explore the city. Visit Lisboa, a romantic city opened to the sea that has always defined its destiny. Begin with the two landmark monuments, the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jerónimos. Both have been designated World Heritage status given how they epitomize the beauty of the Manueline style that developed out of the Portuguese Voyages of Discovery. Visit Alfama, Lisbon's oldest quarter. Spread over the south-eastern slope of the hill crowned by Castelo de São Jorge, the picturesque neighbourhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps. Bairro Alto is a picturesque working-class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city's bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the city's vibrant nightlife quarter. Behind colorful and graffiti-ridden façades is a variety of traditional and international restaurants, tourist-packed Fado Houses, and a multitude of bars and alternative shops that stay open until late at night.
Departure or extension
Transfer to the Lisbon airport from where you will departure.
Mostly flat coastal paths. On the last two stages you will find some short increases. Sealed ways, country roads and Ecovias (typical Portuguese cycle paths also on “natural grounds”). If you bike regularly, you will not have problems on these stages!
Category Charm: please check accommodation, if necessary equivalent alternative hotels!
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Personal welcome briefing (English)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels (1 piece of luggage per person)
- Well-developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Portuguese with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Transfers from Porto airport and to Lisbon airport
- Transfer according program
- Rental bike
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline (English)
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Porto and Lisbon airport
- Parking on request
Carris Hotel Porto
In the district of Ribeira in Porto the 4* Carris hotel awaits you in a renovated, historical building with a nice view to the river Douro. The accommodation offers AC, free WiFi and elevator.
The rooms are equipped with flat-screen cable TV, own bathroom, wooden floors and modern decoration with light and dark color shades.
Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach Spa Ovar
The eco-friendly 4* Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach Spa is located in Ovar, directly at the beach of Furadouro. It offers bright rooms with modern design and restaurant with mediterranean cuisine and Atlantic view.
The wellness area offers a heated indoor pool, different saunas and a relaxation area.
The rooms are furnished in a temporary style with white and natural colours. They are equipped with flat-screen TV and minibar.
Melia Ria Hotel Spa Aveiro
In the heart of Aveiro the renovated hotel Meliá Ria welcomes you.
All of the rooms have their own bathroom and AC. Furthermore they are equipped with LCD-TV, free WiFi and a telephone.
The hotel offers a restaurant, an indoor-pool, SPA and wellness centre. In the fancy restaurant "O Lago", with beautiful view over "Ria de Aveiro" the breakfast will be served. Restaurants and bars in the centre can be reached by foot in approx. 10 minutes.
Universal Boutique Hotel Figueira da Foz
The 4* Universal Boutique Hotel in the centre of Figueira da Foz is 50m away from the beach.
It offers themed rooms with modern furniture, AC, flat-screen TV, safe, minibar and is located in one of the most classy boroughs.
WiFi can be used free of charge in the whole hotel.
Restaurants and bars with lots of specialities can be easily reached by foot.
Mar e Sol Hotel Sao Pedro de Moel
The Hotel Mar e Sol & Spa is beautifully located on a cliff of the coastal city São Pedro de Moel.
All of the rooms are bright and modern, equipped with a parquet floor and elegant furnishing with blue and green colouring. You will have a own bathroom and minibar.
The reception is open 24h and the restaurant offers a gourmet kitchen with a beautiful view over the atlantic.
You can also enjoy a drink in cosy atmosphere at the bar.
Josefa d´Obidos Obidos
The 4* hotel Josefa D´Obidos is located in the charming medieval town of Obidos. You can experience the historical charm of Portugal in the newly renovated and beautiful house.
Because of comfy rooms and carefully selected furniture, a atmosphere is created which reflects the historical character of this region. The elegant rooms are big and well equipped, maintained and with AC so that you can enjoy your privacy.
The hotel restaurant offers delicious and traditional portuguese cuisine.
You can discover Obidos, which is declared as national memorial, from the hotel or just enjoy the lagoon.
Turim Europa Hotel Lissabon
The Turim Europa 4* Hotel is located in the centre of Lissabon, approx. 5 minutes by foot to the " Praça Marquês de Pombal ". You will live in rooms with AC and modern interior, parquet floor and wooden furniture. You will have your own bathroom, a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
In the restaurant you can enjoy local and international cuisine. Snacks, tea and cocktails are available at the bar.
The metro station of Picoas is in 350m distance of the hotel and the Rossio can be reached in 1,9 km.