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Porto - Lisbon with charm

Between tradition and romantic!

The Porto to Lisbon biking holiday is a delightful tour linking the two main towns of Portugal and visiting several main cultural spots of the country while cycling along nature and scenic coastal trails. Start with Porto, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, classified as a Unesco World Heritage Property. Learn about Port Wine, the beverage and the associated culinary dimension of its own. Taste, smell, meet and bask in the sun as you cycle gently along this beautiful coast. Experience Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal, its canals and salt pans, the lively seaside city of Figueira da Foz, the famous Nazaré beach, and the walled village of Óbidos. Finally, Lisbon. On the right bank of the broad Tagus river estuary, the capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. Exceptional natural light, which has long inspired writers, photographs and filmmakers, the brightly coloured buildings straddling the slopes, the striking ochre of the roofs, the tiling on so many facades and the narrow twisting alleys of the medieval districts bestow Lisbon with the peculiar atmosphere of a city perched somewhere between the European north and the Mediterranean south.

Medium
Medium
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 2
Rebecca Obermayr
Rebecca Obermayr
+43 6219 7444 136 Contact

Itinerary

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.

Transfer to the Lisbon airport from where you will departure.

Tour character

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!

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 1, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020
Arrival Sunday
Porto - Lisbon with charm, 8 days, PO-PORPL-08D
Base price
Surcharge single room
1,139.00
369.00

Category Charm: please check accommodation, if necessary equivalent alternative hotels!

Season 1
Mar 1, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020
Porto D Deluxe
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb (on request)
Extra night sgl/bb
Lissabon D Deluxe
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb (on request)
Extra night sgl/bb
95.00
180.00
85.00
150.00
Price
included rental bike
E-Bike
inclusive
85.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 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

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Accommodation

Rebecca Obermayr
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Rebecca Obermayr, Customer service

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
3 stars
Hubert K. DE | 29.06.2019
Erlebnis und Abenteuer zugleich
4 stars
Thomas Dickmeis DE | 23.06.2019
Porto - Lissabon mit Charme
5 stars
Thomas G. CH | 03.06.2019
Das Portugal zwischen zwei Metropolen erfahren
Die zusätzlich gebuchten Verlängerungtage gaben uns die Gelegenheit, die beiden absolut sehenswerten Metropolen Porto und Lissabon zu erkunden. Wenn man die beiden Städte nicht kennt, sind Verlängerungstage unbedingt zu empfehlen. Die Tage dazwischen mit dem Fahrrad waren entspannt und wirklich erholsam und zeigten ein tolles ländliches Portugal, mit wunderschönen Atlantikstränden. Die Betreuung vor Ort war sehr gut. Dazu gehörte auch die Einführung und die Übergabe der Fahrräder. Der Übergabeort war jedoch etwas unklar, den im Reisbeschrieb war vom Hotel die Rede. Die Transfers klappten prima und die Fahrer waren stets sehr pünktlich. Mit den im zur Verfügung gestellten GPS-Gerät gespeicherten und abrufbaren Tagesetappen, waren die Routen gut zu finden. Das Roadbook haben wir nicht gross benutzt. Die Handhabung ist unpraktisch und nicht mehr zeitgemäss. Eine Karte mit einem grösseren Massstab wäre als "Backup" hilfreicher. Die Hotels waren zentral gelegen, boten einen guten Standard und hatten alle ihren eigenen Charme. Die Zimmer waren teilweise etwas klein, was aber bei nur einer Übernachtung OK war. Auch die zur Verfügung gestellten Fahrräder waren einwandfrei. Das Pedelec meiner Frau hatte nur rund 300 km auf dem Tacho. Einzig die Reifen hätten besser gepumpt sein können. Dank den Schrader-Ventilen können diese jedoch an jeder Tankstelle gepumpt und so der Rollwiderstand reduziert werden. Die Tagesetappen sind leicht und gut zu bewältigen. Nur am letzten Tag waren einige kleinere Steigungen zu bewältigen. Die Strecken sind mit Ausnahme von zwei Tagen, in Anbetracht dass sie meistens flach sind, nicht all zu lang. Wir haben die Tour sehr genossen.
Selina Danninger
Selina Danninger answered:
Das hört sich nach einer fast perfekten Radtour an! Vielen Dank für Ihre nette und ausführliche Bewertung!
4 stars
Thomas V. DE | 02.04.2019
Schöne Reise entlang der portugisischen Küste
Die Strecke führt von Porto nach Lissabon entlang einer gut ausgebauten Strecke entlang der Küste. Vor Ort war die Reise gut betreut. Lediglich zum Start fehlten Informationen, wann und wo die - gut gepflegten, modernen - Räder übergeben werden. Die Strecke ist gut zu bewältigen und mit Ausnahme des letzten Abschnitts eher als leicht einzustufen. Ein wenig gestört hat, dass die von Eurobike überlassenen Streckenkarten nicht mit der auf dem - veralteten GPS-Gerät hinterlegten Strecke übereinstimmten. Hätte ich nicht ein eigenes Tourenprogramm gewählt, hätten wir uns doch einige Male verfahren. Ebenfalls gestört hat, dass auf zwei Strecken ein KfZ-Transfer vorgesehen war. Das war auch mit Blick auf die zu fahrenden Strecken in jeder Hinsicht unnötig und hat die zeitliche Flexibilität an den betreffenden Tagen ein wenig eingeschränkt. Beim zweiten Transfer haben wir deshalb auch verzichtet. Die jeweiligen Etappenziele waren jedoch durchweg gut ausgewählt, die Hotels durchweg sehr zentral gelegen und in einem Vier-Sterne-Standard. Start- und Zielpunkt waren schließlich traumhafte Städte. Eigentlich bieten sich hier Verlängerungstage an, die wir allerdings nicht gebucht hatten. Insgesamt ist die Strecke zu empfehlen. Auf die Transfers sollte man verzichten.
Joscha Koob
Joscha Koob answered:
Vielen Dank für die gute Bewertung! Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Ihnen die Radreise gut gefallen hat und nehmen uns die Kritik gerne zu Herzen um die Reise noch besser zu machen! Haben Sie weiterhin schöne Radeltouren, jetzt wo zuhause auch das Wetter besser wird! Viele Grüße, Joscha Koob

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