Palacio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:www.GlynLowe.com

Traditional Portuguese leite-creme after a day on the bike! Photo via Flickr:Kris Haamer
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Atlantic West Coast & Sintra Bike Tour

Portugal Bike Tours

A bike adventure to where the land ends and the sea begins!

  • This cycling tour in Portugal is an incredible journey along the Atlantic west coast of Europe! You will visit typical fishing villages, including Nazaré, the place where the famous surfer Garrett McNamara surfed the biggest wave ever recorded! Óbidos, the best-preserved medieval village in Portugal, is included in your itinerary. Its ancient walls surround a wonderful historic town center and labyrinth of cobblestone streets. You will feel the history as you stroll the alleyways. Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also on the agenda and is a land of castles and palaces. Your cycling adventure finishes at the western-most point in Europe, Cabo da Roca, a fitting place to end this stunning Portugal bike tour.

    Highlights:

    • Stunning coastal riding
    • Medieval village of Óbidos, with it's incredible castle
    • Beautiful rock formations on the cliffs and the amazing Carvoeiro Cape
    • Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Peniche Peninsula, a city full of fishing traditions
    • Traditional food and fresh fish from the Atlantic Coast
    • Roca Cape, the western most point on the European mainland

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  • 2020 Season Dates & Pricing

    Daily Arrivals Possible:
    Low Season:
    January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
    Mid Season: March 27 - April 5 / April 13 - May 26 / September 27 - October 31
    High Season: April 6 - April 12 (Easter) / May 27 - June 26
    Peak Season: June 27 - September 26

    Self-Guided Tour

    Twin/
    Double
    Single
    Room
    Solo
    Traveler
    Low Season $ 1862 £ 970 $ 1,674 1126 $ 1933 kr 12111 $ 1,273 $ 2340 £ 1219 $ 2,104 1415 $ 2429 kr 15219 $ 1,600 $ 2851 £ 1485 $ 2,564 1724 $ 2960 kr 18543 $ 1,949
    Mid Season $ 2060 £ 1073 $ 1,853 1246 $ 2139 kr 13401 $ 1,409 $ 2555 £ 1331 $ 2,298 1545 $ 2652 kr 16617 $ 1,747 $ 3066 £ 1597 $ 2,757 1854 $ 3183 kr 19941 $ 2,096
    High Season $ 2127 £ 1108 $ 1,912 1286 $ 2208 kr 13832 $ 1,454 $ 2687 £ 1400 $ 2,417 1625 $ 2790 kr 17478 $ 1,837 $ 3198 £ 1666 $ 2,876 1934 $ 3320 kr 20801 $ 2,187

    Peak Season

    $ 2275 £ 1185 $ 2,046 1376 $ 2362 kr 14800 $ 1,556 $ 2919 £ 1520 $ 2,625 1765 $ 3030 kr 18984 $ 1,996 $ 3430 £ 1786 $ 3,084 2074 $ 3560 kr 22307 $ 2,345

    Single Room - single traveler booked with a group
    Solo Traveler - single traveler traveling alone

    Supported Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 2358 £ 1228 $ 2,121 1426 $ 2448 kr 15337 $ 1,612 $ 2836 £ 1477 $ 2,550 1715 $ 2944 kr 18446 $ 1,939
    Mid Season $ 2556 £ 1332 $ 2,299 1546 $ 2654 kr 16628 $ 1,748 $ 3051 £ 1589 $ 2,744 1845 $ 3167 kr 19844 $ 2,086
    High Season $ 2623 £ 1366 $ 2,359 1586 $ 2723 kr 17058 $ 1,793 $ 3183 £ 1658 $ 2,863 1925 $ 3305 kr 20705 $ 2,177

    Peak Season

    $ 2771 £ 1443 $ 2,492 1676 $ 2877 kr 18026 $ 1,895 $ 3415 £ 1779 $ 3,071 2065 $ 3545 kr 22210 $ 2,335

    Guided Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 2717 £ 1415 $ 2,443 1643 $ 2820 kr 17671 $ 1,858 $ 3195 £ 1664 $ 2,873 1932 $ 3317 kr 20780 $ 2,185
    Mid Season $ 2915 £ 1518 $ 2,622 1763 $ 3026 kr 18962 $ 1,993 $ 3410 £ 1776 $ 3,066 2062 $ 3540 kr 22178 $ 2,332
    High Season $ 2981 £ 1553 $ 2,681 1803 $ 3095 kr 19392 $ 2,039 $ 3542 £ 1845 $ 3,185 2142 $ 3677 kr 23038 $ 2,422

    Peak Season

    $ 3130 £ 1630 $ 2,815 1893 $ 3250 kr 20360 $ 2,140 $ 3774 £ 1965 $ 3,394 2282 $ 3917 kr 24544 $ 2,580

    *Supported & Guided Tours require a minimum of 6 participants*

    extra options

    Extra Options for all Tour Types

    Electric Bike Rental (Focus Aventura): $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1076 $ 113 Road Bike Rental (Focus Paralane): $ 83 £ 43 $ 74 50 $ 86 kr 538 $ 57

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon International Airport

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are included in the tour price

    Climate

    Always check the internet for the most up to date information in the region of travel. Average temperatures and average rainfall for Peniche and surroundings can be found on the following page.

    Remarks

    This tour can be combined with our Portugal Atlantic Route.


Tour Dates

Daily arrivals possible for all tour types.
Supported & Guided tours require a minimum of 6 participants.

Low Season: January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
Mid Season: March 27 - April 5 / April 13 - May 26 / September 27 - October 31
High Season: April 6 - April 12 (Easter) / May 27 - June 26
Peak Season: June 27 - September 26

The weather is ideal between March and October, but also possible during the winter. 

Where You’ll Stay

Superior 4* Hotels (see itinerary for sample hotels)

What’s Included

All Tour Types Include:

  • 6 Nights Accommodations in 4* Hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Hybrid Bicycle Rental (Focus 24-Speed)
  • Bike Equipment: helmet, water bottle, tool kit, pump, tube repair kit, lock, handlebar bag, rear rack and pannier, and flat/spd pedals
  • Luggage Transport
  • Transfer Day 1: Lisbon airport/city center to hotel (1 hour, 45 min)
  • Transfer Day 7: Hotel to Lisbon Airport
  • Welcome Briefing at first hotel (English)
  • Route Information & Tour Packet (maps, daily descriptions)
  • Mobile Telephone for emergencies (free to call our local tour operator 24h/day)
  • Liability & Personal Accident Insurance

Self-Guided Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)

Supported Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

Guided Tour Also Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length7 days
From1101 Rates
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Skill Level

This tour is a moderate to difficult hybrid or road bike tour. Taking place totally on asphalted roads, you will stay mainly along the sea with a few inland sections. There are some short but steep uphills, especially in the Sintra region. Distance ranges from 38 to 72 km per day.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Atlantic West Coast & Sintra Map

Day 1: Arrival to Lisbon
Day 2: São Pedro Moel - Óbidos, 42 miles (67 km, 850 m elevation)
Day 3: Óbidos -  Peniche, 32 miles (52 km, 550 m elevation)
Day 4: Peniche - Ericeira, 45 miles (73 km, 900 m elevation)
Day 5: Ericeira - Sintra, 27 miles (43 km, 850 m elevation)
Day 6: Sintra - Cascais, 27 miles (44 km, 750 m elevation)
Day 7: Departure

Day 1: Welcome at airport or hotel in Lisbon.
Transfer from Lisbon to São Pedro Moel (1:45h).
Hotel: Hotel Mar e Sol

Day 2: São Pedro Moel to Óbidos, 42 miles (67 km, 850 m elevation)
Riding through pine forests,  you will cycle along beautiful beaches, eventually reaching an incredible cliff top view of Nazaré, a typical and historical Portuguese fishing village. Here, the fish are still dried under the sun. Nazaré is also famous as the location where the pro surfer Garret McNamara broke the world record for biggest wave ever surfed at 100 feet! The tour continues along the coast with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.  Final destination today is Óbidos, Portugal's most beautiful and best preserved medieval village, with an incredible castle.
Hotel: Hotel Real D’Óbidos

Day 3: Óbidos to Peniche, 32 miles (52 km, 550 m elevation)
Today's ride is again along coastlines and also, a beautiful lagoon. Pedaling south, you will discover an incredible village on a very small peninsula that looks almost like an island! If the tide permits, you can cycle on the cobalt road around the village.  The destination today is Peniche,  a city full of fishing traditions, also located on a peninsula. The route will include a scenic road past dramatic cliffs and the beautiful Carvoeiro Cape.  Don't forget, there are numerous restaurants located in the Peniche peninsula that serve an outstanding variety of seafood.
Hotel: MH Peniche

Day 4: Peniche to Ericeira, 45 miles (73 km, 900 m elevation)
You will pedal inland today, away from the sea, allowing you to experience another side of Portugal. Typical villages with white houses and red roofs and the beautiful countryside will iinspire you. As you approach the sea once again, the route leads through an incredible valley of limestone with vibrant green Mediterranean vegetation. The path that will lead to Santa Cruz with its beautiful beach provides incredible ocean views. Ericeira, the Portuguese Mecca of Surf, is the day's destination.
Hotel: Vila Galé Ericeira

Day 5: Ericeira to Sintra, 26 miles (43 km, 850 m elevation)
Today you will discover Sintra Natural Park and Hills, enjoying the varied landscape and terrain. At Monserrate, there will be an opportunity to stop and visit the palace and its impressive gardens, with its extraordinary botanical collection. The Palace, a unique and exquisite example of Romanticism, was recovered from the ruins of a neo-gothic mansion built by the British millionaire Francis Cook in the 19th century. As you wind along footpaths, you will cycle among ruins, pass small lakes and waterfalls. Sintra, set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, is a UNESCO site.  If you arrive early or if you have a free day, it is recommended to visit  the incredible Moorish Castle dating back to the 8th Century. Also worthwhile is a visit to the outstanding Pena Palace with its domes, towers, ramparts, and walkways on one of the highest mountain peaks of Sintra.
Hotel: Sintra Boutique

Day 6: Sintra to Cascais, 27 miles (44 km, 750 m elevation)
On this last cycling day,  leaving Sintra behind, you can first make a stop at the incredible Franciscan Capuchin Convent with its tiny cells. Installed in the rock and lined with cork, the convent is a telling example of the humble and austere existence of the Franciscan friars who lived there. Continuing on to the Atlantic Ocean, you will arrive at the westernmost point in Continental Europe , Cape Roca, a promontory rising 150 m from the sea. Discover impressive beaches nestling between cliffs artistically sculpted out by the sea – unique coastal scenery! This tour ends with a scenic  and easy ride along the coast to  Cascais, a beautiful city by the Ocean.
Hotel: Vila Galé Cascais

Day 7: Transfer (including bikes) from Cascais to Lisbon (30 min).

**Elevation charts can be sent on request.

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Tour Reviews

  • Patti N. 3 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved the scenery and the overnight communities. The trip was well organized and easy to follow with the Garmin. The bikes were excellent. I highly recommend this tour!

  • Thomas W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our bicycle trip through Portugal (Atlantic West Coast Sinatra) was a trip that will not be forgotten soon. Starting with Bernardo who picked us up at Lisbon airport, then bicycling through the small villages, the countryside, the seaside and ending up in Caicais, words alone cannot describe what an absolutely marvelous time we had. Almost the entire bicycle trip was ridden on bicycle paths or roads with limited automobile traffic, the only exception was Sintra where the traffic was higher, but was tolerable. Our hotels exceeded our expectations as did the bicycle ride itself. Being able to choose where we wanted to eat, from the small restaurant in Sao Pedro Moel where the restaurant owner was our waiter and chef, and the fish was out of this world good, to having picnics along the way, we always had an excellent meal. We cannot recommend this trip more highly and want to say thanks to Tripsite for helping us find a great, enjoyable and challenging bicycle ride through Portugal. We Read more… will have to bring our friends on this trip in the future.

  • Allen W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    My girlfriend and I took this trip down the coast in early October. The whole experience was excellent. We were picked up at the airport on time with bikes ready. The scenery and destinations were outstanding. The accommodations were very good. We really enjoyed the whole trip. We would recommend Tripsite and their partners to everyone.

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