Sintra, Portugal. Photo via Flickr: José Carlos Cortizo Pérez
Obidos. Photo via Flickr:ele3100

Castelo da Pena in Sintra, Portugal. Photo via Flickr: José Carlos Cortizo Pérez
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Jewels of Portugal

Portugal Bike Tours

A Road Bike Tour in Portugal around Lisbon and beautiful Alentejo beaches

Portugal is a country of great diversity. You can find evidence of its rich history at every turn and also the influence of the Discovery Journeys during the 15th and 16th centuries. Everything is mingled in the culture, architecture, landscape, and gastronomy.

On this cycling vacation in Porgutal you will ride along beautiful and quiet roads through many typical small towns and villages that are common of Portugal and admire the vast landscapes inland and along the coast. The bike tour includes two shorter days that were intentionally designed to give you time to explore two towns: Óbidos, the most preserved medieval village in Portugal nd Évora, a town classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses

What’s Included

  • 13 nights’ accommodations including breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance.
  • Road Bike rental with helmet
  • Transfers to and from Lisbon Airport
  • Guided tour only:
  • Tour guide
  • 10 x dinners (including wines, cheese, and dessert)
  • Daily energy-bars and water
  • First-aid assistance on location
  • Techno-Mechanical Assistance
  • Permanent Backup Vehicle
  • Visit to Pottery Workshop
  • Visit to winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to the Marble Museum
  • Visit to the Marble Quarry
  • Visit to Roman Ruins
  • Visit to cave with limestone formations

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and Dinners (self-guided tour)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Electric bicycle rental (available on request)
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TypeBoth
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length14 days
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Tour Dates

January 10, January 31, Febuary 28, April 17, October 2, and December 2016

Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult road bike tour with average daily distances ranging from 32 to 78 miles (52 to 125 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Lisbon airport, transfer to Sintra
Day 2: Free day in Evora
Day 3: Towards the Convent within the cork-oak forest, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 4: Marble, the white gold of Alentejo, 29 miles (47 km)
Day 5: Experiencing Portuguese History, 52 miles (84 km)
Day 6: Cycling towards the border with Spain, 34 miles (54 km)
Day 7: Leaving border area to the center of Portugal, 72 miles (116 km)
Day 8: The sanctuary and limestone caves, 43 miles (69 km)
Day 9: Free Day
Day 10: Towards the well preserved medieval town, 50 mi. (81 km)
Day 11: The Silver Coast and the Peninsula, 33 mi (53 km)
Day 12: The rural area near the coast, 55 mi. (89 km)
Day 13: Free day in Sintra: The luxuriant vegetation and romantic environment
Day 14: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival at Lisbon airport, transfer to Sintra
Arrival and welcome at Lisbon airport. Transfer to Sintra, one of the most beautiful old towns in Portugal, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Here you will be briefed about the tour and have dinner with the group (included with guided tour only). Lodging in a 4* hotel in the center of Sintra town.

Day 2: Sintra - Peniche, 60 mi (96  km)
Today you leave Sintra, cycling through the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais until reaching the sea. Lodging in a 4* Hotel located in a ravishing green exterior space overlooking the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean.

Day 3: Peniche - Óbidos, 33 miles (53 km)
After a difficult day, this route will be a more relaxing one until arriving in Óbidos, the most-well preserved medieval town, with its narrow and winding roads, whitewashed houses, and the castle at the top. This is a shorter day in order to give you the opportunity of visiting this Jewel of Portugal, after having admired the beautiful sea sceneries in Peniche. Lodging in a charming 4* hotel whose building is dated from the 14th century.

Day 4: Óbidos - Fátima, 58 miles (94 km)
The Portugal cycling tour continues along the Atlantic Coast, past several beaches, of which Nazaré is the most popular. You will then cycle Portugal inland and pass the grandiose Batalha Monastery. Today's destination is Fátima, a place of many pilgrimages and prayers, and a town that several Popes have visited due to it. Lodging in 4* hotel very near to the Sanctuary in Fátima town.

Day 5: Fátima - Castelo de Bode, 40 miles (65 km)
This is a light day of cycling and on today's agenda is boat tour which takes you to visit to a small castle (entry fee included in guided tour only) in the middle of Tagus river (the same river you see in Lisbon). Lodging in a 4* hotel located in a rural area where you can enjoy the quietness of water and nature.

Day 6: Castelo de Bode - Marvão, 78 miles (125 km)
This is the longest and most difficult day. However, the route includes many flat roads that allow for easier cycling. The route leads through the vast region of Alentejo and the day ends with the climb to Marvão, another medieval village on the top of the hill, which once defended Portuguese borders from the Spanish invaders. Lodging in a cozy 3* hotel in Marvão, the highest medieval village of Portugal.

Day 7: Marvão - Crato, 35 miles (52 km)
Today is an easy day and a chance to rest after a yesterday's difficult route. You ride from Marvão to another medieval village, Castelo de Vide. Both of these villages are included in the Natural Park of São Mamede Hill. After leaving the Natural Park, cycle to a 14th century Monastery which is located in the middle of nowhere in the plain. Lodging in a Pousada that combines the genuine characteristics of the former monastery with modern luxury.

Day 8: Crato - Redondo, 51 miles (82 km)
Alentejo is a region that keeps many secrets, charms and relics. Along today's route, you cycle past olive trees, cork oak trees, and vineyards. This is the land of olives, cork, and wine. We will find another hidden treasure at the end of the day. Lodging in an impressive Convent built in 1182 by monks, recently converted in a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.

Day 9: Redondo - Evora, 32 miles (52 km)
This day gives you the opportunity to visit the last Jewel of Portugal, Évora, which was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, due to its ancient History which dates back to Roman times. There are numerous ancient evidences and monuments in this strategic region. A visit to a pottery workshop is recommended. Lodging in a 4* hotel with swimming-pool, located in the middle of the historical center of Évora, next to the 14th century city wall.

Day 10: Towards the well preserved medieval town, 50 mi. (81 km)
You continue cycling towards the coast until reaching the most typical beach in Portugal where the fishermen work their nets and dry the fish under the sun. The tour continues with gorgeous sea sceneries and then we get to the most well-preserved medieval town, another Jewel of Portugal, with its narrow and winding roads and its whitewashed houses and the castle at the top. Lodging in a charming 4* hotel whose building is dated from the 14th century.

Day 11: The Silver Coast and the Peninsula, 33 mi (53 km)
This long coast north of Lisbon is called the Silver Coast because of the reflection of the sun on the sea water. You will see the wonderful view when you cycle around a small peninsula. Lodging in a renovated 3* hotel.

Day 12: The rural area near the coast, 55 mi. (89 km)
As you continue cycling south and closer to Lisbon, ou will start to see more traffic and some original fishermen villages which are now used as vacation spots. Lodging tonight in a charming 4* hotel very close to the sea.

Day 13: The luxuriant vegetation and romantic environment, 26 mi. (38 km)
This last day on the bicycle takes you to one of the most important Jewels of Portugal - Sintra, the place where Kings and Queens spent their vacations. The cycling day is short (but not easy) so that you have time to visit this special romantic place in the forest. Lodging in a 4* hotel located in the historic center in Sintra.

Day 14: Departure

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  • Becky Layton 10 months ago

    We had a great time on our 2 week cycling tour of Portugal and have recommended the tour to all of our friends!

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