Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

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Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

8 Days Starting in Porto and ending in Lisbon

Visiting: Porto, Ovar, Mira, Figueira da Foz, São Pedro de Moel, Nazaré, Óbidos, Lisbon

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

MEO

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes, the Atlantic Coast of Portugal offers some fantastic cycling holiday opportunities. This tour starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and the itinerary follows relatively easy flat or undulating cycling trails through a variety of landscapes and along the stunning coastline, with stops in different villages and towns for a full immersion in the relaxed Portuguese way of life. Highlights include a scenic ride through the dunes of the Sao Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight stay in the picture-perfect fortified village of Obidos. After a week of cycling along some of the best coastline of Portugal, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, one of the most charming capital cities in the world.

Highlights

  • Stay in premium accommodation and try delicious local cuisine

  • Enjoy coastal rides and relax by the sea

  • Discover Lisbon and Porto, two of the most charming cities in Europe

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Porto; Afternoon Orientation Tour And Guided Wine Tasting At A Port Wine Cellar.

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Neya Hotels Porto (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

Start in Porto. Time permitting, your leader will arrange a short

orientiation tour in the historic centre. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage

city and a real historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. There is

plenty to see and for this reason we recommend travelling a day earlier if

you are interested in exploring more of its vibrant centre. Before dinner, we

will enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting at a traditional Port wine

cellar. 



Day 2 : Gentle Coastal Ride To Historic Ovar Via The Lively Seaside Town Of Furadouro.

Location: Ovar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Aqua or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 its estuary. We then

follow the coast, mostly on cycling paths, enjoying some inspiring views of

beautiful sandy beaches along the way. During this ride there will be some

opportunities to stop for drinks or snacks in traditional Portuguese cafes,

right by the Atlantic Ocean! After following a cycling path which crosses a

pine tree forest, we reach lively Furadouro, a seaside town renowned for its

excellent fish. Free time for a swim (seasonal), before riding to historic

Ovar. The pretty town is famous for the glazed tiles known as “azulejos”,

which adorn many of the local houses in the old part of the town. Overnight

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Day 3 : Cycle To Mira Via The Protected Natural Reserve Of The São Jacinto Dunes; En Route Visit To The Pretty Coastal Town Of Costa Nova.

Location: Mira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Macarico Beach Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today's ride follows the Aveiro lagoon and the nature reserve of Sao Jacinto,

one of Europe's last remaining untouched coastal marshland and habitat of

numerous bird species. 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 rated as one of the best in Portugal.





Day 4 : Follow The Portuguese Silver Coast And Ride To Figuera Da Foz.

Location: Figueira da Foz

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name:  Overnight at Universal Boutique Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 before

reaching the lively town of Figuera da Foz. The rest of the day is free to

explore the town of Figuera da Foz and its extensive beach (nicknamed 'Rainha

das Praias' - Queen of beaches) - there are lots of lovely cafes and bars to

enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and some excellent restaurants. 

Day 5 : Coastal Ride To The Village Of Sao Pedro Do Moel; Free Time To Relax By The Beach Or Explore The Town.

Location: São Pedro de Moel

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Mar & Sol Hotel or similar.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we enter the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride a cycleway that follows

the Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road). We’ll be riding mainly through the

remains of vast pine forest, the Leiria Pine Forest or Pinhal de Leiria,

which was originally planted in the 15th Century with to provide timber for

the construction o the Portuguese shipbuilding industry during the Portuguese

Discoveries. Unfortunately, vast areas of the forest were destroyed in 2017

by one of the fiercest forest fires of the past 100 years. Little more than

1,500 hectares remain, out of a total of 11 thousand. Although maritime pine

is considered a fast-growing tree, it will take many more years for the

forest to regenerate. Exodus is supporting the regeneration of the forests,

working with local schools and communities to replant trees. We reach the

picturesque town of São Pedro de Moel in the afternoon and enjoy some time

to relax at the beach or at the comfortable hotel with sea-view.

 



Day 6 : Cycle To The Famous Town Of Nazaré, Where Some Of The Highest Waves In The World Are Recorded Annually; Pedal To Óbidos, A Stunning Fortified Mediaeval Village.

Location: Nazaré, Óbidos

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you can opt to either transfer or cycle (adding approx. 20km to

today's ride) to Nazaré, one of the most famous fishing towns in Portugal.

Here fisherwomen still wear seven colourful layers of skirts, as well as

wooden clogs and a traditional black headscarf. There will be the opportunity

to enjoy some spectacular ocean views from the popular panoramic terrace. It

was in Nazaré's Praia Norte that the world record for the largest wave ever

surfed was set, an estimated 30m high! From Nazare' we ride all the way to

Obidos, a charming small fortified town which resembles a medieval film set.

It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who take real pride in

maintaining the architectural image of the village characterised by narrow

winding streets and white-washed houses. 



Day 7 : Private Transfer To Lisbon. Free Day For Individual Sightseeing.

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Turim Europa Hotel or similar.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A morning private transfer (approx. 1hr) takes us to the great capital city

of Lisbon; here we enjoy a full free day of independent sightseeing. Please

note that your leader will leave the group after breakfast 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. An

optional guided city tour can also be booked for a fee. Begin with the two

landmark monuments, the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jerónimos, both

of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage status. For some great

views, head to the old Alfama district and walk from the iconic Praca do

Comercio, in the heart of Lisbon, to the elegant neighbourhood of Chiado and

trendy Barrio Alto. You may also decide to end the trip with a traditional

dinner accompanied by traditional Fado music.

Day 8 : End Lisbon.

Location: Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

End Lisbon

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What's Included

  • Local bike hire

  • Airport transfers for group flights

  • All accommodation

  • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas & vaccinations

  • E-bike hire supplement

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)

Food


*All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner 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, linguica (smoke-cured pork sausage) and sausage),
between two slices of bread, covered by melted cheese and immersed in a spicy
beer and 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 are an incredible amount of different 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), pao 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 cafes on your route!

Accommodation

We use a selection of four-star hotels. All are high quality and individual and have been selected for their location, comfort and character. Some have a swimming pool or are located directly on the coast with exceptional sea views.



Examples of hotels used:



Porto: Neya Hotel (night 1)



On the banks of the Douro, this four-star hotel used to be a convent and many original features have been preserved. The Skybar provides wonderful views over the river and city.



Ovar: Aqua Hotel (night 2)



A four-star centrally located in the historic town.



Praia de Mira: Macarico Beach Hotel (night 3)



A four-star property with a contemporary design and excellent rooftop pool.



Figueira da Foz: Universal Boutique Hotel (night 4)



A four-star hotel that’s just one block from the beach, or EXE Wellington, a four-star hotel that reflects the town’s maritime heritage throughout.



São Pedro do Moel: Mar & Sol Hotel (night 5)



A four-star hotel with a seafront location, modern style, spa, and rooftop deck.



Óbidos: Josefa D'Óbidos Hotel or The Literary Man (night 6)



The Josefa D'Óbidos Hotel is a boutique four-star property with elegant, well-designed rooms and only a couple minutes walk to the walled old town of Óbidos.



A four-star, unique literary hotel and the biggest in the world of its kind. A former convent converted into a hotel in 1965 with traditional decoration and an eco and modern style. It has a gin bar and a lounge with an antique fireplace.



Lisbon: Marquês de Pombal (night 7)



With an unrivalled location on the central Avenida da Liberdade, this four-star hotel has a gym and spa facilities. Alternatively, we stay at Olissippo Saldanha, a four-star hotel with a central location, spacious rooms, and facilities including a bar and restaurant.



Worth knowing



Hotels might change on certain departures. For more up-to-date information about the hotels used, please contact our customer operations team closer to your travel date.

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    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

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Reviews from travellers on this tour

Porto to lisbon

This was our 6th cycling trip and one of the best,

This was our 6th cycling trip and one of the best,we usually do moderate but this time did leisurely to moderate,thought it might be to easy but there was a couple of challenging hills,hotels were very good,trindade hotel in Porto advertised a rooftop bar but there wasn't one,another hotel had a rooftop bar but was closed for the season bit early I thought. Our guide Pedro and our driver jaun were excellent nothing was too much trouble ,super trip .

Porto to Lisbon - A fun cycle of the sunny coast

This was a great trip. Ruben our leader/guide was

This was a great trip. Ruben our leader/guide was excellent - enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The scenery, weather (end May), hotels and food were all super - and the cycling was fun and not too strenuous for people who regularly cycle. The distance cycled was about 40 miles a day which meant not too early a start - and adequate time in the evening to visit most of the places where we were staying, and have a good meal. Ruben's recommendations for evening meals were ideal. The group were also lucky to have Rogerio as the driver and support, who was always keen to help in any way. A really enjoyable holiday.

A Brilliant Week in Portugal with Great People

Who could ever have imagined just how fantastic a

Who could ever have imagined just how fantastic a week long experience cycling (plus laughing, drinking,eating, talking and laughing a bit more) from Porto towards Lisbon would turn out as a new group assembled , on time (in house story), in Porto on Saturday September 22. For me - well I had one of the great experiences of my life and I could say the same for my wife , Ali. There was a sense of apprehension at the initial meeting but most of that pretty quickly dissolved as we went on our tour of Porto (on foot) and then to our first dinner. We quickly realised we had a great team - and to make a great team we had to have great leadership. That we did in Jaoa ( Zoom Zoom) and Oscar - absolutely brilliant and more on them later. The tour was everything ("more or less" - there is a story there) we could have hoped for - scenic even breath-taking at times, a huge variety of different landscapes from coast to farmland to colourful villages and picturesque lakes and seaside towns, mainly very good surfaces but nothing un-expected, great accommodation, great camaraderie and ultimately friendships and very good equipment. The tour was, as advised, mainly flat with a couple of good challenging short hills which did take a good bit of energy. If you have reasonable fitness (e-bikes are always available if you want) and enjoy the benefits of good exercise, connecting with new acquaintances and being blown away with scenery this is a "bucket-list" trip for you. And, to finish in the castled town of Obidos (yes, with a bit of final climb - 200-300 metres - "more or less eh Jaoa") was a wonderful experience as was the time to enjoy that fantastic city of Lisbon when we arrived there by bus for our final day. We will never forget our week long cycling experience on Portugal for all the very best reasons!

Well organised trip, good hotels with excellent guides

Trip May/June. Cycling generally leisurely with on

Trip May/June. Cycling generally leisurely with only one notable hill. Route follows the coast on quite roads and/ or cycle lanes for much of the way. (Poor road surface on one day) Hotels generally good 4 star quality, cafes and lunch / picnic stops were an excellent mix with evening meal venues being fantastic quality. Rubén’s and Rogerio were excellent guides who were very knowledgeable, helpful and good company, just a pity they had no control over the unusually inclement and windy weather. Recommend the trip.

Porto to Lisbon 22/9

We had an excellent cycling holiday with great lea

We had an excellent cycling holiday with great leaders and a very sociable group of fellow travellers.

Sunshine and cycling with the wind behind us

Good cycling beside the Atlantic Ocean. Blue sky

Good cycling beside the Atlantic Ocean. Blue sky and sunshine with wind behind us. Lovely hotels, great beaches and lots of surf. Nice bikes, and fun cycling.

September 2023

A brilliant trip all round. The cycling, accommoda

A brilliant trip all round. The cycling, accommodation, food, bikes - all excellent. Variety of coastal roads, forest paths, villages. Good road surfaces. Liked the hotel to hotel cycling nature of the week.

Absolutely PERFECT

Wow! What a ride. The BEST way to check out a coun

Wow! What a ride. The BEST way to check out a country and see the people and natural landscapes from ocean front to the hills. Everything was so organized (thanks, Exodus!) and our tour guides Ruben and Amando were excellent. Our bikes were new or in like-new condition. We had 15 very satisfied cyclists on this ride, who want to do another❤️

Perfect way to learn about this fab country

What a great trip. Two fabulous cities. Really nic

What a great trip. Two fabulous cities. Really nice hotels. Great cycle routes on quiet roads past beaches and villages. And a fab local team to guide us through.

Scenic and peaceful with wonderful food

Great ride. Most is on mostly flat, well maintain

Great ride. Most is on mostly flat, well maintained, paved bike paths, with little riding on roads. Going in late October meant that when we were on roads they were almost traffic-free and the lovely coastal villages and beaches en route were tourist-free. This summer Portugal experienced many forest fires and a day of cycling through charred forests was unavoidable. It was interesting to see, first-hand, the unfortunate devastation that we had all read about in the news. Regeneration will begin quickly, I'm sure. Marco was an excellent guide and we were fortunate to learn a lot as a result of his excellent knowledge of the history of Portugal. The picnic lunches were a highlight, the group was great and I had a wonderful holiday.

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