From the airports of Porto and Lisbon, the old university city of Coimbra can be easily reached in just one or two hours by train. We recommend to book a flight to Porto to join the welcome meeting in Porto at 5 pm. Afterwards we will bring you and your bike to Coimbra (duration approx. 90 minutes). On the day of arrival you can stroll through the narrow streets of the old town with its numerous impressive Renaissance buildings and the world-famous antique library (since 2013 UNESCO World Heritage Site). If you arrive to Porto after 5 pm or you fly into Lisbon you go to Coimbra on your own. In this case we can arrange an online welcome meeting on request.
After a short bustransfer in the morning (included) you hop on your bike in Verride - you cycle towards the coast! Initially dominated by the fertile plain of the Mondego River, the bike path "Via Atlantica" leads you through gently rolling pine forests to the wide sandy beach of Praia de Pedrogão with the hotel only 200 m away from the beach. In the evening, the sunset and typical beach bars and nice restaurants attract many guests. Enjoy the evening!
On the longest cycle path in Portugal we continue along the coast through the typical pine forests. First destination is the seaside resort of Sao Pedro de Moel with the lighthouse visible from afar, from which a phenomenal view over the rugged cliffs pays off. The sheltered bay invites you to take a break, but four more sandy beaches are on your way to the daily destination, including the famous beach, ‚Praia do Norte‘, where the Hawaiian Garrett McNamara 2012 surfed the 30m height of the largest wave in the world. Finally, enjoy the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré, whose historic center with the pilgrimage church is located on a rocky plateau above the town. Since 1889, a cable car has been very conveniently located there, so you can end the evening both on the beach and stroll through the old town.
In the morning you cycle along the cliffs to the beautiful coastal town of São Martinho do Porto with its unique lagoon. Connected only by a narrow opening to the open sea, the lagoon's water is swimming and bathing suitable for most of the year. After another break in the seaside village of Foz do Arelho you cycle through a small wine growing area inland to Óbidos, the Portuguese "Rothenburg ob der Tauber". If the crowds of visitors have left the picturesque place in the evening, you can still enjoy all the highlights with leisure: the small decorated streets, the imposing castle complex, the idyllic mountain panorama and the preserved city wall, on which the historic city can be completely surrounded.
After a short downhill ride you cycle on well-developed cycle paths on the shores of the wide lagoon landscape of Óbidos back to the cliffs. This is dominated by the spacious glammorous hotel complexes with well-maintained golf courses before the scene changes completely on the Baleal peninsula. Known as a Mecca for the international surfing scene, there are colorful VW Bullis with surfboards on the beach and in all the cafes and shops is only one topic. For hours you can watch the hustle and bustle on the water. On the way to Peniche this picture does not change, because everywhere they say: Surf is Up!
From one surf hotspot to the next: Along a magnificent cliff landscape today's day's stage leads through the hilly, coastal interior. This longest stage also holds the most climbs for you, so it is worth taking a cooling bath break on the white beach of Praia da Areira Branca, before following the river Rio Grande on side roads. Shortly before your destination of the day, the surfing and fishing village of Ericeira, you have to pedal hard again, then roll into the lively streets of the old town, which promises a relaxing evening with many bars and restaurants.
Today's stage is kept very short, leaving plenty of time for the enchanting Sintra, with its ancient castles and magnificent palaces that have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1995. The absolute highlight is the vividly painted Pena Palace, one of Portugal's greatest attractions, with an impressive mix of North African influences and medieval Gothic. But the National Palace, the Moorish castle and other extravagant palaces with sophisticated parks are on every visitor list and let the day go by way too fast.
In the morning enjoy a great descent through the green mountains of the Serra de Sintra and along the shallow coast to the pretty town center of Cascais, the historic summer destination of the Portuguese kings. Right on the sea promenade you cycle to the fashionable seaside resort of Estoril with the first casino of Portugal, before you follow the coastal road (partially bike path) to Belém with the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jerónimos Monastery whose entire limestone facade is artistically designed. A short stop at the neighboring pastry shop to taste the famous Pastéis de Belém pudding tarts - and then quickly on the bike path right on the water into Lisbon.
Alternatively you can shorten today's day's stage by train several times. Either travel by train from Sintra directly to Lisbon or you shorten from Cascais or Estoril the route to Belem or Lisbon by train.
From your centrally located hotel you can easily reach all the attractions of Lisbon. We recommend that you spend a few extra days in this wonderful city.
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- Accommodation incl. breakfast
- Room with shower/bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- Map of bike trails with marked route
- Digital route guidance via smartphone app
- Tips for tour preparation
- Touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
- Personal welcome and meeting in Porto at 5 p.m. on the day prior to the first cycle day
- Transfer Porto - Coimbra by bus on arrival day at 6 p.m., duration approx. 1,5 h
- Transfer Coimbra - Verride on day 2
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour "Coimbra - Lisbon". If you have further questions about this trip, just call us: Tel: 06421 - 886890.
Arrival by plane
The bike tour starts in Coimbra and ends in Lisbon. You can easily reach Coimbra both from the airport in Porto and from the airport in Lisbon, because Coimbra is located directly on the railway line Porto - Lisbon. From Porto, the express trains takes 1 hour and Lisbon 2 hours.
The return flight is of course the quickest from Lisbon, but also a train return to Porto takes only 3 hours and therefore you could also start the return flight from there.
The individual bike routes
You cycle 90% on paved roads, bike paths or small roads. Short passages on the beach you cycle on the beautiful wooden stilts through the middle of the dunes. Only a few sections you have to cycle on busy roads or difficult gravel paths.
Most stages have been consciously selected not too long, so you really have time on the road to enjoy the many natural beauties and to explore the worth seeing places of accommodation. Nice stopovers on the beach or on the cliffs are possible without having to rush.
Overall, the daily stages are hilly, flat sections at sea level alternate with climbs up to the cliffs or hilly routes in the hinterland through vineyards and wooded nature reserves.
Available rental bikes
We provide touring bikes (unisex), hybrid bikes (females/men's) and electric bikes (unisex) with a pannier and a lock. The bikes are available with freewheeel and in different frame sizes Please specify your wishes with your booking.
Your Velociped contact person on site
Also in Portugal we offer you a reliable all-round service. Our english- and german-speaking, born in Porto partner takes care of your well-being on the spot. He welcomes you on the day of arrival in Coimbra, takes care of the rental bikes, knows all the bike routes personally and is always available for advice and action if needed.
Navigation with your mobile phone
You often cycle on small roads and paths with many branches in a very varied landscape. There are only a few bike path signs or information signs. Therefore we recommend to use our GPS files in addition to our tour book with maps. We are happy to send you the GPS files free of charge by email. You can save all day tours on your smartphone to follow them easily.
We can provide a GPS device with the files for a rental fee (50.00 EUR). GPS device is subject to availabilty, so please contact Velociped at least 1 week before your journey starts. A short video for handling can be found here tutorial.
As early as March, the daytime temperatures are ideal for leisurely cycling and from April, you can expect warm evenings. From May is high season and in June, the shady places are in demand in Portugal. The bathing season is in July and August, then the locals are in large numbers at the water. From September, the pleasant temperatures for the cyclists are predominantly. Even October is still a good travel month for bike tours in Portugal. Only the Atlantic Ocean might be too cold for a long bath.
Extra costs which are not included
City tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
If you do not want to use your moble phone for navigation, we can provide a GPS device on request (rental fee 60,00 €).
7 days hotline service
If the bike chain is torn, flooding makes it impossible to continue or any other unpleasant surprises await you: we are available for you 7 days a week and will help you as soon as possible.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
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