Atlantic Ocean tour: Porto - Lisbon
9 days sportive along the coast
Begin your holiday in the north of Portugal, in Porto and follow the diversified Atlantic coast to Lisbon. Porto is idyllically situated at the Douro River and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996 with its historic buildings, baroque churches and port wine cellars. The beautiful bike paths leads along the wide, dunes-lined sandy beaches to small seaside resorts such as Furadouro and Praia de Mira and through the lagoon of Aveiro into the picturesque "Venice of Portugal" and the fashionable seaside resort of Figueira da Foz.
Further on you cycle on the bike track "Via Atlântica" through pine forests to the seaside resort Praia de Vieira and Nazaré with its beautiful old town, which has been the scene of filming several times. A lot of variety is offerd by sandy beaches, cliffs and lagoon landscapes on your way to Óbidos, the Portuguese "Rothenburg ob der Tauber". Between Peniche and Ericeira you will find the best surfing beaches in Europe and can spend hours here admiring the hustle and bustle in huge waves. In Sintra you will encounter ancient castles and magnificent palaces such as the Pena Palace. Between the seaside resorts of Cascais and Estoril you will cycle along the beautiful promenade before visiting the Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) in Belém. On the bike path you finally roll to the center of Lisbon where you can stroll through the old town streets, ascend to the fortress Castelo Sao Jorge and enjoy bars and restaurants in the bustling upper town.
1. day Porto arrival
In Porto is where the heart of the North beats. The picturesque Old Town with its Baroque church treasure is UNESCO World Heritage Site, the modern Porto shines with lively culture and nightlife, and the shore line presents itself in a Mediterranean style. On the opposite side of the river Port wine is aged in the cellars and uniquely spans the historic bridge of Gustave Eiffel deeply incised Douro. The closely nested old town is dominated by the Baroque Bishop's Palace and the cathedral and beautiful pedestrian streets invite you to stroll. Here you can go to right on the day of arrival to explore and indulge in the special atmosphere of the beautiful city. From many European airports, there are inexpensive direct flights to Porto and Lisbon is only a 3 hours train ride away.
2. day Porto – Aveiro 25 / 32 / 76 / 99 km
Your first cycling trip starts spectacular. You cycle to the picturesque Douro river, across the historic iron bridge to the famous port wine producers and follow the Douro to the wide estuary to the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the picturesque old town. On a separate bicycle lane you bike along the beach promenade. Like this you can enjoy the gentle waves of the Atlantic and the wide white sand beaches. In the middle of the dune landscape, you follow the cycle path along wooden walkways. Look forward to Espinho, here you will find the most beautiful beaches south of Porto. Take a refreshing swim or relax in one of the numerous beach bars. In the afternoon you will cycle through the pine-tree forest to the former fishing village of Furadouro with its kilometers of sandy beaches. Take a stroll through the wide promenade and enjoy the day. The well-developed lagoon landscape of Aveiro, separated from the Atlantic by an extended dune strip, offers a unique biotope with wide shallow waters, small canals, diverse flora and fauna and lively fishing. Enjoy the beautiful fishing village of Aveiro with picturesque canals. In the Art Nauveau dominated old town, colorful traditional boats offer small canal cruises. Dive into this picture-book town, visit the cathedral and enjoy the evening in one of the numerous restaurants of the old town. (Optionally you can shorten the daily route via train).
3. day Aveiro – Figueira da Foz 88 km
In the morning you start biking back in direction of the coast. Kilometers of dunes, the foothills of the lagoon landscape and a variety of bathing facilities will accompany you all day. The seaside resort of Praia de Mira, with its fine beach promenade and typical small restaurants and fishermen's houses, can be reached on separate cycle paths away from any traffic. Today quite different landscape impressions characterize your day. 12 km you cycle through the wide state forest with beautifully scented pine trees. A separate cycle path leads you idyllically along densely wooded streams to historic water mills and small lakes. Afterwards, you will cycle along small streets through dreamy villages, colorful fields and green forests. Enjoy the well wooded track, as just before your reach your destination you have to master 200 meters height. Reward yourself with a "stopover" and look forward to the deserved descent down to the coast to the wide dream beach of the fashionable seaside resort Figueira da Foz.
4. day Figueira da Foz – Nazaré 83 / 107 km
In the morning you will follow the new bike path along the river Mondego (optianally by train). Afterwards the cycle path “Via Atlantica” leads you along the coast through 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.
5. day Nazaré – Peniche 68 / 78 km
Follow the path along the cliffs to the beautiful coastal town of São Martinho do Porto with its picturesque 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. Unique are the well-developed cycle paths directly on the shores of the wide lagoon landscape of Óbidos before the cliffs are dominated by the spacious glamorous hotel complexes with well-maintained golf courses. But shortly after, the scene changes completely on the Baleal peninsula. Known as a Mecca for the international surfing scene, there are colorful VW Bullis with colorful surfboards on the beach and in all the cafes and shops there is only one topic. For hours you can watch the hustle and bustle on the water here and also on the way to Peniche this picture does not change, because everywhere it says: Surf is Up!
6. day Peniche – Ericeira 66 km
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, than roll into the lively streets of the old town, which promises a relaxing evening with many bars and restaurants.
7. day Ericeira – Sintra 27 km
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.
8. day Sintra – Lisbon 30 / 40 / 58 km
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.
9. day Lisbon departure
Today your beautiful bike trip ends. Alternatively you can go on a discovery tour in Lisbon. We recommend to spend some extra days in this wonderful city.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
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.
Prices are per person.
bookable additional nights
- Personal welcome and information package
- GPS tracks on request
- other dates on request
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the bike tour Porto - Lisbon sportive
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour "Porto - Lisbon sportive ". If you have further questions about this trip, just call us: Tel: 06421 - 886890.
Arrival by plane
The bike tour starts in Porto and ends in Lisbon. In both cities you will find an airport, which are served by many airlines. It would be best to book the outward flight to Porto and the return flight from Lisbon. But it is also possible to make both flights from / to Porto, or from to Lisbon. The two cities are very well connected by express trains (approx. 3 hours drive).
The individual bike routes
90% you cycle on paved roads, bike paths or small roads. Some passages on the beach you cycle on beautiful wooden stilts through dunes. But you cycle single sections on busy roads or difficult gravel paths as well.
Available rental bikes
We provide hybrid bikes (females/men's) and electric bikes (unisex) with freewheel and different frame sizes. The bikes are equiped with a pannier and a lock.
Your contact person on site
In Porto we have an absolutely reliable all-round service for you as well. Our english- and german-speaking local partner, born in Porto, will be at your disposal every day, will welcome you, takes care of the bikes and knows every bicycle tour personally. He is looking forward to give you insider tips and common information.
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.
On request, we will also provide a GPS device with the files on site 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.
In March daytime temperatures are well suited for cycling already and in April you can expect balmy evenings. High season starts in May and in June a shelter from the sun is already treasured. The bathing season is in July and August and you are going to meet many locals at the waterfront. As of September the temperatures are very pleasant for cycling again. Even October is still a good month for travelling but the Atlantic Ocean is way too fresh for a long bath at that time.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
Train ride on day 4 from Figueira da Foz to Verride/Reveles, approx. 3 EUR, payable on site. A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
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, health regulations
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.
Old town of Porto
Known as the Ribeira the old town of Porto starts right on the river banks of the Douro and is since 1996 part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to numerous winding streets and alleys, there are especially many Baroque churches in the old town, that is why Porto is also known as the baroque city. The special feature of the old town is that it is less influenced by individual interest, but rather by their contiguous charm. This becomes clear especially from the other side of the riverbank, from where you have a beautiful view over the old town and thereby the overall pictures from buildings, roads and churches is shown. At the same time there are today many shopping streets and cafés in the old town, which invite you to a long stroll.
Church Igreja dos Clérigos
Near the historic center of Porto is the Church of the clergy that has been built from 1732 - 1750 in Baroque style. While the interior, compared to other churches in Porto, is surprisingly simply, especially the Baroque façade is worth a visit. From the outside it does not necessarily look like a church, the external facade with large windows and the frescoes and statues in the wall appear venerable. But the main attraction of the Igreaj dos Clérigos is the Torre dos Clérigos. The church tower with a height of 76 meters the tallest tower of its kind in Portugal and is considered a landmark of the city. After the 225 steps, always narrowing, visitors get a spectacular panoramic view over the city.
Ponte Dom Luis
The impressive Dom Luis Bridge with 172 m span is a filigree steel-arch bridge in two levels above the Douro and connects Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It was built from 1881 until 1888, after plans of the engineer Théophile Seyrig. Seyrig already been completed along with Gustav Eiffel the 500 meters further upstream located bridge "Ponte Maria Pia". The bridge belongs to the territorially historic center of Porto, and therefore since 1996 to the "World Heritage Site". The upper part of the bridge is used by the Metro, cyclists and pedestrians, the part underneath is used by car traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.
Through the enchanting capital city of Aveiro, nicknamed the "Portuguese Venice", a shimmering Channel runs and the city is considered one of the most enchanting destinations in the country. That is because of the brightly patterned moliceiro boats, the numerous pastel colored buildings in the Art Nouveau style and its quiet, urban atmosphere - a picturesque backdrop. In the city center there are a variety of restaurants as well as a great selection of bars and shops. When you wander through the city, you should go in one of the typical cafes and sample the heavenly ovos moles, the sugary-based egg specialty of the district.
Nazaré, with its mild climate and natural beauty, has very ancient traditions and is known as a fishing and pilgrimage destination. In recent years, a natural phenomenon and one surfer guy have made the place world famous. This is the underwater phenomenon "Canhão da Nazaré", the largest underwater gorge in Europe, which is over 170 kilometers long and extends down to 5000 meters. It provduces gigantic and perfect waves conditions and one of the largest surfable waves in the world.
Peniche is located on a peninsula, characterized by a high cliff. At the westernmost point you will find the Cabo Carvoeiro with a lighthouse, from which the island group of the Berlengas can be seen very well. Take a tour through the historic center and visit the churches of São Pedro and Misericórdia as well as the Forte de Peniche. In addition to fishing, lace-making is still one of the artisan traditions in Peniche, which is maintained in a school next to the tourist office.
This small town is located aprx. 50 km northwest of Lisbon and especially known for its surf spots. Stroll through the winding streets of the old town and visit the church "Igreja Paroquial de Sao Pedro". A special attraction of this area is the gastronomy full of traditional flavors out of the sea.
Sintra is considered to be a picturesque town amid a beautiful landscape of steep hills and lush green forests leading down to the fantastic coastline. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city offers a variety of colorful and historic buildings ranging from extravagant palaces and decadent houses to ancient castle ruins. The city center of Sintra impresses with beautiful cobbled streets, traditional houses, shops and cafés. Very worthwhile: a visit of the "Palácio Nacional da Pena".
Lisbon, Portugal's stunning capital. The city is built on seven hills (not counting minor hills) and is considered to be one of the most charismatic and lively metropolises in Europe. Heritage, tradition and modernity coexist here. The old town impresses with its tile facades and medieval, narrow streets. The international airport is 6 km north of the center.