Day 1: TRANSFER FROM LISBON TO SÃO PEDRO DE MOEL
We will arrange a transfer from Lisbon (either from your hotel or from the Lisbon airport) to São Pedro de Moel. Our Portugal representative will give you your bike rental and tour orientation . Lodging: São Pedro de Moel Ride: 30 km
Day 2: SÃO PEDRO DE MOEL to ÓBIDOS
Ride pine forests passing through beautiful beaches. Get to an incredible view point on a cliff from where you will admire Nazaré, a typical Portuguese fisherman village, where the fishermen dry the fish under the sun. Nazaré is famous – this is where the famous surfer, Garret McNamara, surfed the biggest wave ever (30m) in January 2013. The tour continues along the coast with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. You finish in Óbidos, the most beautiful and well preserved medieval village in Portugal, with an incredible castle on top. Ride: 52 km, Ascent – 500 m
Day 3: ÓBIDOS to PENICHE
Start this day going to the coast and cycling close to a beautiful lagoon with a gorgeous beach! Continue south and 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! You cycle to Peniche, a city full of fishing traditions. Our route follows a scenic road by the cliffs where you can admire incredible rock formations building dramatic figures and landscapes. You’ll pass the beautiful Carvoeiro Cape, and continue going around to Peniche. Peniche is known for its restaurants that serve an outstanding variety of seafood. Ride: 50 km, Ascent – 500 m
Day 4: PENICHE to ERICEIRA
After a start close to see on this day the route will go inland on the first half showing you different scenery. Typical villages, white houses with red roof and beautiful countryside will invigorate you on another great cycling day! Approaching the Ocean you will go by an incredible valley of limestone with vibrant green Mediterranean vegetation. Get to the beach and you can touch the fine sand again! Follow then a cycle path with great blue ocean views from above the cliffs till you get to Santa Cruz with its beautiful beach. After another inland section you will get to you destination – Ericeira, the Portuguese Mecca of Surf. Ericeira is also one of the most beautiful fisherman villages. Ride: 70 km, Ascent 800 m
Day 5: ERICEIRA to SINTRA
Today the distance is shorter day, but it is quite hilly. Our destination is Sintra Natural Park where you will spend 2 nights. You pass Monserrate where you can stop and visit the gardens and the fantastic Palace. The palace was recovered from the ruins of a neo-gothic mansion by the British millionaire Francis Cook in the 19th century; this is a unique and exquisite example of Romanticism. Its gardens are one of the most beautiful landscape creations, including an extraordinary botanical collection of species originated from all over the world. You can walk along winding footpaths among ruins to small lakes and waterfalls. You’ll arrive in the beautiful village of Sintra, a UNESCO site. Ride: 40 km, Ascent 800 m
Day 6: SINTRA REST DAY
This is a perfect place for a free day where you can choose to explore any of the natural wonders in the Natural Park. You can visit the incredible Moorish Castle dating back to the 8th Century. All the paths encircling the castle, you can admire spectacular views over a unique landscape, with the town center, the Palace of Sintra, the Palace of Pena and the vast plains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean. It is also worthwhile to visit the outstanding Pena Palace, a wild fantasy of domes, towers, ramparts and walkways on one of the highest mountain peaks of Sintra.
Day 7: SINTRA to CASCAIS
On the last ride, you cross the hills of Sintra to the top of this mystical environment and visit the incredible Franciscan Capuchin Conven. 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. You continue the ride to the Atlantic Ocean to the westernmost point in Continental Europe – Cape Roca, a promontory rising 150 meters from the sea. You’ll discover impressive beaches nestled between cliffs, artistically sculpted out by the sea. This unique coastal scenery takes you along the coast to to Cascais, a beautiful city where you will spend your last night of the tour. Ride: 40 km, 1000 m
Day 8: DEPARTURE TO LISBON
After breakfast we will transfer you to Lisbon city or the airport. This takes about ½ hour.