Portugal – Obidos Heritage and Coastal Cycling
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Portugal – Obidos Heritage and Coastal Cycling
Start this tour right in the most beautiful Medieval Town of Portugal - Obidos. Originally a Roman village, it was taken from the Moors in 1148. Its castle is classified as a national monument and it is a perfect example of a medieval fortress. Ride to the coast passing a beautiful lagoon with a beautiful beach and discover Peniche Peninsula. You will ride south sometimes along the sea admiring the beautiful view and sometimes inland on a hillier region along agrarian fields with different crops and different colours. You will pass Monserrate Palace where you can stop and visit the gardens and the fantastic Monserrate Palace. In Sintra village you will have a day off your bike and hike in this amazing scenery going up on the mountain and finding the incredible Moorish Castle dating back to the 8th Century. Continue riding until you get to the Atlantic Ocean on the westernmost point on the European mainland, the headland of Roca Cape, a promontory rising 150m from the sea. Your tour end with a scenic easy ride along the coast to get to Cascais, a beautiful city by the Ocean.
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Day 1 | Arrival Day & Orientation

Day 1 | Arrival Day & Orientation

Arriving in Lisbon, we can meet you at your hotel or at the airport and then transfer you to a very nice 4* hotel in Nazare. (2 hour driving time).We will bring the bikes and give you an orientation and tour overview after getting you checked in at the hotel. Free time to visit Nazare after on your own. Dinner on your own in a local restaurant; we provide suggestion in the medieval village.  

Hotel Miramar and Spa

Nazare

Hotel Miramar and SpaIt is 700 meters far from the beach of Nazaré (a 10 minute walk), in an ideal location overlooking the ocean. The Miramar Hotel & Spa has 40 rooms. The hotel has also the Mar Aberto Wine bar Restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, entertainment and lounge area with pool table, TV, computer with internet access for guests.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 2 | Ride from Nazare to Obidos - 46 km

Day 2 | Ride from Nazare to Obidos - 46 km

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 also famous as it is the place where the famous surfer Garret McNamara have surfed the bigger wave ever with 30m on January 2013. The tour continues along the coast with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive to Óbidos, the most beautiful and well preserved medieval village in Portugal, with an incredible castle on top. (B)
Total distance: 46km, +600m 

Hotel Real d'Obidos

Obidos

Hotel Real d'Obidos

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Cable TV Mini-Bar

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Day 3 | Ride from Obidos to Peniche - 52 km

Day 3 | Ride from Obidos to Peniche - 52 km

Start this day going to the coast and cycling close to a beautiful lagoon . Arrive to the Atlantic Ocean where the lagoon join the Ocean – a great place with a gorgeous beach ! Continue towards south and you will discover an incredible village on a very small peninsula that looks almost like an island! If the tide permits you will cycle on the cobalt road around the village felling the wind coming from the sea! Get then to Peniche a city full of fishing traditions . Peniche is also on another peninsula but this time a bigger one. The route will follow a scenic road by the cliffs where you can ad mire incredible rock formations building dramatic figures and landscapes . Get to the beautiful Carvoeiro Cape, and continue going around till you return to Peniche . On this day remember , t he numerous restaurants located in the Peniche peninsula serve outstanding variety of seafood. (B)
Total distance: 52km, +500m

Hotel Soleil Peniche

Peniche

Hotel Soleil PenicheThe Hotel Soleil Peniche has 102 rooms including 2 suites, 4 rooms for disabled guests. The rooms are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, Satellite TV, telephone direct access to the outside, safety box, complete bathroom with hairdryer and balcony. Well located, the rooms offer sea view, pool view and the fishing port.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 4 | Ride from Peniche to Ericeira - 73 km

Day 4 | Ride from Peniche to Ericeira - 73 km

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 yo u will get to you destination – Ericeira, the Portuguese Mecca of Surf. Ericeira is also one of the most beautiful fisherman villages. (B)
Total distance: 73km, +800m

Hotel Vila Gale

Ericeira

Hotel Vila GaleThe Vila Galé Ericeira Hotel is located right at the westernmost tip of Portugal and, being Continental Europe’s westernmost 4-star hotel. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, this historic hotel overlooks the Praia da Ericeira close by Cabo da Roca.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 5 | Ride from Ericeira to Sintra - 38 km

Day 5 | Ride from Ericeira to Sintra - 38 km

On today's ride you will arrive and discover Sintra Natural Park and Hills , ending your day cycling on a constantly up and down. You will pass Monserrate where you can stop and visit the gardens and the fantastic Palace. The palace was recovered from the ruins of a neogothic 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 and creating contrasting sceneries along winding footpaths among ruins, corners, small lakes and waterfalls. Arrive to the beautiful village of Sintra, a UNESCO site. (B)
Total distance: 38km, +800m

Sintra Boutique Hotel

Sintra

Sintra Boutique Hoteln center of the historic UNESCO town of Sintra, this boutique hotel has rooms and suites with views of the historic quarter and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It has a landscaped garden where guests can relax at the courtyard bar. The modern, spacious rooms contain flat-screen TVs and are all individually decorated. Each has a private bathroom which comes stocked with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

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Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 6 | Walking Day, Castles and Palaces of world Heritage Sintra - 8km (+4km optional)

Day 6 | Walking Day, Castles and Palaces of world Heritage Sintra - 8km (+4km optional)

Today you can just relax or have different day exploring the hills above Sintra Village, passing by castles and palaces and old manor houses! Such is the grandeur and importance of these buildings and monuments that the ‘Cultural Landscape of Sintra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. During your day hike you will pass by two of the most important monuments of Sintra with time to visit. First the amazing Moorish castle...Then the fabulous Pena National Palace high on a hilltop above Sintra. With impressive multicolored turrets, Pena’s dramatic architecture has landed it on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list and made it one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Time to visit the palace and its exotic and luxuriant gardens. Inside the gardens access to the highest point of Sintra hills (Cruz Alta) with a magnificent view. Return to the village and when the day is done, indulge in one last exquisite dinner, relaxing in the elegance of sumptuous Sintra! (B)

Sintra Boutique Hotel

Sintra

Sintra Boutique Hoteln center of the historic UNESCO town of Sintra, this boutique hotel has rooms and suites with views of the historic quarter and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It has a landscaped garden where guests can relax at the courtyard bar. The modern, spacious rooms contain flat-screen TVs and are all individually decorated. Each has a private bathroom which comes stocked with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 7 | Ride from Sintra to Cascais - 40 km

Day 7 | Ride from Sintra to Cascais - 40 km

On the last day cross the hills of Sintra to the top on its mystic environment with time to stop and visit the incredible Franciscan Capuchin Convent with its tiny cells . 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. Continue riding to the Atlantic Ocean and get to the westernmost point in Continental Europe - Cape Roca, a promontory rising 150m from the sea. Discover impressive beaches nestling between cliffs artistically sculpted out by the sea – unique coastal scenery! This tour end with a scenic easy ride along the coast to get to Cascais, a beautiful city by the Ocean. (B)
Total distance: 40km, +1000m

Hotel Vila Gale Cascais

Cascais Portugal

Hotel Vila Gale CascaisThe Vila Galé Cascais Hotel overlooks the sea and is only a few metres away from the renowned Marina de Cascais. This Cascais Hotel is but 5 minutes away from that center of this illustrious Portuguese town. This hotel in Cascais – once called Vila Galé Village Cascais – offers you a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean within walking distance from the Marina de Cascais.

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Swimming Pool Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 8 | Departure Day

We include a return transfer to Lisbon or to the Lisbon airport. We will pick you up with your bikes. 30 min drive time necessary. Additional nights in Lisbon possible, please book in advance.
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Prices

Portugal - Obidos Heritage & Coastal Riding - 7 nights / Rates from November to March

Double Occupancy:

1258 €/person

Single Supplement:

375 €/person

Portugal - Obidos Heritage & Coastal Riding - 7 nights / Rates for April and May

Double Occupancy:

1322 €/person

Single Supplement:

395 €/person

Portugal - Obidos Heritage & Coastal Riding - 7 nights / Rates for June to October

(please note that because of the heat and crowds we do not recommend going in July & August)

Double Occupancy:

1479 €/person

Single Supplement:

525 €/person



Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 95 euros or Road bikes for 160 Euros. Please see the Bike information below for details.


 
+ What's Included?

- All lodging in top quality 4 star hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Arrival transfer from Lisbon to the first hotel
- Return transfer to Lisbon at the end of the tour
- Detailed orientation upon arrival day 1
- Bike delivery and pickup
- Local Lisbon based emergency support
- Cell phone (for local calls only)
- Riding routes with maps and cue sheets
- GPS
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- All taxes


Lodging

Accommodations: 3 and 4 star hotels in convenient locations in each town. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include: 
- Hotel Mira Mar and Spa****
- Hotel Real de Óbidos****
- Hotel Soleil Peniche ***
- Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira****
- Sintra Boutique Hotel****
- Hotel Vila Galé Cascais****
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information ** 

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Tour Details

 

Region: Lisbon Region (north), crossing National Park Sintra-Cascais and Sintra UNESCO World Heritage
Dates: All year long; Dec-Feb can be cold and rainy

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights / 5 days cycling / 1 day walking


Level: 3+ Moderate, average 45 km/day but hilly (865m up average)
Self-guided and supported tour
Terrain and route: 100% paved surfaces, hilly with some strong short ascents

Accommodation: 7 nights (6 nights 4* Hotels). A number of dining options exist in or within
short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of
other amenities.


Tour Highlights

1) Visit and stay at Sintra UNESCO World Heritage
2) The beautiful romantic architecture of Pena National Palace
3) The beauty of Cascais / Sintra National Park
4) Visit historic Castles and Palaces
5) Tasty Portuguese fresh fish and wines
6) Taste Sintra famous “travesseiros”, a special crumbly almond pastry
7) “Roca” Cape - the western-most point of Continental Europe
8) Peniche and Baleal peninsulas
9) Obidos - the most well preserved medieval town in Portugal
10) Obidos castle and its high medieval walls

Local Coordinator

Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer.  Antonio & Jose are our on site experts, they live in Lisbon and cycle all over their country! They will meet you for orientation on arrival day as well as provide emergency support throughout your trip.

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bikes Available on This Tour:

Giant hybrids 

For more information and details on this bike, see these links:

Giant Roam Hybrid - male frame | Giant Rove Hybrid - mixte frame | Focus Road Bikes


Hybrid Bike rental rate:  95 Euros. Road bike rental rate: 160 Euros Included are:
 
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • GPS navigation (1 per couple or group)
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader for hybrids
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Note: Road bikes are available, however, lots of dirt roads on this trip make the hybrid version/routes the most interesting to access beaches and escape the traffic. Road versions are similar in distance to the above quoted distances, but different routes.

    Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.
     
     
     
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    Portugal – Obidos Heritage and Coastal Cycling

    Tour Type: Self Guided Cycling
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    Distance: 40-70km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 6 Days
    Availability: January to December
    Cost: Starting at €1258





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