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Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & Lisbon

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This self-guided bike tour of Portugal follows the scenic Silver Coast from Porto to Lisbon along white-sand beaches, fragrant pine forests, and historic villages.

Self-Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
Self-Guided Tour
Self-Guided Tour

Starting From

10-day Air Package

$3,895

7-day Bike Tour Only

$2,895

Per person, double occupancy

Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & Lisbon

The scenic Silver Coast leads you from Porto to Lisbon for this self-guided bike tour of Portugal. You’ll ride at your own pace along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, stopping to bask in the sun on high bluffs and white-sand beaches pounded by surf, breathing in fragrant pine forests, savoring delicious fresh seafood and delightful pastries, and lingering in historic villages barely visited by tourists. Spa and beach towns steeped in history and character will host you along the way and an overnight in medieval walled Obidos adds a romantic final touch to your trip. This is Portugal’s best-kept secret; you’ll want to savor every moment

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Rides are on relatively flat paved roads and bike lanes tracing the Atlantic coast. Expect more undulating terrain when crossing the small coastal hills separating the coast from the more rolling interior. You encounter some traffic when entering and exiting historic town centers and beachside bike paths and lanes. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available as needed.

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
24/7 Support System 24/7 Support
System

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in diverse locales, from the spa town of Monte Real to the old fishing village of Sao Pedro Moel
  • Cycle along the Silver Coast’s sandy beaches framed by Atlantic waves, pine and cork forests, and stunning rural landscapes
  • Indulge in Portugal’s delicious fresh seafood, enticing pastries, espresso, and affordable, excellent wines
  • Spend the night exploring the medieval walled city of Obidos after day trippers have left
  • Visit Alcobaca’s Gothic monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, founded by Portugal’s first king in the 12th century

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr67º/50º

May71º/53º

Jun75º/58º

Jul77º/60º

Aug78º/60º

Sep77º/58º

Oct73º/55º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr2.4 in

May2.2 in

Jun0.9 in

Jul0.4 in

Aug0.4 in

Sep1.2 in

Oct3.4 in

Air Package

Tour Only

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Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports Check
One night in Porto and one night in Lisbon in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
6 nights in town-center boutique hotels and countryside spa hotels Check Check
8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Check Check
Transportation from Porto centrally located hotel to first hotel in Monte Real (two-hour drive) Check Check
Transportation from last hotel in Óbidos to central Lisbon (one-hour drive) Check Check

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Self-Guided Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT bike, helmet, and bike bag

Welcome orientation and bike fitting with local host

Luggage transfers

Ride with GPS and daily route notes

VBT Road Book with destination information

24/7 support system

Flat kit and multi-tool

Your choice of VBT branded gear for your adventure

Itinerary

Sat, Apr 23 to Mon, May 2 - 2022

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Depart home for Portugal. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Porto Airport, make your own travel arrangements to your centrally located Porto hotel. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook.

The rest of the day is yours to explore Porto at leisure, using the VBT city information as your guide.

Accommodation: NH Hotel Jardim, Porto

After breakfast at NH Hotel Jardim, meet your VBT local host and any other VBT guests arriving on the same day at 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby for the approximately two-hour drive to the town of Monte Real. Your host will be carrying a VBT sign.

The Welcome orientation with your VBT local host includes:
• An overview of the itinerary
• Bike fitting and equipment familiarization
• Review of the Ride with GPS navigation app
• Important contact information in case you need to reach your VBT local host
• Safety briefing
• Local suggestions (restaurants, things to do, etc.)

The natural hot springs in and around Monte Real have long been considered curative. Lucky for you, your palatial hotel draws on them for their soothing therapeutic spa treatments. Before you indulge, you might want to get acquainted with your bike during an easy loop ride, or take a stroll around the extensive grounds that stretch some 60 acres. Take your time and enjoy this beautiful property. An included three-course dinner is served at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. If you wish, take advantage of the Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, or indoor heated pool this afternoon. (Spa access and treatments are at your expense).

Today’s Ride Choices

Monte Real loop short option – 8.9 km (5.5 miles)

What to Expect: Designed for you to get comfortable with your bike and move your legs after your flight, this easy short loop starts at your hotel and goes through the town of Monte Real into the surrounding farmland and follow un-trafficked roads for a loop along the Lis River. Watch out for some uneven pavement between kilometers 5 and 7.

Monte Real loop long option – 19.9 km (12.5 miles)

What to Expect: Designed for you to get comfortable with your bike and move your legs after your flight, this easy short loop starts at your hotel and goes through the town of Monte Real into the surrounding farmland and follow un-trafficked roads to do a loop along the Lis River. Watch out for some uneven pavement between kilometer 12 and 15.

Non-biking options: After your Welcome orientation you may be ready for lunch at your hotel or in town. Later, you may choose to enjoy your hotel’s spa facilities (spa access cost of approx. 16 euros and treatments additional). The hotel is surrounded by easily accessible and signed walking paths.

Accommodation: Termas de Monte Real, Monte Real
Included Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Get your first taste of Portugal’s coastal beauty as you cycle to the Atlantic Ocean. You will travel through pine forests and past fertile farms. You may want to bring a snack and take the time to enjoy it on your arrival at the Ervideira Lagoon. You’ll see why this is a favorite spot among local families seeking a calm alternative to the nearby ocean beaches.

You will continue with a slight ascent up a small ridge, arriving at the white sands of the sleepy village of Pedrogao. Take a refreshing swim in the Atlantic if you wish. Then, turn slightly inland to parallel the coast, passing the town of Vieira and its namesake beach. Later, arrive in the resort of Sao Pedro Moel, a graceful village tucked above the surf and sand in a protective cove. Pass its landmark Penedo da Saudade lighthouse, built on the rocky promontory where a 17th-century widowed Duchess is said to have mourned her husband. After settling in to your hotel, take a scenic stroll along the boardwalks atop the dramatic cliffs, the ideal place to observe a stunning sunset over the Atlantic. Choose from a half-dozen or more restaurants within a short walk of your hotel or take advantage of the ocean view from your hotel’s dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices

Monte Real to Sao Pedro Moel – 42.6 km (26.4 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route descends from Monte Real on paved roads through farmland, then climbs up a small ridge before reaching the Atlantic coast. At the ocean, take a left and head south, paralleling the coast along a paved bike lane through the town of Praia de Vieira. Just before reaching your evening’s destination and hotel in the small town of Sao Pedro Moel, you will ride past the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse.

Accommodation: Hotel Mar e Sol, Sao Pedro Moel
Included Meals: Breakfast

You will depart Sao Pedro Moel’s cobbled streets and join a dedicated bike route through fragrant pine forests paralleling the coastline. Sections of this historic Atlantic pine forest were planted in the 13th century by King Afonso III to stop the erosion of the dunes. Later, during the Age of Discovery, they supplied the timber for Portugal’s fleet of intrepid explorers as they sailed to distant shores.

Your route brings you to the town of Nazare, renowned for its long crescent beach and resort atmosphere, and celebrated as the place where surfer Garrett McNamara rode the record-breaking 100-foot wave at North Beach. You’re sure to find a spot for lunch here. Freshly caught seafood is always on the menu.

Continue cycling past the marina and turn inland to follow the Alcobaca River on a dedicated bike lane. Then, gently ascend to the small city of Alcobaca, centered around the 13th-century Cistercian monastery, one of the country’s most magnificent Gothic structures. It was originally built to commemorate the taking of Santarem from the Moors in 1147 and today holds the tomb of King Pedro I. Architecturally, it represents the first example of its style, with its unique portal and rose window. Take all the time you’d like to wander this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Conclude your ride at your resort, where you may choose to relax in its indoor or outdoor pool, steam room or sauna. Savor an included dinner in the fine-dining restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Pedro Moel to Alcobaca – 40.2 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: The route departs the town of Sao Pedro Moel on a short section of cobbled street and immediately follows a paved, dedicated bike lane that alternates between pine forests and the coast with ocean views. In the busier town of Nazare, use caution on the steep descent through narrow streets and along the beach-front bike lane (you will ride on sidewalk for a few hundred meters). After leaving town you will turn inland along a flat paved road and join the riverside bike lane and country roads, ascending gradually to the town of Alcobaca.

Accommodation: Real Abadia Hotel, Alcobaca
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart your hotel this morning and coast down to the center of Alcobaca. Start the day at your own pace, revisiting the monastery or just enjoying a late morning coffee or early lunch at an outdoor cafe, and grabbing some snacks for the road. Any time of day is perfect for the delicious pastel de nata, the Portuguese custard tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Then, cycle into the agricultural fields that slope to the coast, following a bike route to the seaside town of Sao Martinho do Porto. Founded by monks in the 13th century, it was a favorite seaside resort of Portuguese nobility in the 19th century. Its unique, protected scallop-shaped bay of fine sand is bordered on its southern side by one of Europe’s largest dunes at the far end. The red sandstone Salir do Porto soars to 160 feet.

Here, a two-night stay allows for a beachside rest day or a choice of two optional rides. Dinner is on your own and the seaside town’s restaurants are just a short walk away.

Today’s Ride Choices

Alcobaca to Sao Martinho do Porto – 28 km (17.4 miles)

What to Expect: Descend gradually from Alcobaca to the river valley, then join a dedicated bike route to the Atlantic coast and the beach resort town of Sao Martinho do Porto. Follow town streets and bike lanes to the scallop-shaped beach, and your hotel for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Hotel Concha, Sao Martinho do Porto
Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Stay Put Day is full of possibilities! If you can’t get enough of cycling, you can choose to ride one of two loops. The short option loops inland from Sao Martinho do Porto to the outskirts of the town of Caldas da Raina. The longer option back to Nazare, returning on a ridge high above the Atlantic with stunning views. You can enjoy Sao Martinho do Porto’s unique scallop-shaped, protected beach. Your hotel’s staff can suggest a rental outfit where you can set out on a kayak, canoe, sailboat, paddleboard, paddle boat, or windsurfer. Relax in the calm waters of the lagoon, enjoying lunch at a seaside cafe or simply relax on the beach. The day is yours to do as you please and in the evening, seek out a nearby restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Martinho do Porto to Caldas da Raina loop ride – 34.9 km (21.6 miles)

What to Expect: Cycle southeast through farmland. At about kilometer 14 (mile 9), you encounter the first of two ascents on the outskirts of Caldas da Raina. Then at about 23 kilometers (14 miles), you start a long gradual descent of over 15 kilometers (10 miles) back to the bay of Sao Martinho do Porto.

Sao Martinho do Porto to Nazare loop long option– 36.1 km (22.4 miles)

What to Expect: On this longer optional loop, cycle northeast through flat or gently rolling farmland from Sao Martinho do Porto. The ride returns back to the surf mecca of Nazare. On the return ride, you’ll stay close to the coast after leaving Nazare, which means a steep climb of about 2 kilometers (between kilometer 26.3 and 30) to a beautiful ridgeline with little traffic and then a fun descent to Sao Martinho do Porto.

Accommodation: Hotel Concha, Sao Martinho do Porto
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy today’s leisurely ride to Obidos, one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval walled towns. You will ride out of Sao Martinho do Porto, following the Atlantic coast south into the beach and town of Foz do Arelho, then wind inland through a mixture of small farms, villages, and pear orchards.

This cultural and historic gem of Obidos is so beautiful that King Dinis offered it as a wedding gift to Queen Isabel in 1282. Future kings followed suit—for 600 years!—and the hilltop town has since become known as the Casa das Rainhas, the House of Queens. Whether or not you are royalty, you’re likely to fall in love with the whitewashed houses, bougainvillea vines, and crenellated walls. It is a fitting end to your self-guided bike tour of Portugal.

The charming pedestrian center invites endless exploration. Narrow cobblestone streets lead to leafy, shaded squares, rising gradually to the town’s highest point—the 15th-century castle. If you’d like, you can walk along the top of some of the city walls and enjoy breathtaking views of the town’s red roofs and surrounding countryside—although not recommended if you dislike heights! Staying in Obidos overnight is a real treat. After the day trippers have left, a hush falls over the cobblestones as street lamps illuminate the town in a magical glow—step out into this mesmerizing atmosphere to enjoy a celebratory evening and dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Martinho do Porto to Obidos short option – 50.6 km (31.4 miles)

What to Expect: The shorter option to Obidos follows the ridge parallel to the Atlantic coast south. Starting with a steep ascent at kilometer 2.8 (1.8 miles), then gradual ascent to the maximum elevation at about 10 kilometers (6 miles). An exhilarating descent takes you into the beach town of Foz do Arelho at the mouth of the Obidos Lagoon. You ride through villages and farmland with some undulating terrain up to just over 29 km (18 miles), then turn on a short portion of hard-packed gravel bike path along the shore of the lagoon (3 km, 1.8 miles), which is not accessible by car. You then continue pedaling through farmland and charming villages to the hilltop town of Obidos. Take care in the busy and cobbled streets of Obidos.

Sao Martinho do Porto to Obidos long option – 63.7 km (39.5 miles)

What to Expect: The longer option to Obidos follows the ridge parallel to the Atlantic coast south. Starting with a steep ascent at kilometer 2.8 (1.8 miles), then gradual ascent to the maximum elevation at about 10 kilometers (6 miles). An exhilarating descent takes you into the beach town of Foz do Arelho at the mouth of the Obidos Lagoon. You ride through villages and farmland with some undulating terrain up to just over 29 km (18 miles), then turn on a short portion of hard-packed gravel bike path along the shore of the lagoon (total of 3 km, 1.8 miles), which is not accessible by car. After a few hundred meters on the road, you rejoin the gravel bike path for 4.4 km (2.8 miles) along the tranquil lagoon (total on gravel 7.4 km, 4.6 miles). Continue west to the mouth of the lagoon at Bom Successo Beach before turning inland on rolling roads, then ascend gradually and pedal through farmland and charming villages to the hilltop town of Obidos. Take care in the busy and cobbled streets of Obidos.

Accommodation: Josefa D Obidos Hotel, Obidos
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, at 10:00 a.m., travel to your hotel in Lisbon, roughly an hour away, together with any other VBT Self-Guided guests. You have the remainder of the day to discover the cultural and historic treasures of the fascinating Portuguese capital. Wander the narrow streets of the Alfama district. Explore the fantastic Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belrm Tower. Marvel at the enormous Monument to the Discoveries. This evening, you may enjoy dinner accompanied by the passionate songs of the city’s famed fado singers. See your VBT city information for specific recommendations about how to spend your time.

Accommodation: Figueira by The Beautique Hotels, Lisbon
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast* this morning, allow yourself a minimum of 3 hours prior to your flight departure to get to Lisbon’s Airport. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook. This timeframe includes a maximum of 1 hour of travel and around 2 hours of recommended pre-flight check-in time.

*For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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We suggest arriving in Portugal at least one day prior to the tour start date as your tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Meet your VBT local host and any other VBT guests arriving on the same day at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the NH Hotel Jardim in Porto (R. do Duque de Loulé 62, tel. +351 210 020 848). He or she will be carrying a VBT sign. Your transportation to the historic village of Monte Real will take approximately two hours.

The Welcome orientation with your VBT local host includes:
• An overview of the itinerary
• Bike fitting and equipment familiarization
• Review of the Ride with GPS navigation app
• Important contact information in case you need to reach your VBT local host
• Safety briefing
• Local suggestions (restaurants, things to do, etc.)

The natural hot springs in and around Monte Real have long been considered curative. Lucky for you, your palatial hotel draws on them for their soothing therapeutic spa treatments. Before you indulge, you might want to get acquainted with your bike during an easy loop ride, or take a stroll around the extensive grounds that stretch some 60 acres. Take your time and enjoy this beautiful property. An included three-course dinner is served at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. If you wish, take advantage of the Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, or indoor heated pool this afternoon. (Spa access and treatments are at your expense).

Today’s Ride Choices

Monte Real loop short option – 8.9 km (5.5 miles)

What to Expect: Designed for you to get comfortable with your bike and move your legs after your flight, this easy short loop starts at your hotel and goes through the town of Monte Real into the surrounding farmland and follow un-trafficked roads for a loop along the Lis River. Watch out for some uneven pavement between kilometers 5 and 7.

Monte Real loop long option – 19.9 km (12.5 miles)

What to Expect: Designed for you to get comfortable with your bike and move your legs after your flight, this easy short loop starts at your hotel and goes through the town of Monte Real into the surrounding farmland and follow un-trafficked roads to do a loop along the Lis River. Watch out for some uneven pavement between kilometer 12 and 15.

Non-biking options: After your Welcome orientation you may be ready for lunch at your hotel or in town. Later, you may choose to enjoy your hotel’s spa facilities (spa access cost of approx. 16 euros and treatments additional). The hotel is surrounded by easily accessible and signed walking paths.

Accommodation: Termas de Monte Real, Monte Real
Included Meals: Dinner

Get your first taste of Portugal’s coastal beauty as you cycle to the Atlantic Ocean. You will travel through pine forests and past fertile farms. You may want to bring a snack and take the time to enjoy it on your arrival at the Ervideira Lagoon. You’ll see why this is a favorite spot among local families seeking a calm alternative to the nearby ocean beaches.

You will continue with a slight ascent up a small ridge, arriving at the white sands of the sleepy village of Pedrogao. Take a refreshing swim in the Atlantic if you wish. Then, turn slightly inland to parallel the coast, passing the town of Vieira and its namesake beach. Later, arrive in the resort of Sao Pedro Moel, a graceful village tucked above the surf and sand in a protective cove. Pass its landmark Penedo da Saudade lighthouse, built on the rocky promontory where a 17th-century widowed Duchess is said to have mourned her husband. After settling in to your hotel, take a scenic stroll along the boardwalks atop the dramatic cliffs, the ideal place to observe a stunning sunset over the Atlantic. Choose from a half-dozen or more restaurants within a short walk of your hotel or take advantage of the ocean view from your hotel’s dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices

Monte Real to Sao Pedro Moel – 42.6 km (26.4 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route descends from Monte Real on paved roads through farmland, then climbs up a small ridge before reaching the Atlantic coast. At the ocean, take a left and head south, paralleling the coast along a paved bike lane through the town of Praia de Vieira. Just before reaching your evening’s destination and hotel in the small town of Sao Pedro Moel, you will ride past the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse.

Accommodation: Hotel Mar e Sol, Sao Pedro Moel
Included Meals: Breakfast

You will depart Sao Pedro Moel’s cobbled streets and join a dedicated bike route through fragrant pine forests paralleling the coastline. Sections of this historic Atlantic pine forest were planted in the 13th century by King Afonso III to stop the erosion of the dunes. Later, during the Age of Discovery, they supplied the timber for Portugal’s fleet of intrepid explorers as they sailed to distant shores.

Your route brings you to the town of Nazare, renowned for its long crescent beach and resort atmosphere, and celebrated as the place where surfer Garrett McNamara rode the record-breaking 100-foot wave at North Beach. You’re sure to find a spot for lunch here. Freshly caught seafood is always on the menu.

Continue cycling past the marina and turn inland to follow the Alcobaca River on a dedicated bike lane. Then, gently ascend to the small city of Alcobaca, centered around the 13th-century Cistercian monastery, one of the country’s most magnificent Gothic structures. It was originally built to commemorate the taking of Santarem from the Moors in 1147 and today holds the tomb of King Pedro I. Architecturally, it represents the first example of its style, with its unique portal and rose window. Take all the time you’d like to wander this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Conclude your ride at your resort, where you may choose to relax in its indoor or outdoor pool, steam room or sauna. Savor an included dinner in the fine-dining restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Pedro Moel to Alcobaca – 40.2 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: The route departs the town of Sao Pedro Moel on a short section of cobbled street and immediately follows a paved, dedicated bike lane that alternates between pine forests and the coast with ocean views. In the busier town of Nazare, use caution on the steep descent through narrow streets and along the beach-front bike lane (you will ride on sidewalk for a few hundred meters). After leaving town you will turn inland along a flat paved road and join the riverside bike lane and country roads, ascending gradually to the town of Alcobaca.

Accommodation: Real Abadia Hotel, Alcobaca
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart your hotel this morning and coast down to the center of Alcobaca. Start the day at your own pace, revisiting the monastery or just enjoying a late morning coffee or early lunch at an outdoor cafe, and grabbing some snacks for the road. Any time of day is perfect for the delicious pastel de nata, the Portuguese custard tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Then, cycle into the agricultural fields that slope to the coast, following a bike route to the seaside town of Sao Martinho do Porto. Founded by monks in the 13th century, it was a favorite seaside resort of Portuguese nobility in the 19th century. Its unique, protected scallop-shaped bay of fine sand is bordered on its southern side by one of Europe’s largest dunes at the far end. The red sandstone Salir do Porto soars to 160 feet.

Here, a two-night stay allows for a beachside rest day or a choice of two optional rides. Dinner is on your own and the seaside town’s restaurants are just a short walk away.

Today’s Ride Choices

Alcobaca to Sao Martinho do Porto – 28 km (17.4 miles)

What to Expect: Descend gradually from Alcobaca to the river valley, then join a dedicated bike route to the Atlantic coast and the beach resort town of Sao Martinho do Porto. Follow town streets and bike lanes to the scallop-shaped beach, and your hotel for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Hotel Concha, Sao Martinho do Porto
Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Stay Put Day is full of possibilities! If you can’t get enough of cycling, you can choose to ride one of two loops. The short option loops inland from Sao Martinho do Porto to the outskirts of the town of Caldas da Raina. The longer option back to Nazare, returning on a ridge high above the Atlantic with stunning views. You can enjoy Sao Martinho do Porto’s unique scallop-shaped, protected beach. Your hotel’s staff can suggest a rental outfit where you can set out on a kayak, canoe, sailboat, paddleboard, paddle boat, or windsurfer. Relax in the calm waters of the lagoon, enjoying lunch at a seaside cafe or simply relax on the beach. The day is yours to do as you please and in the evening, seek out a nearby restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Martinho do Porto to Caldas da Raina loop ride – 34.9 km (21.6 miles)

What to Expect: Cycle southeast through farmland. At about kilometer 14 (mile 9), you encounter the first of two ascents on the outskirts of Caldas da Raina. Then at about 23 kilometers (14 miles), you start a long gradual descent of over 15 kilometers (10 miles) back to the bay of Sao Martinho do Porto.

Sao Martinho do Porto to Nazare loop long option– 36.1 km (22.4 miles)

What to Expect: On this longer optional loop, cycle northeast through flat or gently rolling farmland from Sao Martinho do Porto. The ride returns back to the surf mecca of Nazare. On the return ride, you’ll stay close to the coast after leaving Nazare, which means a steep climb of about 2 kilometers (between kilometer 26.3 and 30) to a beautiful ridgeline with little traffic and then a fun descent to Sao Martinho do Porto.

Accommodation: Hotel Concha, Sao Martinho do Porto
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy today’s leisurely ride to Obidos, one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval walled towns. You will ride out of Sao Martinho do Porto, following the Atlantic coast south into the beach and town of Foz do Arelho, then wind inland through a mixture of small farms, villages, and pear orchards.

This cultural and historic gem of Obidos is so beautiful that King Dinis offered it as a wedding gift to Queen Isabel in 1282. Future kings followed suit—for 600 years!—and the hilltop town has since become known as the Casa das Rainhas, the House of Queens. Whether or not you are royalty, you’re likely to fall in love with the whitewashed houses, bougainvillea vines, and crenellated walls. It is a fitting end to your self-guided bike tour of Portugal.

The charming pedestrian center invites endless exploration. Narrow cobblestone streets lead to leafy, shaded squares, rising gradually to the town’s highest point—the 15th-century castle. If you’d like, you can walk along the top of some of the city walls and enjoy breathtaking views of the town’s red roofs and surrounding countryside—although not recommended if you dislike heights! Staying in Obidos overnight is a real treat. After the day trippers have left, a hush falls over the cobblestones as street lamps illuminate the town in a magical glow—step out into this mesmerizing atmosphere to enjoy a celebratory evening and dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Sao Martinho do Porto to Obidos short option – 50.6 km (31.4 miles)

What to Expect: The shorter option to Obidos follows the ridge parallel to the Atlantic coast south. Starting with a steep ascent at kilometer 2.8 (1.8 miles), then gradual ascent to the maximum elevation at about 10 kilometers (6 miles). An exhilarating descent takes you into the beach town of Foz do Arelho at the mouth of the Obidos Lagoon. You ride through villages and farmland with some undulating terrain up to just over 29 km (18 miles), then turn on a short portion of hard-packed gravel bike path along the shore of the lagoon (3 km, 1.8 miles), which is not accessible by car. You then continue pedaling through farmland and charming villages to the hilltop town of Obidos. Take care in the busy and cobbled streets of Obidos.

Sao Martinho do Porto to Obidos long option – 63.7 km (39.5 miles)

What to Expect: The longer option to Obidos follows the ridge parallel to the Atlantic coast south. Starting with a steep ascent at kilometer 2.8 (1.8 miles), then gradual ascent to the maximum elevation at about 10 kilometers (6 miles). An exhilarating descent takes you into the beach town of Foz do Arelho at the mouth of the Obidos Lagoon. You ride through villages and farmland with some undulating terrain up to just over 29 km (18 miles), then turn on a short portion of hard-packed gravel bike path along the shore of the lagoon (total of 3 km, 1.8 miles), which is not accessible by car. After a few hundred meters on the road, you rejoin the gravel bike path for 4.4 km (2.8 miles) along the tranquil lagoon (total on gravel 7.4 km, 4.6 miles). Continue west to the mouth of the lagoon at Bom Successo Beach before turning inland on rolling roads, then ascend gradually and pedal through farmland and charming villages to the hilltop town of Obidos. Take care in the busy and cobbled streets of Obidos.

Accommodation: Josefa D Obidos Hotel, Obidos
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Obidos. At 10:00 a.m., complimentary transportation of about one hour brings you to the VBT Self-Guided Air+ hotel in the heart of Lisbon (Olissippo Castelo Hotel, Rua Costa do Castelo, 112/126, Lisbon) together with any other VBT Self-Guided guests. (If you would like to be dropped off at another location in Lisbon on this day, please advise your local host at the beginning of the week). From there you may continue with your independent travel. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook. Depending upon your destination, it may not be possible to depart for the U.S. on the last day of the tour. Please check airline schedules carefully. If you plan to schedule return flights immediately following the tour’s conclusion, please call your airline directly for specific check-in requirements.

If you wish to linger in Obidos and travel to Lisbon on your own, the train and bus stations are a half-mile (850 meters) from your hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Air Package

10 days, includes round-trip international airfare and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $745

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