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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 Óbidos adds a romantic final touch to your trip. This is Portugal’s best-kept secret; you’ll want to savor every moment.
- Stay in diverse locales, from the spa town of Monte Real to the old fishing village of São 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 Óbidos after day trippers have left
- Visit Alcobaça’s Gothic monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, founded by Portugal’s first king in the 12th century
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 miles|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hours
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|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Porto and one night in Lisbon in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast|
|6 nights in town-center boutique hotels and countryside spa hotels|
|8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners|
|Transportation from Porto centrally located hotel to first hotel in Monte Real (two-hour drive)|
|Transportation from last hotel in Óbidos to central Lisbon (one-hour drive)|
Accommodations (Please Note: Days are based on the Air Package Itinerary. Accommodations may vary depending on departure date. )
NH Porto Jardim
NH Hotel Jardim in Porto offers contemporary comfort and style in the heart of Porto. Air-conditioned guest rooms feature a décor of natural wood and neutral tones and look out to the hotel’s garden. The hotel’s sixth-floor swimming pool has wonderful views of the Douro River and Port wine cellars across the Dom Luis Bridge.
Termas de Monte Real
The grand and elegant Termas de Monte Real is situated among 60 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland in the historic village of Monte Real. Its full spa facilities, including a Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, and heated pool, are drawn from the same thermal waters that first brought visitors here generations ago. During your stay at this air-conditioned property, stroll the walking path, bike the tree-lined byway, swim in the outdoor pool, and linger on the lake, taking in the property’s natural splendor and clean air. Settle in to the Paços de Rainha Restaurant for the fine Mediterranean and Atlantic cuisine of the Silver Coast.
Hotel Mar e Sol
The Hotel Mar e Sol’s prime location overlooking the Atlantic and the beautiful Penedo da Saudade lighthouse makes it the ideal Silver Coast accommodation. Operating since 1966, this welcoming, air-conditioned property enjoys a long tradition of hospitality. The pleasures of São Pedro Moel are right outside your door, whether it’s a stroll on a coastal footpath, a ride on a bike trail, or a walk to the historic center. A half dozen restaurants are just a short distance away, but at the hotel, the chef is happy to prepare his award-winning Seafood Rice for you at the O Penedo restaurant. A treatment at the Cubo D’Água spa might be in order after a day of exploring.
Real Abadia Hotel
Surrounded by the sweeping beauty of Alcobaça and extensive gardens of native plants, the bike-friendly Real Abadia embraces the Cistercian traditions of its historic town. This air-conditioned resort eases your body and soul with a no-fee spa that features a sauna, steam room, and indoor pool. You can also relax in the outdoor pool. At mealtime, beautiful vistas unfold through floor-to-ceiling windows in an airy and comfortable dining room. Each air-conditioned room is individually designed with thoughtful touches inspired by the local culture.
The Hotel Concha is an intimate hotel tucked into the seaside resort town of São Martinho do Porto. Air-conditioned guest rooms are contemporary with neutral colors and wood floors. An on-site lobby bar serves a light menu and Portuguese specialties. Restaurants, cafés, shops and the unique shell-shaped protected beach are all just a short stroll from the hotel.
Josefa D Obidos Hotel
Located within the medieval walled town of Óbidos, this newly renovated boutique hotel offers stylish rooms with contemporary furnishings in warm colors and hardwood floors. An outdoor terrace provides lounges chairs to relax in the sun or shade. Located in historic Óbidos, easily stroll onto its narrow pedestrian streets to find a selection of restaurants or cafés or historic sites.
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