Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & Lisbon
This Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation follows Portugal’s scenic Silver Coast from Porto to Lisbon along white-sand beaches, fragrant pine forests, and historic villages.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 30|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
10-day Self-Guided Air+
7-day Bike Vacation Only
Per person, double occupancy
Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & LisbonPortugal’s scenic Silver Coast leads you from Porto to Lisbon for this scenic Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation. 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.
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 - 30|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- 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
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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 breakfasts included|
|6 nights in town-center boutique hotels and countryside spa hotels|
|8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners|
|Transfer from Porto centrally located hotel to first hotel in Monte Real (two-hour drive)|
|Transfer from last hotel in Óbidos to central Lisbon (one-hour drive)|
PortoBay Hotel Teatro
Occupying Porto’s glorious former Baquet Theater in the heart of the historic center, the Hotel Teatro retains the refined and artistic atmosphere of its former self. All its tasteful touches point to the elegance of the original 1859 building—from the box-office-style reception desk to the theater theme of the restaurant and bar, where meals and cocktails are prepared with the care of the finest director. Each air-conditioned room is given an air of sophistication and warmth by gold and bronze touches and thoughtful design flourishes.
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.
Hillside House & Suites
The Hillside House & Suites is a boutique hotel with casual elegance. There are only 12 rooms, which creates an intimate atmosphere. The air-conditioned property has an ideal location in the seaside resort of Foz do Arelho, just above the tranquil Óbidos Lagoon. A lively resort destination since the 19th century, Foz do Arelho boasts a diverse selection of restaurants and interesting architecture, all just a walk or a bike ride from Hillside. During your stay, choose from the calm waters of the lagoon or the open Atlantic surf; water sports equipment rentals are nearby. If you prefer, simply relax by the infinity pool and indulge in spa services. Guest rooms have a contemporary flair, with white walls, cool marble floors and warm colors.
The Literary Man
Located just on the edge of the Óbidos city walls, this stylish boutique hotel occupies a former convent. The interiors perfectly reflect the hotel’s name: its walls are lined with some 45,000 books, making it a literary lover’s dream. In the Gin Bar, drinks are named after celebrated writers and throughout its hallowed rooms, comfortable seating invites you to grab a title off a shelf and settle in. During your stay, you might enjoy your evening on the outdoor patio and select a Portuguese wine from the cellar. Everything about this air-conditioned bibliophile’s haven evokes the simple comfort and solace of books. Even the natural woodwork and neutral fabrics of the guestrooms—ideal complements to the historic building’s stonework, wooden beams, and wrought iron—ensure there’ll be little to distract you from a good read.
Located astride the walls of St. George Castle in the heart of Lisbon—between the historic Mouraria and Alfama districts—the Olissippo Castelo Hotel offers stunning panoramic views of the city. The cultural treasures of the Alfama—its narrow streets, charming tram cars, and fado music venues—are a short walk away. Throughout your stay in this classic hotel, Portuguese hospitality greets you at every turn. Your comfortable air-conditioned city-view room provides all the traditional amenities you need for an enjoyable stay, while the latest technology helps make your stay a little more efficient. Savor warmth, elegance, and luxury as you explore Lisbon.
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