Porto to Lisbon

Connecting two of Europe's most beautiful cities

This delightful bike tour connects the two major cities of Porto and Lisbon, allowing you to explore numerous cultural landmarks while cycling through lush natural landscapes and picturesque coastal paths. Your journey begins in Porto, a World Heritage Site and one of Europe's most stunning cities. Here, you can savor a glass of port wine and indulge in other culinary delights.

As you pedal on, you'll discover Aveiro, often called the Venice of Portugal, with its charming canals and salt pans. You'll also visit the vibrant coastal town of Figueira da Foz, the famous Nazaré Beach known for its towering waves, and many more captivating destinations. Your journey culminates in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where the historic city boasts an array of attractions right along the Tagus River.

This bike tour promises a wonderful and highly diverse adventure, combining cultural exploration with the beauty of nature along the way.

Details about the cycling holiday from Porto to Lisbon

This tour is generally characterized by gently rolling terrain with only a few steeper sections. However, on the 12-day version of this tour, there are four days that include several challenging uphill climbs. You'll primarily follow scenic bike paths, tranquil farm tracks, and low-traffic side streets, with occasional short segments on somewhat busier roads. Additionally, you'll encounter some longer stretches where you'll cycle on gravel tracks.

The highlights of this cycling tour to Lisbon at a glance:

  • Aveiro: The Venice of Portugal, with its canals and moleceiro boats, salt pans and taste the ancient regional sweet Ovos Moles.

  • Ecovias: Cycling on typical Portuguese cycle paths built on former railway lines and rural roads along fantastic landscapes along the coast

  • Lisbon: Wander through the labyrinth of alleys and winding streets, the famous Portuguese music Fado can be heard everywhere.

Worth knowing about this bike tour from Porto to Lisbon

The pleasant climate and a large number of hours of sunshine per year make Portugal a popular holiday destination. By building more and more cycle paths through nature parks, forests and cities along the coast, this country is also being discovered by cycling enthusiasts.

This tour has been graded as Medium. Find out more about our cycling holiday difficulty levels.

Tour information
Medium
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-Guided
  • Luggage transfers included
  • Total cycling distance: approx. 245 km
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Itinerary

Take a stroll along the Douro riverbank and make sure to try a glass of the famous port today.

Airport transfer Porto Airport - Porto Hotel

In the morning you will cross the Douro and cycle past the port cellars. After this, you will head away from the hustle and bustle of the city and towards the quiet Atlantic coast. Going past fine sandy beaches and through extensive pine forests you will head south. Today’s final destination is well known for its hospitality and excellent fish. Have a good time!

 

ca. 45 km

There is a lot of nature to be admired on today’s stage. You will cycle through the Aveiro lagoon and while doing so you will be surrounded by water. Do some bird watching at São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve or watch the salt extraction at the salt works. A ferry will then take you to Aveiro, a place considered as the “Portuguese Venice” due to its canals and its famous Moliceiro boats.

ca. 40 km
São Jacinto Dünen – Aveiro

The bike path along the Aveiro lagoon will lead you to Costa Nova. The colourfully-striped beach houses are a popular backdrop for holiday photos. You continue cycling leisurely towards the South and soon you will reach today’s destination. Take a stroll along the kilometre-long sandy beach and enjoy the atmosphere at this peaceful seaside resort.

ca. 35 km
Praia de Mira – Figueira da Foz

You cycle through a dune landscape on gentle hills. Crickets chirp in the pine forest and soon you will see the first cliff ahead of you. The road leads spectacularly towards the Cabo Mondego lighthouse and then further on towards Figueira da Foz, which is a charming little town with lots of restaurants, decorative alleys, slow-paced cafes and of course a beautiful beach.

ca. 65 km

In the morning you transfer to royal Sintra where you will find many palaces and stately homes. From here it’s a rushing descent back towards the coast. Wonderful views of the sea and dreamy sandy bays make the odd climb on the way to Cascais worth it. At the end of the day, you will be welcomed by the lovely promenade to the stylish town of Cascais.

ca. 70 km

The cycle path runs right along the shore to Estoril. After that you will soon reach the mouth of the River Tagus. The famous Belem Tower lies directly en route after which you will ride underneath Lisbon’s landmark, the mighty suspension bridge. Continue along the banks of the Tagus to your hotel in the modern district of Oriente.

Transfer Obidos – Lisbon

After breakfast, this impressive cycling trip ends or you can make use of an extension and enjoy all the beautiful things this city has to offer.

Route information

For the most part, your route will lead you along flat coastal paths, with the exception of the last two stages that incorporate a few brief uphill sections. You'll mainly ride on asphalt paths, agricultural trails, and Ecovias, which are typical Portuguese bicycle paths constructed on former railway lines. These stages should not pose any difficulties for cyclists who are accustomed to regular biking.

Prices and dates

Prices are per person in GBP and exclude flights

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Place of arrival: Porto
  Season 1
03.03.2024 - 23.03.2024
03.11.2024 - 24.11.2024

Sunday
Season 2
24.03.2024 - 11.05.2024
29.09.2024 - 02.11.2024

Sunday
Season 3
12.05.2024 - 28.09.2024

Sunday
Porto - Lisbon, 8 days, PO-PORPL-08X
Base price
959.00
1,049.00
1,139.00
Single room surcharge 509.00 509.00 509.00
  • 3*** and 4**** hotels
Season 1
Mar 3, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024
Nov 3, 2024 - Nov 24, 2024
Sunday
Season 2
Mar 24, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Nov 2, 2024
Sunday
Season 3
May 12, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024
Sunday
Porto - Lisbon, 8 days, PO-PORPL-08X
Base price
Single room surcharge
959.00
509.00
1,049.00
509.00
1,139.00
509.00
  • 3*** and 4**** hotels
Season 1
Mar 3, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024
Nov 3, 2024 - Nov 24, 2024
Season 2
Mar 24, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Nov 2, 2024
Season 3
May 12, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024
Porto
Double room p.p.
Single room surcharge
Lisbon
Double room p.p.
Surcharge single room
99.00
99.00
89.00
75.00
99.00
99.00
89.00
75.00
99.00
99.00
89.00
75.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Porto
  Season 1
Mar 3, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024
Nov 3, 2024 - Nov 24, 2024

Sunday
Season 2
Mar 24, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Nov 2, 2024

Sunday
Season 3
May 12, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024

Sunday
Porto
Double room p.p. 99.00 99.00 99.00
Single room surcharge 99.00 99.00 99.00
Lisbon
Double room p.p. 89.00 89.00 89.00
Surcharge single room 75.00 75.00 75.00
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Unisex E-Bike
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-Speed Men's Bike
27-Speed Bike PLUS
259.00
99.00
99.00
169.00
Prices per person in GBP

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Including

  • 7 nights in the chosen category, including breakfast
  • Described transfers
  • Personal welcome meeting (English)
  • Luggage transfer(s) max. 1 piece of luggage 20 kg per person
  • Digital travel documents, 1x per room (English with route and overview maps, detailed route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers, luggage labels)
  • GPS data available on request
  • Service Hotline (English)

Not included

  • Tourist tax, if applicable, to be paid locally
Arrival information
  • Airport: Porto or Lisbon, you can travel between the two cities in about 3 hours with a direct train connection. Costs approx. €10 per person

 

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