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Bike Touring along Portugal's Atlantic Coast from Lisbon to Porto

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Bike Touring along Portugal's Atlantic Coast from Lisbon to Porto

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

7

Tours

31:38 h

303 mi

11,950 ft

Wildly romantic cliffs, fine-grained sandy beaches hugged by sheltered bays, pine forests and unspoiled lagoons – exploring the Portuguese Atlantic coast between Lisbon and Porto by bike is a very special experience. Between the pulsating cities, you find authentic Portuguese flair that is full of surprises and will help you unwind.

In this Collection, I’ve divided the route between Lisbon and Porto into seven stages for you. In February 2019, I rode the route myself, but in slightly fewer stages and with a few highway intermezzos that I would like to spare you. For the most part, the route follows the EuroVelo 1, which leads along well-maintained bike paths. In addition, there are a few small detours away from the coast into the scenic countryside where magical rural life unfolds far away from any crowds of tourists.

The stages range in length from 50 to 90 kilometres (30 to 56 mi) and are planned so that you can spend a day in the saddle with a few breaks. On the first stages, you have to climb a lot of altitude, but the route flattens out towards the end. You can stay at some of the stage destinations longer if you wish and treat yourself to a few relaxing rest days. The stages are only a suggestion from me – you can of course decide spontaneously where you finish each day. On a cycling trip, the journey is the goal and you determine your own pace.

In the stage destinations, with the exception of Cadima, you find various accommodation options that you can book online. It’s worth taking a look at the Warmshower and Couchsurfing hosting communities too. I’ve always experienced overwhelming hospitality here and look back on my trip with so much gratitude and fond memories.
Your trip to Portugal is booked, the bike stowed and your panniers packed as lightweight as possible – you’re ready to jumpy on your saddle. The pastel de nata egg custard tarts are almost within reach. Boa viagem (happy travels)!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:45
    52.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    An exciting adventure lies ahead of you! I can only recommend you to stay in Lisbon for a few days and explore the city. Did you know that Lisbon and …

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    29.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage is just under 50 kilometers long - so you can loll extensively on the beach, make as many Pastel-de-Nata stops as you like or plan a visit …

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  • Difficult
    04:12
    40.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third stage you drive a moderate 65 kilometers with an extra dangling over the exciting Peniche peninsula. The steep gradients are kept within limits, so there is more energy to explore the places of interest that are on your route.After the first hill you will reach Peniche, a piece of authentic Portugal and surfer mecca with a mighty rocky coast. This is also where the ferries to the Berlenga Islands leave from.

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    36.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After you have stocked up on fresh fruit at the market, you cycle back towards the coast. Today there are almost 60 kilometers with a total of 570 meters of altitude on the program.A lush descent takes you to São Martinho do Porto and along the wide sandy beach, which is located in a sheltered bay and is wonderful for a sea bath.

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    58.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A good 93 kilometers of cycling happiness await you on the fifth stage. I therefore recommend that you cycle early to have enough time for long breaks. If you want …

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    36.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    475 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is planned according to the recommendation of Aires and Jacinta: Local bike enthusiasts know best where the most beautiful paths are! For 60 kilometers you drive to Aveiro, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:42
    47.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your last stage to Porto, you can look forward to a paradisiacal route through the particularly scenic nature reserve of the Ria de Aveiro. First you drive a bit back to the port area Aveiros, where the ferry takes you to São Jacinto.Now you cycle along the lagoon on the narrow peninsula, which offers a habitat for numerous species of birds. The lagoon is considered to be one of the last natural coastal moors in Europe.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    303 mi
  • Duration
    31:38 h
  • Elevation
    11,950 ft

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Bike Touring along Portugal's Atlantic Coast from Lisbon to Porto