The Romantic Mini Bike Tour of Greater Lisboa in Portugal
From Cloisters to Castles & Palaces to Gardens- The Greater Lisboa region is tremendously rich in culture, history and nature,as well as famous for its superb cuisine and wines. Join us and visit some of the most stunning monuments and gardens in the region. We use our know-how to provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
|Trip - Bike Tour:||Romantic Tour of Greater Lisboa|
|Dates:||Please check the tour dates here. But for the Romantic Mini tour we|
|have many more departure dates. Contact us.|
|Length:||4 days / 3 nights|
|Accommodation:||Premium accommodation: the most luxurious and charming historical hotels|
|Meals:||All breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine, and 1 picnic lunch.|
|Single Supplement:||80 USD / night|
|Daily mileage:||19 - 44 miles / day, with optional distances daily.|
|Level:||Choice of easy or moderate|
|Interests:||Romantic ambiance of palaces, castles convents and gardens.|
|Arrive / Depart:||Lisbon Airport|
ROMANTIC MINI TOUR LISBOA
US $1,595 – Premium Accommodation
- Obidos: a picture perfect walled castle village, ginginha liqueur.
- Sintra: palaces, castle, lush scenery and pastries.
- Cabo da Roca: the most westerly point in Europe.
- Serra da Arrábida: natural park with spectacular sea views and convent.
- Azeitão: cheese, wine-making; hand-painted tile-making workshop.
- Great food from start to finish: grilled fish served with chilled white wine, meat with clams, etc.
- 4 days / 3 nights in premium accommodation.
- 2 dinners featuring regional cuisine with wine, 1 picnic lunch and all breakfasts.
- Full use of high-quality, new Trek 7.3 FX hybrid bicycles with GPS routes, a front pouch and a small under the seat pouch
- Guilt-free mini-van support with snacks and beverages and highly experienced and enthusiastic multilingual guides.
- Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals.
- Entries for specific monuments, events or points of interest .
- Baggage transfers and handling.
Note: for private group tours contact us about alternative tour dates and lengths.
DAY 1 ÓBIDOS
A short transfer takes us to the Ribatejo region and we’ll cycle along the quiet and flat back roads of the Tejo River plain past farms, vineyards and roadside fruit stands while flocks of egrets fly overhead. Tonight, we sleep in Óbidos, a picture-perfect walled village with meticulously kempt whitewashed houses covered in vines and flowers. It is impossible not to succumb to the village’s charms. Its name comes from the Latin oppidum, meaning “citadel” or “fortified city” and its walls are still standing today. The tranquil atmosphere is perfect for quiet conversation in a local tavern and tasting ginginha, the liqueur made from locally grown cherries. Tonight we’ll sleep within the castle walls in a classical and charming hotel.
Distance: 44 m / 70 Km or 19 m / 30 km
DAY 2 SINTRA
After a short transfer, we’ll cycle the calm back roads heading south (generally we get tailwinds) in the direction of lovely Sintra. Tonight, we stay in the charming Lawrence’s Hotel, the oldest hotel in Europe still in operation. Sintra is a lush mountain town jutting out of the landscape topped with a fantastical pink palace and 8th century castle. The poet, Lord Byron called it a “glorious eden”. It is no surprise then, that this UNESCO World Heritage site was once the summer residence for the kings. Set among lush vegetation, it boasts two palaces, a Moorish castle, many convents and private estates as well as museums. We’ll select a few monuments to visit and afterwards relax in town over piping hot travesseiro (pillow) pastries, a local specialty.
Distance: 22 m / 36 km
Watch this video of places we visit.
DAY 3 CASCAIS / SINTRA
We’ll depart from the doorstep of our hotel and bike through the forest of Sintra Natural Park to visit the moss-covered Capuchos Monastery with its tiny cork-lined chambers for the monks and then coast down to Praia Grande on the Atlantic. After a short pit stop we’ll start our hike to the most westerly point in Europe – Cabo da Roca or “the rock cape” over the cliffs above the waves. When we are done, there is the option to ride downhill along the winding coast to Guincho beach and Cascais, a once tiny fishing-village now turned world-class sailing center. After exploring this pedestrian friendly beach town with its many souvenir shops, cafes and seafood restaurants choose your own place for dinner. It is no accident that Terracotta Journeys calls Cascais its home.
Distance: Bike 24 m / 38 Km with optional hike along the coast: 6 m / 10 km.
DAY 4 PALMELA / ARRABIDA NATURAL PARK
After a transfer across the Tejo River to the castle town of Palmela, fabulous panoramic views await us as we cycle through Arrábida’s many vineyards and the forested cliffs of the natural park down to the tiny bay of Portinho de Arrabida. After a gourmet picnic and we’ll continue to cycle along the breathtaking cliffs of Arrábida. When we’ve spent all of our energy we’ll attend a traditional tile-painting workshop and/or visit a local winery estate. After a good day of cycling is farewell, with a transfer to Lisbon.
(Trivia: Did you know that the Portuguese are the biggest consumers and producers of rice in Europe? This is probably due to their historical connection to the Eastern world and their discovery of new lands).
Distance: 31 miles / 50 km