Portugal : Mainland Portugal

Coimbra to Lisbon Cycling

Trip code: C11PO

Self-guided cycling

11 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Scenic cycling routes alongside the Atlantic; pine forests and picturesque fishing villages
  • Explore UNESCO Coimbra and the medieval white-washed town of Obidos
  • Three nights in Lisbon; vibrant culture, lively markets and world-class museums

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Fado show day 2

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Embark on an unforgettable cycling journey starting from the historic city of Coimbra, meandering southward along Portugal's enchanting Silver Coast, and concluding in the medieval town of Obidos. From there, your adventure continues to the lively capital of Lisbon, where three nights are included for you to soak up the city's ancient allure.

Begin your exploration in Coimbra, home to the UNESCO-listed University, renowned for its breathtaking architecture and rich history. Stroll through its cobblestone streets and indulge in a dinner accompanied by a traditional fado show on the second night, immersing yourself in the city's vibrant ambiance. Cycling alongside the Atlantic, you'll traverse picturesque landscapes and charming villages, including the quaint fishing village of Nazare, where time seems to stand still amidst crashing waves and colourful boats. Discover hidden beaches, rugged cliffs, and awe-inspiring viewpoints that showcase Portugal's stunning coastline.

Venture inland to explore the walled town of Obidos, with its maze of streets and white houses, perfect for leisurely strolls. Don't miss the chance to sample the famous Ginjinha de Obidos, a sour brandy drink often served in small chocolate cups.

Conclude your adventure by travelling by train (not included) to Lisbon, where old-world charm blends seamlessly with modern sophistication. Wander through the winding streets of Alfama, admire the majestic beauty of the Belem Tower, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant cultural scene, from bustling markets to world-class museums. While in Lisbon, take the opportunity to visit nearby Sintra, the former summer retreat of Portuguese nobility, or Cascais, known for its beautiful promenade and historic mansions.

Please note: Cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Portugal for anyone using an e-bike.

Terrain

The suggested routes mainly follow a mixture of quiet country roads and dedicated cycle paths, either beside the road or separate from the road, and along some tracks.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Coimbra

Arrive at your hotel in Coimbra.

You stay at Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra.

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Hotel Vila Gale, Coimbra

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The Vila Gale Hotel is a large riverfront property around a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. The rooms are modern and spacious with every possible convenience. The hotel also has a spa with an indoor pool, hammam and gym, and by the riverside the large outdoor pool is also ideal for relaxing at the end of the trip. The grand public rooms on the ground floor are very high and light, with lots of glass making the building very light and attractive.

Day 2: At Coimbra

After a morning briefing and bike delivery you are free to explore Coimbra. Stroll along the Mondego river and marvel at the majestic Baroque Joanina library within the historic university. Delve into the rich art collection at Museo de Castro, housed within the splendid Bishop's Palace, acclaimed as one of Portugal's finest and wander through the bustling streets and verdant plazas, each offering a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. In the evening a traditional fado show is included showcasing the soulful melodies of Portugal, followed by an evening meal in a traditional restaurant.

Day 3: Coimbra to Figueira da Foz (53km/32.9mi)

Cycle along the fertile valley of the Mondego River from Coimbra to Figueira do Foz. As you pedal through picturesque landscapes of farmland and rice fields, make a delightful stop at Montemor o Velho, nestled midway along your route. Here, indulge in a leisurely lunch and immerse yourself in history as you explore the ancient castle, a monument dating back to 1088, predating even the existence of Portugal itself. Then, resume your journey towards the coast, where Figueira da Foz awaits, boasting expansive sandy beaches.

You stay at Exe Hotel Wellington.

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Exe Hotel Wellington , Figueira da Foz

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Exe Wellington hotel is located in the heart of Figueira da Foz and along with bright, modern rooms the hotel also offers a gym, outside solarium, massage room and pizzeria.

Day 4: Figueira da Foz to Praia da Vieira (44km/27.3mi)

Pedal along the serene cycle path that winds its way through an immense pine forest, stopping at Lagoa da Ervedeira, where the fragrance of pine trees mingles with the salty breeze from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Beaches like Praia do Pedrogoa, nestled amidst the pine forest-covered dunes, offer a resting point before reaching Praia da Vieira.

You stay at Hotel Cristal.

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Hotel Cristal, Praia da Vieira

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Hotel Cristal Vieira Praia & SPA features is situated in front of a sandy beach.
The modern rooms are elegantly decorated in light tones. Featuring air conditioning, the rooms have a minibar and a private bathroom.

Day 5: Praia da Vieira to Nazare (38km/23.6mi)

Pedal along the Estrada Atlantica (Atlantic Road) through the remnants of the historic Leiria National Forest, originally planted in the 15th century to supply timber for Portugal's shipbuilding during the Age of Discoveries. Exiting the forest, trace the coast towards Sao Pedro de Moel, then bay hop towards Nazare. Witness breathtaking views from the cliffs above the fishing village and and relax in the timeless ambiance of seaside life, where fishermen mend their nets and sardines dry in the sun.

You stay at Hotel Praia.

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Hotel Praia , Nazare

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Located in the centre of town, with Nazare beach just 50m away the 4-star Hotel Praia has a rooftop covered pool with panoramic sea view and spacious air-conditioned rooms with a balcony.

Day 6: At Nazare

Stroll on the beach or past the sleek yachts in the marina, or head to Praia do Norte, famous amongst surfers for its giant waves, thanks to the Nazare canyon, a submarine geomorphological phenomenon. Wander the the narrow streets perpendicular to the beach to get to know Nazare better and take a break in one of the restaurants to enjoy a plate of fresh seafood. The beachfront is THE place to be for sunset - all the world is here - with an infectiously upbeat atmosphere.

Day 7: Nazare to Foz do Arelho (27km/16.8mi)

Leave Nazare behind and head for Sao Martinho do Porto for lunch and a swim in the azure bay before a coast road leads on to the placid lagoon at Foz do Arelho whose colours range from emerald to topaz.

You stay at Hotel Agua d'Almas.

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Hotel Agua d'Almas, Foz do Arelho

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Hotel Agua d'Alma is a family-run hotel in its 3rd generation. Situated between Óbidos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean the rooms are spacious and comfortable.

Day 8: Foz do Arelho to Obidos (15km/9.3mi)

Your shortest cycling day, giving you plenty of time to a morning and, if you fancy, lunch on the beach before pedalling off past little fishing boats as you leave the placid lagoon and head into the valleys of sweeping vibes. Its a gentle climb to the medieval hilltop town of Obidos, undoubtedly one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements. Try Ginjinha, a sweet cherry liqueur, perhaps as an aperitif before dinner tonight.

You stay at The Literary Man.

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The Literary Man, Obidos

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The Literary Man Óbidos Hotel, located in a former convent, dating from the 19th century, is a unique literary hotel and the largest in the world in this category. The rooms combine a mixture of traditional decor and an ecological, modern style.
A variety of international books are distributed around the hotel; there is also a gin bar and a lounge with an antique fireplace and a restaurant where guests can choose from a literary menu.

Day 9: Obidos to Lisbon

Take the train (payable locally to ensure maximum flexibility) to Lisbon; before departing spend time explore Obidos where the castle walls encircle timeless white houses in sun kissed cobbled alleys splashed with flowers.
Arrive in Lisbon where you spend the next 3 nights allowing you plenty of time to explore the city.

You stay at Hotel Marques de Pombal.

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Hotel Marques de Pombal, Lisbon

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Situated in the heart of Lisbon the rooms at Hotel Marquês de Pombal are decorated in an elegant Portuguese style alluding to the city's main monuments. The hotel has a spa and fitness centre and restaurant and bar.

Day 10 & 11: At Lisbon

Head to Sao Jorge Castle for panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards steeped in history. Then, head to Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district, known for its winding streets, colorful tiles, and Fado music. Discover hidden gems like the Lisbon Cathedral amidst its charming atmosphere.
On one of the days you could take the train to Cascais or UNESCO-listed Sintra. Sintra boasts fairy tale palaces like Pena Palace and enchanting gardens at Quinta da Regaleira. Explore charming streets and try the local pastries, queijadas and travesseiros. In Cascais, relax on golden beaches or visit Fortaleza de Cascais.

Day 12 Depart Lisbon

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $690.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $690.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Electric bikes
TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

The website is very informative and the advisor was extremely helpful.

6 Feb 2024

Excellent. Helen was very knowledgeable and able to provide exactly what I needed in terms of airport choice and an extra night.

Jean Evanson, 25 Jan 2024

Responsive and helpful.Quick turnaround and named representative.

Alan Swift, 24 Jan 2024

Prompt and personal reply on the phones. willing to listen and makes changes as we wanted them.
A little disappointed that we're still awaiting flights but understand as we've booked so far in advance, however, consequently, the price is subject to change which isn't ideal. Hence 4 stars not 5.

27 Nov 2023


Self-guided cycling

11 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

11 nights from $3650

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Call: +44 1606 720199

 

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