Home > Lisbon and its Coast: Obidos to Cascais via Sintra
No visit to Lisbon can really be complete without a tour of its coast as well, and this bike trip combines both in a 5-day exploration through pretty towns and seaside villages, lovely open countryside, and stunning stretches of cliffs and beaches. Spend time in Portugal’s vibrant, historic capital before or after the cycling stages, when you’ll ride leisurely from Obidos to Cascais along the nearby coast. Spectacular views on the Peniche peninsula and whitewashed fisherman’s cottages in charming Ericeira are just some of the delights this itinerary promises, never leading you off the scenic route.
Following a mix of quiet roads and cycle paths, you’ll be introduced to the luxurious palaces of Sintra Natural Park and find yourself at the westernmost tip of Europe, gazing out over the Atlantic as it curves on the horizon. Delicious local cuisine of fresh seafood and nightly accommodations in comfortable 4-star hotels are just the cherry on top of this remarkable adventure.
Arrive at Lisbon Airport, where we’ll meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Obidos. After a briefing and bike fitting with your local representative, the rest of the day is at your leisure! Perched prettily on a hilltop, Obidos was once an ancient Roman settlement. Wander through the narrow streets and admire the well-preserved medieval architecture, from the Moorish castle to the fortified walls. Pick up some bedtime reading for your trip at one of the town’s 14 bookstores -- one which sells fish as well as books!
Your cycling begins with a beautiful ride towards the Atlantic coast. First, you’ll pedal the length of the Obidos lagoon, until it meets the ocean at a gorgeous sandy beach. Continuing south, lovely tree-lined roads and pastel towns greet you as you dip inland. Making your return to the coast by Peniche, the itinerary will lead you on a short loop around the peninsula, giving you a tour of coastal rock formations and stunning views at Cape Carvoeiro before arriving at your hotel. Take advantage of the numerous restaurants in this quaint seaside town and enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh fish and seafood as a reward for a satisfying first day.
From the sea, you’ll now head inland for a different kind of scenery -- typical villages with red-roofed white houses, and an invigorating countryside dotted with farms and orchards that gradually gives way to lush limestone valleys towards the latter end of your ride. Your destination today is Ericeira, the European “Mecca of Surf”. Ericeira is also one of the most beautiful fishing villages in all of Portugal, with a charming town center where stone fountains, fisherman’s cottages, and trendy shops and eateries nestle together along narrow cobbled streets. At night, you’ll rest well at your 4-star hotel, lulled to peaceful sleep by the sounds of waves falling on the rocks below.
Today, you will cycle into Sintra Natural Park, one of the thirteen natural parks of Portugal, and home to a number of stunning palaces and estates. Quiet roads lead you through lush wooded hills and small villages as you follow the rolling landscape deeper into the park and towards the picturesque town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, you can spend the rest of the day like a kid in a candy shop, exploring the surrounding wonders: there’s Monserrate and its park, constructed in an exquisite Romantic style; the astonishing domes, towers, and walkways at Pena Palace, on one of the tallest peaks in Sintra; and the imposing Castle of the Moors, overlooking the town...to name just a few!
If yesterday was all about Portugal’s cultural treasures, it’s the natural wonders that are the stars of today’s final stage. Leaving Sintra and its palaces behind, you’ll head west towards the ocean and Cape Roca--the westernmost point in continental Europe. Rising 150m (492 ft) above sea level, the cape offers jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic where its meets the sculpted cliffs and nestled beaches along Portugal’s coastline. Fill up your camera with photos, and get back on your bike for a scenic descent along the coast to cap off the day. In Cascais, you’ll find a lovely seaside town with some nice museums and gorgeous beaches, perfect for relaxing at the end of an unforgettable week.
Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! We’ll transfer you back to Lisbon, your suitcases and hearts a little fuller than when you arrived.
4 nights in 4-star hotels and 1 night in a 3-star hotel