The Way of St. James - The Coast Route "easy"

13 Days | 12 Nights
3/5 Moderate to hard
493 Km

Porto to Lisbon Cycling tour

The green Coast and the Silver Coast



Join the Silver Route 1 and Silver Route 2 and cycle from Porto to Lisbon in this great trip between the 2 biggest cities of Portugal.

If you would like to make this bike tour shorter in some days, contact us and ask us for a quote.


Route description:

  • The first 50% of the route is flat terrain and the other 50% has short and steep climbs.
  • 60 % bicycle lanes, 30 % secondary paved roads with low traffic, 10% dirt roads near the ocean.


Itinerary:


Day 1 - Porto reception

Day 2 - Porto - Furadouro ( 47 Km)

Day 3 - Furadouro - Aveiro ( 45 KM)

Day 4 - Aveiro - Praia de Mira (40 Km)

Day 5 - Praia de Mira - Figueira da Foz ( 50 Km)

Day 6 - Figueira da Foz – São Pedro de Moel (65 KM)

Day 7: -São Pedro de Moel – Nazaré (29 Km) – praia do norte- giant waves!

Day 8 - Nazaré – Óbidos (47 Km) – São Martinho do Porto

Day 9 - Óbidos – Peniche (35 Km) – Óbidos lagoon

Day 10 -Peniche – Ericeira (68 Km) – Santa Cruz beach

Day 11 -Ericeira – Sintra (27 Km)

Day 12 -Sintra – Cascais (40 Km) – natural park Sintra- Cascais

Day 13 - Departure to Lisbon

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Day 1 - Porto reception
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Day 2 - Porto - Furadouro ( 47 Km)
You will make the coast towards the small village of Furadouro. Leaving Porto, you will cross the city center of Porto, heading toward the river through one of the most famous bridges in Portugal. After crossing the Don Luis I bridge, you will enter the city of Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can observe the famous cellars of Porto wine. During this journey you will observe one of the most important icons, the chapel of Senhor da Pedra located in Miramar Beach. You will have time to taste traditional fish dishes at lunch time in Espinho. Arriving in the city of Ovar, there is the opportunity to taste the famous bread-cake, the highlight for tourists with a tradition of more than two centuries, and the convent sweets. Being Ovar a fishing ground can still taste the famous stews of fish or eels. You will have the opportunity to see the famous Chapel of the Steps, which is classified as a National Interest Monument.
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Day 3 - Furadouro - Aveiro ( 45 KM)
Continuing the path along the coast, on the road N327, towards the city of Aveiro, known as the little Venice of Portugal. Ride by several fishing villages, one of which is the town of Torreira. Continuing our way see the famous natural reserve of S. Jacinto, where you can observe several species of birds. To accomplish the crossing to Aveiro, make the passage via Ferry Boat. Arrive at the famous city of Aveiro where you can visit the Jesus Monastery, observe the tiles from the train station and make a boat tour on the Ria de Aveiro.
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Day 4 - Aveiro - Praia de Mira (40 Km)
On this route of 40km, you shall know the city of Ílhavo, famous for the manufacture of porcelain, Vista Alegre. With over 200 years of tradition as well, you can observe the fantastic scenery of the famous Costa Nova do Prado, where the beaches are intertwined with the rural, creating a unique environment where there is the opportunity to view the famous haystack houses on the waterfront, easily recognizable by the paintings on vertical colored bands.
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Day 5 - Praia de Mira - Figueira da Foz ( 50 Km)
You will be pleased to meet the hidden and beautiful barrinha lagoon, also "fed" by the Ria de Aveiro. The adventure follows the famous pine forest inserted in the dunes, where the aroma of the trees combines with the sea breeze, sea area that is quite exploited by sailing boats and windsurfing. Coming finally to the "Queen of the Silver Coast," Figueira da Foz, famous for its long beaches, where the beautiful River Mondego flows.
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Day 6 - Figueira da Foz – São Pedro de Moel (65 KM)
This amazing cycling trip starts alongside the Atlantic Ocean in Figueira da Foz, a city in the center of Portugal, located in the district of Coimbra. Here you can enjoy one of the best beaches in Portugal since this city is known as the "Queen of the Portuguese beaches". In the middle of your journey you will get to Pedrogão. The citizens of this region have always been dedicated to agriculture and fishing, implementing traditional means known as "Xávega", a brand image that still persists. You will eventually get to your final destination São Pedro de Moel, surrounded by extensive areas of pine forests. This little town offers various points of leisure and communion with nature. A particular note is the famous "Volta dos Sete": a course of approximately 7 km, which combines sea, woods and beach, with pure forest, parks, fountains and streams. The typical dishes that stand out are the: "Vidreiro" soup, Cod soup and Rabbit stew.
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Day 7: São Pedro de Moel – Nazaré (29 Km) – praia do norte- giant waves!
Heading towards Nazaré, a beautiful and quiet seaside town, with a breathtaking view from the top of a big cliff, the ride today will be of shorter distance. Nowadays, the great attraction of this city are the waves and the surfing. This happens due to a submarine geomorphological phenomenon, "Cannon of Nazaré", that allows the formation of giant and perfect waves. It is the largest submerged gorge in Europe, with about 170 kilometres along the coast, which is 5000 meters deep. The Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara gave it worldwide visibility when, in 2011, he surfed the world's biggest wave.
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Day 8 - Nazaré – Óbidos (47 Km) – São Martinho do Porto
Leaving Nazaré the next village is Óbidos. Without doubt this town is one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements and visitors can also enjoy amazing views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. In the residential area below, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with whitewashed houses, supporting terracotta roofs. Every year the city organizes two important events, the first one is a traditional 'Medieval Market', where the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. The second one is the Chocolate Festival. This one also attracts great interest from tourists, amazed by the real-life chocolate sculptures. São Martinho do Porto is the city of passage today. This region constituted by the "Serra da Pescaria" and by the "Bouro" mountain. In previous geological times they formed a single island. When it was divided it gave rise to the bay of São Martinho do Porto. São Martinho do Porto was even considered the best beach to go with the family in the guide of 2015 beaches of eDreams.
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Day 9 - Óbidos – Peniche (35 Km) – Óbidos lagoon
Returning to the coastal area, you will ride towards the city of Peniche. The city was built on a rocky peninsula which is considered by geologists, a unique example of the Toarcian turnover during the worldwide Early Jurassic extinction. Peniche is known for its long beaches, which are popular for recreational activities and sports such as surfing, windsurfing, body boarding and kite surfing. These beaches are consistently windy, which allows for good surfing, with decent waves and supertubes. Berlengas islands, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) offshore from the peninsula, are part of the municipality. They form one of the world's first nature reserves. You will also be able to make a stop at "Lagoa de Óbidos", which is a lagoon that extends between the municipalities of Óbidos and Caldas da Rainha. It is a natural barrier that separate the Atlantic Ocean and marine biome from the river ecosystem of "Foz do Arelho" formed by lateral dunes.
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Day 10 -Peniche – Ericeira (68 Km) – Santa Cruz beach
Leaving Peniche but continuing along the coast the next destination is Ericeira. Ericeira is a civil parish and seaside resort/fishing community on the western coast of Portugal, in the municipality of Mafra, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of the capital, Lisbon. Ericeira was a popular summer retreat for many of Lisbon's families in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, it is a popular destination for local and visiting tourists, as well as surfers from around the world. Ericeira is also keen on its musical culture. The local philharmonic, currently named Filarmónica Cultural Ericeira, has existed since 1849 and pursues a path of success in this villages's musical heritage with a permanent free musical school for all who love this type of culture. The beach of Santa Cruz it´s the place of passage during this day, and it is a place that is conducive to a large part of wave sports. Every year there is the "Ocean Spirit" festival of wave sports where international competitions of various kinds are held.
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Day 11 -Ericeira – Sintra (27 Km)
On this day, the route leaves the coast and goes to the city of Sintra. This place is known for its many XIXth-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in Sintra's classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It has become a major tourist center, visited by many one day-travellers who travel from the capital Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are places with royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the medievil Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.
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Day 12 -Sintra – Cascais (40 Km) – natural park Sintra- Cascais
Continuing through the center, this cycling tour ends at the coastal city of Cascais. Situated west of Lisbon it is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. Cascais is surrounded by popular beaches such as "Praia do Guincho" to the west, and the lush Sintra mountains to the north. Some of its shoreline has cliffs, attracting tourists who come for the panoramic views of the sea and other natural sights. It is also becoming a popular golf destination, with over 10 golf courses nearby. The Sintra – Cascais Natural Park it´s a mandatory place to visit and admire, because it is one of the 13 Natural Parks of Portugal, it includes the "Serra de Sintra" and extends all the way to the coast.
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Day 13- Departure to Lisbon
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Luggage shuttling
Porto Airport Transfers
Trains or Bus Tickets
Van Support
GPS With route per booking
Bike rent
Guide
Mechanical Assistance
11 lunches
11 Dinners
Personal Accident Insurance
Liability Insurance
12 Nights / 13 Days ( price per person)
July, August and September Prices
Min. Participants
Self Guided bike tour
2779
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
No
GPS With route per booking
Yes
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
No
Mechanical Assistance
No
11 lunches
No
11 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
No
Liability Insurance
No
12 Nights / 13 Days ( price per person)
2.779 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 2500 €
Min. Participants
2
Guided bike tour
3591
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
minimum 8 participants
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
11 lunches
No
11 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
12 Nights / 13 Days ( price per person)
3.589 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 250 €
Min. Participants
4
Guided bike tour PLUS*
4629
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
Yes
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
Yes
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
11 lunches
Yes
11 Dinners
Yes
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
12 Nights / 13 Days ( price per person)
4.629 €
July, August and September Prices
+ 250 €
Min. Participants
4

Observations:

  • Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
  • Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends

Extras

  • Electric bicycles price: 250€
  • Supplement for single room: 589 €
  • Solo traveler: 400 €
  • Extra nights: on request

**Observations:** * Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room; * Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends **Extras** * Electric bicycles price: 250€ * Supplement for single room: 589 € * Solo traveler: 400 € * Extra nights: on request

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