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From cloisters to castles and palaces to gardens, the greater Lisbon region is tremendously rich in culture, history, and nature, as well as famous for its superb cuisine and wines. Come and visit some of the most stunning monuments and gardens in the region. Your tour guides will use their know-how to provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Enjoy cycling and tasting Portugal's exquisite dishes!
On every journey, you will stay in charming, authentic historical buildings converted into premium hotels. Terracotta Journeys has selected the best hotels or inns in every place you visit. Occasionally, you may stay in a charming inn in order to get to know an amazing yet remote region or route. For private group or custom trips, there is a possibility of staying in charming inexpensive inns that allow competitive price. Terracotta Journeys has inspected all possible hotels in each tour region and selected the best ones for you. Most of the hotels have 4 or 5 stars, comfortable historic and / or charm hotels. Terracotta Journeys wants to ensure you get the rest you deserve after a day of bicycling or hiking.
A short transfer takes you to the Ribatejo region and you will 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, you will sleep in Óbidos, a picture-perfect walled village with meticulously kept 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, you will sleep within the castle walls in a classical and charming hotel.
Distance: 44 miles / 70 kilometers or 19 miles / 30 kilometers.
After a short transfer, you will cycle the calm back roads heading south (generally, you get tailwinds) in the direction of lovely Sintra. Tonight, you will 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. Lord Byron, the poet, 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. You will select a few monuments to visit and afterwards relax in town over piping hot travesseiro (pillow) pastries, a local specialty.
Distance: 22 miles / 36 kilometers.
Today, you will depart from the doorstep of the 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, you will start a hike to the most westerly point in Europe, Cabo da Roca, or the rock cape, over the cliffs above the waves. When you 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, you will choose your own place for dinner. It is no accident that Terracotta Journeys calls Cascais its home.
Distance: Bike 24 miles / 38 kilometers with optional hike along the coast: 6 miles / 10 kilometers.
After a transfer across the Tejo River to the castle town of Palmela, fabulous panoramic views await you as you 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, you will continue to cycle along the breathtaking cliffs of Arrábida. When you have spent all of your energy, you will attend a traditional tile-painting workshop and / or visit a local winery estate. After a good day of cycling, it's time to bid farewell, with a transfer to Lisbon.
Distance: 31 miles / 50 kilometers.
This culinary and cycling tour takes place in Portugal, visiting several areas such as Obidos, Sintra, and Serra da Arrábida.
Daily breakfasts, one picnic lunch, and two dinners featuring regional cuisine with wine are included in this vacation. During the cycling trip, you will enjoy great food from start to finish. There will be grilled fish served with chilled white wine, meat with clams, and so on. Since Eva is a bit of a foodie and gourmet home cook, she makes sure that your picnics are tip top and that Terracotta Journeys finds the very best restaurants and wine cellars in any given area, not just the fanciest places. Terracotta Journeys strives to introduce you to the best of the local cuisines. One of the richest aspects of Spain and Portugal is the diversity of foods and wines available from region to region.
You will have plenty of time during your break to explore the area you are visiting. In Obidos, for example, the atmosphere makes it perfect to visit local tavern and taste ginginha, the liqueur made from locally grown cherries.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).