Places you’ll see
Cycling along the Silver Coast in Portugal is an unforgettable experience that will take you to some of the most fascinating villages in the country. Discover rolling hills, stunning beaches, and lush pine forests as you explore its main highlights. Along the way, try local seafood dishes with green wine, and sample delectable desserts native to the area. Visit Castel of Pena and Castel of Óbidos to get a glimpse into bygone eras – their age-old structures will surely inspire you to return soon and uncover more of Portugal’s wonders!
Day 1 Figueira da Foz transfer
Day 2 Figueira da Foz – São Pedro de Moel (65 KM)
Beginning along the shore of Portugal, Figueira da Foz is a city in the Coimbra district with a renowned beach that earns it its nickname of “Queen of the Beaches”. Although primarily an industrial hub famous for wood pulp, paper and glass production as well as naval construction and fishing industries, visitors are sure to enjoy its warm climate and tasty cuisine. Our journey then brings us to Pedrogão; with nearly 1400 meters of beachside bliss, it makes for an ideal spot to take a cycling break. For centuries, São Pedro de Moel has been renowned for its agricultural and fishing industries. Even today, you can find Xávega Art, a symbol of this timeless tradition. Exploring this mesmerizing region by bicycle is an unforgettable experience. Take in vast pine forests while on “Volta dos Sete”, a seven-kilometer span that combines lovely beaches with lush forests, parks, fountains and streams. Don’t forget to sample some traditional fare such as Vidreiro soup or Rabbit stew – both are simply delectable!
Day 3 São Pedro de Moel – Nazaré (29 Km)
Travelling by bicycle to Nazaré, an idyllic coastal town characterised by stunning views from a large cliff face which can be reached either by car or the funicular lift. Recently, the city has become renowned for its waves and surf due to the “Cannon of Nazaré” – a deep submarine canyon running along 170km of coast at 5000 metres depth. This was made famous in 2011 when Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara surfed an enormous wave here. We then stop at Beach of the North, part of the area around Nazaré that experiences some of Europe’s biggest surfable waves.
Day 4 Nazaré – Óbidos (47 Km)
Following Nazaré, the town of Óbidos is a must-see for those visiting Portugal. A classic walled settlement, visitors are treated to stunning scenery: windmills dotting the horizon alongside vineyards and green farmlands. Upon entering this residential area one will notice cobblestone streets and whitewashed homes with terracotta roofs. Twice a year, the city holds festivities that draw much attention from tourists: The Medieval Market celebrates classic European culture while the Chocolate Festival displays intricate chocolate sculptures.
The beautiful destination of São Martinho do Porto is now a city of passage. Long ago, this area that consists of the Serra da Pescaria and the Bouro mountain was one unified island. The separation of these two areas originated the bay at São Martinho do Porto. In 2015, eDreams named it as one of the best beaches to bring the family for a day in the sun.
Day 5 Óbidos – Peniche (35 Km)
In and around Peniche
It is the fifth day and we will journey to Peniche, a city built upon a rocky peninsula viewed as an exceptional example of Toarcian turnover during the worldwide Early Jurassic extinction. This area is renowned for its lengthy beaches providing visitors with plenty of recreational activities such as surfing, windsurfing, body boarding and kite surfing; with frequent winds accompanied by excellent surf breaks such as supertubos, earning itself European fame. Just 10 kilometres away lie the Berlengas islands which are part of the municipality and constitute one of initial nature reserves in the world. As the day passes, our cycling stop at Lagoa de Óbidos awaits us – a lagoon located between Óbidos and Caldas da Rainha that functions as an oceanic wall dividing marine biomes from river ecosystems around Foz do Arelho.
Day 6 Peniche – Ericeira (68 Km)
In and around Ericeira
On the western coast of Portugal, Ericeira is a civil parish and seaside resort/fishing community located in the municipality of Mafra. Situated only 35 kilometres northwest of the capital city, Lisbon, this charming town was a popular summer spot for many during the 1940s and 1950s. It continues to attract tourists from all corners of the world today due to its numerous beaches with favourable surfing conditions. In addition, Ericeira’s musical culture flourishes – since 1849, Filarmónica Cultural Ericeira has been providing free music lessons to those passionate about local music heritage. Lastly, Santa Cruz beach is one that draws plenty of wave sport lovers who pass by here on their travels! 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.
Day 7 Ericeira – Sintra (27 Km)
This day will be one to remember as our journey takes us away from the coast and leads us to the city of Sintra. This world-renowned area has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its many Romantic architectural monuments that date back to the 19th century, making it a popular tourist destination for those taking day trips from Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Nature Park, visitors can explore various royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings such as Castelo dos Mouros, Pena National Palace and Sintra National Palace; all of which are known for their medieval charm.
Day 8 Sintra – Cascais (40 Km)
At the journey’s end lies Cascais, a coastal city west of Lisbon. Located in Portugal’s wealthiest municipality, this former fishing village was made famous by its resort status during the 19th and 20th centuries catering to the Portuguese royal family. Today it is popular among vacationers from around the world due to its nearby beaches such Guincho Beach, cliffs with spectacular views of the ocean at Boca do Inferno, as well as numerous golf courses. The picturesque Sintra mountains neighboring Cascais are an additional attraction for many visitors.
A must-see for all visitors, Sintra – Cascais Natural Park is one of Portugal’s 13 natural parks. Spanning from Serra de Sintra Mountain Range to Cabo da Roca, Portugal’s westernmost point, this remarkable park holds a number of wonders – most notably, Castle of Moors.