Total: 218km (135mi)
67% asphalt + 33% dirt-roads and bike lanes
Level 2 (2.4)
Daily average: 44km (27mi)
Welcome at Lisbon airport. Drive to Fatima and a briefing about your cycling tour in Portugal.
Towards the Monastery
This is the first day on your bicycle and it is not a difficult day :). You only find a short climb of 2km at km 13, more or less. After this a long descent will come in the Natural Park until the next small town. Control your bicycle because the begining of this descent is -7% of grade. 😉
level 1 (1.4)
The beautiful Castle and The Silver Coast
Comparing with the previous day, today the bike ride is longer, but it is not considered a difficult day. It is a very rolling day on your bicycle. You will have here or there some steep but very short climbs.
level 3 (2.5)
The Most Traditional Beach in Portugal and the Monastery
Very rolling bike day until km 25. Here in Sítio place, and on the way to Nazaré beach down there, you will find a very steep descent!. Please control the speed of your bicycle on this slope of the hill. The inclination is -10% of grade and it takes 1km of length.
The day is an easy day, so that you can have time enough to visit another impressive Monastery from 12th century, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO list.
level 3 (2.6)
The Most-Well Preserved Medieval Town
Now that you are at sea level you have to do a climb. This climb, at km 14, is long and its final section is steeper, but it worth it because the great view from its top to the blue ocean is something! 🙂 The climb is 1.6km long and the average grade is 4%, but the last section (300 meters) is steeper with 6% of grade. Then you have a long and very pleasant descent for 6km (-3% grade). Another short climb of 2km at km 24 with 5% grade and that is it for today, basically. When you get to the top of this hill maybe you will feel some wind that comes from your right side, the west side (Atlantic ocean). It is normal :D. A long descent of 4km will lead you to the beach area, again. After this, small ups and downs will apper until you get to the next hotel.
level 3 (3.0)
This is the last day of your hybrid bicycle tour, and the longest day of you bike program. It is a very rolling day, but prepare yourself for a hilly section beetwen km 16 and 20 with an average of 4% of grade. Today you will ride sometimes on dirt-roads, other times on asphalted roads, along Obidos Lagoon or the beaches of the Atlantic coast.
Pay attention now: when you get to km 35 of the bike day, you can opt to go directly to the hotel (it is very close) or you can opt to do 12km more, that is the perimeter of Peniche Peninsula, with very great views to the ocean and the beautiful shapes of rocks, and the views to the islands of Berlengas and the shores and beaches. 😉
level 3 (2.7)
After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport (1-hour drive).