Type

Road

Duration

11 Days & 10 Nights

Next Departure

21 Jun 2024

Status

Confirmed Departure

From

3.000 EUR

Bike Madrid to Lisbon Road

The Bike Madrid Lisbon Road is considered one of the most epic adventures in Europe. Riders embark on a 1,100 kilometer journey, biking from Madrid, the capital of Spain, to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, in 11 days. The route is divided into nine guided stages that take you over the Castilian Divide mountain range, including famous cols from ‘La Vuelta a España’ and lesser-known gems in Portugal. You’ll chase the sun along the magnificent Atlantic coast to reach Europe’s westernmost point – Roca Cape.

The Iberian Peninsula is an ideal location for cycling, with spectacular mountain roads that go for kilometers and mild weather that sets it apart from any other place in Europe. This route provides an excellent opportunity to explore some of Europe’s best-kept secrets, with diverse landscapes and stunning views of mountain ranges. As you cross the interior of Spain and Portugal, you’ll discover rich historical sites that transport you back in time to previous centuries. You’ll also get to experience the calm life of the locals and enjoy their delicious cuisine, all while staying at comfortable accommodations.

Highlights

  • Mountain Passages
  • Epic cycling road route
  • A lifetime adventure
  • 9 days pure cycling
  • 1.100 km | + 18.000 m ascent

Tour Information

Included

  • Pre-departure Information Pack
  • Liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Welcome briefing in English & bike fitting
  • Full Road Bike Guided Tour - 9 Riding days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Support vehicle
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Transfers on arrival and departure day
  • 10 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 9 Picnics (D2 to D10)
  • 10 Dinners (D1 to D10)
  • Water, fruits and energy bars
  • Support pack bike for transportation
  • Madrid-Lisbon Bike Jersey

Excluded

  • All non-mentioned Services or Activities
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Bicycle and individual equipment
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Price

    3.000 EUR

  • Single room supplement

    +1.000 EUR

  • Duration

    11 Days & 10 Nights

  • Accommodation

    Superior

  • Start / Finish

    Madrid / Cascais

  • Tour Grade

  • Daily Distance

    86-170 km / Day

  • Daily Elevation Gain

    +1.300 / +2.900m

  • Profile

    Mountainous roads, Hilly

  • Route

    100% Road

Bikes available on request:

Included and Optional Services

Preparation

Accommodations

Transfers

Orientation

Optional

  • Personalized assistance throughout the booking
  • Pre-departure Information Pack (checklist, travel information)
  • Tour Information (description of daily stages & profiles)
  • 10 nights on double/twin room with breakfast
  • 9 Picnics (D2 to D10)
  • 10 Dinners (D1 to D10)
  • Transfer on the day of arrival from Madrid Airport to the first hotel
  • Transfer on the departure day from the last hotel to Lisbon Airport
  • Support vehicle
  • Welcome briefing in English & bike fitting
  • Full Road Bike Guided Tour - 9 Days
  • Smartphone App & GPS Tracks
  • Single room supplement: +1.000 EUR
  • Bike rental available: On request

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival

WELCOME TO MADRID!

Upon arrival at Madrid Airport, our guide will be waiting to greet you and take you to your first accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the opportunity to explore the city and prepare your bike and equipment. Just before dinner, you will receive a briefing about the upcoming days, followed by a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer

0:15 h

Ayre Gran
Hotel Colón 

DAY 2

Madrid to Segóvia

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE…

Begin your journey from the heart of Madrid, at Plaza del Sol, next to the iconic Km 0 marker, which marks the point from where all roads radiate out of the city. As you embark on your adventure, you will stroll along charming pedestrian avenues and meander through scenic parks, including the renowned Parque del Retiro. The path will then lead you northwards, encircling the lush Anillo Verde until, after just a few kilometers and an hour into the trip, the road takes a determined ascent towards the majestic Guadarrama Mountains. Conquering these undulating hills will be the exhilarating highlight of your day, culminating in your arrival at your next lodging destination.

Cycling Distance

142 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.400 m

Hotel Cetina
Ayala

DAY 3

Segóvia to Ávila

ÁVILA, SURROUNDED BY WALLS

Our day begins with a steady climb, persisting through the captivating hills of Guadarrama, a formidable 700-meter challenge that promises an equally exhilarating descent. As we pedal onward, we are surrounded by the splendor of golden fields, a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Our ultimate destination is the enchanting city of Ávila, a cultural gem nestled along our route. Throughout the journey, we will travel through mountainous roads within the Central Iberian System, bidding farewell to the imposing Guadarrama mountain as we move ahead.

Cycling Distance

87 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.300 m

Palacio de Los Velada

DAY 4

Ávila to Barco D´Ávila

ODAY YOU’RE GOING TO ENTER GREDOS MOUNTAIN RANGE

Starting from the medieval city of Ávila, we descend through the streets along the wall towards the west, ready to embark on another day of cycling on high mountain roads. The beauty of the landscapes and the countless kilometers we cover alongside the Tormes River, with its Roman bridges and quaint villages nestled alongside the Zapatero Massif, make it easy to forget that this is a long day with well over 100 km of cycling. However, after this long stage, we reach Barco d’Ávila, a historical town nestled within this mountain range.

Cycling Distance

124 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.800 m

Izán Puertade Gredos

DAY 5

Barco D´Ávila to Alberca

ENTERING THE NATURAL PARK LAS BATUECAS—SIERRA DE FRANCIA

On the fourth stage of this adventure, there is a challenging obstacle – the Béjar Mountain with a high passage at 1,600 m. This day involves difficult climbs, winding and isolated roads, resulting in slow progress through the mountains, but always full of emotions. You’ll also encounter oak forests and the picturesque Candelário Villa. After passing through the valley before the Hurdes region, there is a long climb of over an hour to reach Alberca, and enter the Sierra de Francia Natural Park. Finally, it’s time to rest!

Cycling Distance

113 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.300 m

Abadia de Los Templários

DAY 6

Alberca to Sabugal

PORTUGAL, HERE WE GO!

Today is going to be a long day, but we’re almost halfway there. We’ll be continuing the climb from yesterday, which is the final climb. This climb will take us over 800m to reach the Peña de Francia, an epic climb from the Spanish Vuelta with a height of 1750m. Once we complete this climb, we’ll be traveling on deserted roads in one of the most remote regions of the Peninsula, Sierra da Gata. Finally, we’ll cross over into Portugal and quickly reach the city of Sabugal.

Cycling Distance

146 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.500 m

Hospedaria Robalo

DAY 7

Sabugal to Piodão

THE HIGHEST PEAK IN CONTINENTAL PORTUGAL!

It’s a beautiful day to explore the historical villages of Portugal. You can start your journey by visiting Sortelha, a stunning medieval village made of granite, which also has an impressive castle. Then, you can go to the highest mountain in Portugal, passing beautiful forests and the picturesque village of Manteigas, which lies in a glacial valley. This is also the highest point in Portugal, with an altitude of over 2,000 meters, which makes for the longest descent of the entire trip until you reach Vide Village, which is located at 300 meters above sea level. Finally, the stage ends at Piodão, the most beautiful schist village in Portugal, after a climb. Piodão is located in an unbelievable valley, with small houses stuck in its hillside.

Cycling Distance

123 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.900 m

INATEL Piodão

DAY 8

Piodão to Miranda do Corvo

CROSSING CENTRAL PORTUGAL AND ENJOYING NATURE

This stage takes you through the central schist mountains system of Portugal and offers great scenery. The route follows rounded ridges near 1,000 meters and offers views of windmill parks. This is the last day above 1,000 meters, and you’ll see a great variety of mountain scenery and typical villages. After that, the scenery changes radically as you enter a hilly region with a karst landscape that dominates the next stages with its olive groves and holm oak. You’re in the limestone kingdom!

Cycling Distance

86 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.300 m

Hotel Parque
Serra da Lousã

DAY 9

Miranda do Corvo to Óbidos

THE COAST AND THE MAGESTIC ATLANTIC OCEAN!

Starting from Miranda do Corgo, we quickly leave the limestone hills and finally reach the ocean. After descending from the last ridge of these mountainous terrains, we reach the mesmerizing Atlantic Road. Our journey unfolds like a coastal tapestry. Now, it is time to head south with our coastline guiding us, and cycle through the Atlantic Road amongst the vast pine tree forest. Here, we’ll visit the typical coastal villages of São Pedro de Moel, Nazaré (now famous for its giant waves), and Foz do Arelho, which enchants with its lagoon and beach vistas, inviting us to enjoy the scenery. Finally, Óbidos graces our route, with its medieval walls and cobblestone streets whispering tales of history.

Cycling Distance

166 km

Elevation Gain

+ 2.100 m

The Literary Man

DAY 10

Óbidos to Cabo da Roca (Cascais)

ENJOY THE LAST STAGE OF THIS EPIC ADVENTURE

We have finally reached the last stage of our journey. Today, we will begin by crossing the lake of Óbidos and head towards the coast. This is a significant day for those who have ridden for 9 days through the mountains of the Iberian Peninsula. We will enjoy quiet roads along the sea, cliffs, beaches, and local fishing villages, which will make this a unique and memorable day. We will conclude the day by arriving at Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Europe, where we will celebrate before transferring or riding to our hotel in Cascais.

Cycling Distance

122 km

Elevation Gain

+ 1.800 m

Vila Galé
Cascais

DAY 11

Departure

TIME GOES BY INCREDIBLY FAST WHEN YOUR HAVING FUN!

Time flies when you’re having fun, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We hope that the memories and experiences we have shared will stay with you forever. It’s time to get ready for your trip back home. Our guide will be waiting for you at the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you again soon to discover more of Exotic Nature Trails!

Trasfer

0:40 m