All you need to know to bike Portugal
Experts discovered Lisbons west in the last years as a top class bike resort. For most of Lisbons visitors it´s still an insider tip. Where the smoove Rio Tejo meets the rough Atlantic, where the steep cliffs fall down from calm forests of Serra de Sintra into the wild Atlantic, is a real bikers paradise. The 500 m high national Park offers singletrails with seaview, smoove panorama dirt roads a rural historic charme and breathtaking views. Serra de Sintra, a evergreen national park is just outside Lisbon and a true pearl. Bordered by the historic old town of Sintra, the outstanding Cabo da Roca and the noble beach town Cascais it is a highlight for every biker, a funpurk for everybody from Enduro-Riders to the weekend-cyclists.
Setubal – Aljezur
Aljezur – Sagres
Lisboa – Evora
Evora – Beja
Coimbra – Porto
Viseu – Vinhais
Sintra – Ericeira
Ericeira – Peniche
How to go?
Bikers can make quite a good use of the national rail network, if you know how to use!
Bike transportation with CP, the national railway company, is always free of charge, but you have to be aware about several restrictions.
Regional (R) & urban trains (U) provide unlimited space for bikes as long as traffic allows, what in practice always is the case.
Alpha Pendulares (AP) doesn’t transport unwrapped bikes at all!
Inter Cidades (IC) provide limited spaceI for bikes (between 1-3 bikes).
This availabilities are combined with specific seats. Otherwise transportation is only possible if the bike is minimized and wrapped. Therefore it’s recommendable to reserve your tickets in advance, specificity the high frequented routes and during the summer season.
If you don’t have one of the seats including bike transportation, normally it’s enough to take of the wheels and wrap your bike in a plastic bag that covers all outstanding parts of the bike.
All major ferry boats, as the one in Lisbon, Setubal, or the border crossing in Vila Real de Santo Antonio or Caminha, provide free bike transportation.
Buses are significant more difficult to use with bikes. Most of them doesn’t provide bike transportation without proper packaging and sometimes charge for transportation. The biggest bus companies Rede Expressos and Renex only allows folding bikes or bikes appropriately wrapped in a box. Often not really a very convenient solution, but not everywhere easy to avoid.