Lisbon itself isn’t exactly a cyclist’s paradise – lots of traffic, cobbles and hills! However, you don’t have to get far out of the city to find some decent cycling, whether the hills around Sintra or the cliffs and beaches of the Serra da Arrabida a short way to the south.
This section also covers the provinces of Estremadura and Ribatejo, which between them boast a rugged coastline that’s home to some of the best surfing in Portugal and some amazing religious heritage that includes the monastery at Alcobaca, the abbey at Batalha and the unrivalled Tomar.
There are also vinyards spread across rugged hillsides, the sunbaked plains of the Tejo valley and some important military history in the shape of Wellington’s Lines of Torres Vedras.
Rides are listed under the name of the nearest main town. Click on the title for further information on each ride. Maps are included with the detailed profile.