3 independent reviews for Porto to Lisbon cycling holiday, self guided

Reviews for Porto to Lisbon cycling holiday, self guided

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review 15 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We loved every aspect of this trip. Responsible Travel put us in touch with a local operator which was awesome. Communication was easy and fast and they answered all our questions. It was so well organized. A rep from the company met us at our hotel in Porto and gave us our bikes, a gps, local phone with their numbers pre programmed, answered all our questions and we took off the next day. We loved following the well marked paved trails along the coast and came to trust our gps as it took us through corn fields and random trails and always delivered us right to the front door of that night's hotel. We loved discovering so many places on our own with the security of our gps and knowing we could call for help if needed ( although it was never needed). We loved setting our own pace and making stops where ever and whenever we wanted to. Portugal is beautiful, the food is great, inexpensive and huge servings! the operator was willing to make some changes in the schedule to accommodate our need for a shorter trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The operator says this is their easiest ride and mostly flat which is true. But the ride between Nazare and obidos has some significant hills that get steep quickly. When I saw a graph of the elevations I decided to request an electric bike. It was doable for my husband who is an avid biker but I was glad to have an ebike ( we're both in our 60s)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It actually exceeded our expectations. We loved it and would been consider doing it again.

review 12 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Beautiful coastline, welcoming Portugese people,fantastic food and beer/wine. quiet roads for cycling, lovely wooded paths and national parks. The accommodation at Casa do Colmeal was outstanding, a true delight, so comfortable but full of character. George, who was in charge of it keeps a high standard, but cannot do enough for you.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Perhaps book restaurants in advance as often full, or not open in evening in less busy areas.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we use local shops, cafes and bars along our cycle route,

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Really well planned routes, great locations that gave a flavour, but contrast of scenery. Good value for money. Organisers we meet extremely helpful, friendly and proud of good service.

review 8 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Beautiful and stunning scenery. Lovely friendly and helpful locals. Great cycling routes - and very good bikes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Train in advance. Maybe to have a couple of hotels for more than one night (packing bags each morning was a bit of a pain). Have 10 days away - but a rest day in the middle and one day at the end to have a mooch and a look around at one of the towns (really no time to do this).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely. We stopped for a coffee/lunch in really rural area's. Took time to show an interest and take in the culture and went everywhere on the bikes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good - however, it would have been nice if we had been told that restaurants needed to be booked in advance, particularly in both Porto and Obidos. We really struggled to find a restaurant on the Saturday night (when in Porto), when we did finally find somewhere we enjoyed a very good authentic Portuguese meal, which was very reasonable. Unfortunately our meal in Obidos was not so great! In addition - when we got to our hotel in Colmeal on the Monday night, we found out the restaurant in the village was closed. It would have been good to have been told this in advance. The Manager (George) at the hotel kindly went to a friend in the village, who prepared a meal for us. Finally, we were told on the Tuesday morning that our hotel on the last evening in Obidos had been changed (not sure why). We were due to stay at Hotel Louro, which had a pool. We were moved to The Literary Man, that had no pool. As it was our last night it would have been good to have a couple of hours around the pool before we went to dinner and a few hours the next day before we departed - this was not the case. I think you should have moved us to another hotel with a pool!

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