Sintra-Cascais National Park, Portugal: mountainbiking on the Atlantic coast

Great trails at Sintra Nationalpark, at Portugal’s coast.

Portugal’s Atlantic coast: endless sandy beaches and perfect waves. A paradise for surfers. And for mountainbikers too, especially enduro riders, who will find exactly what they’re looking for around the capital, Lisbon – and pretty much the whole year round. While the Alps are covered in deep snow, the singletracks in the Sintra-Cascais national park are already bone dry and the biking season is in full flow.

The numerous trails in the national park, along the coast or in the environs of Lisbon, leave no desire unassuaged. From fast, flowing routes to technically demanding rockgardens, you’ll find everything here that gets a mountainbiker’s heart beating. In Lisbon itself, more specifically in Monsanto – the “green lung of Lisbon”, you can ride rampant for more than a full day without covering anywhere more than once. The locals have really created something special here. In 1934 a 10 km2 forest park was created in the middle of the city that 40 years ago went almost completely car-free – nowadays it attracts hikers, trail runners and mountainbikers in vast numbers, the MTB folk riding on both natural terrain and constructed sections.

Follow the donkey

Mention Portuguese mountainbiking opportunities and most people will think of the famous freeride destination of Madeira. Almost no-one would go looking for MTB routes around Lisbon, but they’re here. They are extremely varied, and because they’re so close to the capital they can be combined with non-cycling activities to create a rich and diverse programme. In addition to famous routes like the “Donkey Trail” in the Sintra national park, we will do a night ride through the capital. The finest enduro riding and a city sight-seeing tour by bike: culture and sport in the best combination.

Character

This trip combines enduro routes with urban trail action. The character of the rides changes constantly: artificial banks, jumps and natural, flowing or technical sections are all mixed in together. We will be using a minivan, but also relying on pedal-power in places so you will need to be reasonably fit.

The cultural programme will be adjusted to suit the wishes of the group: anyone who has never visited Lisbon before will be fascinated by the historic city centre; it’s well worth spending some time there. Our guides will give you twowheel tours of some of the less-known corners of the city – combining culture and sport like almost nowhere else. After the night ride and a downhill ride from Lisbon’s castle, we visit a traditional Fado venue and let ourselves be enchanted by an evening of fine music and food.

Our schedule gives plenty of time for you to work on your technique, and we’ll be happy to help you figure out technical sections if you wish.

The temperature in Portugal at these times of the year is generally moderate: on some days we’ll be riding against the winds coming off the Atlantic, so even though it’s southern Europe you’ll want to have some warm clothes in your rucksack.

Stories

Check out our blog at RedBull.com/bike when we first went to Sintra.

On five out of six days we'll ride through Sintra Nationalpark, including the famous Donkey Trail which ends up at a sandy beach south of Cabo da Roca. There are numerous natural trails as well as artificially trails built for bikers.

One day we'll ride in Lisbon. After half a day riding through Monsanto, we cycle into the old town. Sightseeing on our Enduro bikes and a final descent from the castle in the city, straight to the Fado bar

Where we go ...

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in double or dorm rooms at Villa Dos Poetas in Sintra incl. breakfast.
  • 7 evening meals in different restaurants, including a visit in one of the famous Fado Bars.
  • All minivan services
  • Airport transfers
  • Qualified bike guide(s) from Bikefex and WERIDE.pt for six days

Not included

  • Personal travel to/from Lisbon airport
  • Drinks during the evening meal

The technique requirements are, at mostly S2, moderate. Sometimes the riding becomes very simple and flowing, and there are also more challenging sections to be figured out (or simply bypassed, if you prefer).

You should be comfortable with daily that include a climb of up to 1.000 m and a descent of up to 2.000 m. Each and every day we extend our reach with minivan uplifts.

Lisbon airport is easily reachable with direct connection flights from many European destinations. We pick you up at an arranged time. Our accommodation ist just 30 minutes out.

  • Wellmaintained mountainbike: enduro full suspension with at least 140 - 160 mm suspension travel
  • MTBspecific protective clothing (helmet, eyewear, gloves, knee protectors, other body protectors if available)
  • Waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing
  • Rucksack for day rides (drinks bottle, spare inner tube, pump, energy bars, lights for riding on the road, …)
  • Appropriate and sufficient spare parts.

We are close to Lisbon, they guides from WEride.pt have a nearby shop and can assist with anything if needed. Even rental bikes are available.

A detailed kit list will be provided after booking.

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Bookings deadline

Unless otherwise stated, all our trips need to be booked at least two weeks before the day of departure. At that point it will be ascertained whether the minimum number of participants has been reached and the trip is able to take place.

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