Bike, Kayak and Hike to the Most Western Point of Continental Europe

Challenge yourself to a three-day triathlon that takes you on a cultural journey to Europe’s most western point. 1 day off work.

  • Portugal
  • May, August—October
  • Lisbon Portela Airport, Lisbon (LIS)

Tell your friends you’re going to Portugal and they’ll have nothing like this in mind; a triathlon of biking, kayaking and hiking through some of the country’s most historical sites.

You’ll bike across Lisbon from East to West, journeying through this hilly capital city, witnessing some of its highlights along the way.

Exchanging your wheels for paddles, you’ll kayak along the most fortified coast in the world; on the Tagus River, eventually reaching the vast Atlantic Ocean.

All of this will take you to your final challenge of hiking the wild and rugged headland of Cape Roca – be sure to leave your vertigo at home. The desolate views of blue skies meeting blues waters only add to the allure of this viewpoint you’ve achieved.

This eclectic adventure includes:

  • 3 days mountain biking, kayaking and hiking
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • Mountain bike and helmet, kayak, paddles and spraydeck
  • Breakfast and lunch on 3 days, and dinner on 2 days
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Those looking for a unique challenge and who enjoy an eclectic mix of history, culture and adventure.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Lisbon airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Farewell dinner and overnight stay on day three is optional and an additional charge

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Participants should be comfortable with riding a mountain bike in the city, have experience in kayaking and should not suffer from vertigo for the last part of the hike on Sunday.

Portugal has a mild climate; temperatures range from 8ºC / 15ºC in the coldest months to 18ºC / 28ºC in the warmest.

Mostly grilled fish or meat and of course the famous codfish (“bacalhau”) and it’s 1000 different recipes. Food is simple and healthy in general. The pastry is delicious so always leave room for dessert.

Portugal has got 14 different wine regions, so you’ll be able to at least try a few.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Mountain bike
  • Helmet
  • Sea kayak
  • Spraydeck
  • Paddle
  • Drinking water and snacks.

-15 to 25L bag - 1 pair lightweight waterproof hiking boots or comfortable walking or athletic shoes - 2 to 3 pairs of socks - 1 lightweight, long sleeved shirt - 1 pair of comfortable, lightweight hiking pants - 1 pair of shorts or 3/4 pants (lightweight and quick drying) - Waterproof jacket with hood - Underwear - Pyjamas or whatever you like to sleep in - Flip-flops - 1 change of comfortable clothes to wear when going out to dinner - Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock) - Water bottle(s) or bladder with a 2L capacity - Padded cycling shorts (optional but recommended) - Snacks and energy food/drinks that you like

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Lisbon Airport (LIS) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers.

Start point?

You will be met at Lisbon Airport at 12.05. Alternatively, you can meet at 13:00 Lisbon Old Town Hostel where the tour will begin. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?

You will be dropped off at Lisbon Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 19:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

Lisbon Airport (LIS) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, is one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Western Europe. Incredibly rich in culture, history and nature, Lisbon is fast becoming one of the most popular places to visit. With magnificent plazas, cobbled streets, glistening rivers, cultural buildings and ancient castles, it’s a city-break wonderland.

Cape Roca is the wild and rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The raging Atlantic Ocean waves pound the base of the massive jagged cliffs while hikers climb challenging trails following the coastal paths. The isolated atmosphere of Cape Roca is enhanced by the very limited development in the area; there is a lighthouse, coffee shop and gift shop but nothing much else, which we’re sure you’ll agree, only adds to the attraction.

Start point?

You will be met at Lisbon Airport at 12.00. Alternatively, you can meet at 13:00 Lisbon Old Town Hostel where the tour will begin. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?

You will be dropped off at Lisbon Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 18:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

Lisbon Airport (LIS) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Friday: Mountain bike the width of Lisbon

With not a moment to lose, your host will meet you at Lisbon Airport at 12:05 and take you to the starting point of the adventure ahead.

Starting in the heart of Lisbon, you will bike the 25km journey to Belém, the most western district of Lisbon.

Along the way you will journey through the most iconic landmarks this city has to offer; from the from the XVIth century quarter of Bairro Alto, now an icon of Lisbon nightlife to the oldest district of Alfama. You’ll pass through the elegant squares and mosaic-paved streets of Baixa, an area completely destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and brought back to life as Europe’s first urban planning site; eventually, you’ll arrive at the headquarters of the Portuguese Great Navigators Belém.

If you ride fast enough, there’s plenty to explore here - the Monument of the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Jeronimos Monastery; but if time is tight, you could just treat yourself to one the district’s famous delicious custard tarts.

Tonight you will stay at a nearby hostel. Arrival at the airport may seem a bit of a blur now so relax for the evening and get to know the group over dinner.

Saturday: Kayaking on the Lisbon coast

Today, you’ll swap your wheels for paddles as you kayak along the Costa do Sol from Belém to Cascais (21km). This is the most fortified coast in the world with a fortress marking every 400m on average.

After a stop-off for lunch in the town of Oeiras, you’ll get back on the crystal clear waters and continue to paddle to Cascais. Although popular for its sandy beaches and busy marina, in true Portuguese-style, Cascais still oozes culture and boasts its history proudly.

Tonight you will stay at a local hostel; unwind, enjoy dinner, and have a few laughs with a well-deserved beer, looking over breathtaking Atlantic views.

Sunday: Take on Cape Roca

Get back in the saddle this morning as you cycle to Guincho Beach; this is the perfect spot to really appreciate nature’s raw power as the waves arrive with a crash from the Atlantic Ocean.

Leaving your bikes behind, you’ll hike the Atlantic Route to the top of Cape Roca. The route is a tough one but when you finally reach your target, the most western point of Europe, the views are more than worth it. Admire the infinite ocean and breathtaking sound of the waves crashing at the base of the cliffs – nature at its purest.

You will leave Cape Roca at around 18:00 and return to Lisbon for your return journey home to show your friends what weekends are really for. Don’t worry if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye – you could always stay for a farewell dinner and arrange to stay for just one more night perhaps.

Accommodation

Your first night will be spent at the Lisbon Old Town Hostel; a clean and friendly hostel which offers a comfortable stay and a complimentary breakfast in the morning. The rooms will sleep 4 or 6 people and will be exclusive to members of the group.

On the second night, you will stay at the Blue Beautique Hostel – a converted villa which overlooks the ocean. The hostel offers a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, living room with TV and computer games, bar, garden and outside terraces. The rooms will sleep 4 or 6 people and will be exclusive to members of the group.

Should you choose to stay an extra night on day three, your host can arrange for you to stay another night at the Lisbon Old Town Hostel. This stay will be at an additional charge.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Farewell Dinner Payable Before Departure
Farewell dinner £60.00 Per Person
Lisbon Old Town Hostel (4 persons dorms) Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Lisbon Old Town Hostel (4 persons dorms) £30.00 Per Night

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