If you are looking for the way to explore Sintra by bike, then this post is just for you. Read on to find the best bike routes in Sintra.
We've put together some top tips that will help you plan your cycling tour of this magical destination. The first thing to do is decide on the kind of route that suits your needs best: there are many different ways to explore Sintra by bike, depending on how much time and effort you want to invest in getting from point A to point B.
Once you have decided which type of bicycle is right for you (ebike, mountain bike or road bike), all that remains is choosing your preferred Sintra bike route and packing accordingly. That might mean a beach towel, light picnic lunch or your photographic equipment, depending on which bike route you choose. Here are our suggested best bike routes in Sintra:
King of the Hill | Moderate | Half Day
If you only have a few hours to see the highlights of Sintra, this e-bike ride is all you need to be the King of the Hill. The excellent views and sublime architecture of Pena Palace & the Moorish Castle make this the perfect tour. 11 km / 300 meters climbing.
Sintra Parks Epic | Challenging | Full Day
Experience some of the most lavish gardens and romantic architecture in Sintra, at Monserrate Palace & Park as well as the most humble and enchanting hidden monastery at Capuchos Hermitage, surrounded by native oak forest. This scenic bike route is great for a sporty all day tour with time to explore these world class parks and palaces. 24 km / 650 meters climbing.
Atlantic Adventure | Challenging | Full Day
Make the most of your day in Sintra with a chance to visit Monserrate Palace & Gardens, Capuchos Hermitage, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace and Azenhas do Mar, on this challenging route from the old town to the sparkling Atlantic coast and back. For more miles, more sites and a deeper experience, this is the perfect way to spend a full day in Sintra. 37 km / 750 meters climbing.
Cape Escape | Challenging | Full Day
Challenging ride out to the Westernmost cape, Cabo da Roca, on the Atlantic coast and back, with some very steep climbs through Penedo and a steep cobbled downhill from Pena Palace. Perfect for a an all day adventure to a signature landmark. 35 km / 850 meters climbing.
Whether you are riding an ebike or a regular bike in Sintra, you will love our detailed route guides which feature hands-free Navigation, Interactive Route Map with Points of Interest, Recommendations and Spoken directions (in English). Don't forget sunscreen and a light jacket whichever Sintra bike route you pick!
You can access our Free Sintra bike route guide app below.