Mini-break by bike: Lisbon – the Alentejo coast
What do you do when you have about 30 euros (and a week until you get your next salary), 3 days off and a strong urge to travel? I was complaining to a good friend about this, and got this e-mail back: be ready at 7AM tomorrow, have about 10 euros ready, your bicycle and two changes of clothes.
The morning after we were ready for 3 days of pedaling in Portugal, something I would highly recommend to all of you ladies! This was our biking route:
- Train from Areeiro to Setubal (ca. 4 euros)
- Ferry from Setubal to Troia (ca. 2 euros)
- By bike from Troia to Sines (about 70 kilometres)
Going on holiday by bike is probably the cheapest way to go traveling and a great way to really see the surroundings. It is also a great way to get a workout, and allows you to eat all the traditional sweets and ice-cream you want on the way..
To keep the rest of the journey within the budget it’s a good idea to either bring a tent or check out if there are any couches you can surf on in the area. We crashed at a friends place, but there are also some camping sites (or beaches) in the area that are great for spending the night.
After sleeping over in Sines we went down the Alentejo coast. The fresh sea-air, the vegetation, the cliffs, beaches and surf-spots are unique and not so touristy if you go during springtime. It is possible to find (almost) private beaches, and still there are places to stop to take a coffee and get a snack on the way..
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