As avid cyclists my wife and I had our share of doubts when our guide suggested that we tour Sintra on e-bikes rented from Catherine and Martin of Cycling Through the Centuries. Sintra, a place NOT to miss on any trip to Portugal is situated amongst rolling hills with many excellent points of view. Also, like many Portuguese cities it is a rabbit warren of small winding walled streets, ups, downs, rights lefts, curves--you name it--it has it. Walking is an option, but how can you see it all? Well CTC has solved the problem.
Our guide, Enrigue did an outstanding job leading us carefully through the most beautiful parts of the City and surrounds. We covered over 33 K's including a good lunch stop at a Mexican Restaurant housed in a Windmill. Safety was always Enrique's top concern not to mention his excellent knowledge of the area and it's unique history. After completing the day we longed for more and would do it again with no hesitations.
Now, about the e-bikes. The little "assist" up the hills and the effortless "cruising" around town should not be frowned upon. The feel and sensation is one of being on a bicycle, enjoying the outdoors and not worrying about the next hill and whether you can make it up without falling down. The bicycles themselves were in excellent condition well maintained and serviced--a key to away from home bicycle rentals. CTC can also outfit you with bicycles throughout the Iberian Peninsular and coordinate tours and guides in other areas.
All in all a wonderful experience. We WILL do it again.
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