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Portugal Cycling Tour

Revealing natural wonders: experience the Alentejo and Vicentina Coast on a mountain bike adventure.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and sand roads
  • Starts in: Lisbon
  • Ends in: Lagos
  • Total Distance: 144 Miles / 231 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (included)
  • E-bike: 140 EUR per week

Highlights

  • 5 riding days
  • Discover the Alentejo, among endless plains, ancient fortified villages, castles, and huge olive groves
  • Enjoy the scents and flavors of Portugal
  • Visit The Costa Vicentina Natural Park
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tasty meals
  • Luggage transport as indicated on the program

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

5 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$ 65 per person)
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will sleep in guest houses or three- or four-star hotels.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon

Arrival in Lisbon and settling in the hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Santiago do Cacem or Santiago de Cacem - Millfontes

  • Distance: 35 kilometers / 22 miles
  • Elevation: 400 meters / 1313 feet
  • Terrain: 50% asphalt and 50% gravel

Away from the coast, today's stage allows you to immerse yourself in the rural and relaxed hinterland of the Alentejo. Horse farms and cork producers make up the landscape. The famous Porco Preto enjoys the acorns and shade of the Alentejo's vast cork forests. Halfway through this stage, you reach the coast again near the picturesque blue-and-white coastal town of Porto Covo. With the coast on your right, you continue straight ahead for another 15 kilometers, passing on sandy roads south along the coast. You pass by the small island “Ilha do Pessegueiro” and finally reach Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Day 3: Milfontes - Odeceixe

  • Distance: 65 kilometers / 41 miles
  • Elevation: 850 meters / 2789 feet
  • Terrain: 60% asphalt and 40% sand roads

Paved roads lead you through large berry and vegetable farms to the lonely Cabo Sardao lighthouse. Huge cliffs and beautiful beaches: the sandy scenic road to Zambujeira do Mar, the beaches of Zambujeira, Carvalhal, and Azenhas do Mar are famous in the Costa Vicentina! Along the waterways, you cross fields for a few kilometers, always with the option of heading to the paved road if you do not feel comfortable along the waterways. A somewhat bumpy road takes you down into the valley of the Seine River. You finally cross the bridge that establishes the border with the Algarve region.

Day 4: Odeceixe - Aljezur or Arrifana

  • Distance: 39 kilometers / 25 miles
  • Elevation: 600 meters / 1969 feet
  • Terrain: 50% asphalt and 50% gravel

From the village of Odeceixe, you head along the river valley to Praia de Odeceixe, one of Portugal's most beautiful beaches. At the mouth of the river, you face two climbs and then pedal flat through fields and ancient water channels until you reach the Aljezur River valley at Praia de Amoreira. The stage is fairly short and the weather should be mostly good, the best conditions for a stay at this somewhat out-of-the-way beach.

Following the quiet river valley for a while, you reach the historically significant town of Aljezur, crowned by the ruins of a 10th-century Moorish castle. Here, it will be best to stop and recharge your batteries before the two toughest climbs of your journey: the steep ascent to the castle and then to Monte Clerigo. Once you reach the top, a quiet forest road with small ups and downs leads you to the remote villages of the Algarve.

Day 5: Aljezur or Arrifana - Sagres

  • Distance: 52 kilometers / 33 miles
  • Elevation: 670 meters / 2199 feet
  • Terrain: 50% asphalt and 50% gravel

The last stage of the Costa Vicentina awaits you with some highlights: after a long descent through typical hills, you find the coast again at Carrapateira. The circular trail atop the cliffs and the quiet valley behind is one of the most spectacular landscapes of this trip.

One last steep climb and you soon reach Vila do Bispo, where only a few miles of sparse, windy scrubland separate you from the end of the old world: for centuries Cabo Sao Vincente was the last and first promontory sighted by any explorer. With the wind in your favor 20 minutes later, you will be in Sagres. If the wind is against you, there will still be a bit of a struggle.

Day 6: Sagres - Lagos

  • Distance: 40 kilometers / 25 miles
  • Elevation: 800 meters / 2625 feet
  • Terrain: mainly asphalt

In Sagres, the western end of the Algarve, wind is an important factor. Depending on the wind direction, this can be an easy stage or a difficult challenge. A few hundred meters from the main road, you turn onto the old road to Vila do Bispo parallel to the national road. Short ups and downs define the landscape.

Vila do Bispo, 10 kilometers from Sagres, has a much more local feel than the tourist hotspot of Sagres and may invite you to stop before reaching the next hills of the Algarve. In the next 20 kilometers to Lagos, you will have countless climbs and descents. Many views and beautiful beaches make up for this effort. West of Lagos, the famous rock formations of Ponta da Piedade are the icing on the cake before reaching the historic center of Lagos.

Day 7 - The farewell day

After checking out, you can take a train to Faro airport or you can request a private transfer from Sagres to Faro airport at an extra cost.

About the tour

A mountain bike tour in Portugal starts in Lisbon and crosses the entire Alentejo to Sagres, passing among Europe’s most beautiful beaches, coastal villages, and lush green mountains. Upon request, it is possible to extend or shorten the program of the Portugal bike trip. The tour is suitable for mountain bikers of any level in good health, trained, and with a spirit of adaptation.

This is a spectacular mountain bike tour in Portugal to discover the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast. You will enjoy the scents and flavors of Portugal: from aromatic herbs to fish and seafood and other regional specialties to pair with excellent local wines. In Alentejo, you live to the rhythm of the earth.

Location

The tour will take place in Portugal.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast with tea and coffee included in the price. Other meals and drinks are at your own expense.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Extra services due to force majeure
  • Optional tours and activities

What's included

  • Self-guided cycling tour
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tea and coffee
  • Road book with map, route description, and GPS tracks (self-drive option)
  • 1 muscle bike per person
  • Transfer to Santiago do Cacém
  • Bikes drop off at Lagos
  • Luggage transport as indicated on the program
  • Assistance from qualified staff and 24-hour phone support with the office staff

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not listed in the detailed itinerary
  • All beverages except for tea and coffee
  • Optional tours and activities and extra services due to force majeure
  • Tips, phone calls, and extras of a personal nature
  • Personal clothing and medications
  • Possibility to customize the program with other activities or visits
  • E-bike (140 EUR per week)
  • Anything not included under “Included”

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$ 65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Middle season

 

  • April - May
  • October - December

 

High season

 

  • June - September

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday September 1, 2024
(7 days / 6 nights)

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