This 8 day Cycle ride will take you through some of the most wild and beautiful Portuguese landscapes between pristine natural parks and the cool blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, taking some easy dirt roads occasionally. THis is our most challenging bike tour.
Experience the irresistible Portuguese gastronomy with awarded Alentejo wines and enjoy a picnic, in the sands of secluded beaches…there is nothing quite like it!
Learn and live the traditions and culture of our heartwarming people so simple and true and know our ways about olive oil, cork extraction and its many uses, rice fields, pine forests, the dictatorship and many other intriguing historical facts.
Safe routes with a challenge here and there will make for a relaxing and fun ride while you live the present, learn the past and discover the future of one of the oldest and sunniest country in Europe.
Sleep in an array of historical buildings, charm hotels and agro-tourisms.
You can make this trip:
with us in a guided tour getting all the interpretation and companionship
The morning light will lead to Sesimbra’ s castle, built in the 12th century to watch over the port, followed by a visit to the picturesque fisherman’s market down in the small village and perhaps a quick dive at the local beach. Then the green lust of Arrábida Natural Park will keep you company until Portinho da Arrábida beach, the perfect place for a drink and a swim. Last stop Setúbal, the day’s destination, a vibrant and prosperous city.
Base kms: 65 Total ascent: Level: Medium Terrain:
Optional easier level: skip the visit to Sesimbra’s village. Optional challenging level: if you feel super fit you can cycle more on a mountain route: 13 kms with extra ascent of 250 mts.
Picnic and dinner included only in van guided and guided tours only.
After breakfast the visit to Setubal down town will make for an easy start followed by the ferry crossing of the Sado river, home to a healthy resident dolphin population. Riding in the peninsula of Troia, surrounded by sand dunes of this once island, you will get to the wine tasting. Then choose a beach in this 50 km long white sandy stretch to relax and enjoy. The wild egrets and storks will keep you company through the rice fields, a prosperous Moorish heritage. Near the end of the ride there is still time to explore a couple of fresh water lagoon ecosystems and a unique outdoors library made of marble. Enjoy the scenic easy road to Santo André.
Base kms: 71 Total ascent: 540 mts Level: Easy Terrain: flat, 6 kms of dirt roads.
Wine tasting, picnic and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only
Cycling from Santo André to Vila Nova de Milfontes.
After the initial warm up reach Santiago do Cacém, an interesting old small town with great aristocratic architecture and a castle with views to the past and future. Before leaving visit the last operating wind mill and head out towards the coastline through a lush green oak forest. The Blue Ocean and schist cliffs will frame the arrival to the fisherman’s village of Porto Covo. On the way check out a fortification that used to protect a natural bay from pirate attacks. Soon after the opportunity to walk into the ocean, watch the unloading of the fish and the lamprey drying in the sun.
Later relax at the beach or snoop around the small streets and shops of Vila Nova de Milfontes followed by the perfect end of the day at the romantic river side agro-tourism.
Base kms: 70 Total ascent: 1240 mts Level: Medium Terrain: flat roads and some dirt roads
Lunch and dinner included in guided tours only. Dinner will be at the hotel: Monte do Zambujeiro
Set the camera to landscape mode and through roads only used by locals, mostly dirt roads with some bits more challenging frame the rocks sticking out of the ocean ornamented by stork’s nests, frame the unexplored hidden coves and small beaches with an impressive array of colors and contrasts. Capture all these moments and share them… yes, it’s selfies time.
Wild hidden beaches will pop up during the day to surprise and invite you to a moment of leisure and relaxation, enjoy them. Odeceixe and its famous beach, one of the Portuguese 7 wonders is a good place for a coffee stop.
The ride ends in one of the last villages conquered from the moors, Aljezur.
The local artist shop and gallery deserve a visit, as well as the local museums.
Base kms: 87 Total ascent: 670 mts Level: Medium Terrain:
Lunch included in van guided and guided tours only. Dinner not included.
6th day - From Impressive Cliffs to Charming Valleys
Cycling from Aljezur to Sagres.
From the Castle of Aljezur, witness the quilt like landscape over the village and its neat and tidy vegetable gardens. As you cycle keep your eye out for the impressive "needle rock", an imposing rock standing in the middle of the ocean. Soon after you can choose between following the undulating asphalt road or a dirt track adventure through wild and breathtaking valley’s full of life. At Carrapateira’s village visit the fisherman's museum. Learn about the ways of the people that risk their lives to catch the best fish for your meal! Now you get to choose whether you prefer to ride in an asphalt road or a dirt track through a lush valley to reach the village of Vila do Bispo.
Before reaching the most SW point of Europe, S. Vincent cape, named by the romans as the end of the world you’ll have a chance to enjoy a couple of beaches and small villages. The cliffs here are huge, go down to a beach and feel the enormity of the setting.
Now only the visit to the Fortress of Sagres, the first school of mariners ever created, stands between you and the hotel on the edge of the cliffs.
Base kms: 85 Total ascent: 1150 mts Level: Difficult Terrain: Good dirt tracks, mostly flat, with a couple of short climbs.
Lunch included in van guided and guided tours only. Dinner not included.
Accommodation: Charming "Pousada", with swimming pool.
7th day - Beach Roller Coaster!
Cycling from Sagres to Lagos.
Today, as we move east, the landscape will be predominantly the south coastline with its cliffs turning from black schist to orange sandstone and calmer and warmer waters. There will be lots of opportunities to enjoy these magical spots. You may choose to do this day in 100% asphalt or using the more scenic ocean side and more challenging dirt tracks.
You will also notice a change in the atmosphere, something feels different, the villages are bigger, more touristic, many cafés, restaurants and shopping opportunities.
On secondary roads or cycling through the cliffs witness the sea’s marvelous erosion architectural-creations on sandstone.
Lagos is a hub of life, a city with a pulse and charming architecture.
Visit the local museum, the beautiful church, the down town area with its cosmopolitan atmosphere or book a boat trip for a different perspective.
Base kms: 55 Total ascent: 720 mts Level: Difficult Terrain: You may choose to do this day in 100% asphalt or have a dirt track adventure.
Picnic and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only.
On self guided tours you are expected to know how to fix small problems in your bike. You should be an independent traveler, used to read maps, route instructions and manage your own time. You will bike at your rhythm and do "as you please". From us you will get 24 hours support by phone, maps, route instructions and history notes. We will also give you suggestions of places to eat. The down sides will be not to have the support car to take you in case you get tired and not to have the company and expertise of our guides, which are like family to us and will be like family to you!
On Van guided tours the guide will be the driver. He/she will guide you from a distance. The car will be near enough so that you can see it on the junctions. The guide will stop at important or interesting places to give history explanations or tell a story. Some people call this a supported tour, though in our case it is more than that because you are actually being guided. Lunches are picnic type with traditional foods from the area where we are cycling. Some times we also use local restaurants. Though price, most of the times, includes meals, we can give you a price with no meals if you prefer to have a more independent trip.
On Guided tours groups are accompanied by one or two cycling guides, besides a guide who takes the support car, prepares the picnics and transports your luggage. Lunches are picnic type with traditional foods from the area where we are cycling. Some times we also use local restaurants.
On van guided or guided cycling tours you can expect full service from your guides. They will do their best to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
Our guides are all Portuguese and know our region very well. They are very service minded and most of them have been working with us for many years. They are bikers themselves and love to go cycling on their holidays, so they know what you expect from them!
In dinners arranged by us and you can be sure you will try the best gastronomy as we choose restaurants well known by us for its good traditional food. No «touristy» places included!