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Your cycling holiday in Portugal

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast - Lisbon to the Algarve | Self Guided

Explore the Alentejo Western Atlantic Coast of Portugal, one of the most tranquil, wildly beautiful and most stunning coastlines in Europe. Arriving in Lisbon, the route mostly follows the Eurovelo 1 cycle network or Rota Vicentina through national parks and is lined with glorious empty beaches. This undeveloped region is home to cork oak forests, whitewashed villages, fresh seafood and a huge variety of birdlife and wild plants. Discover this region before everybody else does.

What not to miss

  • Fine sandy beaches on the Troia Peninsula
  • Spotting bottlenose dolphins on the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve
  • Enjoying the Alentejo speciality of octopus and sweet potato known as ‘cataplana’

What's included

  • 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouse accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Flights and transfers from Lisbon and to Faro
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Welcome meeting

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Your cycling holiday in Portugal

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast - Lisbon to the Algarve | Self Guided

7 Night Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Lisbon. We transfer you south of the city to the fishing town of Sesimbra on the coast for your first night. Have a stroll along the fine sandy beach before exploring the town’s charming narrow lanes and promenades before your first Portuguese dinner.

Day 2

Sesimbra to Setubal (27 miles/43km). Setting out from the emblematic Cabo Espichel, most of your first ride of the holiday follows the coast alongside striking limestone cliffs through the Arrabida National Park. As you approach your next stop, there are wonderful views of the crystal-clear waters of Setubal Bay and the Troia Peninsula with its fine white sandy beaches. Arriving in Setubal, enjoy a generous serving of choco frito accompanied with a carafe of the local white wine.

Day 3

Setubal to Santiago de Cacem (39 miles/62km). After breakfast, you will take the ferry (payable locally) across the bay to the Troia peninsula, which is blanketed by pine forests, rice fields and long golden sandy beaches.  Then the route turns slightly inland towards your next stop Santiago de Cacem, as the landscape changes to cork oak forests. The traditional town is a base for many walkers, cyclists and travellers who are exploring the absorbing Rota Vicentina (west coast route).

Day 4

Santiago de Cacem to Vilanova de Milfontes (36 miles/58km). Today the scenic route heads back towards the Atlantic through serene rural Alentejo landscapes punctuated by cork trees and past the farming villages of Cercal do Alentejo and Sao Luis. Then you approach one of the most charming towns on the coast, Vilanova de Milfontes, with sparkling beaches and where the River Mira meets the ocean. The whitewashed and laid back old town is in a national park and remains almost undiscovered by those other than the Portuguese.

Day 5

Vilanova de Milfontes to Zambujeira (24 miles/38km). A shorter ride today will give you plenty of time to discover more of the Vincentina National Park as you continue heading south along the coastline. Stop off en route at the beach at Almograve, admire the stunning rugged views from Cabo Sardao and see the natural harbour of Entrada da Barca before finishing the day in the Zambujeira do Mar with its wild beaches and family run restaurants serving fresh fish.

Day 6

Zambujeira do Mar to Aljezur (28 miles/44km)Moving on through the unspoilt Western Coastline, you head towards the ‘border’ as you pass into the Algarve at the River Ceixe where you cross at Odeceixe. Here you will find a lovely beach on the estuary which is a great place for a refreshing dip before cycling onto to the attractive village of Aljezur. The region is famous for its sweet potato and the authentic dish served with octopus is a must try.

Day 7

Aljezur to Sagres (34 miles/54km). Your journey along the Western coast of Portugal nears its finale today as you cycle into the western Algarve which offers a rugged and dramatic landscape, being the most south-westerly point in Europe. Your final stop on this tour is the village of Sagres, a fishing harbour, which attracts visitors to see the magnificent beaches and ancient fortress. Enjoy a celebratory dinner in this laid-back village washed down perhaps with a glass of ‘Vinho da Casa.’

Day 8

We say “Adeus” before transferring you back to Faro or you can take the train back to Lisbon.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Portugal

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast - Lisbon to the Algarve | Self Guided

2018/2019 Departure Dates & Prices

8 Day, 7 Night Tour 

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018/2019 Departure Dates Nights 

Adult Prices

January, February, March, November and December  7 £1365
April, May and October   7 £1395
June and September  7 £1535
July  7 £1585
August  7 £1635

Tour Prices Only

2018/2019 Departure Dates Nights 

Adult Prices

January, February, March, November and December  7 £1125
April, May and October   7 £1155
June and September   7 £1295
July  7 £1345
August  7 £1395

Supplements

Ebike: £89 per person

Single Supplement: On Request

Child Reduction: On request

Your cycling holiday in Portugal

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast - Lisbon to the Algarve | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Guesthouse Monte das Alpenduradas

Formally an old Alentejo farmhouse, this guesthouse if now a relaxing and tranquil place to stay whilst following the Rota Vincentina. The beach at Zambujeira is within walking or cycling distance and there is a swimming pool and hammocks in which to relax in. 

Hotel HS Milfontes Beach

3 Star

Offering beautiful views of the Mira River Bay and Furnas beach, officially one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders, the hotel has comfortably decorated rooms, 3 restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace overlooking the beach. In addition, guests can use the spa facilities located at Duna Parque Beach Club.

Guesthouse Casa Azul Sagres

Only a 5-minute walk to the beach in Sagres, this contemporary and bright guesthouse is the ideal choice to enjoy the end of your stay. All rooms have a balcony and you can even book a surf lesson on request!

Hotel Dom Nuno

3-star

A simple but convenient hotel situated in the centre of town benefits from spacious rooms, an outdoor pool and a hot tub.

Hotel Luna Esperanca

4-star

Located close to the centre of Setubal, the hotel offers lovely views of the Sado river and the Troia Peninsula. The hotel is designed in a contemporary style with simple and bright rooms.

Hotel Vincentina

4-star

This modern and relaxed hotel offers spacious rooms with views of the outdoor pool or Aljezur Castle. Situated close to the centre of the village and near to cafes and restaurants.

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa

4-star

This stylish hotel was refurbished in 2015 and overlooks the beach of Praia de California offering superb views of the Atlantic. Facilities include an outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and a spa. 

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