Algarve Bike Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ Discover the wild and beautiful Mediterranean farmland and cork tree forest roads
✓ Cycle along Portugal’s most stunning coast all the way to the Cape of St. Vincent at the tip of the European continent
✓ Shop with us the local ingredients for your picnic at a traditional market
✓ Ride passing pristine beaches, and swim on some
✓ Enjoy the freshest sea bass while overlooking the ocean

EAT

The freshest fish: Hake, Sea Bass, Sole, Octopus. Selected from the 200 varieties daily auctioned at the local fish harbours.

From the farm: roast lamb, Piri-Piri chicken and beef, soups and salads, all locally grown.

 

 

DRINK

Alentejo and Douro valley acclaimed reds, and for your seafood an Alvarinho, the prince of Portuguese white wines.

“Aprés-cycling” enjoy an Atlantic sunset rosé port wine.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1:

RIDE ON A CORK FOREST

Bem vindo!

Your guides will meet you at 10am at your hotel in Lisbon (or airport terminal), transfer to Grandola (90 min. approx.), and after a coffee and bike fitting ride the quiet road along mediterranean forest hills on your way to Santiago do Cacém.

Learn about the importance of our national tree and the cork tree ecosystem while riding by several of them. Local gastronomy for tonight’s dinner.

  • Meals: light lunch / Dinner
  • Destinations: Santiago do Cacém
  • Accomplished: distance 24km, elevation gain: 390 meters
  • Extended option: 64km, elevation gain: 783 meters
  • Accommodations: Hotel Santiago

DAY 2:

FROM A ROMAN VILLAGE TO THE ATLANTIC BEACHES

After “conquering” Santiago’s castle and paying a visit to our Roman ancestors at their ancient city of Mirobriga, time to ride towards the coast, the sinuous ridge road defines the border between coastal and farm lands, and following a gentle descent, the Porto Covo’s tiny harbour will welcome you with it’s colorful fishing fleet.

The ride, never too far from the coast, will take us to Vila Nova de Milfontes, on the Atlantic side.

  

  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
  • Destinations: Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Accomplished: distance: 50km, elevation gain : 337meters
  • Accommodations: Quinta do Moinho de Vento

DAY 3:

ON THE NATURAL PARK CLIFFS

Today we’ll ride one of the most stunning coastal roads in Europe with breathtaking views of cliffs and the endless sea.

Pass through fishing villages like Zambujeira do Mar and Almograve. Stop for a picnic lunch overlooking the Atlantic. From here, and for 8 kilometres, the “top of the cliff” perspective adds to the sense of privilege, as if nature quietly revealed a well kept secret.

Expect the unexpected. They say about traveling, so, do not be surprised when you see storks feeding their chicks on the edge of these imposing high cliffs.

This is the right place to understand Platão, the philosopher:

There are three types of men: living, dead and the sea men.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
  • Destinations: Odeceixe
  • Accomplished: 53km , elevation gain 518 meters
  • Accommodations: Casas do Moinho

DAY 4:

THE TOP OF THE ALGARVE

Brief morning transfer (or ride your bike) to Monchique, at the summit (900m/3000ft) the climate is strongly influenced by altitude and the flora acts accordingly.

The Oak and Chestnut trees will keep us company along our loop ride circling the mountain top, in the distance the apex where the south and west coast meet. It is the south-westernmost tip of Europe and tomorrow’s final destination.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
  • Destinations: Caldas de Monchique
  • Accomplished: 46 km, elevation gain 712 meters
  • Optional: 58 km, elevation gain 1163 meters
  • Accommodations:  Hotel Caldas de Monchique

DAY 5:

DOWN TO THE COAST

Today you will enjoy one of the quietest sections of the trip as we traverse from the mountains to the sea. The eucalyptus and cork forests will give place to orange groves and fig trees, and the similarities to morocan architecture will be very clear on the little villages as it is in Lagos.

Have some free time to walk in Lagos, your guides will point you their favourite lunch places in town.

A short van transfer to the southwestern most point in Europe, Cabo de São Vicente, known as “the end of the world” at the discoveries age, before heading to our inn in Sagres, a calm, picturesque fishing village and surf mecca. From our inn one can spot the fishing harbor and one of the most stunning bays in Iberia: Martinhal bay.

  

  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
  • Destinations: Sagres
  • Accomplishment: 52 km; elevation gain 1193 m
  • Accommodations: Hotel Memmo Sagres

DAY 6:

RELAX BY THE OCEAN OR PEDAL ON MEDITERRANEAN LANDSCAPE

Choose a relaxed day in Sagres or a morning ride to Lagos.

If you fancy a day out of the saddle: dolphin watching, cliff-walking, surf lessons are some of the most popular activities in Sagres. Or join us on a ride to Lagos and witness the local mediterranean landscape dotted with fig, carob and almond trees.

No lack of variety: hills and ocean, valleys and beaches, rock roses and mango orchards. Lagos, from where Portuguese sailors gave “new worlds to the world” is one of the most interesting towns to visit in the Algarve.

Early afternoon van transfer to Sagres to allow free time for a swim in the ocean or in the heated indoor pool. Tonight you will meet Lia, an exceptional dutch chef who has been living in Sagres for many years, and her creative gastronomy using local ingredients.

  

  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
  • Destinations: Sagres
  • Accomplished: 44 km; elevation gain 566 m
  • Accommodations: Hotel Memmo Sagres

DAY 7:

MORNING VAN TRANSFER TO LAGOS OR LISBON

After breakfast on the terrace, enjoy a stroll to the market or take a morning dip in the pool, or walk on the beach.

At noon your guides will transfer you back to Lagos or Lisbon.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Destinations: Lagos or Lisbon

ALGARVE BIKE TOUR ITINERARY MAP

ARRIVAL DETAILS:

Airport City: Lisbon, Portugal
Pick-Up Location: your hotel in Lisbon and/or Lisbon airport, Portugal

DEPARTURE DETAILS:

Airport City: Lisbon
Drop-Off Location: Lagos and Lisbon airport or your hotel in Lisbon
Drop-Off Time: 4:00 pm in Lisbon

BIKES

TOUR GUIDES

Why choose to ride the Algarve?

Describing the obvious has always been a challenge, and letting you know why Portugal declared a vast portion of its coastline a Natural Park is no exception, hence, better than words is to come and witness our serpentine ride along the majestic coastal cliffs.

The dark rock, folded like dough in a child’s hands, is a live lesson of layers and pressure across geologic ages, and as we head south, seagulls, alcatraces and storks (the only place where you will find their nests on coastal cliffs) carry on their harmonious flights alongside us as we embark on this dynamic and unique bike ride.

Lighthouses announce the beginning and the end of the continent with their cyclopic “eye”. Sailors and fishermen criss cross the Atlantic as we imagine them centuries ago on their journeys to new worlds, and just like these adventurous sailors, we will be rewarded with warm welcomings at our charming hotels and houses.

The “all white” villages show us how traditional architecture can be beautiful, simple and comfortable, the same simplicity principle that dictates the excellence of Portuguese cuisine. Fresh, local ingredients, and Mediterranean creativity.

BOOKING REQUEST

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