Cruising the Coast
An itinerary for those ocean lovers, that like to cycle and feel the salted air breezes to here and there to collect sea shells!!
Vacation Style Holiday TypeSelf-guided
Group Size Small Group
Activity Level Easy to moderate
TOUR: Cruising the Coast
BIKE: MTB Bike / MTB-Hybrid Bike / e-bike
DURATION: 7 days
REGION: Southwest Alentejo and Algarve (Vicentine Natural Park)
ACCOMMODATION: Premium (4* and equivalent)
PRICE: €1.540/pax all year round (July/August/September – on request)
You’ll be cycling along traditional fishing villages, with a gastronomy mostly based on what the sea as to offer! The opportunities for amazing photos are plenty and you may even have time for a swim or two, if the weather allows it. The small, family owned accommodations, give the tour the sense of just being at a friend’s house, enjoying the atmosphere and the relaxing mood.
- 5 breakfasts
- 5 nights in double accommodation
- Bike and helmet
- Mini-Pump, Saddle Bag
- Quick tire repair kit (spare inner tube and multi-tool kit)
- GPS with route and POI’s
- Spot Me location device
- Cell phone for emergencies
- Full maintenance and technical assistance during the tour
- Backpack, water bottle, bike jersey, casual polo and luggage
- tags with Bike Tours Portugal Logo
- Arrival transfer Lisbon (airport – 1st hotel) at 15h on fixed departures
- Departure transfer (last hotel – lisbon airport, at 10h00 on fixed departures)
- Luggage transportation (hotel-to-hotel)
- 1 x Technical assistance in case of necessity
- Tire Replacement €90/assistance
- Bike shorts and shoes
- Extra equipment non-specified as included
- Bike shorts and shoes
- Air fares
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the programme
- SPA treatments
Arrival to Lisbon airport and transfer to Barradas da Serra Country House, an incredible Manor House where you’ll be received like family on this welcoming farm estate.
For more than a century producing cereals, including wheat, this activity has lost some significance over time, and it is now the oak forest (montado) of greater importance in the activity of the homestead. The production of cork is an investment with many years of tradition in the family, being also of great importance for the region and the country.
After check in, our team will do a general briefing on the tour.
Accommodation: Barradas da Serra Country House
*If you intend to arrive to a different Airport or with a different schedule, please contact us to quote and organize your transfer
Accommodation: M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Following breakfast we’ll start our tour exploring the beautiful scenery of the region, with its cork forest and contrasting beaches, just a few quilometers apart. We’ll be stopping at the St. André Lagoon, surrounded by golden dunes and a diversified avifauna, making of this a very pleasant place, filled with peace of mind and beauty.
Night at Hotel Santiago Cooking & Nature
Besides Cycling, Alentejo is a famous wine region notorious for producing high- quality wines, with
ancestral traditions related to wine and wineries and unique landscapes, so today we have scheduled a visit to one of the most famous wineries of Alentejo, which produces the limited edition wine Pera Manca. But before, there’s still time to learn more about such a versatile product like cork, when biking through the cork forests and the traditional villages that survive thanks to this unique industry.
We’ll finalize our Loop ride at your Hotel. Get the rest of the day to enjoy all the amenities of the hotel, for tonight dinner will be held at Degust`AR that has the signature of Chef António Nobre. Make the most of it!
Accommodation: M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Following a delicious breakfast, we continue our biking trough the Alentejo. Our journey continues with a smooth and breezy downhill dash to enter the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, all the way to Porto Côvo. Discover here a genuine seven heaven made up of almost only deserted beaches, cliffs and crags amidst exceptionally rich biodiversity and unique geological heritage. Among the 750 plants and 200 species of birds that have been identified throughout the area of the Natural Park, there are a few worth mentioning, like the White Stork, Bonelli’s Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon or the felines such as the Fox or the Iberian Lynx.
Our goal for today’s destination is the Herdade do Barrocal – a splendid and charming Wine Resort. Dinner will be dedicated to some of the most traditional dishes of the region.
Accommodation: Herdade do Barrocal Farmstate Hotel & Retreat
After another delicious homemade breakfast, we cycle along a flat terrain stage, with spectacular views over the seashore and smooth breezes along the cliffs, overlooking the magnificent sandy beaches and estuaries. After an easy afternoon relaxing on the beach, we’ll take a look at the 1883 Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, an impressive 17 meters high structure that still helps ship navigate along the coast. The views are impressive and we cross the river which divides Alentejo and the Algarve region.
Accommodation: Casas do Moinho
The day begins cycling through the magnificent ocean views. We are heading for Sagres, the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the caravel in the XV Century and discovered new worlds. We cycle to the village of Aljezur, located in a lush green valley, well known for its sweet potatoes. Although a bit higher, the X Century Moorish castle is a “must see” and has one of the most fantastic views of the Portuguese southwest region. We’ll continue to Sagres village, all the way to St. Vincent Lighthouse – with lovely panoramic views onto the Atlantic Ocean…offering one of the best sunsets in the world!
Accommodation: Memmo Baleeira Design Hotel
After Breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to Algarve.
A transfer* will be made to the Lisbon Airport at 10h00.