Rota Vicentina & Algarve Biking
The Vicentina coast wraps around the Algarve’s cliffy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and into the Alentejo, covering a stretch of over 120km of lush greenery, steep cliffs, forgotten white sand beaches and coastal landscapes.
Vacation Style Holiday TypeSelf-guided
Group Size Small Group
Activity Level Easy to moderate
BIKE: MTB Bike / MTB-Hybrid Bike / e-bike
DURATION: 8 days
REGION: Coast of Alentejo and Western Algarve
ACCOMMODATION: Selected (3* or similar)
PRICE: €1 160/pax (October 15 – April 30); €1 470/pax (May 1 – June 30 and September 16 – October 15); €1 640/pax (July 1 – August 31)
End your journey in one of the best European holiday destinations, the Algarve. A magnificent coastline blessed with some of Portugal’s loveliest beaches, delicious cuisine at a reasonable price, stunning landscapes, and a sunny Mediterranean climate. No wonder this is the most well-known region in Portugal. But we’ll challenge you to discover a very different Algarve, beyond the tourist track.
Cycling in the most beautiful and well-preserved coastal area of Europe. Now add the feeling of adventure when discovering pristine beaches, a rich culture and a cuisine that serves the best the sea has to offer.
The Vicentina Coast wraps around the Algarve’s cliffy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and into the Alentejo, covering a stretch of over 120km of lush greenery, steep cliffs, forgotten white sand beaches and coastal landscapes.
This tour is operated by:
- 7 accommodations in double room with breakfast (based on selected 3* lodgings or similar)
- Briefing with Local Guide
- Luggage transfers hotel-to-hotel
- 6 routes on app mobile
- Bike rental (TREK X Caliber 29) + Helmet
- 24 hours support line
- Cycling water bottle
- Transfer from Lisboa Airport to Setubal (up to 4 persons): 50€
- Transfer from Vila do Bispo to Faro Airport (up to 4 persons): 172€
- Transfer from Vila do Bispo to Lisboa Airport (up to 4 persons): 450€
- Upgrade E-bike: 35€/day
- Extra rear pannier rental: 60€
- Handlebar bag: 40€
- Gel saddle: 25€
- Solo Traveller: on request
Arrival to Setubal
Spend your day exploring the city of Setubal where we highly recommend a visit to Casa da Baia – Turism Main Office.
Embrace yourself along the narrow’s streets of the downtown and delight with the traditional Lusitanian constructions and churches from this fisher and industrial town.
Afternoon: Bikes delivery and Briefing.
Overnight in Setubal
Cycle from Setubal to Santiago do Cacém (63km | +250m)
Your journey by bike starts in Setubal taking the ferry to cross the river to Soltróia.
Crossing the Sado Estuary, you can marvel at the immensity of water that bathes the Troia Peninsula, which was once inhabited by the Romans and of high strategic-economic importance as a manufacturing center for salting and preserving fish, destined for export throughout the world. Roman Empire.
In Comporta, the largest estate in the country, your pedal takes you along the rice paddies, one of the main products of the region. Passing the pine forests, you will reach Melides and Santo André.
The Lagoas de Santo André Nature Reserve (with 500 hectares) is of high ecological importance, not only for its wetlands but also for its dune cord that separates them from the ocean. Here the fresh and salt waters allow a balance and the existence of aquatic ecosystems rich in biodiversity.
Overnight in Vila Nova de Santo André
Cycle from Santiago do Cacém to Vila Nova de Milfontes (58km | +284m)
This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the outstanding views over the Atlantic Ocean.
You’ll ride to Sines, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Sines Castle and the quayside. A few kms more bring you to São Torpes beach, one of the best for surfing to be found along the entire extent of the Portuguese coastline, with a number of surf schools.
Enjoy your ride as you approach the coastline and Porto Covo, a picturesque fishing village.
Your day will end next to the attractive Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, a pleasant town situated at the mouth of the River Mira.
Overnight in Vila Nova de Milfontes
Cycle from Milfontes to Odeceixe (56km +400m)
Enjoy the sea breeze as you leave the hotel in the morning towards
On this day you will ride on the Historical Way of Rota Vicentina and will be passing several highlights during the day, such as Longueira and the village of Almograve.
To the south is Cabo do Sardão, with its imposing lighthouse in an unspoilt environment of great natural beauty that offers breathtaking views of the irregular coastline and many inaccessible beaches. At the cliffs you can see the white-stork basks, unique around the world, and many other sea birds.
Your journey continues with idyllic scenery until you reach Zambujeira do Mar, a small fishing village where you can still enjoy a feeling of great peace and tranquility. A cozy and beautiful beach is one of its main attractions. Continuing through agricultural fields, passing by Vicentino Winery – SudoBerry.SA, you will reach the road that takes you along Ribeira de Seixe and guide you to the sea – Odeceixe Beach. A charming beach much sought after by surfers.
Overnigth in Odeceixe
Discover Rogil and Odeceixe (32km +310m)
Ride your bicycle in a loop that starts from your accommodation and that will cross the Odeceixe Village and the beautiful Odeceixe beach, popular among surfers thanks to its sizeable waves, located at the mouth of the Seixe River on the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions.
Visit Museu da Batata Doce (Sweet potato) and Pão do Rogil, with it´s regional products related to Aljezur sweet potatoes. In this space you will find the delicacies of the local sweetmeats and the manufacturers of the region based on the variety of the lira.
Overnight in Odeceixe
Cycle from Odeceixe to Pedralva
With the deep blue as company, we head towards Sagres, the southernmost point of Portugal, where Portuguese sailors learned to use the Caravel, in the 15th century, and from where they set out to discover new worlds. We continue cycling south towards Aljezur, a small village well known for its cultivation of sweet potatoes! Don’t miss a visit to its Moorish castle, from the 10th century, with fantastic views over the entire region.
And before entering the enchanted valley, which takes you to Aldeia da Pedralva, don’t miss the opportunity to get your feet wet in Carrapateira.Overnight in Vila do Bispo
Cycle from Pedralva to Sagres
Continuing south, you will arrive at Vila do Bispo with a feeling of adventure as you discover virgin beaches, a rich culture and cuisine that serves the best that the sea has to offer. Take the opportunity to visit the traditional market.
Cycle to Cordoama beach where the cliffs reach over 100 metres in height and there is a hill that is not only a natural viewpoint but is also often used by paragliders as a take-off site.
Five kilometers away from Sagres lies Europe’s southwestern most point, St. Vincent’s Cape (Cabo de São Vicente), the last piece of home that Portuguese sailors would see as they sailed away into the unknown on headland spot.
Private Transfer from Vila do Bispo to Faro or Lisboa Airport (optional).
End of services.