Cork Trees & The Algarve Wild Coast Self-Guided

Mountain Bike | Self-Guided | Landscape
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This tour is the combination of two mountain bike tours: Cork Trees & Coast + The Algarve Wild Coast, allowing you to ride along the south-west coast of Portugal, starting south of Lisbon.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.3 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

Starting your mountain bike tour in Sesimbra, you will enter one of the lushest areas south of Lisbon – the Natural Park of Arrabida. On one side of the park, you’ll admire the beautiful Mediterranean landscape and at the other side, the gorgeous coast with accessible beaches where the fine sand and clear sea waters provide a strong contrast of unusual colors.

After crossing the Sado river by boat you will cycle along a cork-tree forest and this is your first contact with these amazing trees that produce cork; Portugal is the major exporter in the world of this ecological and natural product. This forest offers us winding trails with dense vegetation that look like tunnels formed by these extremely beautiful trees. You will feel alone within Nature in a Mediterranean environment with your bike.

You will go on to SW Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, which extends itself along the Portuguese coast and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. This SW landscape is 300 million years old and it is one of the most preserved landscapes all over Europe; human intervention has been less visible throughout its history. Once submerged (about 2 million years ago), this is a vast area with many different coastal habitats and countless beaches and cliffs.

Countless rocks and isolated islets complete this beautiful and unique scenery. You will feel alone within Nature in a Mediterranean environment. The west coast boasts a diversity of rare botanical species, with very interesting flora and a variety of maritime birds that nest here. Cape S. Vicente is a passing area for thousands of birds of prey.

This mountain bike tour in Portugal also goes to Sagres, which is the south-westernmost point in continental Europe, the place from where our brave forefathers sailed on their caravels seeking new peoples and continents.

Finally, this mountain bike in Portugal tour allows you to visit some of the beaches of our famous Algarve, including the cosmopolitan city of Lagos. This is one of the oldest towns in Algarve. We can still see evidence of the wall surrounding the town for protection. Lagos also has an old fort and its former Slave Market is now an art gallery.

From
Euro 1400
Self-Guided
Tour

9
Days 

Level 3 (3.2)
Intermediate

Distance
378km/235mi
Average
54km/34mi day
Trails
61% trails and dirt-roads + 39% asphalt 
Start | End
Sesimbra | Lagos
Dates

Start-End

Availability

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Price

Per Person

Out, 2017

Available

Euro 1730

April, 2018

Available

Euro 1910

May, 2018

Available

Euro 1920

June, 2018

Available

Euro 2060

July, 2018

Available

Euro 2060

September, 2018

Available

Euro 2120

October, 2018

Available

Euro 1890

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Alentejo, Algarve, Lisboa Region
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Price includes:
9-day Mountain Bike Tour with a GPS device | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (8 nights): 4 four* Hotels, 1 four* Rural Hotel, 3 B&B/Rural Tourism | Double bedroom occupancy | 8 Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour  | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance.

Please note:
Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Shorter tour: If you wish a shorter tour, you can do “Cork Trees & Coast” or “The Algarve Wild Coast”. Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | On Self-Guided tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival   

Welcome at Lisbon airport, transfer to Sesimbra (1 hour) and briefing about the tour. Lodging in a 4* Hotel with sophisticated amenities in an idyllic setting where Nature and Sea come together in true happiness.

Day

2

The luxuriant forest of the National Park of Arrabida Hill

28km (17mi), 600m total climbing (1970ft), level 2 (2.3).
Breakfast. Our cycling takes place along the amazing trails in the Arrabida National Park. Lodging in a 4* Hotel located in the center of town.

Day

3

Crossing a deep Cork Oak Forest

59km (37mi), 810m total climbing (2660ft), level 4 (3.6).
Breakfast. We cross the river by ferry and our cycling starts with an amazing view of rice-fields and storks. We ride towards the hills with a Mediterranean environment where cork-oak trees are abundant. Lodging in a 4* Rural Hotel within a peaceful environment.

Day

4

From the cork tree forest to the coast

67km (42mi), 630m total climbing (2070ft), level 4 (3.5).
Breakfast. We ride from the hills with thousands of cork trees around us to the coast and the sea, the place where the long protected west coast of Portugal starts, the National Park of Vicentine Coast. Lodging in a small town classified as a Touristic Paradise, near the beach.

Day

5

The coast and the cliffs

64km (40mi), 690m total climbing (2260ft), level 4 (3.5).
After breakfast we ride towards Cape Sardão, a paradisiacal spot perfect for meditation with the Nature and many cliffs and we end in another village near the sea. Lodging in a Bed & Breakfast unit with a refreshing swimming-pool that is waiting for you.

Day

6

The beautiful Beaches at Vicentine Coast

67km (42mi), 780m total climbing (2560ft), level 3 (3.4).
After breakfast you ride towards an old town with its castle on the top dated from the 10th century. You continue riding southwards, you cross the woods, hills and valleys until you get to the surfers’ beach. Lodging in a small house in the most typical village near the west coast of the Algarve, very calm and very quiet.

Day

7

The south-westernmost point of Europe

43km (27mi), 570m total climbing (1870ft), level 3 (2.7).
The west coast and the vicentine coast are ending. After breakfast you ride to the westernmost point in Europe. Lodging in a 4* new hotel with swimming-pool, surrounded by stunning deserted beaches and the wild nature of an unforgettable beauty.

Day

8

The Coast of the Algarve (the single-track-day)

50km (31mi), 860m total climbing (2820ft), level 4 (3.5).
After breakfast you start riding; this is the day of the single-tracks. You ride along the south coast of the Algarve and you can see the difference when the Natural Park ends and the touristic Algarve starts. Before getting to Lagos you visit a spot where the sea and the wind have shaped beautiful rocks creating an amazing view. Lodging in a 4* hotel with swimming-pool, that epitomises the Algarve culture, with blue and white corridors which link the rooms, patios, restaurants and bar.

Day

9

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport (3-hour drive).

Total distance 378km (235mi) | Average 54km/day (34mi/day) | 61% trails and dirt-roads + 39% asphalt

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TESTIMONIALS

“Portugal Bike is a full service bike company which organizes a variety of comprehensive bike tours within Portugal. The tour offerings are spectacular, full of options which may be tailored to suit your level of skill and adventure, travel needs and wants, and all of which take you off the beaten path and/or to any part of Portugal you wish to visit. Portugal Bike was extremely accommodating, professional and patient with us during our trip planning, offering us much advice and suggestions on what to see, where to dine, etc., and what’s not on the map. The bike equipment and related support are superior; Cristina, Gose, and Ricardo are all extremely professional and knowledgeable and fantastically helpful and friendly and could not do enough for us. If you love adventure and seek a unique and special vacation Portugal Bike will bring you a truly unforgettable experience. Thank you for an amazing experience!”

Jim & Saun, 47 & 48 – Topsfield MA, United States

“My two friends and I self-guided a bike tour of the west and southwest coast of Portugal (and cork forests) for 7 days [Cork Trees & Coast + The Algarve Wild Coast]. Portugal Bike provided us with premium mountain bikes and a reliable GPS system. We stayed in nice locations and hotels. The staff was pleasant and helpful all the way through our tour. No problems to report only pleasant experiences. Portugal is a hidden gem that more Americans should experience.”

James Brosnan, 52 – Durham NC, United States

“Very well organized with fantastic logistical support. Bikes well suited for the job. Great scenery along the coast. Nice hotels and great food. Some tough trails not for beginners. Very happy with the experience. Mountain biking at its best!”

Alain Robitaille, 60 – Montreal, Canada

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles

SCOTT MOUNTAIN

THE MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR THE MOUNTAIN BIKER

The SCOTT Aspect 710 is a mountain hardtail that is designed to be light, efficient. Featuring a PopLoc lockout mechanism for the fork, Shimano disc brakes and Syncros components, this is the perfect bike for a mountain biker.

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