The West Coast & The Algarve Self-Guided

Road Bike | Self-Guided | Landscape

This SW landscape is 300 million years old and it is one of the most preserved landscapes all over Europe; human intervention is less visible throughout the area’s long history. Once submerged (about 2 million years ago), this is a vast area with many different coastal habitats and countless beaches and cliffs.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.0 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

Starting south of Lisbon, this bicycle tour in Portugal guides you to 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 on 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 leaving a fishing town you will ride your bicycle a long way to get to a place that was very important in the Roman times because of the salt that was produced here. During the tour you will learn why the salt was so important in those days. We will stop for a while to regain our strength and to visit the Roman ruins.

Then you will cycle along the coast, where the Natural Park of SW Alentejo and Vicentine Coast begins. This Park extends itself along the Portuguese coast and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Numerous cliffs and isolated islets complete this beautiful and unique scenery. This area 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 bicycle tour in Portugal also goes to the south-westernmost point in continental Europe, the place from where our brave forefathers sailed on their caravels seeking new peoples and continents.

Finally, you have the opportunity to visit some of the beaches of our famous Algarve and the cosmopolitan and one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. This town also has an old fort and its former Slave Market is now an Art Gallery. You can still see evidence of the wall surrounding the town for protection.

This bike tour in Portugal continues eastwards and it ends in Tavira, a town that still manages to maintain its traditions with Moorish influence, with its countless buildings and monuments and the amazing Roman bridge over the Gilão river in the historic center.

You will notice the differences along the Algarve region: the center is very developed for tourism and the west and the east still maintained many evidences of the old Portuguese ways and traditions.

From
Euro 1760
Self-Guided
Tour

13
Days 

Level 3 (3.0)
Intermediate 

Distance
543km/337mi
Average
60km/37mi day
Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Sesimbra | Tavira
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

Sep, 2017

Available

Euro 2570

Oct, 2017

Available

Euro 2250

April, 2018

Available

Euro 2360

May, 2018

Available

Euro 2380

June, 2018

Available

Euro 2630

July, 2018

Available

Euro 2840

September, 2018

Available

Euro 2830

October, 2018

Available

Euro 2370

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Alentejo, Algarve, Lisboa Region
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Price includes:

13-day Road Bike Tour with a Guide | Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (12 nights): 2 Pousadas (a 12th century moorish castle , and an 18th century Palace), 9 four-star Hotels (one Hotel & SPA in front of the ocean, one charming Hotel, one Design Hotel in front of the ocean and seven cosy Hotels), 1 B&B/Rural Tourism | Double bedroom occupancy | 12 Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance.

Please note:
Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-bike rental: + Euro 180 | 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 at Lisbon  

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

Day

2

Riding along the wonderful coast of the Arrábida Natural Park

40km (25mi), 820m total climbing (2690ft), level 3 (2.9). After breakfast we start riding in the amazing Arrábida Natural Park, where the Mediterranean vegetation mixes with the maritime views. Visit to a winery and wine tasting (guided tours only). Lodging in a 4* Hotel near the town center.

Day

3

The Roman Occupation

52km (32mi), 510m total climbing (1670ft), level 3 (2.5). After breakfast we ride to inland in a flat area and we get to a beautiful and charming small town, the place where the Roman used to get the salt in the old times. Lodging in a Pousada (a former castle from the Muslim period in Portugal) where you can admire a great view of the wet plain.

Day

4

Towards Vasco da Gama’s town

88km (55mi), 700m total climbing (2300ft), level 3 (3.2). After breakfast we ride on towards the south and we stay on the coast, on the birthplace of Vasco da Gama, the navigator. Lodging in a 4* charming Hotel front to the sea.

Day

5

Free day

Free day to rest and to go to the beach and to visit the local museum. Lodging in a 4* charming hotel close to the beach (the same hotel as night before).

Day

6

The beautiful beaches of the Natural Park

100km (62mi), 930m total climbing (3050ft), level 4 (4.1). After breakfast we ride into the SW Alentejo Natural Park; this is the most well preserved coast all over Europe. The landscape is amazing! We end our day in the typical village near the coast. Lodging in a Bed & Breakfast unit with swimming-pool.

Day

7

Riding towards South to Sagres

70km (43mi), 720m total climbing (2360ft), level 3 (3.4). After breakfast we continue riding along the beautiful beaches. And we get to the place where “the land ends and the sea begins”. This is the south-westernmost point in Continental 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 Algarve

42km (26mi), 600m total climbing (1970ft), level 3 (2.6). After breakfast we ride along the south coast of the Algarve where we can see the contrast between the Natural Park and the Algarve that is developed in terms of tourism. Lodging in a 4* hotel with swimming-pool, that epitomizes the Algarve culture, with blue and white corridors which link the rooms, patios, restaurants and bar.

Day

9

The big contrast

46km (29mi), 440m total climbing (1440ft), level 2 (2.3). After breakfast we ride to inland and we will cross a very small and charming village before getting to the famous Rocha Beach. Lodging in a 4* hotel very near to the beach.

Day

10

Free day 

Free day to rest and to go to the beach. Lodging in a 4* hotel very near to the beach (the same hotel as night before).

Day

11

The inland part of the famous Algarve

73km (45mi), 930m total climbing (3050ft), level 4 (3.8). After breakfast we ride to inland and we will discover a completely different Algarve. Different landscape without tourism or resorts. Lodging in a Pousada, that was an 18th century Palace with a rococo style saloon.

Day

12

Return to the coast and the original Algarve

32km (20mi), 400m total climbing (1310ft), level 2 (1.9). After breakfast we ride from inland to the coast, and we get to the most well preserved town in the Algarve, with all Moorish characteristics. Lodging in a 4* hotel very near to the center. Free afternoon to visit this beautiful town.

Day

13

Departure

After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport – 4-hour drive.

Total distance  543km (337mi) | Average 60km/day (37mi/day) | 100% asphalt

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TESTIMONIALS

“While there are many bike tours to choose from, Portugal Bike was the right choice for us. The company provided us with excellent equipment (Scott road bikes), GPS for our self tour, and a daily ride schedule that combined beautiful scenery with diverse roads and towns. The hotel choices at the end of each day were welcoming and comfortable, which enabled us to relax and explore the towns. Each day we were well prepared for the trip ahead of us, and at the end of each day we felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. This was our first bike tour, and we are eager to schedule our next adventure.”

Tom Zaiko, 71 – Montclair NJ, United States

“If you are a North American cyclist looking for an international adventure, please consider a cycling trip in Portugal with Portugalbike.com. My wife and I have made 8 trips with this great company! (…) A variety of tours – road bike (asphalt), hybrid (asphalt and dirt roads), and mountain bike (dirt roads and trails) are offered. (…) José and Cristina are the ambassadors of the country and sport they love, in their company – PortugalBike. They know the less travelled and scenic routes to ride, the places to stay and the great restaurants. They have all the details worked out – great bikes, transit, and exposure to a new country! Take some additional time to discover the economy of Portugal. Portugal was the winner of 24 awards in the 2016 World Travel Awards including top beach destination. (…) As a cyclist in 8 Portugal Bike trips, you can’t go wrong with this adventure!”

David White, 62 – Bend OR, United States

“What do you get when you put 10 friends from 6 different countries, aged between 40 and a Beatles Song (“will you still feed me?” etc.) of varying cycling abilities (semi pro to semi comatose) and consistently competitive, idiosyncratic, irreverent and iconoclastic, on bikes and send them down the west and south coasts of Portugal? Bedlam? An unmitigated disaster? A perfect recipe for a series of crashes, punctures and missed turns? Answer: All of the above, if left to their own devices. Reality: With Portugal Bike, bravely and beautifully marshalled by Jose the Shepherd and Cristina the Provider, a perfect, unforgettable cultural and cycling symphony. We had a blast. Jose was initially terrified that we were out of control. He was right, we were. But the two of them brought order to these exuberant delinquents with their calm professionalism and knowledge of the road, the country and its splendor. They both love what they do, are proud of their country and their role in making their guests feel special, and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in great places, saw wonderful sights, ate very well, learned about the country and its culture and respected our need for speed …well, we thought we were fast. We had 3 local Portuguese friends and they were equally impressed. When considering a biking holiday in Portugal, think Portugal Bike. As a certain Mr Zimmerman said: ” Don’t think twice, it’s alright”.”

Etienne De Villiers – United Kingdom

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
New Scott CR1

SCOTT CR1 COMPETITION

ULTRA LIGHT AND FAST

The SCOTT CR1 20’s IMP Carbon frame offers the perfect balance of performance and comfort. Designed to save the rider from shock and vibration, the CR1 is the ideal choice for the enthusiast who wants to enjoy long rides but doesn’t want to feel beat up at the end of the day. Providing the perfect balance of stiffness and weight, Scott CR1 is so precise, elegant and advanced that you’ll have a tough time going back to anything less.

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Hybrid Bike Scott Sportster

SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasises comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. Equipped with a lockout fork and Syncros components, the Sportster is set up perfectly for your excursions with a more vertical and comfortable position.

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e Bike Bosch System

BOSCH SYSTEM 

E-BIKE

Now you don’t have any excuse for not participating on a Portugal Bike Tour! Don’t be afraid of not being able to keep up with the group. Now you can ride an e-bike without feeling too exhausted! The system works as if someone is pushing at your back! The more you pedal, the more electric assistance you have.

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CANNONDALE TANDEM 29 Bike

CANNONDALE TANDEM

TANDEM BIKE

Riding a Tandem bike is fun and is something that is not usual. People always smile to you and  wave. Your partner (stoker) don’t need to know how to ride a bicycle. However we highly recommend to ride this kind of bicycle if you already are used with it at your home.

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