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Cork Trees & the Algarve Wild Coast

  • 9 days

  • total: 364km (226mi)

  • 61% trails and dirt-roads + 39% asphalt

  • level 3 (3.2)

  • daily average: 52km (32mi)

    Day 1


    Welcome at Lisbon airport. Transfer to Sesimbra (1h  drive) and briefing about your mountain biking in Portugal. 

    Day 2

    The Luxuriant Forest of the Natural Park of Arrábida Hill

    This is the first day of your mountain bike tour in Portugal and it is not a very long day, but it is very green and with luxuriant vegetation :). You start near the ocean level and you start climbing 3km on asphalt with 6% of grade (average). After this you enter in the National Park and, at km 12, in the dense forest. The way is very beautiful and winding. Be careful with the steep downhill, one mile long (+-1.4km) and -6% of grade. After this you will enter in another dense Mediterranean forest very beautiful, with many single-tracks, some more technical than others. Finally, at km 24, you will meet the asphalt again, until your hotel, in the town. 🙂

  • 28km (17mi)

  • level 2 (2.3)

  • 600m (1970ft)

    Day 3

    Crossing a Deep Cork Oak Forest

    Today your mountain bike day in longer than yesterday, and you need time to do it. So, please don’t waste time: you have to cross the ferry to the other side of the river (it takes +-30mn). Please ask about the timetable at the hotel ;). On the other side there is a long empty road, flat, 12km long, and you get to a charming small village where you can stop for a drink ;). Your way continues along the rice fields on a dirt road. After km 30 you will meet asphalt again. Here you can have another stop for a drink or food in this very small village ;). After this point it is very difficult to find another place to have a drink or to eat! At km 45 you will enter in another cork tree forest, with some single-tracks and double-tracks, ups and downs (one short climb is 8% grade). Here, in this dense forest, you are completely alone within Nature! You will cross the road again only at km 59 where you can find a very small coffee shop/bar. In the cork tree forest again and you are only 8km away from the hotel. 🙂

  • 59km (37mi)

  • level 4 (3.6)

  • 810m (2660ft)

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    Day 4

    From The Cork Oak Tree Forest to The Coast

    Today is the longest day of the whole mountain bike tour. The beginning is very rolling, until km 14. The trails are very diverse today and, as you approach the coast, the landscape changes and the way becomes more sandy (after km 48). Please note: If you find any fence during the way, please keep it exactly as you found it, closed or opened. 😉

  • 66km (41mi)

  • level 4 (3.5)

  • 630m (2070ft)

    Day 5

    The Coast and The Cliffs

    From now on you will ride along the west coast of Portugal :). Now you are in the Natural Park of SW of Alentejo and the Vicentine Coast, the longest preserved area on the coast of Europe :). After km 23 and for 6km you will ride on the cliffs, a very protected area, but with some sandy trails. It is a challange to keep up with your mountain bicycle! At km 36.5 you will find a very very short climb with 12% of grade, and at km 40 another one! Be careful with the technical descent at km 51 (-13% grade). 😉

  • 65km (40mi)

  • level 4 (3.5)

  • 690m (2290ft)

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    Day 6

    The Beautiful Beaches at The Vicentine Coast

    Yesterday you saw some beautiful beaches while you were riding your mountain bike, and today this scenery continues :). Don’t forget that you are on the coast and that some ways are a little bit sandy. The first very steep climb with 13% of grade is very short, it is the way to the castle (cobbles stones), and it appears at km 19.5. But the ex-libris of the day starts at km 40 with the gorgeous views over the cliffs and the ocean, during 6km!! 🙂 Another very protected area of this Natural Park! 🙂

  • 53km (33mi)

  • level 3 (3.4)

  • 780m (2560ft)

    Day 7

    The South-Westernmost Point of Europe

    Maybe you feel the beginning of the bike day a little bit boring because your mind is now focused on the coast, and here you are in the forest. However, after km 12 you start to see the ocean again and some wild beaches. Now that you get the sea level again prepare your mind to climb the next two climbs, 1km long each, but with 8% of grade!

  • 43km (27mi)

  • level 3 (2.7)

  • 570m (1870ft)

    Day 8

    The Coast of The Algarve

    Today you only get to the first beach at km 23; you are now mountain biking along the south coast of Portugal (not the west coast anymore). Also, it is right here that you will have the steepest section of the entire bike tour. It is on asphalt and the sign on the road tells you that, in some parts (+-150m) the climb will be 16% of grade. If the road bikers do it, …you can also do it with your mountain bicycle! 😀 The way continues with some ups and downs here and there, but at km 31 the way becomes a single-track and it is very technical and rocky, for a half of a mile (+-500m)!. Some sections are impossible to be cycled so, please go by hand ;). At km 40 be careful with the barbed wire that is on your right side ;). Now you got another spot, another ex-libris with gorgeous views over the south coast of Portugal and the Algarve. Pay attention to the way, because there are no fences. 😉 Enjoy it! :). Almost at the end of the cycling day go behind the Lighthouse and enjoy the great view with the rock formations! 😉

  • 50km (31mi)

  • level 4 (3.5)

  • 860m (2820ft)

    Day 9


    After breakfast, transfer to Lisbon airport – 3 hours drive