total: 327km (203mi)
level 3 (3.1)
daily average: 65km (40mi)
Welcome at Lisbon airport, transfer to Sesimbra and briefing about your cycling tour in Portugal.
Cycling Along the Wonderful Coast of Arrábida Natural Park
The first day of this road bike tour starts in Sesimbra, a small fisherman village on the coast, protected by the slope of a hill. So, we start right there, near the sea level. But once you leave the hotel you immediately start to climb up the hill, during 3km with about 6% of grade average. The second climb of the day will only start when you have to cross the Arrábida Hill Natural Park, and 6km more of climbing are waiting for you, with 4% of grade average. When you reach the top of your track you will start a steep and winding decent to finish with a gradual and pleasant decent until the end of the route. 🙂
level 3 (3.0)
Towards the West Coast
The bike ride of today is not difficult, but it is a long day on the bicycle (86km/53mi). The bike day is very rolling in general and it is almost flat until the end. The roads are very quiet and calm, within a pine tree and cork tree environment. The day ends at the front of the sea.
level 3 (3.4)
The Beautiful Beaches of the Natural Park
Another long day. Today you have 84km (52mi) to ride and to enjoy your bicycle. However, as you can see on the Climbing Profile, the day is very rolling until kilometer 56, more or less. After this point the ride tends to be on a climbing way, kilometer after kilometer. But it is only after kilometer 59 that we really notice the climbs that are coming up! 😉
level 4 (3.6)
Riding Towards South to Sagres
You start the bike day with a long and pleasant decent until the next small town :). From here you will ride a few kilometers on a national road, to enter again in the National Park roads. You will see that the landscape of today is very different from yesterday: more people, more “civilization” ;). After this small town you start a small climb with 3km but very smooth (1.5% grade). You are again in the Natural Park of Vicentine Coast and the Southwest of Alentejo. A fast and winding descent is waiting for you (control your speed), and at km 34 the last climb of the day will appear, with 5km distance and about 2% of grade, …”piece of cake”! 😀
level 3 (3.2)
The Coast of Algarve
This is the last day of your road bike tour in Portugal. A short day because you need time to visit Lagos, a beautiful town to visit. It seems that this day is easy but it is not. In other words, it is not a “difficult day” but you have many ups and downs along the way, with short but steep climbs. For example, at km 23 you will find a very steep climb with less than 1km long, but the sign on the side of that road tells you that the climb is 16% of grade!!. …I know, that only happens during 15 or 20 meters, …but the grade is there!! Don’t forget that you are in the south coast of Portugal, so short ups and downs will continue until the end of the day. Just before the end of your cycling day don’t forget to go behind the Lighthouse and visit the famous rock formations (take the bicycle with you!) ;).
level 3 (2.7)
After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport (3-hour drive)