total: 566km (352mi)
level 3 (3.1)
daily average: 63km (39mi)
Welcome at Lisbon airport. Transfer to Sesimbra followed by a briefing about the tour.
Riding along the wonderful coast of Arrábida Natural Park.
The first day 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. Once you leave the hotel you immediately start to climb up the hill, 3km long and about 6% of grade in average. The second climb of the day will start when you have to cross the Arrábida Hill Natural Park, and 4km more of climbing are waiting for you, with 4% of grade in average. When you reach the top of your track you will start a steep and winding descent to finish with a gradual and pleasant descent until the end of the route.
level 3 (2.8)
The Roman Occupation.
After you leave the town (be careful with the traffic because it is rush hour) you enter in an area with several farms and an open environment. Some cork tree forests will appear and the day will be very rolling. If you are on the Self-Guided version, please stop at km 30 to eat something. Further you will not find any other place to get food or drinks.
level 3 (3.2)
The Region of Storks
The ride of today is not difficult, but it is a long day on the bicycle (79km/49mi). The 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. Almost at the end of the day, you just start feeling your legs, when you start to do a 2km climb with about 5% of grade to get to the center of the town and the hotel for tonight.
level 3 (3.4)
The Beautiful Beaches of the Natural Park
This is the longest day of the whole bike tour. Today you have 105km (65mi) to ride and to enjoy your bicycle. It was impossible to make this day shorter because there aren’t any places to stay in. However, as you can see on the Climbing Profile, the day is very rolling and it shows a downward tendency until kilometer 74, more or less. After this point the ride tends to be on a climbing way, kilometer after kilometer. But it is only after kilometer 89 that we really notice the climbs that are coming up!
level 4 (4.2)
Riding Towards South to Sagres
You start the day with a long and pleasant descent 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, 3km long but very smooth (1.5% grade). You are again in the Natural Park of Vicentine Coast and the Southwest of Alentejo. A fast descent is waiting for you and at km 34 the last climb of the day will appear, 5km long and about 2% of grade.
level 3 (3.2)
Free day and rest to go to the beach
The Coast of Algarve
This is 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 that is less than 1km long, but the sign on the side on 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, so short ups and downs will continue until the end of the day.
level 3 (2.7)
The Big Contrast
Another short day. You left the Natural Park yesterday and today you see much more traffic, here and there. The day is very rolling, sometimes on a country environment, other times in the small towns. Be careful with the traffic.
level 2 (2.4)
The Inland Part of the Famous Algarve
The first half of the day is very rolling, and after km 12 you start to ride more inland and with less traffic. After km 37 the climbs start. The first climb is short, only 1 mile long (1.6km) but 4% of grade. The second is longer, 3km long and 3% of grade. So, until the hotel there are always some climbs, here and there.
level 4 (3.8)
Return to the Coast and the Original Algarve
Today is your last day and the shortest day of the whole tour, because you need time to visit Tavira. You start the day with a long but smooth climb, you continue to ride in a countryside environment with some short and smooth ups and downs. After km 10 you will start gently to go down here and there, until you get to the hotel that is near the sea level.
level 2 (1.8)
Departure – After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport – 3.5-hour drive