Cork Trees & The Algarve Wild Coast Guided

Mountain Bike | Guided | Landscape

This cross-country bicycle tour allows 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.

Euro 2180


Level 3 (3.2)

52km/32mi day
Signature, Explorer

61% trails and dirt-roads + 39% asphalt 
Start | End
Sesimbra | Lagos





Per Person

01 Oct – 09 Oct, 2021


Euro 2870

01 Nov – 09 Nov, 2021


Euro 2180

08 Apr – 16 Apr, 2022


Euro 2660

01 May – 09 May, 2022


Euro 2870

01 Jun – 09 Jun, 2022


Euro 3070

If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.
Guided bike tours usually start on Sundays.

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Location: Algarve, Lisboa Region, Alentejo
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9 days / 8 nights / 7 days cycling

Support Level

  • Two experienced, knowledgeable local Guides
  • One of the Guides will ride with you at all times
  • Our comfortable support and backup vehicle van with air conditioning
  • Techno-mechanical assistance at all times
  • All transportation from airport pick-up to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • Documentation booklet about PortugalBike Tour
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance
  • First-Aid assistance on location


  • Two 4* Hotels front to the ocean
  • One 4* Charming Hotel with pool
  • One 4* Charming Hotel
  • One 4* Rural Hotel
  • Three B&B/Rural Tourism with pool


  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners (including our famous wines, cheeses and desserts)
  • 3 nourishing and energetic picnics
  • Daily energy-bars, nuts, fruits and water


  • Superior quality full-suspension mountain bicycles with hydraulic disc brakes and 20 speeds, tailored to your height and specifications
  • PortugalBike cycling jersey to keep
  • PortugalBike water bottles to keep
  • Specialized helmets (optional)

Please note:

Prices are based on a double bedroom occupancy (hotels may be different depending on availability) | Guided version: We require a minimum of 4 people to confirm a Guided departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 6 or more people | Shorter tour: If you wish a shorter tour, you can do “The Algarve Wild Coast“, a mountain bike tour of 6 days / 5 nights / 4 days cycling (minimum of 2 people) | If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.


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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. Lodging in Sesimbra Hotel & SPA.



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 the town. Lodging in Rio Art Hotel.



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. Lodging in Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel.



From the cork tree forest to the coast

66km (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. Lodging in Quinta do Moinho de Vento.



The coast and the cliffs

65km (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. Lodging in Monte João Roupeiro.



The beautiful Beaches at Vicentine Coast

53km (33mi), 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. Lodging in Aldeia da Pedralva.



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. Lodging in Memmo Baleeira Hotel.



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. Lodging in Tivoli Lagos Algarve Resort.




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

Total distance 364km (226mi) | Average 52km/day (32mi/day) | 61% trails and dirt-roads + 39% asphalt


Accommodations for this tour include Signature Hotels (the best charming Hotel of the region, usually stylish 4-star hotels or 5-star properties), as well as Explorer Hotels (boutique hotels and family owned, full of character B&B that make the most of their location)

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“My husband and I recently completed the Cork Trees and The Algarve Wild Coast mountain bike tour. Jose and Cristina are the team that designs this fantastic bike tour from Sesimbra to Lagos. The tour highlights consist of: riding through National Parks, single track along the Mediterranean coast, cycling through dense and long Cork Oak Forests and visiting the beautiful beaches of the Algarve Coast. The scenery is spectacular! From beginning to end, attention to detail is what makes a Portugal Bike Tour so wonderful. Jose and Cristina are true professionals in every sense of the word and ensure that your trip will be memorable. The bikes are in excellent condition, the route well thought out with stops for points of interest and delicious picnics to refuel.  The choice of overnight accommodations is very good and you will enjoy the incredible variety of fish in the evening. Together, with Jose as your guide explaining the cultural and historic points of interest, and Cristina providing logistical support, you will not be disappointed.”

Sue White, 61 – Bend OR, 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

“If you are a North American cyclist looking for an international adventure, please consider a cycling trip in Portugal with Portugal My wife and I have made 8 trips with this great company!
Portugal has everything you need for a great cycling adventure that includes history, food and relaxation. The climate is warm and sunny, the roads and trail are safe, the food is great and the people are wonderful.
You can ride on coastal cliffs, through quiet granitic villages in the north, or see the whitewashed cottages in the Alentejo. A variety of tours – road bike (asphalt), hybrid (asphalt and dirt roads), and mountain bike (dirt roads and trails) are offered.
See the unique natural landscapes – the cliffs on the coast and the Arrabida forest of stone pine with umbrella canopies shaped by the maritime winds. See the cork forests and learn how it is cultivated in this unique environment. While riding in the south, the air is pungent with the sweet smells of rock-rose, rosemary and sage.
A breadth of history abounds! See ancient megalithic monuments, roman ruins, Moorish castles, 18th century villages and sleep in palaces and monasteries that have been converted to modern luxury hotel “pousadas.” See the historical influences of Paganism, Islam and Christianity in the architecture. Visit the homes and ports of the world’s earliest navigators and explorers.
Enjoy an abundance of freshly prepared and grilled seafood or juicy black pork or native beef. Or enjoy a delicately flavored “Cataplana de peixe” (fish stew,) with fresh tamboril (monkfish), garoupa (grouper) and camarão (shrimp).
Jose and Cristina will meet you at the airport and take you to the first hotel at the start of the trip and be with you for the duration, returning you to the airport with plenty of time to make your flight.
They are the ambassadors of the country and the 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. Portugal is also a leader in software, machinery, moulds, textiles, ceramics, wind and solar energy and shoes.
As a cyclist in 8 Portugal Bike trips, you can’t go wrong with this adventure!”

David White, 62 – Bend OR, United States


On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
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FullSuspension Mountain Bike CUBE Stereo 120 Pro29. Featuring a 130mm front suspension, 180mm hydraulic disc brakes and a 11-42T Shimano cassette, this is the perfect bike for a mountain biker.
Control, speed and agility combined… for trail explorers everywhere!