The West Coast & The Algarve Supported

Road Bike | Supported | 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 a winery where you will learn about the famous Moscatel wine and also taste it. Then 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 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.

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Euro 2260
Supported
Tour

13
Days 

Level 3 (3.1)
Intermediate 

Distance
566km/352mi
Average
63km/39mi day
Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Sesimbra | Tavira
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

April, 2018

Available

Euro 2750

May, 2018

Available

Euro 2780

June, 2018

Available

Euro 3170

July, 2018

Available

Euro 3440

September, 2018

Available

Euro 3330

October, 2018

Available

Euro 2840

November, 2018

Available

Euro 2260

December, 2018

Available

Euro 2260

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Minimum number of people: 4
Location: Algarve, Lisboa Region, Alentejo
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Price includes:

13-day Road Bike Tour with a GPS device | 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 | Daily energy-bars and water | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance | Techno-Mechanical Assistance | First-Aid assistance on location | Permanent Backup Vehicle | Visit to the winery and wine tasting | Visit to the Roman Ruins | Visit to a Cork Factory | Cooking Workshop.

Please note:
Supported version: We require a minimum of 4 people to confirm this Supported departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 6 or more people | E-bike rental: + Euro 180 | On Supported 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

39km (24mi), 760m total climbing (2490ft), level 3 (2.8). After breakfast you start riding in the amazing Arrábida Natural Park, where the Mediterranean vegetation mixes with the maritime views. Visit to a winery and wine tasting. Lodging in a 4* Hotel near the town center.

Day

3

The Roman Occupation

76km (47mi), 610m total climbing (2000ft), level 3 (3.2). After breakfast you ride to inland in a flat area and you get to a beautiful and charming small town, the place where the Roman used to get the salt in the old times. Visit to the Roman ruins. 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

The region of storks

79km (49mi), 720m total climbing (2360ft), level 3 (3.5). After breakfast you ride along quiet roads with many stork nests. Lodging in a 4* Design Hotel with a great view over the town.

Day

5

Free day

Free day to rest at the pool. Visit to Roman ruins and the town, and a Cooking Workshop. Lodging in a 4* Design Hotel with a great view over the town (the same hotel as night before).

Day

6

The beautiful beaches of the Natural Park

105km (65mi), 940m total climbing (3080ft), level 4 (4.2). After breakfast you ride into the SW Alentejo Natural Park; this is the most well preserved coast all over Europe. The landscape is amazing! Your day ends in the typical village near the coast. Lodging in a Bed & Breakfast unit with swimming-pool.

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7

Riding towards South to Sagres

70km (43mi), 630m total climbing (2070ft), level 3 (3.2). After breakfast you continue riding along the beautiful beaches. And you 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.

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8

The coast of Algarve

44km (27mi), 610m total climbing (2000ft), level 3 (2.7). After breakfast you ride along the south coast of the Algarve where you 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.

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9

The big contrast

46km (29mi), 490m total climbing (1610ft), level 2 (2.4). After breakfast you ride to inland and you 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), 960m total climbing (3150ft), level 4 (3.8). After breakfast you ride to inland and you 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

34km (21mi), 430m total climbing (1410ft), level 2 (1.8). After breakfast you ride from inland to the coast, and you 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.

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13

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport – 3.5-hour drive.

Total distance  564km (350mi) | Average 63km/day (39mi/day) | 100% asphalt

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TESTIMONIALS

“We recently enjoyed a supported bike tour of the West Coast and the Algarve region. A great experience that was well planned and organized. The choice of Hotels and Restaurants gave us a wonderful cultural experience from ultra modern resorts to historic Pousadas in the countryside.
Our hosts, Cristina and Ricardo made everything run smoothly. Their informative, illustrated handbook, explaining each day’s scenic ride and towns, along with Garmin GPS, helped make each day a fun adventure. And it was so nice to get to your hotel at the end of a ride, and have your luggage waiting for you in your room.
We highly recommend Portugal Bike.”

Janet Anderson, 63 – Peoria, AZ, United States

“Could not have been a better experience. We had not only perfect weather, but were flawlessly directed and supported by Portugal Bike’s Christina and Ricardo. This was a partially guided tour and it was perfect for us. We had Garmin GPS computers with the route, but were met several times during each ride by Christina and Ricardo with water and snacks and to make sure everyone was well. The bikes, both road and hybrid, were in very good shape and added to our positive experience.
I highly recommend Portugal Bike!”

Michael Beck, 70 – Fenix, AZ, United States

“Just returned from an amazing tour with Portugal Bike. Our first ever bicycle tour and one that will certainly be hard to beat. Christina & Ricardo’s attention to detail and to the tour group is first-rate. In addition to the beautiful sights of Portugal, the outstanding accommodations and eateries, they impart a wealth of information on the culture and country.
Love Portugal! Love Portugal Bike!”

Margaret Madsen, 66 – Peoria, AZ, 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

TOUR GEAR

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SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasizes 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. On this Road Bike tour you will ride with thinner tires (700×28).

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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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