C​ycling in Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal)

C​ycling  in Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal)

The Alentejo region in the southwest of Portugal is an area still little visited and hides away some of the Iberian Peninsula’s best-preserved landscapes. It is a perfect place to explore on two wheels. It is not only the untouched landscapes, but there are small villages where the pace of life is relaxed, sparsely populated countryside, country roads where farm animals and horse drawn carts are still a common sight and above all else hospitable and friendly local people. This route is an invitation to discover the unexplored and ideal for leisurely cycling due to its gentle topography and eye pleasing scenery.

This is a place to cycle away from the stresses and strains of a busy life. One can ride into the peace and tranquillity of coastal and rural Portugal, cycling trough the Alentejo and Algarve regions, where the traditional way of life and some of the most undeveloped landscapes of Europe can still be found. Explore the striking coastline and discover the agricultural heritage and hidden secrets of the small villages and gentle undulating landscapes. Enjoy the simple way of life with some great seafood near the coast and some surprisingly good wine.


Itinerary:
 
Day 1. Arrival at Santiago do Cacém
Briefing with a team member and bike delivery at the first hotel.
Overnight: Santiago do Cacém
Meals included: Breakfast
 
Day 2. Santiago do Cacém - Cercal do Alentejo (via Vale das Éguas)
On your first day cycling, you will be leaving Santiago towards Cercal do Alentejo. Passing by Vale das Éguas village, ending up the journey at Cercal do Alentejo.
Overnight:Cercal do Alentejo
Meals included: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 37km
 
Day 3. Cercal do Alentejo - Odemira (via São Luís)
On your second day, you will leave Cercal towards Odemira, passing by São Luís, cycling along small hills and shady valleys surrounded by cork-oak and eucalyptus forests before reaching the village of Odemira.
Overnight: Odemira
Meals included: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 42km
 
Day 4. Odemira  -  Vila Nova de Milfontes (via Troviscais)
The ride passes through charming small villages on the way. Leaving Odemira uphill towards São Luís, you will be passing by Troviscais village and then Vale Bejinha. A few kilometers further you will be finding São Luís again, just before you head west. There should be plenty of time to see a little more of Milfontes and to plan a suitable evening meal to mark the successful end of your journey.
Overnight: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Meals included: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 38km
 
Day 5. Cycling from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Zambujeira do Mar (via Cabo Sardão)
Just after leaving Milfontes you will be crossing the bridge with an amazing view over the Mira river. You will continue along a track on the top of the cliffs where from March to July you might see clearly the stork nests near the sea. It is a fantastic area of natural scenery with no development in sight, just the landscape and the sounds of nature. The day will end in Zambujeira, a small village with a nice beach and a variety of places to eat.
Cycling distance: 33km 
 
Day 6. Zambujeira do Mar  -  Aljezur (via Carvalhal beach/Azenha)
Today’s route passes magnificent beaches, a fishing port and a Moorish castle on the way. There is a climb into the village of Brejão and Odeceixe. This stage ends up in Aljezur.
Overnight: Aljezur 
Meals included: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 41km
 
Day 7. Aljezur - Sagres (via Arrifana/Carrapateira)
On the sixth and last day of your trip, the goal will be to reach Sagres village. Leaving Aljezur towards South-west,  on the way you will find the Carrapateira village and after a short uphill, you will reach Vila do Bispo.
Further south, you will get to Sagres and the opportunity to ride to Saint Vincent's Cape, the South-west corner of Europe, following the cycle-way.
Overnight: Sagres
Meals included: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 47km
 
Day 8. Departure
After breakfast departure from Sagres.
 
Practical information: 

Getting to Santiago do Cacém:
►by bus from Lisbon;
►private transfer (need to be requested in advance, see other expenses section);

Getting back:
► by bus to Lisbon or FARO using REDE EXPRESSOS BUS from LAGOS, you need to get first to Lagos (45 minutes using the local BUS or Táxi);
►by train: from LAGOS;

Useful links for transportation:
►Trains Comboio – www.cp.pt;
►Busses: REDE EXPRESSORS BUS COMPANY; ALGARVE BUS COMPANY |EVA BUS;

 
Recommended travel period of the year: April - June, September - November

Price Includes:
7 overnights in local guesthouses in double room on bed and breakfast basis
bike hirе
map and GPS in English (provided at first accommodation)
luggage transfers
emergency support between 9h and 18h30

Not Included:
Flight tickets
transfers
meals (not mentioned in the program)
personal expenses
beverages
insurance

Additional Services:
Private transfer from Lisbon or Faro Airports to Santiago do Cacém 190€ per car (up to 4 people) or 230€ per car (up to 8 people) one way (on request)


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C​ycling in Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal) (Rated 4.73 / 5 Based on 241 Reviews.)

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

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