Cycle the iconic Rota Vicentina from Alentejo to Algarve, ending at Cabo Sao Vicente
Explore untouched beaches and lush wilderness along Portugal’s wild Atlantic coast
Savor authentic regional cuisines and exquisite wines enriching your journey
Rest in charming “casas” and boutique hotels offering traditional comfort
Discover quaint fishing villages, fortified hill towns, and serene countryside
Navigate through coastal trails, forest tracks, and rustic lanes unveiling natural treasures
Welcome to Portugal! As you arrive in the quaint city of Setúbal visit Casa da Baia, for a picturesque gaze over the Sado River bay. Meander through the city’s narrow alleyways, appreciating the classic Lusitanian architecture and the old-world charm of this fishing town’s churches and edifices.
Hotel in Setúbal
Your cycling adventure commences in Setúbal, beginning with a brief ferry journey across the river estuary to Tróia, a Natural Reserve providing sanctuary to a variety of bird species including storks. From there, pedal along the peninsula to the quaint village of Comporta, where the charm of Alentejo blends with the allure of southern Portugal’s coastal and inland influences.
The agricultural heart of this region pulses with rice cultivation, a fact you’ll appreciate as you cycle past sprawling rice fields. Your journey takes you further along the pristine sands of Melides beach, leading to the Santo André’s Natural Reserve. Here, discover the idyllic Costa de Santo André beach, a tranquil oasis nestled between the lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the calm waters of a picturesque lagoon.
Hotel in Santiago do Cacém
34 km and 403 m of elevation gain.
Prepare your soul for a day filled with awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Your ride navigates through the tranquil cork tree forest of Montado leading you towards Sonega. Embrace the exhilaration of descent as you draw nearer to the coast, ultimately reaching the charming fishing village of Porto Covo.
Here, meander through the cobblestone streets and quaint squares, perhaps pausing for a leisurely lunch. Your day culminates in the historically rich town of Vila Nova de Milfontes, poised gracefully at the mouth of the River Mira. This town welcomes you with its 17th-century fortress standing guard over a maze of narrow streets, inviting cafes, and hospitable restaurants awaiting your exploration.
Hotel in Vila Nova de Milfontes
59 km and 295 m of elevation gain.
Today’s route is laden with historical resonance as you trace the pathways of the esteemed Rota Vicentina, intersecting with noteworthy sites like Longueira and the village of Almograve. At Almograve, the beach unfurls its serene embrace right beside the quiet village, offering a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll. As you journey southward, the untouched majesty of Cabo Sardão unfolds, offering pristine vistas over a jagged coastline adorned with elusive beaches. Your ride continues to romance the idyllic cliff views until you reach the quaint fishing hamlet of Zambujeira do Mar, where tranquility still reigns supreme. Its pristine beach is a welcoming allure. As the day nears its end, you traverse the scenic stretch from white-washed Odeceixe village across Carvalhal beach, finally reaching the picturesque village of Rogil, nestled near your cozy abode in Aljezur.
Hotel in Odeceixe
56.5 km and 403 m of elevation gain.
Today, a circular ride awaits. This loop escorts you through the rustic charm of Odeceixe village, leading you to the majestic Odeceixe beach, a haven for surfers drawn to its grand waves. Nestled at the mouth of the Seixe River, this beach marks the serene boundary between the Algarve and Alentejo regions. As the sun casts long shadows heralding the evening, a quaint visit to the Sweet Potato Museum (“Museu da Batata Doce”) could add a touch of regional lore to your day. Here, homage is paid to the regional produce and the delightful delicacies crafted from Aljezur’s sweet potatoes by local artisans.
32 km and 200 m of elevation gain.
Your two-wheeled adventure continues along the iconic Rota Vicentina, offering a mixed palette of inland hills coupled with the rugged cliffs and untamed beaches of the Atlantic coast. Your pedal strokes will carve through a host of unforgettable locales such as the serene Amoreira beach, the quaint villages of Aljezur and Bordeira, culminating at the divine Amado beach in Carrapateira. As you roll into Carrapateira, a sense of adventure will ripple through you, cherishing the untouched beaches that your journey unveiled. Today’s ride is sprinkled with cozy and picturesque villages, each offering a taste of fresh seafood to replenish your energies.
Hotel in Carrapateira
49 km and 338 m of elevation gain.
On this day, the embrace of nature will accompany you as you traverse through the valley of Pedralva to reach the quaint village of Vila do Bispo. While here, seize the opportunity to wander through the local market before charting your course towards the towering cliffs of Cordoama beach, soaring over 100 metres high. This is a popular launchpad for paragliders who dance in the sky with the ocean breeze. Take a moment to absorb the magnificence of the views before pedaling forward to Sagres, the westernmost outpost of the Algarve.
The raw allure of the landscapes amplifies as you near Cabo Sao Vicente, a historic headland where Portuguese seafarers embarked on groundbreaking voyages during the age of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. The solitude of the unpeopled coastal scenery escorts you towards the peninsula’s tip. The arrival at Cabo Sao Vicente and its iconic lighthouse evokes a sense of magic. Feel the echoes of history as you stand where pilgrims once concluded their journey at the resting place of St Vincent. Dive into the mystique, absorb the expansive views, and toast to the completion of your adventure with a chilled beverage. As the day winds down, proceed to the bustling coastal town of Sagres, marking a fulfilling end to today’s ride.
Hotel in Sagres
48 km and 296 m of elevation gain.
Today marks the end of your journey. This is a conclusion to your adventure, letting the memories of the past days linger a little longer as you prepare for your return back home.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
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Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your tour
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Accommodation as per itinerary
Embark on a bicycle odyssey along the famed Rota Vicentina, charting a course from the rustic charms of Alentejo to the serene landscapes of the Algarve, before reaching the dramatic edges of Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe’s most southwestern point. As you pedal beside the Atlantic, the wild coastline unveils its bounty of pristine beaches and lush wilderness, each day’s ride harmonized with the soothing soundtrack of waves crashing against the cliffs.
Your journey is not just about the miles covered, but the senses awakened. Delight in the savory notes of authentic Portuguese cuisine and the sweet, vinous whispers of local wines that accompany your meals, a delightful gastronomic narrative woven through your adventure.
The quaint fishing villages, fortified hill towns, and unspoiled countryside you pedal through, narrate tales of a time-forgotten Portugal. As you traverse a mosaic of coastal trails, forest tracks, and undulating country lanes, the wild Natural Park unfolds its treasures; from cork forests and olive groves to the tranquil ambiance of untouched villages.
This journey is more than a cycling tour; it’s a venture into Portugal’s heart, where the rhythm of your heartbeat syncs with the natural cadence of a land unspoiled, filled with adventures waiting on the trails less traveled. As you reach Cabo Sao Vicente, the sweeping views of the endless Atlantic mark a poetic conclusion to a journey etched with countless memories, vibrant sceneries, and a deeper connection with Portugal’s rustic charm and boundless natural beauty.
Embark on a personalized adventure with our self-guided expedition. Our experts craft a custom itinerary aligned with your preferences, granting you the freedom to explore at your own rhythm.
Relish the flexibility to pause and delve deeper as you wish, choosing your destinations along the route. Rest assured, our dedicated 24/7 support is on hand to assist you at every step of your journey.
Embark on a self-guided cycling odyssey, designed for a tailor-crafted and adaptable getaway on two wheels, unveiling wonders at your own pace while having the freedom to alter your itinerary or path as needed. Our dedicated team meticulously handles all facets, encompassing lodging arrangements, thorough planning, GPS navigational aid, and continuous support, to gift you a tranquil and engrossing journey. This venture champions autonomy, personal expression, and genuine cultural engagements.
Our tours are segmented into three tiers of difficulty: Leisurely, Moderate, and Challenging, categorized by the usual daily routine, although there may be variations in difficulty throughout the trip.
Leisurely tours are ideal for those in pursuit of a relaxed adventure amidst stunning landscapes, without the challenge of covering long distances or tackling rough terrains. These journeys typically cover 30-50 km each day, with an elevation gain of up to 500m. This allows plenty of pauses to relish the scenic vistas, enjoy local delicacies, and explore charming villages and towns along the way.
Moderate bike tours are tailored for those seeking a beautiful blend of scenic trails and a dash of challenge. Generally covering 50-80 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 1000m, these tours traverse enchanting landscapes and delightful villages, featuring a mix of flat and rolling terrains. They not only provide ample chances to stop and explore but also ensure a satisfying cycling workout.
Challenging bike tours are meant for experienced cyclists eager to push their limits. Spanning 80-120 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 2000m, these tours entail tackling steep ascents and demanding terrains. Though these tours require a high level of fitness and endurance, the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day, coupled with breathtaking views, makes the endeavor thoroughly rewarding.
We are devoted to discovering the ideal match for you. We collaborate with numerous lodging providers who meet our standards, although their availability may fluctuate, especially during peak demand times. Furthermore, we can customize your vacation to align with your preferences and budget, ensuring we identify the most fitting choice for your needs.
We advise booking your tour at the earliest opportunity, especially for popular tourist destinations with limited lodging availability. Prime choices often get snapped up for the summer before spring even arrives.
Addressing dietary preferences can vary based on their complexity. In Portugal, vegetarian options are generally available, but finding vegan meals might be more challenging in rural areas or smaller towns. Notably, lunch stops are often at traditional eateries which may not cater to special dietary needs beyond their standard menu. Keep this in consideration as you plan your adventure.
The ideal cycling season in Portugal stretches from mid-April to mid-October. In elevated regions like the Serra da Estrela, it’s preferable to cycle from mid-May to September.
Tours in Portugal can continue in light rain with the appropriate clothing. Summer frequently witnesses afternoon thunderstorms, making early tour starts recommended. If challenging weather conditions are expected, we’ll strive to adjust the tour beforehand.
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