Atlantic Coastline, Lisbon to Lagos, Algarve
7 days / 6 nights, Self-Guided
The coastline of Portugal is one of Europe's finest, with its craggy rock faces, long sandy beaches and atmospheric castles seen from afar. This bike tour takes in the ever expanding seaside landscape, coastal habitats and some lovely whitewashed villages which still hang onto the vestiges of the Moorish peoples who cultivated this area for many hundreds of years.
This Portuguese cycle tour starts south of the great capital of Lisbon, leaving its lovely fado music and dynamic streets of history and intrigue. Cycle the Moscatel wine district, almost tasting it in the succulent air of the passing vineyards before arriving at the Arrabida Natural Park. It is a place of green and gorgeous landscape of pine trees, swooping storks and of course some tempting views of fine sandy beaches. Cross the Sado river estuary, home of dolphins and many types of birdlife. It is an alluring area and the Romans were once very busy here with their clay pottery fabrications!
From here you cycle your way through millenniums of history, Iberian, Roman, Visigoth and Moorish to the south-westerly point of Europe, where the very brave set out to see what was over the horizon and onto the Golden era of Exploration. End in the Algarve's famous bustling and vibrant southerly city of Lagos which still holds its ancient roots being one of the oldest settlements in this area. Lift up a glass of vinho to celebrate this most lovely cycle through this pretty coastal route.
Day 1. Pickup at Lisbon Airport - transfer to Sesimbra
Approx 40km warm up ride
You will transfer out of the hustle and bustle of this wonderful capital city of museums, galleries, tabernas, monuments and the fascinating Alfama district to Sesimbra for an introduction to the tour and bike set up. Nestled against the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, the ocean is right at your doorstep and you will enjoy a wander this evening and see everywhere the Alentejo blue, common on homes in the area. (Please note, if you would like extra nights booked pre tour in Lisbon, please contact us. However you will be responsible for being at the airport which is easy to get to via Metro for the arranged pick-up today).
Day 2. Sesimbra to Setúbal
40km / 25miles /Ascent: 830m (2723ft)
Up into the Natural Park with Mediterranean plants and pine trees, it is a surprisingly peaceful area so close to such a metropolis as Lisbon! It is a pretty park that is often used for movie backdrops and commercials, including the 007 film of 1969, “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service” where Dame Diana Rigg, playing James Bond´s wife is assassinated! You won´t be dodging any bullets here but you may have to watch for some lively birdlife as the park is home to several migratory birds and the rare eagle too! The views are particularly nice and give name to this tour, the hues and shades of blue ocean are alluring.
Day 3. Setúbal to Santiago do Cacem
61km / 38miles / Ascent: 570m (1870ft)
Cross the Sado Estuary River and enjoy this ancient area which today is Lisbon´s weekend playground and natural preserve of estuary birds, fish life and bottle nose dolphins! Troia is an ancient place that was popular with the Romans due to its great fishing and salt deposits and today it is possible to see ruins of the old burial grounds and even thermal baths dating from before the 6th century! End the day in lovely Santiago do Cacem, with its Roman ruins and old castle walls offering beautiful views. A tranquil place to start travelling southwards.
Day 4. Sines to Aldeia Nova do Concelho
102km / 63miles /Ascent 850m (3080ft)A lovely day of riding comes and you will be thrilled to move through this quite pristine coastline, some of Europe´s best. Let us hope the wind plays ball too! The diversity in this area is fantastic with its rocky cliffs sheltering ocean birds and seaside animals, whilst inland, roam foxes, badgers, wild boar and if you are very lucky the odd lynx or two! For cyclists, it is a peaceful journey through some naturally stunning landscape. Arrive in the small and tranquil village of Aldeia Nova do Concelho for the night.
Day 5. Aldeia Nova to Sagres
70km / 43miles /Ascent: 670m (2200ft)
How could you possible want to leave such a pretty area and today you continue along these coastal routes and luscious beaches right until the tiny edge of Europe before it plunges into the sea! It is a wild and wonderful area and you will enjoy your last bits of exploring today with the waves lapping and the gulls calling, you will hate to leave it.
Day 6. Sagres to Lagos
43km / 27miles / Ascent: 600m (1968ft)
A real change of pace here as you leave the quieter parts of the Algarve to spin into the 21st century and back into the bustle that the Algarve, settled by Phoenicians, Romans and taking its name from the Arabic word, “Al-Gharb", meaning "The West". Don´t feel too blue upon leaving that little bit of paradise explored on bike, for this area´s cultural influences are many and the Moorish whitewashed homes and tall latticed chimneys are evidence of this. It is another alluring place to discover on your route by the Indigo coasts of Portugal.
Day 7. Onwards Travels
After a filling breakfast your transfer back to the great capital of Lisbon will be awaiting. It is a 3 hour trip back to the airport so sit back, relax and contemplate coming back! (Please note, if you wish to spend more time on the beautiful Algarve a transfer to Faro can be arranged.)
Leisure Tour - Self Guided
Bikes - Hybrid / Road / E-BIke
Route: Atlantic West Coast of Portugal Lisbon / Sesimbra / Setubal / Sines / Sagres / Lagos
Group Size - 2+
Moderate - distances are a daily average of 55km. Please note this is very hilly countryside with some longer and steeper climbs. It is classed as Moderate as the distances are shorter than those associated with a longer
Challenging ride, but be prepared for many ascents.
6 nights 4 Star City Hotel / Beautiful country Inns / Boutique apartment
All bedrooms en-suite
6 breakfasts - buffet / home cooked
- Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport
- Accommodation is very good with 5 nights in 4 star hotels (A spa hotel in front of the ocean, one 19th century mansion, and 3 boutique Hotels) and 1 night in charming rural accommodation) – All include breakfast
- Luggage Transfers between hotels
- Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area Emergency support and local contact details
- Tour pack and guide book / GPS map supplied
- Complimentary Water Bottle, Drawstring Bag & Luggage Tags
1 driver will meet and greet in Lisbon airport and provide daily luggage transfers and organize your transfer back from Lagos to Lisbon again.
Good Quality Bike Hire
Hybrid Bike: 60 Eur
SCOTT Road Bike full carbon frame: 170 Eur
Entrance to museums en-route
Massage or Spa treatments in hotels / Hot bath experiences
Lisbon is accessed by most main airlines. Please enquire for other destinations
If you decide to stay and wish to spend more time in the Algarve and wish to travel to Faro, further down the coast. Transfers can be organised.
There are local buses from Lagos central to other parts of the Algarve and Portugal several times daily. Nearby Faro also has an international airport (accessed by main European airlines like Ryanair, etc.). There are also train stations to access the rest of Portugal from including Lisbon.
Faro has both a train station and a good bus system to and from the rest of Portugal.
This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option for groups of 4+, based on availability.
The small villages and towns bursting with flowers, the peep into village life, the awakening of towns in the mornings and the large seafaring coastal cities, this route gives you a glimpse of southern Portugal at its finest. The tour commences in the dynamic buzz of Lisbon and your first hotel out of the capital is the lovely restful seaside boutique hotel with views of the blue coast, your companion on this trip. Throughout this voyage you will not be disappointed with your place to stay and they are a mix of classy modern airy places as well as a rustic village stop with all the amenities - birdsong included. They offer quality and comfort and of course that special magic of being so close to that beautiful blue coast.
Set in a pretty little village, this enchanting place to stay the night will make you want to forgo the cycling!
The beautiful cycling around Sagres will impress you but so will this lovely hotel and its vistas!
"Hi! Have really enjoyed our cycling and the ebikes are a game changer for us. Another great cycling trip and the accommodations, especially in Seisambra and Sagres right on the ocean, are spectacular. Weather has been great. Had a bit of a cloudburst today but we were in a town and ducked under an awning. Some wind today too, but with ebikes you can just turn on some power!"
P.Irving - Alberta, Canada - October 2019
"Thanks very much for a great adventure. We loved the hospitality and route. See you next year in Spain!"
Steve and Georgia - Albany, NY, USA - October 2017
"Hi Maggi, We had an amazing trip! Can not fault the service we received in anyway; all 5stars! Many thanks!"
Julie Richards - Bath, UK - July 2016
"The trip was fabulous in all respects. Absolutely beautiful scenery, good roads, nice hotels where we were treated wonderfully by the staff, nice bikes and great weather. Will recommend this trip to friends. Thanks again."
Pam and Joe L. - USA - June 2014
"Just a note to say we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The bikes were excellent and the accommodation just right. It is a shame we are home now!"
Steve and Julia S. - Manchester, UK
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
CUSTOM DATES: Minimum 2 people
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Succulent air of the passing vineyards before arriving at the Arrabida Natural Park. It is a place of green and gorgeous landscape of hillside cliffs, pine trees.
- Cycle a wild and untamed coastline full of uncrowded beaches and incredible visitas out to sea
- The most south-westerly point of Europe, where the very brave set out to see what was over the horizon and onto the Golden era of Exploration.
- Algarve's famous bustling and vibrant southerly city of Lagos which still holds its ancient roots being one of the oldest settlements in this area.
An Epic Adventure from Lisbon to Lagos, designed by cycle tourists for you to explore more of this thrilling area
We love this route and so will you!
Charming hotels, Boutique Apartments, Spa Hotel and 4 Star City Class Hotel
Absorb the history, culture and magnificent landscape that this area of Portugal has to offer
Navigate down the coast like past explorers!
Hi Maggi, We had an amazing trip! Can not fault the service we received in anyway; all 5stars! Many thanks!J.Richards, Bath, UK
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