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Lisbon, Atlantic Coastline, Sagres, Lagos, Algarve, 

7 days − Self Guided.

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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 bird life.  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.

Dates

1 Apr 2021 to 9 Jul 2021

12 Sep 2021 to 12 Dec 2021

1 Mar 2022 to 9 Jul 2022

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Riding Level

Moderate with
Longer Hills

60KM Daily Average

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

CC Advantage

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 Blue Coasts trip! Can not fault the service we received in anyway; all 5 stars! Many thanks!

Julie Richardson

Bath, UK

Route Map

itinerary
Day 1. PICKUP AT LISBON AIRPORT – TRANSFER TO SESIMBRA

Cycling in PortugalApprox 35 km warm up ride

Meet to start your Portuguese bike trip in lovely Lisbon and transfer out of the hustle and bustle of this wonderful capital city to Sesimbra for a tour introduction, bike set up and short ride.  Nestled against the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, see storks and the ocean, which is right at your doorstep. 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.


Day 2. SESIMBRA TO SETÚBAL

Ride : 35km | Elevation Gain : 760 m 

Start your Algarve cycling trip by biking up into the Natural Park with its Mediterranean plants, pines and cork tree (read about this amazing sustainable Portuguese industry). It is a surprisingly peaceful area so close to such a metropolis as Lisbon.  A pretty park, it 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 a rare eagle too! The views are particularly nice and give name to this tour, the hues and shades of blue ocean are alluring as you cycle south.

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Day 3. SETÚBAL TO SANTIAGO DO CACEM

Bike Tours in the Algarve, Lagos, PortugalRide : 61 km | Elevation Gain : 570 m 

Cross the Sado Estuary River, on your bike trip today 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, their fish gut garum delicacy industry, pottery making and salt deposits. 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 stop on your cycle down Portugal’s coast.

 


Day 4. SANTIAGO TO ALDEIA NOVA DO CONCELHO

Ride : 103 km | Elevation Gain : 940 m Road cycling Tour means you enjoy Desserts in PortugalA lovely day of riding comes and you will be thrilled to pedal 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

Ride : 72 km | Elevation Gain : 615 m 

It is hard to leave such a pretty area but today you will continue along these coastal routes and luscious beaches right until the tiny edge of Europe before it plunges into the sea! An exciting bike route today It is a wild and wonderful area and you will enjoy your last bits of exploring on two wheels today with the waves lapping and the gulls calling.


Day 6. SAGRES TO LAGOS

Ride : 43 km | Elevation Gain : 610 m

Enjoy Road Cycling in Portugal, take a cafeA real change of pace here as you cycle past 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 cycling route of Portugal’s indigo coasts.


Day 7. ONWARD TRAVELS

After a filling breakfast your transfer back to the great capital of Lisbon, awaiting you.  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.) 

Read some of our tips on what to do in Lisbon, a superb place for fado, Portugal’s soul music.

 

 

Trip details

Leisure Tour : Self Guided

Bikes : Hybrid| Road |EBIke

Route : Atlantic West Coast of Portugal Lisbon – Sesimbra – Setubal – Santiago Do Cacém – Sagres – Lagos

Group Size : Minimum 2+

Riding Level

 

Moderate : Distances are a daily average of 60km. 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.

Accommodation

Excellent : 5 nights in 4 star hotels (A spa hotel in front of the ocean, one 19th century mansion, & 3 boutique Hotels) &1 night in charming rural Inn) 

All bedrooms en-suite

Food

6 breakfasts – buffet / home cooked

Also Included
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport
  • Luggage Transfers between hotels
  • Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance
  • Welcome meeting and introduction to the route & Emergency support and local contact details
  • Tour pack & Cycling Country guide book of history, culture & food!
  • Navigation by GPS supplied
  • Water Bottle, Helmet Bag, Tees &Tags
  • 5% off your next tour with us!
Staff

1 driver will meet and greet in Lisbon airport and provide daily luggage transfers and organise your transfer back from Lagos to Lisbon again.

Not Included

Good Quality Bike Hire | Hybrid Scott Bike: (70€) | SCOTT Road Bike Carbon Disc (150€) | eBIKE Radon (230€)

Entrance to museums en-route

Massage or Spa treatments in hotels / Hot bath experiences

Getting Here

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.

Guided Option

This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option for groups of 4+, based on availability.

Lodgings

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.

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Reviews

“Hi Maggi a big thanks for sorting this for us last minute.
We will be recommending you to all our friends”
J.Mundy – UK – June 2021

“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

Sweet Desserts of the Algarve, PortugalTestimonials 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 .

 

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