Vicentine Coast and Algarve Bike Tour
From Lisbon or Sines to the south of Portugal through the coastline
An amazing biketour through one of Europe's best preserved regions. The southeast Alentejano Natural Park includes wild beaches surrounded by imposing cliffs, small mountain ranges, cork oak groves, traditional fishing villages, typical villages, spectacular views and important geographical points, such as Cape Sardão, the Cape of São Vicente, from where the caravels left for seas never before navigated, and Ponta de Sagres.
January to June or October to December is our recomendation for you to do this bike tour. It can get quite hot during the summer season, and that is something you should be aware of, if you decide to cycle in July, August or September.
Average temperatures in the Algarve, south of Portugal, are usually around 17ºC, and the weather is always sunny or partially sunny, as it is rare for it to rain in the southern regions, even during the winter.
- Mostly flat. Some short and steep climbs, especially in the last day.
- 40 % secondary paved roads with low traffic, 40% dirt roads near the ocean and agricultural farms.
- 3628 meters ascent and 3637 meters descent
Day 1 – Lisbon
Day 2 - Lisboa – Troia (65 km)
Day 3 - Troia - Vila Nova de Santo André (66 Km)
Day 4 – Vila Nova de Santo André – Vila Nova de Mil Fontes (55 km)
Day 5 – VNMF – Zambujeira do Mar (35 km)
Day 6 – Zambujeira do Mar – Aljezur (45 km)
Day 7 – Aljezur – Carrapateira (30 km)
Day 8 - Carrapateira – Sagres (37 km)
Day 9 - Sagres – Lagos (45 km)
Day 10 - Departure
KM: 227 km, Elevation: 2528 meters ascent and 2538 meters descent
Day 1 – Lisbon Reception and van transfer to Sines on day 2
Day 2 – Sines - Vila Nova de Mil Fontes (45 km)
Day 3 – Vila Nova de Mil Fontes – Zambujeira do Mar (35 km)
Day 4 – Zambujeira do Mar – Aljezur (45 km)
Day 5 – Aljezur – Carrapateira (30 km)
Day 6 - Carrapateira – Sagres (37 km)
Day 7 - Sagres – Lagos (45 km)
Day 8 - Departure
The journey starts in the city of Lisbon, Portugal's capital. This city has been influenced by many different cultures over the course of its history and it still maintains a village feeling in each historic neighborhood. The wide variety of landscapes and heritage is always close by, whether inj the north or south of the capital. Fado, prevalent in Lisbon, is a Portuguese traditional music style and is an expression of what it is to be Portuguese. It has been awarded the World Heritage status. You can hear it at night in a fado house or in a traditional neighborhood. Hotel 4 *: Turim Marquês Hotel or Hotel 5 stars: TURIM Boulevard Hotel (included in premium option)
Cycle through some lovely Portuguese cities, like the city of Montijo, strongly marked by the river. Like most of the localities of Ribatejo, Montijo has the tradition of the “brava” celebration, being bulls an bullfights an essential characteristic of the city's parties. Enter Pinhal Novo, which used to be the biggest vineyard in the country and, nowadays, it's an expanding urban centre. It is located near the Arrabida Natural Park. Bike along the pine brushed coastline of Parque Natural da Arrábida. End this first journey on a ferry to the pristine setting of the Tróia Peninsula, unquestionably one of Portugal's best-kept secrets. The peninsula's stands at the tip of a narrow spit of land comprised mostly of white sandy beaches fringed with shifting dunes and emerald pine forests. Much of the territory is set within the confines of a nature reserve, the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado, a protected wildlife haven with a wealth of bird-watching possibilities. Hotel 4 *: Design Hotel Troia or Hotel 5 stars: The Editory By The Sea Troia Comporta Hotel (included in premium option)
Starting the day with some extensive sandy beaches, you will head towards Vila Nova de Santo André. This is a very multicultural city, which received a lot of people from Portuguese former colonies. The extensive forest that protects Santo André is a good example of the harmonious respect between the protection of the environment and the industrial development. Cycle through Comporta, a protected nature reserve and once fisherman village, now famous for its paradisiacal looking beaches, of great quality, and mild weather during the summer. Finishing the day you will be passing through the village of Melides, which dates back to the XIXth century. This village emerged as a small clump of fishermen and farmers. Its inhabitants are mainly dedicated into farming the land and handcraft activities, such as pottery and the making of cork stoppers. Hotel 4 *: Vila Parque Hotel or Hotel 4 stars: Octant Hotels Santiago (included in premium option)
You will cycle in the direction of Milfontes. Milfontes is the perfect combination of History and Nature, because it is situated on a beautiful coastline and it has been a region often raided by pirates. You will have the opportunity to discover the city of Sines where Vasco da Gama was born, the Portuguese explorer and first European to reach India by sea, connecting the West and the Orient in the 15th century. Nowadays it's remarkably known for receiving 50% of the countries’ exportations. In the village of Porto Covo is one of the most sought after by locals and tourists. With a spacious and sheltered beach, "Praia Grande", it is one of the busiest during the summer. Hotel 4 *: Hotel HS MIlfontes or upgrade to superior room in "Premium" option
Quieter than Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujeira do Mar attracts more of a backpacker and surf crowd. Being a small sea side town on the coast of Alentejo, in western Portugal, it has some lovely sandy beaches and picture perfect traditional architecture, making it a small but loved destination for visitors. The town has some charming traditional buildings. Among the most notable ones are the fountains of Amores and Santa Catarina and the small, whitewashed chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar. The beach is about 500 meters from the town of Almograve. It is a shallow but extensive beach with low tide, providing authentic natural pools. Farm: Herdade do touril
First you will be passing by Aljezur, an attractive village that straddles a river, its western part is Moorish, with a collection of cottages below a ruined 10th century hilltop castle. Vestiges of the old harbour can be seen in the narrow alleys that give access to the Ribeira de Aljezur. The 40km of coastline around Aljezur offers some of the most pristine and scenic beaches in Europe, with the whole area of river estuaries, sheer cliffs and dense marshes rich in bird and animal life. As the Alentejo turns into Algarve, the last coastal settlement is Odeceixe, an endearing small town with a beach classified as one of the 7 Wonders. The beach presents high quality landscape and biodiversity, being able to enjoy a landscape of rare and enormous beauty of the top of the cliffs. It is in fact in this Natural Park, the only place in the world where you can observe the storks that nest on the cliffs. Hotel 4 *: Hotel vicentina or Farm: Herdade do Monte do Sol (included in premium option)
Leaving Aljezur to enter the surf-central Carrapateira, a peaceful village with two nearby beaches with strong swells, which commonly attract surfers and visitors from Lisbon. The coast along this area is wild, with copper-coloured and ash-grey cliffs. Its landmarks include an old fort, a church and its high reddish rock formations, that look deceptively similar to Cape St. Vincent, in the southwest corner of Portugal. Carrapateira was traditionally a dangerous area for sailing ships. The extremely fast southbound current and the jutting headland that made it a dangerous lure for shipwrecks in the past, also creates the conditions which have made it a popular surfing destination in recent years. Hotel Aldeia de Pedralva or Hotel 4 stars : Casa fajara (included in premium option)
A region of dramatic natural scenery, comprising of raging seas, towering cliffs and vast beaches, you are now cycling towards Sagres. There is little of historical or architectural interest as the original town bore the full brunt of the 1755 earthquake. Situated within a few kilometers from Europe's most south western point, stands Cape St. Vincent. The ferocious waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the massive cliffs, while high above the immensely lighthouse, a light warns ships of the existence of these dangerous cliffs. The narrow streets which surround the main church contain many houses typical of the old Algarve, with whitewashed walls, bands of bright color, carved stonework around doors and windows. Hotel 4 *: Pousada Sagres or Hotel 4 stars: Memmo Baleeira (included in premium option)
Lying along the bank of the Rio Bensafrim, with XVIth century walls enclosing the old town, we have Lagos. Lagos is a historic and lively city that offers visitors glorious beaches, nightlife and a charming historical center. Extending to the east of Lagos, you can found the 4km long "Meia Praia" Beach, which is the longest sandy beach on the western side of the Algarve. Aside from its hedonistic appeal, Lagos has historical clout, having launched many naval excursions during the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. Located about halfway between Lagos and Sagres there’s a picturesque fishing village, the little village of Salema. It is a paradise to those who are seeking tranquility and an escape from the crowded areas, where biking opportunities abound. The village is home to a number of fishermen who still cast their nets daily and moor their fishing boats on the shore. Finishing off this ride, blessed with both a beautiful beach and glorious climate, the "Luz" beach has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, as the town has a significant permanent community of retired or emigrated expats. You’ll surely enjoy having the last stop of this fulfilling trip, in this amazingly, beautiful beach with lots of sights that provide a lovely and relaxing place to rest. Hotel 4 *: Tivoli Lagos or Hotel 5 stars: Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort (included in premium option)
- LS - Low season: Nov 01 to Mar 25
- RS - Regular season: Mar 26 to 25 Jun and Set 26 to 31 Oct
- HS - High Season: Set 01 to 25 Set
- SS - Summer Season: Jun 26 to August 30
- Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same standard room;
- Sea view (when available) or premium rooms, price on request;
- Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends
- Beverages are not included in Self Guided and Guided option when meals are booked
- Selected drinks are included in Premium package when meals are booked
- If in a triple room with parents Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount. Children from 11 to 14 years old - 20% discount. Children from 15 to 17 years old - 15% discount.
- In the option 7 nights/ 8 days, 6 light lunches are included in all packages, and 6 dinners are included only in the Guided Hiking tour Plus package
- Electric bicycles price: 240€ (300 € for the 9 night package)
- Supplement for single room : LS: 480€, RS: 510€, HS: 540€, SS:570€
- Supplement for single room reduced option: LS: 390€, RS: 420€, HS: 450€, SS.480€
- Solo traveler: 290 €
- Solo traveler reduced option: 200 €
- Extra nights: on request
- Private group price on request
What People Are Saying
Tom M, USA,
My son and I did the self guided Vicentine Coast bike tour. The ride was challenging which led to incredible views. The accommodations exceeded all expectations and having our luggage picked up and delivered in a timely manner was appreciated.
It had been awhile since we went on a cycling trip. We've always gone on regular bikes. This time we chose e-bikes. Our group was a mix of regular bicycles and e-bikes, yet it was still cohesive. We did the 9 day Lisboa to Lagos trip, which was a mix of both road and off-road cycling. The landscape was spectacular and at times dramatic. The accommodations were varied, comfortable and some extraordinarily wonderful. The food was delectable.
Our team, Sergio, João (John) and João (Christmas) were top notch: supportive, helpful, knowledgeable and fun. They love their country and loved sharing it with us. It was a memorable trip, and we would happily do it again. A heartfelt thank you to Sergio, John and Christmas!!!
Southern Atlantic coast and Algarve, Portugal
Four intrepid bikers completed the 8 day tour just ahead of covid-19 March 20, 2020. Lisbon and the coastal bike route were grand, as described. Maps could have been better quality. Two GPS supplied with route loaded, finding the correct route in towns and leaving villages was a challenge. Lodgings and restaurants very nice, some staying open when we were the only guests. Sergio, Enrique and Diego, and Tripsite were extremely helpful daily! Thanks. We are home now, finished with the virus quarantine, well and ready to create a photo log of the trip. Hope to return to see the northern coast soon.
Gary Sorin, USA,
We just finished an amazing week of cycling along the coast from Lisbon to Lagos. Top bike did a great job lining up our bikes, hotels, routes and numerous recommendations. We loved going through all the small towns and all of the dirt roads and trails, so that we really saw the Portugal countryside, cliffs and all this beautiful country has to offer!
William Wright, USA,
I booked 14 people in my group to do the 8-day guided cycle ride down the Vicentine Coast (Lisbon to Lagos) in late October-Nov. We've done numerous bike tours with several companies. Each one has their strengths and weaknesses. Top Bike Tours Portugal can be relied upon to give you a challenging biking experience with quality guides that make every effort to keep you happy on your trip. Portugal has so much to offer providing a great experience and value. Sergio is the hard-working owner of the company. He and his team will work on customizing your trip to provide a quality biking adventure.
The bike routes were scenic and well thought out. The group always had a lead and a sweeper to ensure that no one got lost. The van carried all luggage to the destination. Portugal is a beautiful country and our route was a wonderful way to experience it. Food was great. Lodging was great. Great trip.
Beautiful Scenery! Meeting great people! Great arrangements. Biking the south coast of Portugal enjoying the scenery.