Grade

Easy

When

All year round

Accommodation

3- 4 **** Hotels

Half board p. person

+ € 490

Trekking bike / MTB

Included

E bike

+ € 216

From: 1,600

Description

Cycling Tour Lisbon to Algarve

Cycling Tour Lisbon to Algarve self-guided 14 days – 13 nights
This cycling tour is also available in an 8 days and 10 days version from Lisbon to Sagres

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Cycling mainly in a cycle path on the bank of the Tejo River, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the main historic sites of Lisbon and feel the beauty of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Leaving the capital you’ll cross the Tejo River by ferry boat. Also through a ferry crossing, in the third stage, you cross the Sado Estuary. The itinerary guides you along the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. Here you find a mix of Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and African vegetation. Cycling in the Alentejo region you’ll discover some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal.

In Sagres, you start cycling the south coast with incredible landscapes through the huge cliffs. Secondary roads and quiet paths will guide you to the city of Lagos, a historic center that dates back to the Age of Portuguese Discoveries. Cycling along the Algarve coast, you’ll visit several locations with ancient roots of fishing traditions such as Portimão, Albufeira, Quarteira, and many others.

Cycling along the south coast, the itinerary shows you some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve every day. Passing the magnificent Vilamoura marina and the pine forests that border the small lagoon of Foz do Almargem and provide extraordinary views of the coast. In Faro, you have the opportunity to explore this remarkable cultural and historical heritage. Visit Tavira, one of the most beautiful and typical cities in the Algarve. The itinerary reaches its final destination in Vila Real de Santo António. A very interesting old city on the banks of the Guadiana River, which forms a natural border between Portugal and Spain.

Experience the Cycling Tour Lisbon to Algarve

  • Discover the traditions of Lisbon, Alentejo, and Algarve
  • Cycle through history, culture, and nature towards Vila Real de Santo António, the most southeastern point of Portugal
  • The selected routes will provide the most memorable experiences along an itinerary full of flavors, knowledge, and adventure
  • Find the Ria Formosa Natural Park – one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal
  • Cycle through spectacular nature reserves
  • Explore incredible views of the Portuguese coast
  • Cycle over roads with little movement and quiet paths and enjoy the Portuguese gastronomy

With an average of 44 km per day, the stages are easily crossed with the support of a detailed roadbook and a GPS. In the regions the average maximum temperatures in the low season range from 11 to 19 degrees. The average maximum temperatures in the high season range from 26 to 29 degrees.

If any member of the group or family does not want to cycle one or more stages, they have the possibility to travel between the hotels in the vehicle that performs daily the luggage transfers

Day 1
Arrival
Enjoy the glamour, history, and vibrant culture that the city of Lisbon offers. With the travel pack, we supply information for sightseeing to the capital of Portugal. To visit Alfama is one of our recommendations to find special views, history, culture, and tradition in the most typical neighborhood of Lisbon.
Day 2
Lisbon to Costa da Caparica - distance 21 km
Enjoy the day to relax and explore the capital of Portugal. Most of the stage is cycled through bike paths along the Tejo River with magnificent views. The beginning of the stage is marked near Tejo River by the Parque das Nações - a distinct area of the city that offers several leisure fun, and cultural activities. Here you can visit the Lisbon Oceanarium. When passing by the Alfama neighborhood, visit the Fado Museum, where you can observe an exhibition about the history of this Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and the enchanting views over the buildings that go up the hills and over the towers of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Arriving at Praça do Comércio, the most emblematic square in Lisbon, here you can visit and explore the downtown area until Praça do Rossio, where you can taste the ginjinha - the typical Lisbon liquor. Passing by the Doca de Santo Amaro, the view over the 25 de Abril bridge that crosses the river and over the monument of the Sanctuary of Christ the King is to be appreciated. In Belém, you can visit to the Jerónimos Monastery - a masterpiece of Portuguese architecture in the century. XVI, to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), to the Belém Tower and to taste the world famous Pastel de Belém. The departure from the capital is marked by a ferry crossing, enjoying the fantastic view over the city of Lisbon. Arriving at Trafaria it is impossible to stop feeling the fishing environment by the fishing boats that surround the small beach of the village. Take the opportunity to taste a seafood stew, being the main typical dish here. Cycling along a bicycle path mostly surrounded by pine trees, you arrive at Costa da Caparica beach, where you can relax the rest of the day.
Day 3
Costa da Caparica to Setúbal - distance 59 km
A day full of nature with plenty to see and feel. The beginning of the stage is near the Costa da Caparica beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Cycling along a road with some movement, flanked by vegetation mainly of pines and acacia trees, we crossed the Mata Nacional dos Medos. The way to the Serra da Arrábida is marked through small towns and several pine forests by roads with little movement and quiet paths. Cycling through the Arrábida Natural Park, along a road with some movement, observe the fantastic views it offers over the mountains, the Sado River, and the Troia Peninsula. We also recommend visiting the two most famous beaches in the natural park, Portinho da Arrábida, and Figueirinha, and enjoying panoramic views through the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Arrábida. The stay is in Setúbal, a city with several points of interest. Here you can visit the Livramento fish market, which in 2015 was considered one of the most famous fish markets in the world, and enjoy the cities gastronomy, especially the typical fried cuttlefish.
Day 4
Setúbal to Sines - distance 76 km
The stage starts with a ferry crossing through the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve, where passengers are usually received by resident dolphins. A rare phenomenon worldwide and unique in Portugal. In this biologically rich area, there are also more than 200 species of birds and many of them can be observed during the ferry crossing. The bicycle tour starts at the Troia Peninsula, next to its magnificent beach with a fantastic landscape over the Serra da Arrábida. Passing through Comporta observe a large number of rice fields under cultivation and visit the Rice Museum, where you can learn more about this region's tradition. You start cycling in the Alentejo, a stunning and mostly flat region. The stage is traced by a road with some movement, secondary roads, and some quiet paths that are mainly flanked by pines, eucalyptus, and some cork oaks. Through villages and towns you'll find the typical Alentejo houses, the houses whitewashed and embroidered in ocher and blue colors. You will also find the typical village cafe, where you can enjoy traditional snacks and a good conversation with the local population. Traditional cuisine is diverse based on meat, fish, and seafood. Also, enjoy a wide variety of cheese and good Alentejo wines. Cycling along a bicycle path, you arrive at Sines beach, where the end of the stage is marked and where you can relax the rest of the day.
Day 5
Sines to Vila Nova de Mil Fontes - distance 40 km
Start the day by exploring Sines, the hometown of the navigator Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route to India. The castle, the Mother Church, the Church of Nossa Senhora das Salvas and the Vasco da Gama monument, where you have a fantastic view over the entire bay of the city, are some of the highlights to explore. This is the first stage to cycle in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast: the best preserved section of the European coast. Cycling along the coast, with breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the dunes, you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim at São Torpes beach, Morgavel beach, Praia Grande beach or any other of your choice. At the square Marquês de Pombal, in Porto Côvo, take a break to eat an ice cream while enjoying one of the best examples of the typical Alentejo houses in the country. We highlight the passage through the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Queimada from where you have fantastic views over the Pessegueiro Island. A road with some movement and quiet paths with a predominant vegetation of some pines and some eucalyptus traces the stage until the destination. The sunset through the Portinho do Canal is a great moment to keep in memory.
Day 6
Vila Nova de Milfontes to Aljezur - distance 71 km
Start your day exploring Vila Nova de Milfontes. We suggest a visit to the Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça of the XVI century and to the Fort of São Clemente from the beginning of the XVII century. The beginning of the stage is marked next to the monument to aviators of the Raid Lisboa-Macau, in the square Largo Brito Pais, where the Raid started. Crossing the bridge over the Mira River, the stage is marked by a road with some movement, by quiet paths, and by secondary roads with little movement, cycling along many fields of cultivation of raspberry, sweet potato, and others. The typical Alentejo houses are once again a great highlight of the landscape among the villages. Arriving at Cabo Sardão, observe the lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1915, and explores the extraordinary views of the ocean and the cliffs, while cycling through peaceful paths. Passing through some villages and towns there is always the typical café, where you can buy water or snacks. You can visit the small fishing port of Porto das Barcas where you can enjoy magnificent views over the cliffs and the ocean. Passing in Zambujeira do Mar, visit the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar and try some seafood from the region, such as the velvet crab, crabs or oysters of Mira. Cycling along the coast, you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim on the beach of Zambujeira do Mar, on the beach of Carvalhal or on the beach of Odeceixe. Cycling through the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, a visit to Azenha do Mar, where you have fantastic views over the coast, is recommended. By roads with little movement, sometimes lined with pines and eucalyptus, sometimes open to an uncovered scenario, we cycle along the Seixe river and enter the Algarve region. Enjoy the wonderful views that the river provides until it joins the ocean. The stage is concluded until Aljezur by secondary roads, mostly next to pine forests.
Day 7
Aljezur to Sagres - distance 63 km
Visit Aljezur, a small coastal village with typical houses of the rural architecture of the Algarve. In its municipal market, you can discover several local and regional products. Explore and visit one of its many museums. A visit to the castle at the top of the hill offers you extraordinary views of the mountains and an insight into the historical past. The stage is traced mainly by peaceful paths with the common presence of eucalyptus and pine trees, through the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast, with fantastic views over the valleys that draw the hills. Cycling along the coast you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Bordeira beach or Amado beach. In Carrapateira, here you can visit the Museum of the Sea and Earth, where you can learn about the history and development of the region, ecology, and local development. Cycling for more than 5 km next to the cliffs, with fantastic views from different angles over the coast, will certainly mark your day and your holidays. In Vila do Bispo you have the opportunity to visit the Mother Church of the XVIII century and to take a break in one of the traditional cafes, while chatting with the locals. Cycling along quiet paths through the natural park, the stage offers you exceptional views of the coast and the cliffs. At the Cape St. Vincent, where a visit to the lighthouse is mandatory, let yourself be fascinated by the magnificent views in the most southwestern point of Portugal and Continental Europe. The way to Sagres is marked by a beautiful environment full of cliffs, which rise almost vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters. Reaching Sagres, visit its fortress by bicycle, the Baleeira port where you witness the fishing activity of the village and make a toast on the Mareta beach, while tasting the most popular seafood in the region – the percebe (Gooseneck Barnacles).
Day 8
Sagres to Lagos - distance 51 km
Start your day by exploring Sagres, one of the most important areas in the Algarve accordingly with its exceptionally rich heritage. Cycling along quiet roads, enjoy the passage through Vila do Bispo to visit its 18th century Mother Church and through Raposeira to visit its 16th century Mother Church, taking a break in one of the traditional cafés, while chatting with the local people. Cycling towards the coast on secondary roads, the landscape is over green fields by the gentle hills, with a common presence of pine trees. Upon arriving at the coast, you're greeted with a resounding landscape over the ocean. In Salema, a fishing village, you can enjoy a refreshing swim while watching the traditional arts of fishing of this village. It is to highlight the passage through the Boca do Rio, not only by all the Lusitanian-Roman ruins that can be witnessed here, but also by the magnificent scenery that gives us, the beach in the valley between two hills. Quiet paths and roads with little movement with some elevations mark the route to the destination. At Burgau beach, also known as the Portuguese Santorini, traditional fishing gear such as Alcatruz, gillnet or the hook device can be observed. Take advantage of the passage on Praia da Luz to visit the Church of Luz de Lagos, the ruins of the Roman baths, and to make sure that the ocean is refreshing for a swim. Cycling on a bike path surrounded by views of the sea and the cliffs, you will find Ponta da Piedade. Take some time to explore this magnificent natural monument. Cycling along the Bensafrim stream you'll reach the city center of Lagos.
Day 9
Lagos to Portimão - distance 31 km
Start your day exploring Lagos, a city that played a key role in the Age of Portuguese Discoveries, as many of these vessels left from here. The Parish Church of Santa Maria, the Church of Santo António, the Bandeira Fort, and the Municipal Market are some highlights to explore in the city. Cycling along a bike path and quiet paths you will reach Meia Praia, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Between roads and paths with little movement, you'll cycle along an aquaculture area. When the tide is low, you can see countless shellfish gatherers collecting bivalves such as clams and cockles. Take advantage of the passage through Odiáxere to visit its 16th century Mother Church. The route to Alvor is traced by a road with movement, often accompanied by storks in their nests. In Alvor, visit the Morabito de São Pedro, the Municipal Market, and cycle through the typical narrow streets, where we recommend a break for a drink or a good lunch in a typical Algarve restaurant with fresh fish. The Alvor estuary is a highlight and offers extraordinary views. Enjoy the passage through Praia do Vau and its landscaped environment flanked by smooth cliffs and irregular rock formations. Cycling along the coast with fantastic views over the ocean, you will reach Praia da Rocha, where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Day 10
Portimão to Albufeira - distance 48 km
The beginning of the stage is marked by a bicycle path along the bank of the Arade River. Visit the Portimão Museum and discover the cities strong connection to fishing culture. Next to the river Arade, we find the village of Ferragudo and we immediately feel its fishing environment through fishing boats by the river and by the fishermen on the sidewalk preparing their fishing nets and fishing traps. You can visit the Church of Ferragudo where you have a fantastic view over the mouth of the River Arade and the city of Portimão. The stage is mainly marked by secondary roads and quiet paths, where olive, cypress, orange, pine, fig, and cork oak vegetation predominates. In Lagoa, we suggest a visit to the Mother Church and to take a break to taste traditional Portuguese pastries, especially the Florados from Lagoa. Here you can go to the promontory of Senhora da Rocha, a place that was a cult for Visigoths and Muslims, which has a fantastic view over the ocean and also a 16th- century chapel. Cycling through Armação de Pêra enjoy not only its cultural heritage but also a good offer of beaches: Vale do Olival, Armação de Pêra or Pescadores. It is to highlight the passage across the Salgados lagoon, a favorable place for bird watching. In Albufeira, cycling through its winding streets, explore the various “hidden” viewpoints between the white houses, contemplate the Portuguese sidewalk in the downtown and enjoy the fishing gastronomy that the city offers.
Day 11
Albufeira to Faro - distance 51 km
A day full of adventure and nature. Cycling along a road with some movement through the surrounding area of Albufeira, you have the opportunity to visit the fishing village of Olhos de Água where you can observe a spring of fresh water at the beach sand. Cycling along secondary roads and quiet paths, the landscape is mostly surrounded by pine, olive, cork, palm and some carob trees. Enjoy the passage the Falésia beach, on the Vilamoura beach, on the Quarteira beach, on the Garrão beach or on the Ancão Beach to feel the water of the ocean. In Vilamoura we recommend a visit to the ruins of the Roman villa and a break at the largest marina in the country, where you can observe an extraordinary diversity of boats. In the typical fishing town of Quarteira, visit the fish and regional products market and cycle through the pine forests around the small lagoon of Foz do Almargem, with fantastic views to the ocean and to the small cliffs. It is to highlight the passage through the wooden boardwalks in Quinta do Lago which provides wonderful views to the coast line and presents you with the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. Here you can see several species of birds such as Flamingo, Western swamphen, Azure-winged magpie and many more. We suggest a visit to Praia de Faro, a fishing village where the inhabitants keep alive ancient traditions. Here, you not only have extraordinary views over the ocean and dunes, but also privileged views over the Algarve mountains. Next to the natural park, cycling through paths with little movement, you reach the marina in the city centre of Faro, where the end of the stage is marked.
Day 12
Faro to Tavira - distance 44 km
Start your day exploring the capital of the Algarve. The village arch and the cathedral are some of the highlights that can be seen in the famous "old town" of Faro, which is partially surrounded by the walls built by the Moors. The route to Olhão is partly traced by a road with movement and by a cycle track along the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the saltpans, with views of the Deserta, Farol, Culatra and Armona islands. Visit this typical Algarve town and explore its fishing traditions. We recommend visiting the well-frequented Mercado Municipal and the marina, where you can see the replica of the boat Caíque do Bom Sucesso. Cycling near the fishing port gives you a unique contact with fishing traditions and arts, as well as with local fishermen. The route to Tavira is cycled by roads with little movement between small towns and quiet paths next to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where the landscape is marked mainly by the presence of olive trees, pines, fig trees and cactus. In the fishing village of Fuseta, observe the architecture of the white houses with roof terraces and enjoy an excellent view over the Ria Formosa while taking a refreshing swim on its beach. The route guides you through the Fuseta saltpans - a place where you can observe several species of birds in their natural habitat such as Flamingo, Pied avocet, Black-winged stilt and many others. Observe small historical landmarks such as the Tower of Aires, some Norias and the two-thousand-year-old Olive tree. In Santa Luzia we suggest visiting Barril beach where you can find the well-known Anchor Cemetery, which were used in the past in the practice of tuna fishing. Enjoy a good meal of typical Algarve cuisine, here best known for making octopus dishes. The end of the stage is marked on the Roman bridge, in the city centre of Tavira.
Day 13
Tavira to Vila Real de Santo António to Tavira (69 km | or 44 km + train | or 36 km + train)
Start your day exploring Tavira, one of the most beautiful and typical cities in the Algarve. Its beautiful castle, the Church of Misericórdia and the Camera Obscura are some of the highlights of the city. Starting at the Roman bridge, the stage leads us to Cabanas de Tavira, where we cycle along the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a 60 km long lagoon system. The route is mostly cycled by secondary roads and quiet paths, where you can observe and visit some strategic defensive points on the Algarve coast. Passing through Cacela Velha it is impossible to stop feeling its Islamic culture. Visit its Mother Church built on a primitive medieval building, the Cacela Fortress - where in the same place was once a Moorish castle and observe the fantastic view over the coast. Cycling along the coast you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim at Manta Rota beach, at Altura beach, at Praia Verde beach, at Cabeço beach, at Monte Gordo beach or at Santo António beach. The path through the pine forest next to Monte Gordo beach and through the National Forest of the Dunes of Vila Real de Santo António until the Guadiana River, where the natural border is marked between Portugal and Spain, is a great highlight of the day. Cycling along the Portuguese bank of the Guadiana River, the stage guides us through the city of Enlightenment - Vila Real de Santo António. Visit the Marquês de Pombal square, the city parish and the market of regional products spread through these streets. The stay is again in Tavira, so you can choose to return by train or cycle. Although we recommend to cycle the full stage, in Vila Real de Santo António and in Castro Marim you have the possibility to return to Tavira by train. The way to Castro Marim is marked through cycle tracks until the Ravelin of Santo António, where you’ve exceptional views all around. We recommend visiting its Mother Church and its Castle, where you have not only a fantastic history but also extraordinary views. The route back is traced by secondary roads between small villages, farmlands (orange, lemon, persimmons) and vineyards, with some views over the ocean. The end of the stage is biked along the east bank of the river Gilão to the city center.
Day 14
Departure
End of the program with optional transfer to Faro airport or to another location of your choice.



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  • 13 nights’ accommodation with breakfast (12 nights in 4* hotels and 1 night in 3* hotel - subject to change due to availability)
  • Trekking or Mountain bicycle with front bag and side bag
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Helmet
  • Bottle of water
  • Insurance
  • Travel pack per booking
  • Clean & Safe Kit (1 certified reusable mask, 1 pair of gloves, and 1 bottle of alcohol-gel)
  • 1 Roadbook per room, Hotel vouchers, 1 GPS per booking
  • 1 Speedometer per room, 1 Set of puncture repair kits for each two bikes, 1 Lock for each two bikes
  • Ferry boat ticket from Belém to Trafaria
  • Ferry boat ticket from Setúbal to Tróia
  • Train ticket from Vila Real de Santo António to Tavira (optional)
  • Half board p. person + € 490
  • E bike + € 216
  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport (or from another location of your choice) to the hotel in Lisbon: 1-4 persons = € 50 | 5-8 persons = € 80
  • Departure transfer from Tavira to Faro (airport, train station, bus terminal or any other location of your choice): 1-4 persons = €40 | 5-8 persons = € 60

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