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Portugal Self Guided Cycling Tour Along the Coast

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7N/8D

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

8 people

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Languages

English, Portuguese

Overview

Portugal Self Guided Cycling Tour Along the Coast

This seven days Portugal Self Guided Cycling Tour Along the Coast will take you through some of the most beautiful and wildest Portuguese landscapes, taking some easy dirt roads occasionally.

Cycling tour in Portugal on the SW Atlantic coast through pristine natural parks and reserves like the Estuário do Sado, Lagoas de Santo André, and Sudoeste Alentejano, finishing in Costa Vicentina, swimming in the cool blue waters of the Atlantic every day.

Taste the fresh fish with awarded Alentejo wines and enjoy our famous picnics, the true definition of a gourmet luxury light meal in the white sands of secluded beaches… there is nothing quite like it!

Easy Level Cycling Tour at your Own Pace

Easy level safe routes with a challenge here and there will make for a relaxing and fun ride while you live the present, learn about the past and discover the future of the oldest and sunniest country in Europe.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations up to 56 days prior to the tour departure: TurAventur will refund all received amounts minus 50€ for handling fees.
  • Cancellations between 55 and 42 days prior to the tour departure: There will be no refunds of the amounts already paid.
  • Cancellations between 41 and 21 days prior to the tour departure: The client can choose between a 70% refund, a reschedule of the program, or booking a different program.
  • Cancellations after 21 days prior to the tour departure: There will be no refunds.
  • There will be no refunds once the program commences.

Local Expert

Our philosophy is simple: all our products combine, with charm and harmony, the active discovery of the Alentejo’s heritage and landscape with the pleasures of good wine and local gastronomy.

Our team is unique: we believe in what we do. Our guides are specialists and multi-skilled, experienced and determined, careful, and thoughtful. They know how to be there for you, they’ll make you feel safe, and they’ll make sure you’ll have fun, relax and enjoy it.

We believe in sustainable tourism, local partners, top quality services. Also, we believe in tourism as a powerful source of peace, friendship, and understanding between people and as a mean of sustainable local development and preservation of natural and cultural heritage.

We feel privileged to have this job and to be able to discover and share with you the beautiful and bright side of our world. Our mission is to share this privilege, proudly offering our guests the Alentejo with its clean air and endless landscapes of land and sea. No stress, no worries!

With this philosophy and team, we organize tours, cycling holidays, walking holidays, expeditions for families and friends, and outdoor events, which promote team building for company groups.
We have also written several guidebooks promoting our region, creating an important footprint of tools and information to help to a better understanding of our region. And recently, we created a unique sense of well being in our guesthouse near Évora to welcome you.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Portugal Cycling tours along the protected Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina NP
  • Cycling and Beaches as many as you want, high cliffs and hidden coves to explore
  • A gastronomical paradise for the palate. The wine, food, pastry and the unforgettable picnics at the beach
  • Fun and relaxing days at your own pace

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Sesimbra, a picturesque fisherman´s village in the heart of Arrábida Natural Park.
6 p.m. – Welcome drink and first briefing about your Portugal Self Guided Cycling Tour.
Accommodation at Hotel do Mar OR Sana Park Hotel, 4*, with swimming pool.
If your flight arrives late, think about staying an extra night here, enjoying the beach, the pool, the local market, and fortress or even cycling to Cape Espichel, a gorgeous lookout that you will not visit otherwise.

Day 2: The Arrabida Natural Park

Cycling from Sesimbra to Setúbal.
Today’s bike tour ride will start with the visit to Sesimbra picturesque fisherman’s market, followed by a climb to the castle built in the 12th century to watch over the port.
Then the green lust of Arrábida Natural Park will keep you company. You will be impressed… After an unforgettable lunch and swim having the ocean on one side and the mountain on the other, you will cycle to Setúbal, the day’s destination, a vibrant and prosperous city.

Accommodation: Hotel do Sado, 4*.
Location: Setúbal.
Distance: 40 km.
Total ascent: 780 mt (see optional levels below – easier and challenging).
Difficulty: Medium.
Terrain: Hilly but a gorgeous route, well worth the effort! Four longer climbs.

Optional challenging level: if you feel super fit, you can cycle more on a mountain route: 19 km with an extra ascent of 250 mt.

LUXURY OPTION
You may upgrade your accommodation to the hotel Casa de Palmela. Situated 4 km from Setubal, this is a 17th-century family palace which was transformed in a very charming hotel with a wonderful view of the heart of the Natural Park. Upgrade cost under request.

Day 3: The Wine and Rice Fields Tour

Cycling from Setúbal to Carvalhal.
The day’s bike tour ride will start with a visit to the surprising Setubal downtown, followed by the ferry crossing of the Sado river, home to a healthy resident dolphin population.

Ride in the peninsula of Troia, surrounded by dunes of this once island. Then, we ride to the beach for a swim and wonderful picnic. This 50 km long white sandy beach is the biggest in Portugal.

After lunch, the wild egrets and storks will keep you company through the rice fields, a prosperous Moorish heritage. Continue on and reach Santo André. Enjoy the Sado Estuary natural park.

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Park 3*, with a swimming pool.
Location: Vila Nova de Santo André.
Distance: 35 km.
Total ascent: 440 mt.
Difficulty: Easy.
Terrain: Flat, 6 km of dirt roads.

Day4: The Lagoons Tour

Cycling from Santo André to Santiago do Cacém.
After the initial warm-up, explore a couple of ecosystems of freshwater lagoons, wildlife heaven on the natural reserve of Santo André and Sancha lagoons. After a drink by the sea, ride to a unique outdoors library made of marble.

Then we pay a visit to a very nice family who owns a small olive mill, several generations old. The ride ends in Santiago, a fascinating and old small town with great aristocratic architecture and a castle with unforgettable views.

Accommodation: Hotel Dom Nuno, 3* with a swimming pool.
Feel tired? Book a recovery massage at the hotel.
Location: Santiago do Cacém.
Distance: 36 km.
Total ascent: 450 mt.
Difficulty: Medium.
Terrain: Gentle rolling roads with the final climb, 3 km of dirt roads.

LUXURY OPTION
You may upgrade your accommodation to the Santiago Hotel Cooking and Nature. Here you may indulge in a wonderful dinner served in a restaurant with show cooking, or book a cooking class.

Day 5: From the Castle to the Beach

Cycling from Santiago do Cacém to Porto Covo.
Of course, this bike tour would not leave Santiago without exploring its rich history filled with knights and damsels in distress. The view from the top of the castle is well worth the small climb. From there, you can see into the past and the future.

Santiago is also the land of wind, so with the visit to the last operating windmill, say farewell to this town towards the coastline through a lush green oak forest.

The Blue Ocean and warmer waters by the schist cliffs will frame the beach picnic and the last kilometers to the hotel in the enchanting fisherman’s village of Porto Covo. The beach coves are impressive, and 5 minutes away from the hotel, you can go for a swim. Start visiting the Natural Park of southwestern Alentejo and Vicentina Coast.

Accommodation: Pensão Zé Inácio in Porto Covo – equivalent to 2* hotel.
Location: Porto Covo.
Distance: 35 km.
Total ascent: 440 mt.
Difficulty: Easy +.
Terrain: Climb in the beginning and then downhill and flat — some dirt roads.

SWIMMING POOL OPTION
You may upgrade your accommodation to a less central but better-rated hotel, with a swimming pool, Hotel Porto Covo.

Day 6: The Fishing Cove Route

Cycling from Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes.
The fortification that used to protect the natural harbor against pirate attacks is the first stop of this bike tour day. The peach island poses for our pictures.

Soon after, there is the opportunity of walking into the ocean. A defying experience in this fishing harbor where the unloading of the fish and the lamprey drying in the sun are always an interesting experience.

The lunch in a restaurant overviewing the beach will close the morning. The afternoon at the beach or snooping the small streets and shops of Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, followed by the romantic riverside farm/hotel of Zambujeiro, will set the environment to the perfect day's end.

Accommodation: Monte do Zambujeiro, a lovely farm with a swimming pool.
Location: Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Distance: 24 km.
Total ascent: 350 mt.
Difficulty: Easy+.
Terrain: Flat roads and some dirt roads.

VILLAGE CENTER OPTION
Though our chosen hotel is a wonderful farm and a highlight of the tour for most guests. Some would have preferred to stay in the center of the village, which is also a beautiful option. Let us know if this is your preference.

Day 7: The Cliffs Route

Cycling from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Vila Nova de Milfontes.
On the last bike tour day you don’t have to pack your bags, just set the camera to landscape mode and ride through roads only used by local people, mostly easy dirt roads. As always, the alternative asphalt road is possible, but you would miss the fantastic cliff ride!

Get ready to use all of your camera MB taking pictures of pinnacle rocks standing precariously in the ocean, ornamented by storks nests, unexplored hidden coves and small beaches and cliffs with an impressive array of colors and contrasts.

Capture all these moments and share them… yes, it’s selfies time!

The stage for the last picnic is a beach, walled by tilted cliffs inviting to a lazy afternoon basking in the sun. Then when the time is right, we go back to Vila Nova de Milfontes. On the way, we stop for a last swim and drink on the fantastic beach of Almograve. You deserve it!!!!!!!

The journey ends with a rewarding dinner celebration with some surprises in a very genuine atmosphere.
Accommodation: Monte do Zambujeiro, a lovely farm with a swimming pool.
Location: Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Distance: 60 km.
Total ascent: 515 mt.
Difficulty: Easy +.
Terrain: Flat roads and many dirt roads – asphalt options available.

Day 8: Departure from your Portugal Self Guided Cycling Tour

Final day. End of our services.

Included/Exclude

  • Accommodation in a double room with breakfast
  • Maps, route instructions and history notes
  • 24h phone support
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Luggage transfer
  • Basic tools
  • Transfer from Carvalhal to Santo André (optional)
  • VAT tax
  • Souvenir
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry crossing
  • Support car with guide
  • Bicycle, helmet, back rack, and pannier or similar
  • Water, fruit, picnic lunches, and lunch at a regional restaurant
  • Dinners with wine
  • Wine tasting at a winery
  • Bikes insurance, travel insurance, and tour cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses and items not mentioned above
  • 1st aid support

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Setubal, Portugal

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