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Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve tour
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Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Lisbon - Explore Portugal's lively and charming capital
  • Sintra - Discover the remarkable palaces and estates of the 'Garden of Lisbon'
  • Ride the Vicentine Coast Natural Park - Cycle the entire length of this wild and unspoilt corner of Europe
  • Beautiful beaches and sunsets - Different perspectives of the Atlantic Coast on our journey from Lisbon to Sagres
  • Food and drink - refuel and reward yourself with great local cuisine; fresh fish and seafood and Alentejo wines
  • Cabo Sao Vicente - Reach the most south-westerly point of continental Europe
  • Sagres - An historically important harbour town, surrounded by a spectacular coastline
  • Aljezur - Explore the old village and enjoy the views from the ruins of the medieval castle

Short Description

On this cycling adventure we journey south from Lisbon, through wild coastal landscapes to the remote south-westerly corner of Europe. From the cobbled streets of Lisbon we follow the Caparica coast to the rolling hills of Arrabida Natural Park. Further south we cycle through the Costa Vicentina - Europe's largest coastal natural park - through an unspoiled coastline of white-washed fishing villages, pristine coves and superb beaches. Never far from the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of chances to have a swim or sample the seafood.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Faro Airport

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

Destinations

Portugal

Cities & Attractions

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

27 gear Stevens Galant or similar hybrid bikes.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Lisbon; evening orientation walk

Description

Arriving in Lisbon, we settle into our hotel and after an initial briefing with our Explore Leader, there will be the opportunity to head out for a short walk to see more. Resting on seven hills overlooking the estuary of the River Tagus, Lisbon became the capital of Portugal after its conquest from the Moors in 1147. As Portugal built a global empire Lisbon became the hub of international trade and the heart of this maritime Golden Age of discovery, reflected in the monumental architecture. A devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami almost totally destroyed the capital in 1755 and therefore Lisbon appears as a carefully planned 18th century city.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Morning visit to Sintra by train. Free afternoon in Lisbon

Description

Today we take a train ride (40 mins) from Lisbon's Rossio Station to hill-top Sintra - the 'Garden of Lisbon' - where royalty and the aristocracy built elegant palaces, estates and gardens, each trying to outdo the other. The cooler, humid micro-climate here allows for lush vegetation to grow, which is not the case for the surroundings and nearby capital. We will explore the area on foot (approx. 3km) and you may wish to visit King Ferdinand II's colourful Pena Palace. There should be time for a picnic lunch in the gardens before we return to Lisbon in the afternoon. The rest of the day is left free to stay longer in Sintra or discover more of Lisbon, perhaps even riding an old-fashioned tram to see the contrasting and characterful neighbourhoods. In the evening you have the option to attend a fado performance - the melancholic melodies of the people of Lisbon or Lisboetas.

No cycling today.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Ferry across the Tagus and coastal cycling to Cape Espichel

Description

Today we leave the capital behind and strike south on our journey. After breakfast there will be some time to ensure all are happy with our bikes and to make any minor adjustments. We then begin the first cycling section of the holiday from Lisbon south and ride directly from the hotel through downtown Lisbon and onto Belem district, derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem, where we cross the Tagus by ferry. Our route then takes us along the Coast Caparica, sometimes parallel to the sea and other times inland, passing Albufeira Lake until we reach the lighthouse on Cape Espichel where the ride ends. From here we take taxis a short distance to our hotel in Sesimbra. Once a small fishing village, Sesimbra is now a pleasant beach town with great seafood restaurants and an old Moorish fort overlooking the sands. Around 20% of the route today is on a good unpaved surface, 80% paved. The Tour Leader will cycle with the group today and tomorrow while the support vehicle transports the luggage.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 59 kilometres (total 550 metres accumulated ascent and 430 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Cycle through Arrabida Natural Park to Setubal

Description

Today we ride to Setubal passing the rolling hills of the Serra da Arrabida. The stunning coastal scenery is somewhat greener than the south and contrasts the deep blue Atlantic with the greens of the pine-forested hills. Along the way we pass little bays and beaches and will make time for a refreshing dip. Finally we reach our hotel in the thriving port town of Setubal where you can take a walk through the pedestrianised old town and even up to the hilltop fortress for panoramic views. Another opportunity to try wonderful fresh seafood with local wines. Around 10% of the route today is on a good unpaved surface.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres (total 730 metres accumulated ascent and 720 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Into the Alentejo region and cycle to Vila Nova de Milfontes

Description

We start the day with a bus ride (1.5hrs) south into the region of Alentejo (literally the land 'beyond' the River Tagus). The second cycling section of the holiday starts in the little coastal town of Sines from where we head south to Vila Nova de Milfontes. Shortly after starting we enter the protected lands of the Vicentine Coast Natural Park - Europe's largest coastal natural park. The remainder of the trip is within this huge park as we cycle south until Sagres, mostly on inland routes but always returning occasionally to the stunning coastline of rugged cliffs and miles of unspoilt beaches constantly pounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Relax in the unhurried town of Vila Nova and take a stroll down to the harbour and explore the old quarter. Around 35% of the route today is on a good unpaved surface. From today and for the remaining three days cycling, the Tour Leader will drive the support vehicle, accompanying the ride wherever necessary or possible, providing clear instructions throughout the ride so you can navigate and cycle individually or as a group.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 27 kilometres (total 220 metres accumulated ascent and 230 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Continue cycling down the Vicentine Coast to historic Aljezur village

Description

Today is our longest ride as we continue south on another ride past wild coastlines and white-washed fishing villages. The final part of our ride is in the Algarve region, whose name dates back to Moorish time mean simply 'the west' in Arabic. We see the 'untouched' Algarve on the Atlantic Coast, far removed from the golf courses and beach resorts further east. Today's cycle ride ends in in the charming historical village of Aljezur. We recommend a stroll around its compact and well-preserved old quarter and, time permitting; you can choose to visit the ruins of the medieval castle with great views over the surrounding area. Around 15% of the route today is on a good unpaved surface.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 66 kilometres (total 650 metres accumulated ascent and descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Cycle past great wild beaches to Cape Sao Vicente lighthouse

Description

Our final ride passes some of the greatest wild beaches on the west coast on our route to the lighthouse at Cabo Sao Vicente - the most south-westerly point of continental Europe. Our final destination is the historically important port town of Sagres. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator founded his navigation school during the 'Age of the Discoveries' and the Fortaleza de Sagres castle, rebuilt in the 18th century. Modern day Sagres is a small tranquil town with a picturesque harbour and several nearby beaches. Within a short walking distance of our hotel is a choice of local restaurants and bars to celebrate the end of our ride. Around 15% of the route today is on a good unpaved surface.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 61 kilometres (total 760 metres accumulated ascent and 730 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Trip ends at Faro Airport

Description

Our trip ends this morning at Faro airport, just one hour and twenty minutes by bus from Sagres.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Lisbon: Fado show with dinner - 35 Euros, San Jeronimo Monastery 10 Euros Sintra: Palacio da Pena 14 Euros, Moorish castle 8 Euros Sagres: Public Beaches: Mareta Beach, Beleeira Beach, Martinhal Beach (transport not included)

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Accommodation Notes

Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Guides

An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 248 km over five days (an average of 50 km per day). We generally cycle on quiet tarmac roads, cycle paths and off-road routes in good condition. The cycle rides are not accompanied by a cycle guide, except on days 3 and 4 when the Tour Leader will cycle with the group. On the other days the Tour Leader drives the support vehicle, accompanying the ride wherever necessary or possible, and provides clear instructions throughout the ride so you can cycle individually or as a group. Each day a support vehicle carries the luggage from point to point. We have graded the route as moderate.

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