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Algarve & Alentejo cycling trip
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PTSB006
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Algarve & Alentejo cycling trip

Algarve & Alentejo cycling trip

Costa Vicentina

  • Follow Portugal's coastline from the Algarve into the Alentejo
  • Pedal your way along dirt roads, gravel tracks and tarmac lanes with no or little traffic
  • Discover coastal landscapes, with unspoilt beaches, rolling dunes and dramatic cliffs
  • Enjoy the quietness of Portuguees hinterland, with pasture grounds, extensive woods  and authentic villages surrounded by kitchen gardens
  • Enjoy charming accommodation, all 3 of them with swimming pools

 

            

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Route

Start: Odeceixe       End: Aldeia da Pedralva

Day 1: Arrival at Odeceixe
Day 2: Circular route from Odeceixe vía Carvalhal & Zambujeira (35 km o 40 km)
Day 3: Odeceixe- Aljezur (30 km)
Day 4: Aljezur – Pedralva (27,5 km or 44 km)
Day 5: Circular route from Pedralva (24,5 km)
Day 6: Pedralva – Vila do Obispo – Sagres (35,5 km)
Day 7: End of the arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival at Odeceixe

You arrive in the town of Odeceixe, located on the River Seixe, on the border with the province of Alentejo. You will stay in one of Odeceixe’s authentic houses, situated near the windmill and the historic village centre.

Day 2:    Circular route from Odeceixe vía Carvalhal & Zambujeira (35 km o 40 km)

During the first day of cycling you will have plenty of time to explore the area, enjoying a beautiful tour past the beaches of Odeceixe, Carvalhal and Zambujeira, crossing a plateau with greenhouses and farmed fields along the way. Zambujeira is a welcoming fishing village, where you can also stop for lunch.

Cycling route of min 33.5 km / max 40 km, with 500 to 585 m in ascent (maximum of 100m in ascent at a time)

Day 3:    Odeceixe- Aljezur (30 km)

Today you first ride inland on gravel tracks along the banks of the Odeceixe River, passing farms and an open holm oak wood. After 5.5 km you do a steep ascent of 125 m, then follow quiet tarmac roads through a rural area toward the coast. Along the way you cycle through two villages (Maria Vinagre and Rogil) with shops and bakeries. Then you cycle downhill on a sandy track to Amoreira beach, a great place to spend the afternoon before pedaling the last 7 km to Aljezur. Your hotel is a modern aparthotel with a swimming pool in the newer sector of Aljezur. The nicest restaurants are just a 10-minute walk away, in the old town beneath the medieval castle.

Cycling route of 30 km, with 475 m in ascent, including 1 steep ascent of 125 m. This can be avoided by taking a shortcut between Odeceixe and Maria Viangre, making the route 8 km shorter.

Day 4:    Aljezur – Pedralva (27,5 km or 44 km)

Today's route starts with a steep ascent to Aljezur Castle, in ruins. You can opt to do an additional 17-km loop via the beaches of Monte Clérigo and Arrifana or cycle directly south to Carrepateira through shady pine forests.

Both routes come together again at a clifftop lookout, with views of the Costa Vicentina. After a descent through the dunes of Bordeira you reach the village of Carrapateira, with several shops and restaurants along the way. Then you cycle another 10 km through a peaceful rural valley, from Vilarinho to Pedralva, where you will stay for the next 3 nights in one of the 20 carefully renovated houses.

Cycling route of min 27.5 km / max 44 km, with 500 / 875 m in ascent (maximum of 150 m in ascent at a time)

Day 5:    Circular route from Pedralva (24,5 km)

Today you do a short route that starts with a descent through rural scenery to the village of Carrapateira, a pleasant place where tourists, surfers and fishermen congregate on the central square. There is also an interesting ethnographic museum, "Museo do Mar e da Terra". Then you do a tour along the spectacular coast of Carrapateira, where you can visit 2 different beaches. In the summer you can also take a surfing lesson at Praia do Amado. On the way back, you follow sandy tracks through the hills. There is one steep ascent, but you have extra time and can walk with your bike a bit if needed. The alternative route follows a tarmac road and is nearly as steep and one kilometre longer.

Cycling route of 24.5 km, with 200 m in ascent and descent

Day 6:    Pedralva – Vila do Obispo – Sagres (35,5 km)

Your destination on the last day of cycling is Cape Sao Vicente, Portugal's southwesternmost tip. First you ascend along stony gravel tracks through a pine forest and eucalyptus forest, passing a modern wind farm on your way to the town of Vila do Bispo. Then you do a flat stretch across the plain, cycling toward the cape where you can enjoy some refreshment at the café below the lighthouse. On the last 6 km you will admire spectacular cliffs as you continue to Sagres. You’ll have enough time to visit one of several beautiful beaches along the way, before you meet the bike rental company representative at 4 p.m. They will load your bike on the trailer and drive you back to Pedralva.

Cycling route of 35.5 km, with 455 m in ascent, the steepest ascent (100 m) is right at the start

Day 7:    End of the arrangement

After breakfast your arrangement comes to an end. A few extra days in Pedralva are highly recommended.

accommodation

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Casas do Moinho (Odeceixe)
Casas do Moinho (Odeceixe)
Vicentina Aparthotel**** (Aljezur)
Vicentina Aparthotel**** (Aljezur)
Aldeia da Pedralva (Pedralva)
Aldeia da Pedralva (Pedralva)
practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.

Nearest airports into fly to are Lisbon airport (LIS) and Faro airport (FAO).

Arrival from Faro Airport to Odeceixe 

Direct bus Faro airport to Lagos (EVA transport line 83 www.eva-bus.com, THEN direct bus of either REDE or EVA transportsto Odeceixe (aprox 3hr.15min in total)

  • EVA- transporte line 79  runs at least 3 or 4 times per day  between Lagos and Odeceixe www.eva-bus.com 
  • REDE_Expressos line 27801 between Lagos and Odeceixe runs 2 times a day  www.rede-expressos.pt 

Departure from Pedralva to Faro Airport

First take a taxi to Crossroad Barâo de Sâo Miguel; then bus to Lagos www.eva-bus.com (or directly to Lagos) , then take line 83 to Lagos airport

Arrival from Lisbon Airport to Odeceixe 

Shuttle from Lisbon airport to Lisbon-Sete Rios station + BUS from Lisboa- Odecerixe ( 3hrs.20min) on the bus www.rede-expressos.pt

Departure from Pedralva to Lisbon airport

Taxi to bus stop at Crossroad Barâo de Sâo Miguel; then bus to Lagos www.eva-bus.com then Lagos-Lisbon Siete Rios and metro or bus to the airport

 

BIKE RENTAL

Bike hire including repair kit, map holder, rear panniers. The helmet and water bottle are not included for hygienic reasons. 

  • Bike model: Aluminium butted 6061 DOUBLE
  • Bike Type:  MTB-Aluminium Mountain Bike (13Kg)
  • Gears: Min. 18 gears
  • Suspension:  Front (Rock Shox DART 2, locking, recovery, 100mm)
  • Frame sizes: 15" (XS), 17"(S), 19"(M), 22"(L) and 24"(XL)

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 6-day accommodation 
  • all breakfasts
  • Table reservation for dinner on days 1 and 4 (to be paid on the spot) 
  • luggage transfers according to the program on days 3 and 4
  • transfer from Sagres to Pedralva on day 6
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • detailed routes descriptions and maps

Not included

  • Transfers to Faro airport on day 7 and from any other airport but Faro on day 1 (from / to last / first accommodations)
  • Flights
  • Tourist Tax
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.
  • Bike rental

Extras

  • 7 Days rental of MTB (120 euros), electric (220 euros) and junior bikes (60 euros)
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Private transfer from/to Faro airport to first/last accommodation. NOTE if you book rental bikes, up to 4 persons can travel with the bikes from Faro airport to the 1th accommodation on day 1 for a small supplement of 25 euros.
  • Private transfer from Pedralva to Odeceixe to pick up your car at the end of the cycling tour
  • Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations of the program. 

 

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