Start: Aldeia da Pedralva End: Aljezur
After arriving at Faro airport you travel either by public transport or private taxi transfer (not inc) to Vila do Bispo, where you stay in a renovated hotel with indoor swimming pool and sauna. In the afternoon you can stroll around the village and select the best restaurant for dinner
At 9 o'clock in the morning you will be taken by a taxi to the Fort of Sagres. If you have booked your bikes through S-Cape Travel ,there you will meet the bike rental company that adjusts the bikes. After a short test drive, you can first visit the old Fort or one of the beaches of Sagres before you start your bike ride back to Pedralva. It first follows a quiet tarmac road along the spectacular coast to the Cape San Vicente, on the most south-western point of the European continent. Then you drive north on unpaved roads through the meadows and fields to the village of Vila do Bispo, with several restaurants and one large supermarket where you can do some shopping for lunch and also for the coming days. Then you cycle through vast pine and eucalyptus forests and go up steeply to a plateau dotted with windmills, before you descend to Pedralva.
Challenge: 34 km, 470 m ascent/descent (spread over 6 climbs)
Villages along the way: Cape Sao Vicente, Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Aldeia da Pedralva
Today you will do a short route that starts with a quiet and very gradual descent through a rural valley to the village of Carrapteira, a pleasant place where tourists, surfers and fishermen meet comfortably in the central square. There is also an interesting ethnographic museum, "Museo do Mar e da Terra". Then you make a tour on tarmac and gravel roads through the spectacular coast of Carrapateira, where you can visit 2 different beaches. In the summer you can also take surfing lessons at the Praia do Amado. On the way back you follow dirt roads through the hills. There is one steep climb, but you have all the time and can if necessary push the bike a bit. The alternative route on tarmac is just as steep and one kilometer longer.
Challenge: 23 km, 335 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Aldeia da Pedralva, Praia do Amado, Carrapateira
Today's route starts very easily with 10km of descending and more or less flat paddling on tarmac and dirt roads. After Bordeira (another pleasant village with ditto village pub), a steep climb starts through an open meadow area and a plateau overgrown with pine trees. After 27km you decide whether you make a detour of 15km extra via the beach of Monte Clérigo or directly descend to Aljezur, a typical Portuguese village with narrow alleys at the foot of a castle ruin
Overnight stay at a modern hotel with a small swimming pool
Challenge: 30-46 km, 350/475m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Carrapateira - Bordeira - Chabouco - Monte Clérigo - Aljezur
On today’s route you start off by cycling to the beach at Praia Amoreira. From there you pedal across the plain past Rogil among fields of heather and pine groves. After a short coffee break, you continue on the "Historic Trail" cycling along dirt tracks through an open landscape or, alternatively, on a wide tarmac road. You’ll visit the charming and authentic village of Odeceixe, then cycle across the “border” between the provinces of Algarve and Alentejo. The second ascent of the day takes you through farming country to reach your next accommodation, in Zambujeira.
Challenge: 38 km, 225 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Aljezur, Odeceixe, Zambujeira do Mar
If you want to take it easy and spend some time at the beach in the afternoon, you can do an easy circular route through the relatively flat agricultrual area between Zambujeira and San Teutonio. But we strongly recommend to extend the tour to Odemira, in order to appreciate a different landscape along the banks of the rivers Mira and San Teotonio, where otters live. You follow wide dirt roads (again way-marked as Historical Trail) through a ondulating countryside with open woods of Holm Oak and Strawberry Trees, with wonderful flowerbeds in Spring. After San Teotonio you return to Zambujeira via interior tarmac lanes and dirt roads. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 47 kilometres with an option to shorten the route to 32 kilometres.
Challenge: 32/47 km, 275/470 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: San Teutonio, Odemira, Zambujeira
Today you cycle back to Aljezur folliwng an alternative route inland. First you cross the horticultural areas of Vale de Figuiera, with extensive farmlands and flowerbeds. Then you descend steeply to the bridge of Odeceixe; several times over the main road, but only downhill. Once you cross the bridge, you follow the rumbling river inland, along silent gravel roads through Mediterranean forests. After a super steep climb (100m in 1 km) you are back on the plateau of Rogil and you follow a quiet inland road gradually descending back to Aljezur. You hardly have to pedal. If you still feel like sea, you drive in the afternoon 7km up and down to the Praia do Amoreiro, to enjoy the sunset one more time.
Challenge: 35km, 350 m ascent, 375 m descent.
Villages along the way: Odeceixe, Rogil, Aljezur
After breakfast the arrangement comes to an end. Transfer back to Faro airport with the bikes if you have booked them through S-Cape (a little supplement applies for this)
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.
Arrival in Aldeia da Pedralva
From Faro Airport to Pedralva
From Faro airport (FAO) to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodviaria – EVA bus company), you can travel by bus or taxi. If you are flying with TAP, you can make use of their free shuttle service.
From Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviaria) you travel first to Lagos. Timetables at www.eva-bus.com
From Lagos you take the EVA bus to Vila do Obispo. Timetables at www.eva-bus.com
From Vila do Bispo to Aldeia da Pedralva: taxi is the best option (around 25-30€)
From Lisbon Airport to Pedralva
For information on Lisbon Airport (LIS), go to www.ana.pt/en/lis/home
Shuttle from Lisbon airport to Lisbon-Sete Rios station + BUS from Lisboa-Sete Rios to Lagos EVA BUS LINEA 52 http://eva-bus.com/pdf/52.pdf
Metro from Lisbon airport to Lisbon-Oriente station + TRAIN from Lisboa-Oriente to Lagos www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/consultar-horarios
Bus from Lagos to Vila do Bispo EVA BUS LINEA 82 http://eva-bus.com/pdf/82.pdf
Taxi from Vila do Bispo to Pedralva (10 km)
Departure from Aljezur
Bus from Aljezur to Lagos www.rede-expressos.pt then Lagos-Faro (same combinations as on arrival)
Bus from Aljezur to Lisboa-Sete Rios station www.rede-expressos.pt and shuttle to the airport
Bike hire including repair kit, map holder, rear panniers. The helmet and water bottle are not included for hygienic reasons.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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