What to expect
Cycle down the west coast of Portugal, from the enchanting capital city of Lisbon to the golden beaches of the Algarve on mainly quiet minor roads. Hugging the Alentejo coast for much of the way, you’ll pedal past crystal-clear waters and rolling Atlantic surf, stopping off at whitewashed towns, hilltop villages and chic coastal settlements en route. Each day of this tour offers something new, from the limestone cliffs of Arrábida to the beautiful forested sandbank of the Troia Peninsula. Look for dinosaur footprints at Cabo Espichel, bottlenose dolphins near Setúbal, and nesting storks at Cabo Sardão.
Sesimbra’s pristine beaches and rugged cliffs make a beautiful backdrop on day one, and the elegant resort of Comporta is a highlight on day three. Turning inland, the scenery changes to cork forests, castles and undulating countryside. Fried cuttlefish, blueberry cocktails and sweet potatoes are just some of the delicacies you’ll taste en route. On your final day, you’ll cycle to the southwest tip of Europe where the Cabo de São Vicente headland is an inspiring place to finish.
At a glance
- Pristine sands, rugged cliffs and crashing surf
- Chic beaches, whitewashed towns and hilltop villages
- Fried cuttlefish, grilled sardines and blueberry cocktails
- Varied cycling on mainly quiet minor roads that's best for regular riders
Arrive in Lisbon
You’ll be welcomed at Lisbon airport or at your lisbon hotel and be driven south of the city to your hotel in Sesimbra. Spend the afternoon in this picturesque fishing port with its pristine beaches, rugged cliffs and local seafood. Enjoy panoramic views from the medieval Castelo de Sesimbra, or discover dinosaur footprints at Cabo Espichel headland.
Sesimbra - Setúbal
27 miles (43kms)
Ride across the limestone cliffs of Arrábida Natural Park, enjoying views of Setúbal Bay and the Troia Peninsula – this stunning stretch of coast is famous for its bottlenose dolphins, pristine sands and pine-forested dunes. Add an optional detour to historic Arrábida Convent. Sleep in the port town of Setúbal, with its old quarter and chocos fritos (fried cuttlefish). You could also join a boat trip to spot birds, dolphins and other local wildlife.
Setúbal - Santiago de Cacém
39 miles (62kms)
Take the ferry to the Troia Peninsula and follow the cycle route along the sandbar. Stop at Roman ruins and the fishing community of Carrasqueira, with its traditional reed houses. Continue on a leisurely ride past sand dunes and rice paddies to the chic town of Comporta. Turn inland past cork forests, pines and eucalyptus trees. Stay in the bustling town of Santiago de Cacém, with its Moorish castle.
Santiago de Cacém - Nova de Milfontes
36 miles (58kms)
Pedal on quiet roads past sleepy villages and undulating countryside. Stop off at historic Cercal, with its narrow streets and traditional crafts. Ride through pretty São Luis village, then continue to the seaside town of Vilanova de Milfontes. Spend the evening enjoying its cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and views of the Mira River.
Nova de Milfontes - Zambujeira do Mar
24 miles (38kms)
Cycle along unspoilt shores through Vicentina Natural Park, calling in at beauty spots like Praia do Almograve (one of Portugal’s best beaches). Other highlights include the stork nests at Cabo Sardão lighthouse, and the fishing port of Entrada da Barca. Sleep in the whitewashed town of Zambujeira do Mar, which perches over a bay.
Zambujeira do Mar - Aljezur
27 miles (44kms)
Bike beside the unspoilt coastline, enjoying spectacular views and rolling waves. Stop for lunch in the hilltop town of Odeceixe, overlooking the River Seixe estuary. Cross from the Alentejo region, into the Algarve, and onwards to the regional capital of Aljezur, famous for its annual Sweet Potato Festival (October/November).
Aljezur - Sagres
34 miles (54kms)
Ride past dramatic coastal scenery, with wild coastline to your right and windswept plains to your left. Arrive at Cabo de São Vicente, the southwestern tip of mainland Europe. Ride along the Sagres peninsula past Beliche Fortress. Continue to the lighthouse at the end of the headland for an obligatory end of trip photo.
Depart from Sagres
Transfer to Faro airport or a local train station for your journey home. If travelling via Lisbon, it’s well worth adding a day to enjoy the city, or you may wish to spend longer on the Algarve Coast. Please ask for details.
Good quality B&Bs, 3* & 4* hotels
We use a pool of good quality B&Bs, 3* & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice
- 7 nights in good quality B&Bs, 3* & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Luggage transferred each day
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- Seven nights accommodation in good quality B&Bs 3 & 4 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and Breakfast
- Hybrid bike with 24 gears, pannier
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport or your Lisbon hotel & return transfer to Faro airport
- Local contact number for assistance
- Ferry fare between Setubal and Troia
Single rooms and solo travellers - please enquire
Triple rooms available on request - please enquire
Reductions for 3 or more customers - please enquire
If you wish to have a support vehicle or a guide at an extra cost- please enquire
Bike Hire & Extras
How to Get There
Fly to Lisbon
You will be collected from Lisbon airport and transferred to Sesimbra (included)
Take a transfer from Sagres back to Faro airport (included)
Fly from Faro
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