1. The amazing blue coast of Natural Park of
2. Crossing the river Sado
3. The Natural Park of SW Alentejo and Vicentine Coast
4. Stunning landscapes of Alentejo beaches
5. Tasty fresh fish of the Atlantic Coast
6. Visit to the winery and wine tasting
7. Lagos - the cosmopolitan and oldest town in the Algarve
8. Sagres - the south-westernmost town of Continental Europe
9. Paradise-like beaches and the beautiful coast of Algarve
10. Cape S. Vicente - the birds and the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
Starting in Sesimbra, you will ride to a winery where you will learn about the famous Moscatel wine and also taste it. Then you will enter one of the lushest areas south of Lisbon – the Natural Park of Arrabida. On one side of the park, you’ll admire beautiful Mediterranean landscapes and at the other side, the gorgeous coast with accessible beaches where the fine sand and clear sea waters provide a strong contrast of unusual colors. You will ride along the coast to Setubal and after crossing the Sado river, you’ll reach Troia and then Sines where the Natural Park of SW Alentejo and Vicentine Coast begins. It extends itself along the Portuguese coast and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. This SW landscape is 300 million years old and it is one of the most preserved landscapes all over Europe; human intervention is less visible throughout the area’s long history. Once submerged (about 2 million years ago), this is a vast area with many different coastal habitats and countless beaches and cliffs.
Daily tours include going to the wonderful beaches of this Natural Park and taking a swim in the limpid and clear sea. Numerous cliffs and isolated islets complete this beautiful and unique scenery. This area boasts a diversity of rare botanical species, with very interesting flora and a variety of maritime birds that nest here. Cape S. Vicente is a passing area for thousands of birds of prey. This tour also goes to Sagres, which is the south-westernmost point in continental Europe, the place from where our brave forefathers sailed on their caravels seeking new peoples and continents. Finally, you have the opportunity to visit some of the beaches of our famous Algarve and the cosmopolitan city of Lagos. This is one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. You can still see evidence of the wall surrounding the town for protection. Distance: 335 km (208 mi). Average: 67 km/day (42 mi/day).
Type: Road Race Bike Tours
Class: Landscape tour
Version: Guided or Self-Guided
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region (south), Alentejo (coast) and Algarve (coast)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling
Begin: Sesimbra (Natural Park of Arrábida)
End: Lagos (Algarve)
Difficulty level (1-5): 3 Intermediate. You must be in good shape.
Distance: 325km (202mi)
Average: 65km/day (40mi/day)
Day 1: Arrival. Welcome at Lisbon airport, transfer to Sesimbra and briefing about the tour followed by dinner. Lodging in a 4* Hotel with sophisticated amenities in an idyllic setting where Nature and Sea come together in true happiness.
Day 2: Riding along the wonderful coast of Arrábida Natural Park. - 41 km (25 mi), level 3 ( Beach), or 51 km (32 mi), level 4 ( Beach).
After breakfast we start riding in the amazing Arrábida Natural Park, where the Mediterranean vegetation mixes with the maritime views. Visit to a winery and wine tasting. Lodging in a 4* Hotel with a romantic environment and an amazing view over Setubal.
Day 3: Crossing the river Sado to Troia – 80 km (50 mi), level 3 ( Beach). After breakfast we cross the river by boat; we have our picnic in a pine grove and we ride on towards Sines. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* charming Hotel where you can find numerous references to Portugal’s greatest navigator “Vasco da Gama”.
Day 4: The beautiful beaches of the Natural Park – 101 km (63 mi), level 4 ( Beach). After breakfast we ride into the SW Alentejo Natural Park; this is the most well preserved coast all over Europe. The landscape is amazing! We have our picnic and we end our day in the typical village of Odeceixe. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a Bed & Breakfast unit with swimming-pool.
Day 5: Riding towards South to Sagres – 70 km (43 mi), level 3 ( Beach). After breakfast we continue riding along beautiful beaches. We have our picnic and later we get to Sagres after visiting Cape S. Vicente, the place where “the land ends and the sea begins”. This is the south-westernmost point in Continental Europe. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* new hotel with swimming-pool, surrounded by stunning deserted beaches and the wild nature of an unforgettable beauty.
Day 6: The coast of Algarve – 43 km (27 mi), level 3 ( Beach).
After breakfast we ride along the south coast of the Algarve where we can see the contrast between the Natural Park and the Algarve that is developed in terms of tourism. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* hotel with swimming-pool, that epitomizes the Algarve culture, with blue and white corridors which link the rooms, patios, restaurants and bar.
Day 7: Departure. After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport. 3H00 drive to airport.
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