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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$999USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CVP

Trip highlights


  • Following Portugal's coastline from the Algarve into the Alentejo
  • Discovering coastal landscapes, with unspoilt beaches, rolling dunes and dramatic cliffs
  • Immersing yourself in the hinterland, with pastures, extensive woods and authentic villages surrounded by market gardens
  • Pedaling your way along dirt roads, gravel tracks and tarmac lanes with no or little traffic
  • Enjoy charming accommodation, all with swimming pools

A family friendly cycle trip to discover the unspoilt beaches of the western Algarve and Alentejo Atlantic coast. As you pedal from the charming town of Odeceixe on the river Seixe, right on the border between Alentejo and the Algarve, you will appreciate that there is so much more to this special pocket of Portugal. In the hinterland, pass through extensive woods, authentic villages surrounded by kitchen gardens and quiet roads perfect for cyclists of all ages. On the coast swim at wide open beaches, cycle past coastal scenes of rolling dunes and dramatic cliffs and feast on fresh seafood. In the evening stay in charming accommodation with swimming pools to cool down in after a day of cycling. The relaxed pace of the days will ensure you truly have a holiday while exploring a fascinating area at handlebar level.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

On arrival at Faro airport you will be met and transferred firstly to the bike shop, before continuing on to Odeceixe and the hotel. Odeceixe is located on the river Seixe, on the border with the province of Alentejo. You will stay in one of the authentic village houses of Odeceixe, near the windmill and the old centre. Dinner reservation will be made for: Restaurante Altinho.

Meals:  Nil

On your first day of cycling you have plenty of time to explore the area and take a beautiful ride past the beaches of Odeceixe, Carvalhal and Zambujeira, crossing a plateau with greenhouses and agricultural plots along the way. Zambujeira is a cosy fishing village where you can also enjoy lunch. Overnight in Odeceixe. Ascent: 500/585m (1640/1920ft), maximum of 100m in one climb, usually less.

Meals:  B

Today you first cycle inland following gravel roads at the banks of the Odeceixe River, past farms and a holm oak 'dehesa'. After 5.5km there is one steep climb of 125m and then you follow quiet asphalt roads through a rural area towards the coast. Along the way you visit two villages (Maria Vinagre and Rogil) with shops and bakeries. At the end you descend along a dirt path with loose sand to Amoreira beach: a great place to spend the afternoon before cycling the last 7km to Aljezur. Your hotel is a modern apartohotel with a swimming pool in the new part of Aljezur. The nicest restaurants are just 10 minutes walk away in the old part of town, near a castle ruin. Ascent: 475m/1560ft in total, including 1 steep climb of 125m/410ft. This climb can be avoided by taking a shortcut between Odeceixe and Maria Viangre, reducing the stage by 8km/5mi.

Meals:  B

Today's route starts with a steep climb to the castle ruins of Aljezur. You can opt for a detour adding 17km via the beaches of Monte Clérigo and Arrifana, or to cycle directly south to Carrepateira through shady pine forests and the dunes of Bordeira. After a stop in the village of Carrapateira, with a few shops, bars and restaurants, you follow a dirt road for 10km through the rural valley from Vilarinho to Pedralva, where you will stay in a cosy cottage for the rest of the trip. Ascent: 500/875m or 1640/2870ft, maximum of 150m in one climb Dinner reservation will be made for: Restaurante Sitio da Pedralva

Meals:  B

Today's short route starts with a descent through the rural valley to the village of Carrapateira, a pleasant place where tourists, surfers and fishermen congregate at the central square. There is also an interesting ethnographic museum, "Museo do Mar e da Terra". You then cycle through the spectacular coast of Carrapateira, where you can visit two different beaches. In summer you can also take surfing lessons at Praia do Amado. On the way back you follow sandy roads through the hills. There is one steep climb, but there's no rush and you can push the bike a bit if necessary. The alternative route over asphalt is almost as steep and 1km longer. Ascent/descent: 200m/650ft

Meals:  B

On your last cycling day your goal is Cape San Vicente, Portugal's most south-western corner. First you climb over stony gravel tracks through pine forest, eucalyptus forest and a modern windmill "plantation" to the town of Vila do Bispo. From here there's an almost flat stretch across the plains towards the cape, where you can have a drink in the café at the foot of the lighthouse. During the last 6km you can enjoy the spectacular cliffs as you continue to Sagres. You have enough time to visit the fortress or one of the beautiful beaches along the way before you meet the bike rental company at 4pm - they load the bikes on the cart and take you back to Pedralva (and the bikes back to their base). Ascent: 455m/1490ft, with the steepest (100m) right at the start.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements end after breakfast. A few extra days in Pedralva is highly recommended, please ask for our rates. Optional transfers available to Faro Airport - additional cost applies.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts - breakfasts are usually continental style consisting of bread, cheeses, meats, yoghurt, juice, tea and coffee
  • 1 night hotel and 5 night cottage in tourism village (3-5 star) on a twinshare basis with private facilities and swimming pool
  • 24 speed high quality rental mountain bike and helmet (children's bikes and touring e-bikes available with supplement)
  • Luggage transfer on days 3 & 4
  • Transfer from Faro Airport on day 1 and from Sagres to Pedralva on Day 6
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked , GPS tracks available on request
  • Emergency hotline
  • Reservations for dinners on days 1 & 4 (note: the dinners are not an inclusion)

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Travel to Faro Airport and from Pedralva
  • Transfers not indicated as included
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide - this is a self guided cycle

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

The cycling takes place along the coastline and accordingly the route is a little hilly at times, however the cycling is relaxed. See the daily itinerary for details. The average daily stages of 24.5-44km / 15-27mi ) are achievable for anyone of good cycling fitness including children, or if taking an electric bike, a reasonable level of fitness is required. The route is on dirt roads, gravel tracks and tarmac lanes with little or no traffic. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Departure dates

Daily

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 25 Jun to 31 Aug, mid season is from 25 May to 24 Jun, 1 to 30 Sep and 2 to 31 Dec - supplement applies to mid and high season departures. Departures over the Christmas period are on request.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$999USD

Child from$630USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • electric mountain bike supplementUSD$140
  • single supplement - low seasonUSD$380
  • single supplement - mid seasonUSD$450
  • single supplement - high seasonUSD$580
  • single traveller surcharge - low seasonUSD$600
  • single traveller surcharge - mid seasonUSD$680
  • single traveller surcharge - high seasonUSD$790
*Prices listed are per person

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