Alentejo & Algarve

Costa Vicentina

The Sunny Alentejo coast

Explore an incredible journey from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, to Lagos in the Western Algarve. Discover remote beaches, meander through picturesque villages, and immerse yourself in the stunning nature of Costa Vicentina. The Lisbon to Lagos bike holiday is a timeless classic, and for good reason. Be captivated by breathtaking views from the cliffs, follow paths along the incomparable Costa Vicentina, and revel in the Mediterranean climate. With ever-changing ecosystems and landscapes, this extraordinary adventure offers perfect conditions for an unforgettable biking experience.
The most frequented cycling route leads from Comporta directly southwards via Melides to Sines. If you have more time, we suggest following Rio Sado from Comporta to Alcácer do Sal and returning to the coast only in Porto Covo. The ride through the interior introduces to another ecosystem during the journey, while avoiding a relatively monotonous part of the route along the National Road.
The most scenic sections, including the sandy road south of Porto Covo, the section following Cabo Sardao, and the circular path in Carrapateira, offer breathtaking vistas for biking enthusiasts. Explore picturesque villages like Porto Covo, Aljezur, Azenha, and Odeceixe, along with favored beaches such as Praia da Amoreira and Odeceixe.

Costa Vicentina is the most natural part of the Portuguese coast. Cycling lanes are scarce along the way. Instead, we share the road with traffic and mostly ride on broad and easily navigable sand roads. However, some parts may challenge even experienced cyclists. Traffic on the roads is usually calm, but between Troia – Sines and around Milfontes, some major roads are unavoidable.

Between Porto Covo and Sagres, marked long-distance routes in various colors await, guiding bikers on their journey. The blue/green route, known for its scenic hiking trails, diverges from the cycling path, primarily suitable for hikers. For bikers, we recommend following the green/blue route for a more suitable biking experience.

Crossing numerous river valleys, sharing the road with traffic, navigating sandy routes, and coping with summer heat turn this route into a moderately challenging ride. Even without extensive uphill and downhill sections, safe cycling and good bike control are necessary.

For the coastal route, we recommend our

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Some of the route’s most exceptional highlights are inaccessible by road bikes and require good skills on gravel bikes, especially if you’re riding with luggage. For road and gravel bikers, we suggest combining the coast with the quieter interior for a diverse biking experience.

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We work out customized packages, personalized for your wishes and requirements.

Our most requested tour are a 5 days trip from Santiago de Cacem to Sagres and a a 7 days trip connecting the regions of Serra de Arrabida with Costa Vicentina.

We can provide a wide range of services on request

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  • Hotel Reservations
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Start to finish luggage transfer
  • Support Car for bigger groups
  • Airport transfers
  • Private transfer to the start point

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Costa Vicentina boasts a mild maritime climate, offering favorable biking conditions almost year-round. The best time for bike travelers is spring and autumn, from April to June and September to October. These months offer pleasant temperatures averaging 20-30°C, ideal for exploring the rugged coastline and countryside. Summer, though warmer, sees temperatures up to 37°C, attracting more tourists but still suitable for biking. Winter can be wet and cooler, better suited for those who enjoy fewer crowds and are prepared for occasional rain.

The wind along Costa Vicentina tends to be pretty strong, mainly coming from the northwest. When biking south along the coast, you’ll often catch a helpful tailwind. But keep in mind, especially in winter, these winds can get pretty forceful, impacting your ride. Knowing which way the wind blows is essential for a smoother biking trip along this beautiful coastline.

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Our favorite Stages

Aljezur - Sagres

From the village of Odeceixe we head down the river valley to Praia de Odeceixe, one of Portugals most pretties. At the mouth of the river we face two uphills and we ride flat through the fields and the ancient water channels until we arrive the river valley of Aljezur at Praia de Amoreira.

The stage is quite short and the weather mostly good, best conditions for a stay at this beach a bit out of the crowed. Following the calm river valley for a while, we reach the historically significant town Aljezur, crowned by the ruins of a Moorish castle from the 10th century. Get some rest, load some energy in Aljezur; the toughest uphills of our journey is waiting: The steep way up to the castle and over to Monte Clerico. Once we reach the top, only a relaxed forest road with little ups and down leads us to the remote villages of Algarve.

Lisbon - Lagos

Odexeice - Aljezur

From the village of Odeceixe we head down the river valley to Praia de Odeceixe, one of Portugals most pretties. At the mouth of the river we face two uphills and we ride flat through the fields and the ancient water channels until we arrive the river valley of Aljezur at Praia de Amoreira.

The stage is quite short and the weather mostly good, best conditions for a stay at this beach a bit out of the crowed. Following the calm river valley for a while, we reach the historically significant town Aljezur, crowned by the ruins of a Moorish castle from the 10th century. Get some rest, load some energy in Aljezur; the toughest uphills of our journey is waiting: The steep way up to the castle and over to Monte Clerico. Once we reach the top, only a relaxed forest road with little ups and down leads us to the remote villages of Algarve.

Algarve & Alentejo by Bike

Milfontes - Odeceixe

Asphalted roads lead us through the large berry and vegetable farms until the lonesome light house of Cabo Sardao. Huge cliffs and beautiful beaches: The sandy panorama road to Zambujeira do Mar, the beaches of Zambujeira, Carvalhal and Azenhas do Mar are the heard of Costa Vicentina!
Along the water channels we cross the fields for a few km, always with the option of heading to the street if you don’t feel comfortable along the water.
A bit a bumpy road leads us down to the river valley of Rio Seixe. On the bridge over the river, we also cross the border to the Algarve region.

Porto Covo by Bike

Santiago - Milfontes

Away from the coast, today’s stage allows us to immerse into the rural and laid-back interior of Alentejo. Horse breeding farms and cork farmers form the landscape. The famous porco preto enjoys the acorns and the shadow of Alentejo’s wide cork forests.
Mid of the this stage we reach the coast again near the picturesque blue-and-white coastal town Porto Covo. With the coast on our left we are on the straight way to the south now and finish this day 15km later at a manor near the pretty beach town Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Mid of the this sage we reach the coast again near the picturesque blue-and-white coastal town Porto Covo. In Porto Covo we go on sand roads southwards along the coast. We pass by the small island Ilha do Pessegueiro and finally reach Vila Nova de Milfontes.

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Embark on a breathtaking adventure between Lisbon and the Algarve and experience the mesmerizing Costa Vicentina like never before. Our self-guided holiday packages take you to the most enchanting destinations, tailored just for you. Unleash your wanderlust and create unforgettable memories.