Alentejo & Algarve

Costa Vicentina

Sunny & Wild – Portugal’s South west

From the Portugal’s capital Lisbon to Lagos at the Western Algarve: A journey to remote beaches, through picturesque villages and beautiful nature. Lisbon to Lagos might be the most classic of all bike holidays in Portugal; and there’s a reason why.

The views from the cliffs, the paths along the unique Costa Vicentina, Mediterranean climate and the quickly changing ecosystems and landscapes provide perfect conditions for bike travels.

Two different options alow you to customize your trip daily. 

With many off-road sections, some entiring sand roads and stages with up to 80k, Costa Vicentina is recommended to intermediate cyclists and ambitious beginners with good base condition.

Our Route

Route Details

Beginners & Intermediate MTB Travels

Daily Baggage Transfer
Daily 2 route options

Total distance: 340 – 390 km (Ø 55km)
Total elevation gain: 3400 – 3800m (Ø 520m)

Terrain: 50- 60% side roads, 5-10% major roads, 30-40% gravel

Lisbon - Setubal
National Park Serra da Arrabida

Version A: 43km – 850m elevation gain
60% paved roads, 40% unpaved roads

Version B: 45km – 720m elevation gain
60% paved roads, 40% unpaved roads

Serra da Arrabida is our first stage. The mountain crest is already visible from Lisbon and at the northern foot of the hill we find the end of Lisbon’s city rush. By train we go to the village Palmela, an historic town, crowned by a massive castle. Here we start on mixed paved and unpaved side roads through shady cork forests and wine yards. After a while we start to climb steadily. Vegetation changes; the cork trees and wine yards make place for the dense green bushes of the Natural Park. When suddently the road turns around and opens for a breathtaking view to the endless ocean and the white sand beaches of Troia.

This is where our two options divide today. Left we continua uphill on a tough but impressive panorama road with a stunning view up to 100km all along the coast.
Right we roll down to the famous Praias da Arrabida: Portinho da Arrabida, Praia de Galapos and Praia da Figueirinha. Shortly before we reach Setubal both ways meet each other again at our first campsite directly on the ocean.

Setubal - Comporta
Ecosystem Rio Sado

Version A: 75km – 480m elevation gain
60% unpaved roads, 15%sandy roads, 25% asphalt

Version B: 45km – 260m elevation gain
30% unpaved roads, 70% asphalt

The second day starts with a ferry to cross Rio Sado to the dunes of Troia and the Natural Park Estuario do Rio Sado. Nativ flora of the dunes is one of the best preserved areas along the Portuguese coast. At the peninsula of Troia and in the river delta several rare species are home. Crabs, shells and frogs create a paradise for storks, hawks and ducks and hundreds of species of birds. On dirt roads we cross the fertil rice fields and see the famous stilt piers of Comporta.

This is where our two options device again.

Spend more time in the village of Comporta or at the beaches and soon you find todays destionation.

The long version follows all the way up the river delta to the old trader town Alcacer do Sal. From here southwards we reach teh finish line through the endless wine yards.

A remote winery opens the gates for us tonight. After a visit of the winery and destillery and the obvious wine tasting a 3 dishes menu and a bed in the middle of the wineyard awaits us.

Comporta - Porto Covo
Alentejo Countryside

Version A: 65km – 860m elevation gain
60% asphalt, 35% dirt road, 10% sand roads

Version A: 70km – 700m elevation gain
80% asphalt, 15% dirt road, 5% sand roads

The third day leads us along some more and less busy roads in the morning to the province town Santiago de Cacem. We reach Santiago for lunch. Again we can decide between two routes, which today both leads through the sandy cork and fine forests of the Alentejo, just that the easier is sticked more on the road ans skips some sandy parts.

Both routes get back together at the pretty artificial lake Barragem Morgavel. The white dunes around the lake indicate that the coast isn’t far anymore. Shortly later we reach the ocean near the cozy blue-white beach town Porto Covo.
Near Porto Covo is waiting one last uphill for us before our third stage ends at a horse farm in walking distance to the sea near the island Ilha do Pesseguero.

Porto Covo - Zambujeira
Costa Vicentina North

51km – 450m elevation gain
50% asphalt, 40% easy sand roads, 5% difficult sand roads, 5% cycling lane

In Porto Covo we reached the well-known Costa Vicentina. This stage is relatively short and absolutely worth to do, what is why there is no short option for this day.

The morning leads us on dirt and sand and asphalted roads through the typical fruit plantations of the region. After about 20km we reach Vila Nova de Milfontes at the bay of Rio Mira. This may invite for a for a first stop of the day. Another 10km later we reach the lonesome lighthouse of Cabo Sardao and the natural highlights of the day. A spectacular sand road leads along the cliffs almost all the way to the coastal town Zambujeiro do Mar.
South of Zambujeira our way still leads us up and down to the beaches of Zambujeira and Carvalhal before we find our next campsite. An old farm house high over the ocean which offers campsites with ocean view and all touristic comfort without loosing the rural origin.

Zambujeira - Aljezur
Costa Vicentina

Version A: 50km – 500m elevation gain
50% asphalt, 25% unpaved roads, 15% sand roads, 10% flat single trails

Version B: 44km – 460m elevation gain
70% asphalt, 20% unpaved roads, 10% sand roads

The morning of the fifth stage brings us on paved and unpaved roads to Praia de Odiceixe, one of the most pretty beaches of Costa Vicentina.

South of the the beach we have to climb steep from the river valley before our two options devide again.

The longer option goes all the way out to the next river delta and the remote beach of Praia de Amoreira before it follows up the river to the arabic look-a-like old town of Aljezur.

The shorter option meanwhile goes straight to Aljezur to spare some time and energy, as this will be needed. South of Aljezur is waiting the toughest uphill of our travel. After a long climb we slowly start to roll down in direction to the ocean again.

But we will only reach the Atlantic the next day. Today we end up at a freshly renovated farm house where once again dinner is included in the travel price.

Aljezur - Vila do Bispo
Cabo Sao Vicente & Europe’s West End

Version A: 75km – 650m elevation gain
40% asphalt, 40% unpaved roads, 20% sand roads

Version B: 72km – 570m elevation gain
70% asphalt, 25% unpaved roads, 5% sand roads

 Our second last day is packed with highlights. The effort of the sharp uphill the evening before, allows us to roll down to the ocean for several kilometers to Carrapateira. An impressive panorama road surrounds the surfer and fisher village. Maybe it’s one of the best views of the coutry!

In the afternoon we arrive at Cabo Sao Vicente, the south-west end of Europe. The wild cliffs and the rough Atlantic waives are breathtaking, just as much as the wind. The wind is a massive factor on this stage and might decide if you now choose the easier option along the road or the tougher through the Algarve hills. About an hour later we reach the village Vila do Bispo and shortly later our last campsite: A beautiful and carefully maintained sustainable camping near the beaches of Figueira and Salema.

Vila do Bispo - Lagos
Western Algarve

Version A: 30km – 420m elevation gain
60% asphalt, 40% unpaved roads and sand roads

Version B: 23km – 260m elevation gain
90% asphalt, 10% unpaved roads and sand roads

Our last stage is a very easy one and gives enough time to discover the city of Lagos or relax on the beaches. On the way from the west we pass by the most beautiful sides of Lagos such as the pretty beaches of Barracao and the famous rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Our way leads us directly through the old town to the port of Lagos, our finish line after almost 400km by bike!

For our last night we got a cosy pension in the city center of Lagos to enjoy the last night of this journey. Time to take a shower and find a last and well deserved dinner in the alleys of the historic city center.

Glamping Holidays

Nature experiences maybe the most existential of a bike trip. This is why we created our unique glamping concept for our Costa Vicentina Travel.

Togehter with our partners Camp & Glamp we provide unique accommodations off the beaten track and deep inside the Portuguese county life.

Glamping

Nature based holidays far away from the crowds? Nothing more easy than this! Our spacious 4x4m tents allow us to offer you accommodations far away from the usual and off the beaten track.

With more than 2m of height, comfortable 1.6x2m airbeds and a complete Black-Out-System you won‘t miss the comfort of an hotel.

Rural Stays

What is more Portuguese than a winery? What is more typically for Costa Vicentina than the brise of the ocean and the sound of the waives in the evening? We got some real highlights selected for you. We stay in remote wine yards on horse and fruit farms

Guesthouses

Only when it comes to the lively cities of Lisbon and Lagos we want to be in the heart of the city.

Therefore we carefully selected cosy, private run guesthouses to enjoy the city life the best.

Our Services

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Bike Guide

Our guides speak fluently English, German and Portuguese and know the coast inside out!

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Snacks & Water

Our guides always provide quick bite, some fruits or a local snack and water to keep your energy up all day long.

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GPS Guide

We provide modern Garmin GPS divices with Portugal maps and GPS trails. For your comfort you can daily choose between two different routes depend on your biking mood.

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Baggage Transfer

We transfer 2 of your bags daily to your accommodation. Furthermore we can carry more luggage to your final destination on request.

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Rental Bike 29"

Price includes our Travel Bikes: modern 29” mountain bikes with a comfortable touring setup, equipped with details such as a rear rack, bell, ergonomic grips, lifted handlebars, bottle holder, integrated lock and many more.
E-Bikes are available on request.

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Roadbook pdf

Before your journey we will send you a  roadbook with detailed descriptions of all stages and all other information you might need to prepare your holidays.

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Assistance 24h/day

During your journey we are always available by phone or message. We care that your journey runs smooth from start to finish. Self-guided and individual travels are not accompanied by a van, but thanks to our local partners we can help to resolve any trouble along the way.

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Guest transfers

Along the way from Lisbon to Lagos we will use 2 ferry crossings and 1 short train ride. The tickets are included and you will receive the tickets together with your bike.
Airport transfers or any other transfers before or after our travel is explicitly not included.

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8 nights (Camping)

Our Costa Vicentina is a Camping & Glamping journey. We sleep 6 nights open air at farms or campsites. Standardwise we sleep in quality camping tents like Salewa or MSR. Optionally Glamping arrangements are available.

Only in Lisbon and Lagos we stay in  2 guesthouses to enjoy the lively cities the most.

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Upgrade Glamping

For more comfort we got spacious Glamping tents with all comfort available. Find more details at our partner’s website Camp & Glamp

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2 Dinner and 4 Breakfasts

Some of our accommodations are quite remote. At two of them ain’t any good restaurants nearby. This is why we decided to organize and include dinner and breakfast in Comporta & Aljezur. Drinks are not included.
Also at our guesthouse in Lagos and Lisbon breakfast is included.

All other meals is explicitly not included. Vegetarian diet is available. Please inform us about special requests in advance to make sure that your hunger can be satisfied everyday

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E-Bikes

E-Bikes with 4200Ahm and 4.2W are available on request.

Price per bike 100,-

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self-guided
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Luggage Transfer X
8 Nights
2 Ferry Tickets
local guide
ENG/PT/DE
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Garmin GPS with trail map X
Roadbook as pdf
Water and Snacks X X
Camping Equipment X
Glamping Equipment X
4 Breakfasts X
2 Dinner X
E-Bikes
Additional nights Lisbon or Lagos

 

Dates & Prices

Guided Travels

1.200,-

per person in a group of 4*

Minimum Particpants:   2
Maximum Participants: 6

Prices
1 guest 1.400,-
2 guests 1.400,-
3 guests 1.200,-
4 guests 1.200,-
5 guests 1.200,-
6 guests 1.100,-

 ∗ Final group size will be communicated to the guest 30 days before departure. If the number of 4 guests is not reached at this point, you got the full right to (1) pay the price difference, (2) cancel free of charge or (3) transform reservation into a self-guided travel according to self-guide prices and conditions.

Dates

Start: Saturday evening in Lisbon
Finish: Sunday morning in Lagos

10.04. – 17.04.
08.05. – 15.05.
05.06. – 12.06.
03.07. – 10.07.
31.07. – 07.08.
28.08. – 04.09.
25.09. – 02.10.
23.10. – 30.10.

Included Services
  • Local Guide ENG / DE / PT
  • 2 Nights in Guesthouses
  • 6 Nights in Camping Tents
  • Travel MTB Rental Bike with panniers
  • Baggage Transfer
  • 2 Dinner & 4 Breakfasts
  • Train & Ferry Tickets
  • Detailed Roadbook for every day
Optional Services
  • E-Bike 100,-
  • Extra night Lagos or Lisbon 45,-
  • Individual Accommodation 120,-
  • Private or Public transfer from Lagos on request

Self-Guided Travels

780,-

per person for 2 guests*

Minimum Particpants:   1

Prices
1 guest 990,-
2 guests 780,-
3 guests 760,-
4 guests 720,-
5 guests 700,-
6 guests 700,-

 

Dates

Start: Saturday evening in Lisbon
Finish: Sunday morning in Lagos

27.03. – 04.04.2021
10.04. – 17.04. 2021
24.04. – 01.05.2021
08.05. – 15.05.2021
22.05. – 29.05.2021
05.06. – 12.06.2021
19.06. – 26.06.2021
03.07. – 10.07.2021
17.07. – 24.072021
31.07. – 07.08.2021
14.08. – 20.08.2021
28.08. – 04.09.2021
11.09. – 16.09.2021
25.09. – 02.10.2021
09.10. – 16.10.2021
23.10. – 30.10.2021
06.10. – 13.11.2021

Included Services
  • Garmin GPS Device with GPS Track
  • 2 Nights in Guesthouses
  • 6 Nights in Camping Tents
  • Travel MTB Rental Bike with panniers
  • Baggage Transfer
  • Ferry & Train Tickets
  • Detailed Roadbook for every day
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Optional Services
  • E-Bike 100,-
  • Extra night Lagos or Lisbon 45,-
  • Individual Accommodation 120,-
  • Private or Public transfer from Lagos on request
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