Costa Vicentina views over the ocean and cliff shhore
Views over the ocean in Arrabida Nature Reserve
Views over fisherman port surrounded by cliffs
Cyclist close to a bay with a beach surrounded by small vegetation in Arrabida, Portugal
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SW Costal Route

Ride and Experience a Peaceful Unspoiled Coastline

Road Self-Guided Bike Tour

Highlights:

  • Nature Reserves of Arrabida, SW Alentejo and Costa Vicentina

  • Bike through fisherman villages and rice paddies

  • Explore pristine white sand beaches and fishing ports

  • Gaze at crushing waves from the top of impressive cliffs

  • Taste fresh fish and seafood

Premium
€ 1,445

Start / End
Lisbon / Lagos

Group Size
Minimum 2 participants

Length
20-73 kms day
327-377 kms total (miles)

Casual
€ 945

Duration
8 days / 7 nights

Tour Dates
Choose what best suits your plans!

Challenge
Moderate with some longer days

Explore more than 200 km of Europe’s westernmost coastline. From Lisbon to Lagos the Atlantic coast varies constantly; only the spectacular views to the never-ending ocean remain the same. The SW Coast is one the most beautiful and untouched coastline in Southern Europe.

Day 1 Ride through Arrabida Nature Reserve
Arrabida slopes offer great views over the Troia Peninsula and the Sado Estuary River with its mud flats, shallow lagoons and salt marshes. Follow to Setubal and taste great fresh fish and seafood. (50km/32m; 75 km/47m)

Day 2 Sado Estuary and its Rice Paddies
Riding along the sea will take through a fishing and rice producer community before reaching the rice paddies of Comporta. You will continue past vineyards and beautiful lagoons before reaching one of Portugal’s major seaport. (73km/45m)

Day 3 Seaside Ridding
Riding a tiny layer of paved road bordering the Atlantic to Porto Covo beaches, where you will enjoy vantage views of this immense blue ocean. Porto Covo is welcoming picturesque small village, with very attractive sand beaches hidden in the cliff shore! (20km/12m)

Day 4 Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve
As you continue South, you will realize that the landscape is changing. The coast will now be dominated by cliffs and the sea will become even more powerful. You will go on quiet back roads, unknown to most people and only popular among fishermen. (54km/33m)

Day 5 Crossing Regions
Leave the Alentejo and enter the Algarve Region to explore some of the wildest areas of the west coat with its deserted beaches much appreciated by surfers. Once in Aljezur you can ride up to the Moorish Castle and enjoy splendid views towards the “Serra de Monchique” and scent the unique rosemary fragrance. (40km/24m)

Day 6 The Sea & the Discoveries
You will have the opportunity to discover beautiful ochre cliffs and attractive sand beaches, before reaching the extreme southwestern tip of the European continent. This area was very dynamic during the Discoveries and it is still maintaining a pleasant ancient look. (52km/32m – optional loop 25k/15m or 15km/9m)

Day 7 Entering the South Coast
You will ride from Sagres towards Lagos along the seacoast, as someone said “it is at least as nice as California best shores” or “even more beautiful than Scotland”. (38km/23m)

Day 8 Departure Day
Lagos is an interesting historical town and you consider to extend your stay to relax at the beach!

They provided bikes, hotels and a self guided tour along the Portuguese coast.

Route was well guided by a pre-programmed GPS along with helpful instructions giving a few optional detours (we took them all).

5 of the 7 hotels were 4 star – two were exceptional.Our bags were transported from hotel to hotel flawlessly.

The route was spectacular – reminiscent of the California Big Sur.

Craig P - WA - USA, TripAdvisor Review

Our Premium and Casual Hotels

Road Self-Guided Bike Tour

All the Hotels are carefully chosen and include exquisite Historical Hotels (Pousadas), Charismatic Inns or Agri-Tourism units, so that you can experience and get to know the best of Portuguese Hospitality Industry.

Premium
€ 1,445

Casual
€ 945

Premium Hotels

Hotel do Sado Setubal

Hotel do Sado

Setúbal
Enjoy the comfort of a modern hotel with the architectural beauty of a XVIII century manor house.

Hotel do Vasco Sines

Hotel D. Vasco

Sines
Away from the busy Port, on a residential area, you can relax by the pool after and long ride

Hotel Porto Covo

Hotel Porto Covo

Porto Covo
Located in the SW Natural Park, this hotel has spacious comfortable apartments and is located close to the beach

Quinta do Sardanita Zambujeira do Mar

Sardanito da Frente

Zambujeira do Mar
A Country House in a 100-hectare estate, featuring salt-water indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a relaxing garden

Monte do Sol Aljezur

Herdade Monte do Sol

Aljezur
A traditional Country House with modern commodities enclosed between the green landscapes with the blue sea as background

Hotel Memmo Baleeira Sagres

Memmo Baleeira

Sagres
This Design Hotel has great views over the sea and the Baleeira harbour. The Spa is equipped with heated indoor pool and sauna

Hotel MArina Club Lagos

Marina Club

Lagos
A Modern Hotel with views to Lagos Marina, the Meia Praia Bay and within walking distance from the old town

Casual Hotels

Hotel Luna Esperanca Setubal

Luna Esperança

Setubal
Located in the town City Centre offering easy access to cyclists and amazing views over the Troia Peninsula

Hotel do Vasco Sines

Hotel D. Vasco

Sines
Away from the busy Port, on a residential area, you can relax by the pool after and long ride

Hotel Porto Covo

Hotel Porto Covo

Porto Covo
Located in the SW Natural Park, this hotel has spacious comfortable apartments and is located close to the beach

Pensao Onda Azul Zambujeira do Mar

Pensão Onda Azul

Zambujeira do Mar
Centrally located, this small inn is run by local people, that will show you true the Portuguese hospitality

Hotel Vale da Telha_Aljezur

Vale da Telha

Aljezur
A small and calm hotel, just 5 km away from the centre of Aljezur and 2 km away from the Arrifana and Monte Clerigo beaches

Hotel Mareta Views Sagres

Mareta View

Sagres
This Boutique Hotel features comfortable rooms, a ocean front garden, sun bathing terrace and easy beach access

Casa da Moura Lagos

Casa da Moura

Lagos
An exquisite 19th century Manor House located within the city walls is a reminder you of the moorish presence in southern Portugal

Our Premium and Casual Inclusions

Road Self-Guided Bike Tour

Available throughout the year for a minimum of 2 Participants, both options are carefully thought to ensure that you will have a memorable tour regardless of your budget!

QUALITY STANDARDS

Premium: € 1,445

  • 7 Nights in Charming Historical Hotels

  • 7 Nourishing Breakfasts

  • Top-notch Bikes & Equipment

  • GPS uploaded with Tour Tracks

  • Daily Luggage Shuttling

  • Optional Lisbon Bike Tour

  • Optional Transfer to Arrabida Area

  • 24h Support Line

  • Favourite Restaurant Suggestions

Casual: € 945

  • 7 Nights in Charming Historical Hotels

  • 7 Nourishing Breakfasts

  • Top-notch Bikes & Equipment

  • GPS uploaded with Tour Tracks

  • 24h Support Line

  • Favourite Restaurant Suggestions

Notes:
Prices are per participant based on double occupancy

Our Self-Guided Tours are available year-round.
Accommodation and prices may vary throughout the year.
Please contact us for Custom-Made Tours

Guest Reviews about this Tour

Road Self-Guided Bike Tour

We had a great time on our bike tour and really enjoyed seeing part of Portugal.  We met a lot of very nice local people and enjoyed a lot of wine, beer and seafood!! Next time you come to the USA, stop by Spokane for a couple of days and we will show you around!

Ron & Barbara Douglas – WA – USA

We had an excellent experience with your company and I wouldn’t hesitate returning next time we visit Portugal.  Everything was perfect – the bikes, the hotels (blew us away) and thank you so much for the delicious fruit and champagne!

Mandy Gilbert – Canada

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