Taste the Coast: Cycling in Portugal

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Daily Tour 8 days Availability: 2019-04-30
Lisbon, Portugal Portugal

On this food and cycling adventure we journey south from Lisbon, through wild coastal landscapes to the remote south-westerly corner of Europe. From the cobbled streets of Lisbon we follow the Caparica coast to the rolling hills of Arrabida Natural Park. Further south we cycle through the Costa Vicentina – Europe’s largest coastal natural par.. Never far from the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of chances to have a swim or sample the seafood.

After a long day of cycling you can enjoy a fantastic meal of fresh seafood and homegrown vegetables from the region.

From beginners to expert cyclists, cycling the coastline in Portugal is the perfect mix of coastal tracks with spectacular scenery and backroads with lush green landscapes. Discover hidden treasures at Arrabida’s natural park along the way and keep a close eye out for dolphins. Don’t forget your swimsuit as you pass by the beautiful beaches of São Torpes, Porto Côvo and trully.

Lisbon to Sagres

Day 1 – Arrival Lisbon

Enjoy the glamour, history and vibrant culture of Lisbon city. (along with travel pack we provide tips for Lisbon visits).

Visit “Alfama” is one of our recommendation to find special views, history, culture and tradition in the most typical neighborhood of Lisbon.

(Extra nights available before tour starts)

Day 2 – Lisboa to Costa da Caparica – (21km)

Having relaxing time to enjoy the city, The journey start´s cycling along the Tejo River, a unique area offering leisure fun and culture: from Parque das Nações, along the riverfront, passing Praça do Comércio – Lisbon’s most iconic square. The way to Belém is perfect to enjoy the architecture, variety of museums, monuments, gardens, cafés and restaurants, and is also nice to taste the pastéis de Belém – Lisbon’s world famous egg tart pastries.
You will leave Lisbon In Belém, taking a ferry boat to Trafaria and have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful view over Lisbon and reach Trafaria.

Day 3 – Costa da Caparica to Setúbal – (59km)

A day full of nature and adventure, with plenty to see and feel. We highlight the Arrábida Natural Park, in the north shore of the Sado River. Crossing the Arrábida hills, not missing two of the park’s famous beaches – Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha, or the panoramic view of the two beaches at the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida. The overnight will be in Setúbal, a city with many points of interest. We recommend you to visit the fish market do Livramento, which In 2015 was considered one of the most famous fish markets in the world.

Day 4 – Setúbal to Sines – (76km)

The Cycling stage start with a ferry boat trip through the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve, where usually the ferries users are welcomed by the resident population of bottlenose dolphins. A rare phenomenon in the worldwide and unique in Portugal. This biologically rich area have also more than 250 avian species that can been seen during your boat trip. Sado Region is also characterized by the number of rice fields under cultivation. After landing, the cycling journey starts in the peninsula of Troia, great beach, beautiful landscape of the Arrábida Hills. The Roman ruins from 1st century can be visited on the way to Sines.

Now in the Alentejo, a stunning region mostly flat. The plains full of wildflowers, sunflowers, vineyards and admirable beaches with crystalline waters and endless sandy areas. Some of these beaches are among the best ones in the country. The Alentejo villages are characterized by the whitewashed houses and the cities with great charm and rich history. The legacy from past times and civilizations, can be seen in its rich inheritance it houses impressive castles, Visigothic churches, Roman constructions fragments and even Paleolithic engravings. The prehistoric Alentejo was an active place and currently it is still possible to see numerous megaliths on it. The traditional cuisine is diverse with meat, fish and seafood, many types of cheese and good Alentejo wines.

Day 5 – Sines to Vila Nova de Mil Fontes – (40km)

The first day at the Southwest and Costa Vicentina Natural Park: the finest preserved stretch of European coastline. It will be a day filled with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, small fishing villages and harbor’s. Portinho do Canal sunset is a great moment to keep in memories.

Day 6 – Vila Nova de Milfontes to Aljezur – (71km)

Second day at Costa Vicentina Natural Park enjoying the peaceful nature with various and unique species of animal and plant life within the beautiful landscapes, marked by high cliffs hiding sandy coves and dunes.
You will reach Aljezur, a small coastal village with typical houses from the rural architecture of the Algarve. At the top of the hill, the castle ramparts with an incredible cascade of houses going down the slope, reminding us the historical past.

Day 7 – Aljezur to Sagres – (63km)

Now at Algarve region and on the last cycling day, has plenty of reasons to enjoy it well. Sagres is one of the most important areas in the Algarve in terms of its exceptionally rich heritage (ranging from the fortress to ancient menhirs). Its significance to world history is tremendous, testified by a wealth of historical events, stories and legends. The high cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters with an exuberant marine life. Visit the light house at St. Vincent Cape and see the beautiful sunset in the southwestern most point of Portugal and Europe is recommend.

Day 8 – Return

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