Cycling Trip Highlights
  • Portugal’s beautiful west coast overlooking the Atlantic
  • Charming villages with local food and incredible wines
  • Ride on dirt tracks and tarmac paths in the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park
  • Spectacular sun drenched coast
Book your cycling holiday in Portugal with us – 7 nights from£610.00
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Self Guided Cycling Holiday in the Algarve and Alentejo

A fully-flexible cycling holiday in Portugal

What we love About your Algarve and and Alentejo cycling holiday

We love...Cycling in the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina National Park
Your trip begins in the far south-west of Portugal. From here you'll begin to explore the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina National Park, a haven for all kinds of cyclists and one of the most stunning national parks in Europe.
We love...Fully flexible cycling on traffic free roads
How and where you ride is completely up to you but rest assured you will be on quiet, traffic-free roads. With options for dirt tracks, hidden trails, smooth tarmac roads and more, you'll be able to cycle wherever you like in this incredible region of Portugal.
We love...300 Days of Sunshine a Year
There is never a bad time to visit Portugal as it offers over 300 days of sunshine a year. The autumn months of September and October are a great time to visit. If you’re looking for some temperate winter sunshine, a warm Spring or Autumn cycle or a hot summer, this area rarely lets you down.

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Our suggested cycling holiday in Portugal

Day by Day

Day 1Arrive in Aldeia da Pedralva

Fly into Faro Airport and on the train or ask us for a transfer to your first hotel in Vila do Bispo. With an indoor pool and sauna, this is a great place to relax following your journey. This afternoon, we suggest strolling around the village and eating at one of the restaurants in the charming village.

Day 2Sagres to Aldeia da Pedralva
Total distance34km

This morning, we will take you to the Fort of Sagres. Here, you will pick up your bikes and begin your cycling adventure. The bike will be set up for you upon arrival so you should be set to get going straight away. Ride to the old Fort or to one of the many beaches in Sagres before you continue onto Pedralva. Cycle alongside tarmac roads with views towards the stunning Cape San Vincente, the most south-western point in Europe before continuing north through vibrant fields into the village of Vila do Bispo. Ride on through eucalyptus forests and windmills before arriving at your destination for the night in Pedralva.

Day 3Loop ride to Praia do Amodo from Aldeia da Pedralva
Total distance23km

Today is a short 25km on the bike. Begin with a gradual descent into the village of Carrapteira and take in the mix of tourists, surfers, fisherman and locals that come together in the central square. One of our favourite places to visit is the ethnographic museum ‘Museo do Mar e da Terra’. Spend some time here before joining up on the tarmac and gravel roads towards the Carrapateira coast. The abundance of beaches makes this a special place to ride and, if you visit during the summer, you can take part in the surfing lessons at the Praia do Amodo. Begin your return along dirt roads through the untouched hills. You will encounter one steep hill on the dirt road but this is the only challenging section on an otherwise relaxing and scenic ride back to your hotel. If you’d rather ride on tarmac, the route is only very slightly longer.

Day 4Aldeia da Pedralva to Aljezur
Total distance30km

Your day will begin with a steady 10km made up of a mix of descending and flat terrain. Stop in Bordeira, a pleasant village with a charming central pub, before you begin on a steep climb through open meadows and pine trees. Following 27km on the bike, you’ll then have the choice to add an extra 15km to your day by riding to the beach of Monte Clerigo. If you choose not to ride the optional 15km, descend into Aljezur where you will spend the night. This is a quintessentially Portuguese village. Explore the narrow valleys and castle ruins before finding somewhere to sit and enjoy a meal in the warm evening sun.

Your hotel tonight is a modern complex with a swimming pool. Your ride will be 45km today if you choose to jump onto the extended route or 30km if not.

Day 5Aljezur to Zambujeira do Mar via Odeceixe
Total distance38km

Today begins once again with a scenic ride to the coast where the Praia Amoreira awaits. After a stop here, ride past Rogil and across the vast natural landscape made up of heather and pine groves. Stop for a coffee before jumping onto the ‘Historic Trail’. You can choose to ride along the Tarmac or on dirt tracks as you enter the authentic village of Odeceixe. Rest up here before cycling over the Algarve and Alentejo border. The last section of your day will be over farming country and into the town of Zambujeira where you will spend the night. If you have time, head down to the popular local beach, take a dip in the water and bathe in the sun.

Day 6Loop ride from Zambujeira
Total distance47km

It is up to you how you spend your day. If you’d like to spend a bit of time on the beach in the afternoon, you can enjoy a flat
32km agricultural ride in the morning between Zambujeira and San Teutonio. However, we recommend you spend a bit longer on the bike and ride to Odemira as you’ll get to experience the contrasting landscapes of the region. Along the banks of the rivers Mira and San Teutonio, you’ll get to observe the lively homes of otters, an exciting spectacle. Continue along wide dirt roads on the ‘Historical Trail’ through the countryside and amongst vibrant flower beds.

Today you will ride 47km however, for a short ride and to spend more time on the beach, there is an option of a 32km route.

Day 7Zambujeira to Aljezur
Total distance35km

Your ride today will take you back to Aljezur on a route inland from the coast. Ride through flowerbeds and farmlands before a steep descent to the bridge of Odeceixe. Cross the bridge and ride alongside the river on quiet gravel roads through the Mediterranean forests. Climb 100m in 1km before returning once again to the plateau of Rogil on the way back to Aljezur. You will hardly have to pedal along the final stretch of this route.

There is an option at the end of the day to drive to the Praia do Amoreiro and take in the incredible sunset once more before your trip ends tomorrow.

Day 8Depart from Aljezur

Your Algarve and Alentejo cycling holiday will come to an end today. Transfer back to Faro Aiport if you are returning home. If you wish to extend your trip at this, or any other, point just let our cycling experience team know.

Key Stats

8day holiday
Or tailor your trip
32km avg
Expect to ride an average of 32km a day

How's the Weather? in Algarve

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding. The weather gets progressively warmer into May and June.
The SummerJune to August
The Algarve and Alentejo regions are hot in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze on the coast so you can enjoy some excellent coastal cycling in the summer.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in the Algarve and Alentejo regions. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter can become quite wet, especially in December, however temperatures are still good for cycling.

What to ExpectFrom stunning coastal rides to glorious sunshine

Your cycling holiday meanders the tranquil west coast beaches where the only noise comes from waves lapping at the shore. Ride amongst pine trees, vibrant meadows and silent farmlands with a visit each evening to a lively and beautiful town in the Algarve/Alentejo regions. Make sure to spend time relaxing on the beaches and even try some surfing. The Algarve beaches are some of the most popular for surfers in Europe. This is the perfect cycling tour of Portugal’s west coast and can be tailored to all riders, ages and abilities.

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