Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour
Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

7 days

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Pedal Portugal’s southern coast on this 7-day self-guided cycling adventure

Discover why Portugal’s Algarve holds such a special place in so many travellers’ hearts on the 7-day self-guided Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour.

This mesmerizing cycling holiday on Portugal’s southern coast invites cyclists to explore breathtaking landscapes, setting out from the Alentejo region and heading south along the Algarve coast. The beautiful Mediterranean climate, along with peaceful quiet roads, affords cyclists the opportunity to truly appreciate the remarkable landscapes before them, soaking up every encounter with nature and enjoying a ride at their own pace.

A perfect balance is struck between pleasant day rides and relaxing evenings in authentic Portuguese villages and cities, where the freshest seafood and elegant local wines will make your evenings as unforgettable as your days. The marvellous route will take you through the towns of Maria Vinagre, Rogil, Zambujeira, Carrapateira, and many more. Overnight stays in comfortable accommodations in Odeceixe, Aljezur and Pedralva, (all with swimming pools!) will ensure you stay well-rested during the tour and ready to seize each exciting day on the bike.

A thrilling off-road adventure in the Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is a highlight of the trip, where you’ll follow the Rota Vicentina along vibrant flowerbeds, dramatic cliffs, wild beaches, and charming villages.

Prepare to fall in love with Portugal as you dive headfirst on two wheels into the natural landscapes, culture and fabulous food and wine of Alentejo and the Algarve.

Highlights of the Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

Revel in the freedom of the open road as you pedal your way from Alentejo to the Algarve on quiet scenic roads.
Enjoy picturesque routes flanked by beaches, dunes, cliffs and Portuguese hinterland.
Cycle off-road through the Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, catching endless thrills along the way.
Indulge in spectacular local cuisine, savoring the rich flavors of the Algarve, known for its exceptional seafood and excellent wine.

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7 days
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Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

Day 1 Arrive

A private transfer will greet you at the airport and take you to your first accommodations in Odeceixe, situated in the region of Alentejo on the beautiful Seixe River.

Your stay in one of the historic village’s authentic houses (converted into a hotel) will give you your first taste of authentic Portuguese culture, no doubt leaving you charmed.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Odeceixe
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Cycle the Beautiful Beaches of Odeceixe, Carvalhal, and Zambujeira

Today’s pleasant route will afford you plenty of time to explore the area as you cycle a gorgeous route past the beaches of Odeceixe, Carvalhal, and Zambujeira. A lovely plateau dotted with greenhouses and pastoral fields will also grace the trail, making for a wonderfully scenic introduction to the area.

Enjoy lunch in Zambujeira, a small fishing village known for its delicious fish (surprise, surprise!).
Overnight Location: Hotel in Odeceixe
Distance: 33–40km, 500–585m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle Inland along the Odeceixe River to Aljezur

Your first ride inland takes you on gravel tracks along the scenic banks of the Odeceixe River, alongside lovely farms and holm oak woods.

The route unfolds along quiet tarmac roads through a peaceful rural area as you pedal through the villages of Maria Vinagre and Rogil, bound for the coast.

A sandy track will then lead you on a descent to Amoreira beach, a perfect place to stop for lunch, before continuing the final leg of today’s journey to Aljezur.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aljezur
Distance: 31km, 475m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Explore Aljezur Castle and the Beaches of Monte Clérigo and Arrifana

Today, there are two route options to choose from for the first section of the ride.

Option 1:
Enjoy an exhilarating steep ascent to the Aljezur Castle, continuing a circular route via the beaches of Monte Clérigo and Arrifana.

Option 2:
Enjoy an exhilarating ascent to the Aljezur castle, continuing through shady pine forests to the village of Carrapateira.

Both routes lead to a clifftop lookout, where views of the Costa Vicentina will take your breath away. A descent then guides you through the dunes of Bordeira, to Carrapateira, where you’ll find a myriad of neat shops and restaurants to peruse.

A final 10 kilometres in the saddle will take you through a tranquil rural valley from Vilarinho to Pedralva, your welcoming home base for the next three nights.
Overnight Location: Hotel Pedralva
Distance: 29–41km, 500–775m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle a Scenic Circuit from Pedralva

A lovely route has you descending through charming rural scenery as you cycle to the village of Carrapateira. Loved by tourists, surfers, and fishers, Carrapateira is home to many interesting sights, like the Museo do Mar e da Terra, a fascinating ethnographic museum.

Carrapateira is also home to a spectacular stretch of coast, and you’ll trace it, visiting two pristine beaches along the way. Sandy tracks pave your way through the hills as you then return to Pedralva.
Overnight Location: Hotel Pedralva
Distance: 21–23km, 335m of ascent, 335m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle to Cape Sao Vicente, Vila do Bispo, and Sagres

With your gaze fixed on today’s destination of Cape Sap Vicente, Portugal’s southernmost tip, you’ll ascend through fragrant pine and eucalyptus forests, whizzing past a modern windfarm on the way to Vila do Bispo.

A flat and pleasant ride then takes you across the plain toward the cape, where you can enjoy refreshments at the cool café nestled below the lighthouse.

Spectacular cliffs accompany you the rest of the ride as you cycle to Sagres, where you will return your bike and take a private transfer back to Pedralva.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pedralva
Distance: 36km, 255m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Depart

After breakfast, your cycling tour will come to an end. Pack up, check out, and head back to the airport to depart, taking with you a week’s worth of unforgettable memories on the bike. Tchau!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Alentejo and the Algarve Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour in Portugal is run as a custom tour, and the price per person depends on the time of year and how many people are in your group.

The best time to travel to Portugal for this cycling adventure is spring or fall, but you can visit the southern coast year-round. The summer is wonderful, but it draws the most tourist. This tour is available every month of the year.

Private Self-Guided Alentejo and the Algarve Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

Departures from January 1st to February 28th:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,025 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $950 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $625 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595 USD

Departures from March 1st May 24th:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,295 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,075 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $695 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650 USD

Departures from May 25th to June 24th:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $725 USD

Departures from June 25th to August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,675 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,475 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850 USD

Departures from September 1st to 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $725 USD

Departures from October 1st to 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,295 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,075 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $695 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650 USD

Departures from November 1st to December 19th:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,025 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $950 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $625 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595 USD

Departures from December 20th to 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller in a single room: $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $725 USD
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Accommodation on the Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

This tour is based on 3-star to 4.5-star hotels. The hotels offer comfortable rooms and are well located. All three hotels on the tour have swimming pools available for guests to use and modern amenities. Rooms are double or triple occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a single room, please check Dates and Prices, where all the single supplements are included in the final prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Casas do Moinho in Odeceixe ★★★★

Guests will enjoy an authentic experience at these converted houses in a typical Portuguese hamlet near the beautiful windmill of Odeceixe.

Vicentina Aparthotel in Aljezur ★★★

This hotel straddles the border between Aljezur’s old quarter and its modern town. Guests will enjoy their stay in apartments that boast a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Aldeia da Pedralva in Pedralva ★★★★★

Historic houses have been converted into beautiful accommodations, brimming with personality and authentic charm.

What’s included in the Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

A private transfer from Sagres to Pedralva is included on Day 6. Luggage transfer between accommodations on Day 3 and 4 is included on this tour. A transfer from Faro Airport (FAO) to the start point in Odeceixe on Day 1 is included only for those who rented a bike during the booking process.

Also Included

  • GPS maps (GPS available for rental)
  • Table reservations for dinner on Day 1 and Day 4 (meals are not included)
  • 24/7 mobile assistance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • International flights
  • Airport transfer on Day 7
  • Airport transfer on Day 1 (if you opt out of bike rental)
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Personal equipment (GPS/side bags)

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Mountain bike: $150 USD
    • E-Bike (mountain): $275 USD
    • Childs Bike: $75 USD
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities and excursions
  • Single room supplements
  • Additional nights before or after tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Alentejo and the Algarve Cycling Tour

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 2 / 5. You can expect gentle hills involving short climbs up the gravel paths of up to 200 metres. Daily distances range from 20 to 40 kilometres with plenty of opportunities for breaks. You should be comfortable riding a bike and used to riding these distances.

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