Portugal Atlantic Leisure Cycling Tour

Portugal Atlantic Leisure Cycling Tour

The Atlantic route is a cycling tour that follows the coastline of north central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land.The route starts at Porto City, renowned for its Port wine and wine cellars and is a vibrant city full of history and culture. It is also classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. From the narrow streets and alleys of the old town the route crosses along the coast line of beautiful beach resorts and small towns, giving an insight into the Portuguese culture and way of life. On the way you’ll cross the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve, the Ria de Aveiro and the estuary of the Vouga river, arriving at Aveiro City, Portugal’s “Little Venice” with its channels and moliceiros boats. To the South, the route crosses immense forests of pine trees, stopping at small beaches where you can relax and have a drink, watch the sea and contemplate.

Highlights:

  • Porto city, the old town UNESCO Classified.
  • The Porto wine Cellars.
  • The countryside, dunes and Pine tree forest. 4) The beautiful Ria de Aveiro.
  • Aveiro City, the Portugal Venice.
  • Small beach along the shore line.
  • The Natural Park of the São Jacinto Dunes.
  • Praia da Mira and São Pedro de Moel, small beach towns.
  • Crossing the dunes of Quiaio region.
  • Cape Mondego and its Lighthouse.

 

ACCOMMODATION: Superior | Comfort

DURATION:8 Days | 7 Nights

START | END: V. R. Santo António | Sagres

Season: All year except Summer

TOUR GRADE: Leisurely with two moderate days

DISTANCE: 40-60 km per day

ROUTE: 80% Road | 20% Off road

PROFILE:Mostly paved with off road sections – gravel roads or double roads. We have paved road alternatives for all off road sections.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Welcome at LISBON/FARO airport.

4h / 1h hour drive Vila Real de Santo António.

Vila Real is an interesting old town on the banks of the Guadiana river which forms the border between Spain and Portugal. The town is full of character and not particularly touristy.

Lodging in a 3* Hotel.

Day 2: Bike from Vila Real de Santo António to Tavira (35km, +250m, 40% Off-road).

Your first days of cycling is a gentle run along the Ecovia do Litoral to Tavira, a ride of approximately 28km. Along the way you will pass through the coastal resorts of Monte Gordo and Altura as well as passing by the interesting old coastal town of Cacela Velha, where you have the best view over the “Ria Formosa” Natural Park. Our trail is rolling and we enjoy the Sapal area where we can admire a huge variety of birds. We get to Tavira and we cross the Roman bridge over Gilão river. Tavira is a lovely old town, the most beautiful and typical town of Algarve.

Lodging at Vila Galé Hotel 4*

Day 3: Bike from Tavira to Marco – (37km, +400m, 15% Off-road).

Start this day with a relaxing flat riding along the “Ria”. The views are amazing! Then turn North and leave the Coastal region. From now you will go to the “other” side of Algarve – the rural and typical inland Algarve. You will pass small villages and ride along old roads and rural paths, crossing a vast area of orange trees. The smell is wonderful! You will pass close to “Pego do Inferno” where you can admire the most beautiful waterfall in the Algarve. You will feel landscape changing among the Mediterranean vegetation, and the roads more going up and down.

Lodging at a Rural Hotel.

Day 4: Bike from Marco do Alte – (57km, +1000m, 25% Off-road)

This is a more challenging day in the rolling hills close to the Algarve Mountains, but well worth the effort for the tremendous scenery. Cross a hilly region passing small villages and riding close to streams on valleys with a luxuriant Mediterranean forest! A great choice of roads and trails to get to the lovely hillside village of Alte, famous for its white painted houses and fresh water springs, the year round presence of water in the river adds a certain unique charm, to the village.

Lodging at Alte Hotel 3*.

Day 5: Bike from Alte to Silves (40km, +350m, 25% Off-road)

Another day cycling inland with great views all along the way! We ride along ancient and narrow roads where the landscape mainly shows us carob trees and fig trees. Then we get into a large valley of cork-oak trees. The best of this day is a lovely ride on a road close to the Arade Dam, and then gently cruising down the valley to your destination for the day in the lovely historic town of Silves. It is well worth planning to get here in good time as there is plenty of opportunity for exploration of the castle and the Moorish town.

Lodging at Colina dos Mouros Hotel 3*

Day 6: Bike from Silves to Lagos – (48km, +450m, 15% Off-road).

You leave Silves on asphalt through a valley following Odelouca rivulet. You will cross a rural area and get to another typical village, Odiaxere and ride south straight to the sea! You will reach the sea at an incredible beach “Meia Praia”, a long beach of fine golden sand all along the bay! We will cross a footbridge over the river “Bensafrim” and you will reach the cosmopolitan city

of Lagos. This is one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. You can still see evidence of the wall surrounding the town for protection. Lagos is also an historic centre of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, frequent home of Henry the Navigator, historical shipyard and, at one time, centre of the European slave trade.

Lodging at Lagos Tivoli Hotel 4*

Day 7: Bike from Lagos to Sagres – (59km, +800m, 15% Off-road)

This is quite a challenging days cycling as there are a few hills as the terrain changes as you approach the rugged cliff lined coastline around Sagres and Cape St Vincent. We will follow amazing trails along the coast line to Ponta da Piedade where we can find fantastic sceneries of cliffs, caves and rocks with an amazing mixture of colours! The route continues West and passes through some great scenery and quaint little coastal villages. Once you arrive in Sagres, you have the option of checking into your hotel and then cycling the 6 extra kilometres to the edge of Europe, Cape St Vincent- the south-western-most point of Continental Europe.

Lodging at Sagres in Memmo Baleeira Hotel a 4* new hotel over the sea, surrounded by stunning desert beaches.

Day 8: Departure – Transfer to FARO (1:30h) or LISBON airport (3.30h)

 

Dates & Prices

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON€879

Individual room supplement €149

  • 01.01. – 26.03.
  • 28.10. – 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON €949

Individual room supplement €199

  • 27.03. – 06.04.
  • 16.04. – 26.05.
  • 29.09. – 27.10.

 

HIGH SEASON €1119

Individual room supplement €249

  • 07.04. – 15.04. (Easter)
  • 27.05. – 26.06.
  • 30.08. – 29.08.

 

SPECIAL SEASON €1149

Individual room supplement €339

27.06. – 29.08.

 

OPTIONAL SERVICES

Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 person) €349 per GPS (includes complete Portugal Topographic Map) €75

 

BIKE RENTALS (per person & 6 days cycling)

  • Hybrid Bike €120
  • Electric Bike €240

Call us today for more information:

  • Princes Street 021 4277111
  • Paul Street 021 4278633
  • Ballincollig 021 4871204
  • Midleton 021 4631718
  • Youghal 024 92014

Alternatively email travel@leetravel.ie for more information.

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