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ActivityBikingTastingTourAlgarve Bike Tour: 7 Days

From €2860
Come witness the serpentine ride along the majestic coastal cliffs and you'll understand why Portugal declared a vast portion of its coastline a Natural Park.

Highlights

Discover the wild and beautiful Mediterranean farmland and cork tree forest roads
Cycle along Portugal’s most stunning coast all the way to the Cape of St. Vincent at the tip of the European continent
Shop with us the local ingredients for your picnic at a traditional market
Ride passing pristine beaches, and swim on some
Enjoy the freshest sea bass while overlooking the ocean

Description

Day 1: Ride on a cork forest
Your guides will meet you at 10am at your hotel in Lisbon (or airport terminal), transfer to Grandola (90 min. approx.), and after a coffee and bike fitting ride the quiet road along mediterranean forest hills on your way to Santiago do Cacém.
Learn about the importance of the national tree and the cork tree ecosystem while riding by several of them. Local gastronomy for tonight’s dinner.

Meals: light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Santiago do Cacém
Accomplished: distance 24km, elevation gain: 390 meters
Extended option: 64km, elevation gain: 783 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Santiago



Day 2: From a roman village to the atlantic beaches
After “conquering” Santiago’s castle and paying a visit to the Roman ancestors at their ancient city of Mirobriga, time to ride towards the coast, the sinuous ridge road defines the border between coastal and farm lands, and following a gentle descent, the Porto Covo’s tiny harbour will welcome you with its colorful fishing fleet.
The ride, never too far from the coast, will take you to Vila Nova de Milfontes, on the Atlantic side.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Accomplished: distance: 50km, elevation gain : 337meters
Accommodations: Quinta do Moinho de Vento



Day 3: On the natural park cliffs
Today you’ll ride one of the most stunning coastal roads in Europe with breathtaking views of cliffs and the endless sea.
Pass through fishing villages like Zambujeira do Mar and Almograve. Stop for a picnic lunch overlooking the Atlantic. From here, and for 8 kilometres, the “top of the cliff” perspective adds to the sense of privilege, as if nature quietly revealed a well kept secret.
Expect the unexpected, they say about traveling. So, do not be surprised when you see storks feeding their chicks on the edge of these imposing high cliffs.
This is the right place to understand Platão, the philosopher: there are three types of men: living, dead and the sea men.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations: Odeceixe
Accomplished: 53km , elevation gain 518 meters
Accommodations: Casas do Moinho



Day 4: The top of the algarve
Brief morning transfer (or ride your bike) to Monchique, at the summit (900m/3000ft) the climate is strongly influenced by altitude and the flora acts accordingly.
The Oak and Chestnut trees will keep you company along our loop ride circling the mountain top, in the distance the apex where the south and west coast meet. It is the south-westernmost tip of Europe and tomorrow’s final destination.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations: Caldas de Monchique
Accomplished: 46 km, elevation gain 712 meters
Optional: 58 km, elevation gain 1163 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Caldas de Monchique



Day 5: Down to the coast
Today you will enjoy one of the quietest sections of the trip as you traverse from the mountains to the sea. The eucalyptus and cork forests will give place to orange groves and fig trees, and the similarities to moroccan architecture will be very clear on the little villages as it is in Lagos.
Have some free time to walk in Lagos, your guides will point you their favourite lunch places in town.
A short van transfer to the southwestern most point in Europe, Cabo de São Vicente, known as “the end of the world” at the discoveries age, before heading to your inn in Sagres, a calm, picturesque fishing village and surf mecca. From the inn, one can spot the fishing harbor and one of the most stunning bays in Iberia: Martinhal bay.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations: Sagres
Accomplishment: 52 km; elevation gain 1193 m
Accommodations: Hotel Memmo Sagres



Day 6: Relax by the ocean or pedal on mediterranean landscape
Choose a relaxed day in Sagres or a morning ride to Lagos.
If you fancy a day out of the saddle: dolphin watching, cliff-walking, surf lessons are some of the most popular activities in Sagres. Or join the guides on a ride to Lagos and witness the local mediterranean landscape dotted with fig, carob and almond trees.
No lack of variety: hills and ocean, valleys and beaches, rock roses and mango orchards. Lagos, from where Portuguese sailors gave “new worlds to the world” is one of the most interesting towns to visit in the Algarve.
Early afternoon van transfer to Sagres to allow free time for a swim in the ocean or in the heated indoor pool. Tonight you will meet Lia, an exceptional dutch chef who has been living in Sagres for many years, and her creative gastronomy using local ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations: Sagres
Accomplished: 44 km; elevation gain 566 m
Accommodations: Hotel Memmo Sagres



Day 7: Morning van transfer to Lagos or Lisbon
After breakfast on the terrace, enjoy a stroll to the market or take a morning dip in the pool, or walk on the beach.
At noon your guides will transfer you back to Lagos or Lisbon.

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Lagos or Lisbon



Duration: 7 days
Price: €2860

Included:
✓ 6 nights in Hotel
✓ Two night stay at Memmo Baleeira, architecture award winning hotel offering some of the best ocean views in Portugal
✓ Hotel Caldas de Monchique, the charm of a XIX century spa with the comfort of a modern apartment
✓ Casas do Moinho, a cluster of traditional white houses discreetly transformed into comfortable apartments in a charming white village.
✓ Santiago Hotel, a hotel sharing the hill with the Roman and medieval city. Here time runs slowly
✓ Daily breakfasts, nutritious snacks
✓ 5 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants
✓ 4 delicious picnics/lunches including a selection of local products
✓ Carefully selected wine or beer with every meal
✓ Activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
✓ Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other events
✓ Gratuities for restaurants and hotel service
✓ High quality bicycle selection
✓ Bike helmet
✓ Complimentary Olive Cycling t-shirt, water bottle
✓ Experienced local bilingual guides with vast knowledge of the country and the region
✓ Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes water and snacks, and offers lifts when you need a break from the saddle
✓ Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
✓ Daily bike maintenance

Not included:
– Flights / personal expenses / Tips
– Single Supplement: 400€
– E-bikes Available. Supplement: 160€

Difficulty Level: 3. Requires minimum fitness (e-bikes), one optional longer climb.



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