Lisbon to Sagres – Cycling along the Atlantic Coast
8 days / 7 nights | Self-guided cycling tours
Cycling Portugal From North to South in this case: Lisbon to Sagres provides an unforgettable journey through places full of history and culture that shaped our civilization and the world, also undergoing spectacular nature reserves where nature is revealed in all its strength and beauty. The selected routes in this Coast To Coast Cycling holidays will provide views that you will certainly keep on memories.
Day 1: Arrival in 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: Lisbon to Costa da Caparica (Cycling 21 km / 13 miles)
The journey start´s, cycling along the Tagus 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 Costa da Caparica. | Up: 82 m / down: 105.
Day 3: Costa da Caparica to Setúbal (Cycling 59 km / 37 miles)
A day full of nature and adventure, with plenty to see and feel. We highlight the passing by 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 Figueirinhais, 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. | Up: 103 m / down: 41.
Day 4: Setúbal to Sines (Cycling 76 km / 48 miles)
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. 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 River region is also characterized by the number or 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. Throughout this day you will see dunes, beaches, rice fields, rural areas and typical villages. Overnight will be in Sines, the largest and first port area of Portugal. | Up: 63 m / down: 99.
Day 5: Sines to Vila Nova de Mil Fontes (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
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. | Up: 511 m / down: 527.
Day 6: Vila Nova de Milfontes to Aljezur (Cycling 71 km / 44 miles)
Second day at Costa Vicentina Natural Park and, 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. | Up: 31 m / down: 32.
Day 7: Aljezur to Sagres (Cycling 63 km / 40 miles)
Now at Algarve region and 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. | Up: 278 m / down: 300.
Day 8: End of program
With optional transfer to Faro airport or train station.
OPTIONAL - extra night/s available. It is possible to link the Lisbon /Sagres program with Algarve Coast line program, when you reach Sagres you can continue, if you have time available )
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.