What is the Rota Vicentina Self-Guided Tour all about?

Imagine yourself cycling in the most beautiful and well-preserved coast of Europe.

Now add the feeling of adventure when discovering virgin beaches, a rich culture and a cuisine that serves the best the sea has.

The Rota Vicentina wraps around the Algarve’s cliffy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and into the Alentejo, covering a stretch of over 120km of lush greenery, steep cliffs, forgotten white sand beaches and coastal landscapes.

However, your sense of wonder will not cease: you will end your journey in one of the best European holiday destinations, Algarve.

A magnificent coastline with blessed loveliest beaches, delicious cuisine with reasonable costs, stunning landscapes, sunny Mediterranean climate… looks enough to be the most well-known region in Portugal. But we’ll challenge you to discover a different Algarve.

TOUR: Rota Vicentina & Algarve 2020 – COMFORT FORMAT

FORMAT: Self-guided

BIKE: MTB Bike / MTB-Hybrid Bike / e-bike

DURATION: 8 days

REGION: West and Southwest Alentejo and Algarve

ACCOMMODATION: Comfort (3*)

TOTAL DISTANCE: 259 Km

AVERAGE DAILY DISTANCE: 43 Km

TRAILS: 82% Tarmac; 18% Smooth Dirt

– €690/pax (November 1 – March 15);

– €780/pax (March 16 – June 11 and September 16 – October 31);

– €895/pax (June 12 – September 15)

– Single Supplement:

Low Season: €190
Mid Season: €230
High Season: €320

– €1.310 (November 1 – March 15);

– €1.420 (March 16 – June 11 and September 16 – October 31);

– €1.690 (June 12 – September 15)

Rota Vicentina Self-Guided Tour Itinerary

To start your Rota Vicentina Self-Guided Tour, you can make your own way by train or bus from Lisboa to the village of Grândola.

– Briefing
– Overnight in Grândola

Your journey starts in the village of Grândola, a typical small town of Alentejo that combines the influences of the coast with those of the inland regions of southern Portugal.

Farming continues to be a very important activity here, with rice being the most significant crop.

You´ll cross the beautiful beach of Melides, composed of the long stretch of sand that separates the sea and Melides Lagoon.

Your ride continues until you´ll get to Santo André lagoon and part of the Nature Reserve.

The Costa de Santo André Beach is a long stretch of sand with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm waters of the lagoon on the other.

Nevertheless, you will be surrounded by golden dunes, this beach with its challenging waters is very popular among surfers.

– Overnight in Sto. André
– Stage: 35 Km

This is a day to purify your soul thanks to the overwhelming views over the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll ride until Sines, where you’ll have the opportunity to be mesmerized by the Castle of Sines and the Sines quay.

Further along the way you will arrive at the São Torpes beach, one of the best beaches in the world for surfing.

Beaches such as this one can be found along the entire extent of the Portuguese coastline, with a number of schools available for those wishing to learn this sport.

Enjoy your ride as you approach the coast line and Porto Covo, a picturesque fishermen’s village.

Your day will end in the picturesque village of Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, a pleasant town situated at the mouth of the Mira river.

– Overnight in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes
– Stage: 50 Km

Today you’ll ride in the Historical Way and you will be passing several highlights during the day, such as Longueira and the Village of Almograve.

The beach is right by the peaceful town of Almograve, perfect for an unhurried, late afternoon stroll.

To the south, lies the Sardão Cape, an untouched environment of great natural beauty offering up stunning views out over the jagged coastline and many inaccessible beaches.

Your journey continues with idyllic but a rocky cliff scenery until you arrive to Zambujeira do Mar, a small fishing village, where it is still possible to enjoy a feeling of great peace and tranquility.

A cozy and beautiful beach it’s one of their main attractions.

Before ending your pedal for the day, you´ll still have a chance to cross the beach of Carvalhal and Odeceixe Village until arrive to the village of Rogil.

– Overnight in Rogil
– Stage: 55 Km

Today you’ll be riding in a loop that starts from your accommodation and cross Odeceixe Village and the beautiful Odeceixe beach.

Like many other Portuguese beaches, this beach is popular among surfers thanks to its sizable waves, located at the mouth of the Seixe River that separates the Algarve and Alentejo regions.

Close to the end of this riding day, you will have the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Batata Doce (Sweet potato), with its regional products related to Aljezur sweet potatoes.

In this space you will find the delicacies of the local sweetmeats and the manufacturers of the region based on the variety of the lira.

– Overnight in Rogil
– Stage: 30 Km

Today’s route will combine very different landscapes: the mountains in the interior and the cliffs and the wild beaches when you reach the Atlantic Ocean.

Pedal through several highlights that will leave you mesmerized, such as Amoreira beach, the village of Aljezur, the villages of Bordeira and the Amado beach, in Carrapateira.

You’ll arrive to Vila do Bispo with a feeling of adventure, after discovering untouched beaches, a rich culture and a cuisine that serves the best the sea has.

– Overnight in Vila do Bispo
– Stage: 52 Km

Cycle until Cordoama beach where the cliffs are tall, reaching over 100 metres in height and there is a hill that is not only a natural viewpoint but is also often used by paragliders as a take-off site.

The journey of today will take you to Sagres, the most westerly city of the Algarve and is a destination for visitors who appreciate nature’s raw beauty.

Five kilometers away from Sagres, lies Europe’s most southwestern point: Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente). It was also the last piece of land Portuguese sailors once looked at as they launched away into the unknown.

We invite you to explore this mystique barren headland spot.

– Overnight in Vila do Bispo
– Stage: 37 Km

– Private Transfer from Vila do Bispo to Faro or Lisboa Airport (optional).

End of services.

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in a double room with breakfast (based on 3* lodgings or similar)
  • Briefing with Guide and roadbook
  • Luggage transfers hotel-to-hotel
  • KIT Self-Guided (GPS device with accurate routes + mobile phone)
  • Bike rental (TREK X Caliber 29 or similar) + Helmet
  • Insurance
  • 24 hours support line
  • Water bottle
  • Lisbon Airport to Grândola: 40€
  • Vila do Bispo to Faro: 40€
  • Vila do Bispo to Lisboa Airport: 90€
  • Rack Bags: 50€
  • Gel saddle: 20€
  • E-Bike: €270/Bike