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Portugal’s Wild Coast

Portugal Bike Tours

Portugal cycling at its finest!

  • The Portugal Wild Coast is a cross country or on road program along one of the most beautiful coastlines of Portugal. From the outskirts of Lisbon to the southernmost tip of Europe, you’ll discover and admire the natural beauty of the different scenery, offering stunning coastal views along the way, crossing two natural Reserves. There is nothing like biking in Lisbon! You will discover some small fishing villages and some abandoned fortresses which are reminiscent of the time when this coast was ravaged by pirates! The trip finishes at the most Westerly point in Europe, Cape São Vincente, which adds a dramatic and historical flair to this wonderful trip.

    Highlights of this incredible Portugal bike tour include crossing the Natural Park of Arrabida with its stunning views over the sea, quiet cycling through cork trees forest and pine landscapes, sandy beaches in the Natural Reserve of south west Alentejano, stork nests hanging from the cliffs (the only place in the world they can be viewed!), and of course, delicious traditional food and fresh fish from the Atlantic Coast.

    This tour is not for the faint of heart as you will cycle mountain trails and varied off road terrain with steep ascents and descents. There is an on road version of this tour as well. Since you will be GPS guided, if cycling off road, you can, choose an alternative route if necessary.

    For more, check out all of our bicycle tours in Portugal.

  • 7 Day Tour 
    January 1 to March 26 | Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 1115 $ 1,911 1396 NOK 13378 kr 12349 $ 1,605
    Single supplement £ 231 $ 396 289 NOK 2770 kr 2557 $ 332

    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to May 26 | Sep 27 to Oct 21

    £ 1163 $ 1,993 1456 NOK 13953 kr 12880 $ 1,674
    Single supplement £ 263 $ 450 329 NOK 3153 kr 2910 $ 378
    April 14 to April 20 | May 27 to June 26 | Aug 30 to Sep 26 £ 1203 $ 2,062 1506 NOK 14433 kr 13322 $ 1,732
    Single supplement £ 319 $ 546 399 NOK 3824 kr 3530 $ 459
    June 27 to Aug 29 £ 1330 $ 2,281 1666 NOK 15966 kr 14738 $ 1,916
    Single supplement £ 383 $ 656 479 NOK 4590 kr 4237 $ 551
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 295 $ 505 369 NOK 3536 kr 3264 $ 424

    *If traveling solo (without other persons) a solo traveler supplement will apply. This is in addition to the single supplement! 

    Road Bike Tour: Please contact us for pricing!

    Mountain Bike Tour: Please contact us for pricing!

    extra options

    Please contact us for guided tour prices.

    Electric bicycle rental: 

    7 Day Tour: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    9 Day Tour: £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon Airport

    Local Travel

    Transfer from airport to starting location of the tour (included in tour price).

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit: March 65/51º, April 67/53º, May 70/60º, June 76/60º, September 79/63º, October 72/58º, November 64/53º.

    Remarks

    This tour can be a 7 day, 8 day (road bike), or 9 day tour!


Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult self-guided Portugal bike tour with an average daily distance of 30 mi. (48 km). The terrain is quite varied. There are short but very steep ascents. There are rough sections that are off road and and challenging with a mixture of gravel, sand, and asphalt. Daily elevation: 650 - 1.000 meters. This tour is not for beginners and requires a high level of fitness.

A total paved road route can be offered as well.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4* Hotels and charming Guesthouses.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6, 7, or 8 nights in 4* hotels and charming guesthouses
  • Breakfasts
  • 27 speed hybrid bicycle OR carbon road bike equipped with water bottle holder, helmet, lock, handlebar bag, and optional rear pannier
  • GPS including tracks and maps
  • Transfers on first and last days
  • Liability insurance
  • Service hotline
  • Luggage transfers

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length7–9 days
From1396 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily in 2019! Best time to arrive is September through June.

*Please note: Special guided tours can be arranged for groups. Please contact us for details.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Portugal’s Wild Coast Map

Day 1: Arrival to Lisbon, drive to Sesimbra
Day 2: Sesimbra - Comporta, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Comporta - Santiago do Cacém, 35 mi. (57 km) 
Day 4: Santiago - Cacém to Milfontes, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 5: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 7: Arrifana - Pedralva, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 8: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 9: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

This tour is possible as a 7 day tour. Please see below! 

Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at Lisbon airport and a 1 hour drive to Sesimbra, the starting point of the tour. Tonight's lodging, a nice 4* hotel, is close to the sea and has a swimming pool and gardens.

Day 2: Sesimbra - Comporta, 37 mi. (60 km)
The tour begins with a ride to Arrabida Natural Park. Along the way are amazing sea views from the cliffs. You will admire the beautiful and exuberant Mediterranean landscapes and the incredible coast. The beaches here show a strong contrast of unusual colors between the find sand and the crystal clear sea waters. A ferry will take you across of river Sado to reach Troia Peninsula. The night will be spent in the Comporta Village Hotel. (750 m total ascent)

Day 3: Comporta - Santiago do Cacém, 35 mi. (57 km) 
After breakfast, the bike tour continues on trails along the canals and rice fields. Your company today is exotic birds and numerous storks. As you cycle Portugal and cross the Sierra, the landscape changes suddenly. Leave behind you the plains and sandy pine forest and enter the incredible Cork Forest. The day finishes in Santiago, a village famous for its magnificent Castle. Lodging will be at Don Nuno Hotel. (650 m total ascent)

Day 4: Santiago - Vila Nova de Milfontes, 33 mi. (53 km)
You will leave Santiago continuing on the Sierra through a beatiful hilly region. After passing through the calm village of Sonega, you will enter south west Alentejo and the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. The route continues through Porto Covo, a quiet fishing village with its typical whitewashed houses with a blue stripe, common in Alentejo. Follow the coast up to a beautiful castle on the cliff with excellent view of an island. You will continue south until Milfontes, where the night will be spent at Casa do Adro in Vila Nova de Milfontes. (350 m total ascent)

Day 5: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 34 mi. (55 km)
Riding in Alentejano Natural Park offers amazing views over the sea and a chance to visit the stunning Sardão cape. Here is where you can admire the incredible stork chest's nestled in the cliffs. Ride near these spectacular rock faces and visit the typical village of Zambujeira. Afterwards, continue through the lush fields until the river where you'll cross into what seems like a different world: the Wild Algarve! The night will be spent at Casas do Moinho, a charming Guest-house in Odeceixe. (450 m total ascent)

Day 6: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 37 mi. (60 km)
The day starts with a trip to an area with one of the most beautiful sceneries of this coast: Odeceixe beach. After crossing a plateau you will go down again for more incredible beaches. Following the valley, you will head 5 km inland towards Aljezur. This cozy town has the typical narrow streets and houses but is home to an incredible medieval castle. Follow the winding road that sweeps down from the cliffs tops to the stunning beach village of Monte Clérigo. The tour ends in Arrifana, an amazing village situated on the rock race. Lodging in Arrifana at Herdade do Monte do Sol. (800 m total ascent)

Day 7: Arrifana - Pedralva, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today's tour brings you back to the sea and through the delightful village of Carrapateira following a dirt road that displays this region at its most beautiful. The pristine beaches and uniquely colorful cliffs will accompany you until Pedralva. The lodging for tonight was once an abandoned hotel, but the untrained eye would never be able to tell as it has been beautifully restored. (550 m total ascent)

Day 8: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 miles (40 km)
The last day of cycling is again close to the ocean and on quaint dirt roads. There are some steep uphills as the tour continues south; the Algarve wild coast will lead you to Cape S. Vicente, the south-western most point of Continental Europe. Lodging tonight is at Sagres in Memmo Baleeiro Hotel, a brand new 4* hotel overlooking the sea and surrounded by stunning desert beaches. (350 m total ascent)

Day 9: Departure - Farewell at FARO/LISBON airport. 1.30h drive to FARO airport. (3.30h to LISBON)
End of tour, after breakfast.

7 Days 
Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon and transfer to Sesimbra
Day 2: Sesimbra - Comporta, 37 mi. (60 km) and 750 m ascent
Day 3: Comporta - Porto Covo, 53 mi. (86 km) and 900 m ascent
Day 4: Porto Covo - Odeceixe, 48 mi. (77 km) and 550 m ascent
Day 5: Odeceixe - Pedralva, 63 mi. (101 km) and 1300 m ascent
Day 6: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 mi. (40 km) and 350 m ascent
Day 7: Departure

This tour is also available in a road bike version and mountain bike version. Please contact us for details!

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Customer Feedback

  • Henry F. 2 years ago

    The Portugal scenery was amazing. But the best part of the trip was the care we received from the local service, Portugal Nature Trails. One of our party fell and broke a rib on the trip, and Sofia at Portugal Nature Trails was all over it. She arranged a trip to the hospital, for many additional taxis, and checked in with us regularly.
    Not memorable: the hotel in Comporta. This hotel was not up to the standards of the other hotels, and the breakfast was extremely skimpy. So much so that we had to stop for another breakfast about an hour into our ride that morning. You should not use that hotel again.

  • mary 3 years ago

    Hi everyone! This is Mary from Tripsite. I biked this tour in the fall of 2014 to check it out for all of you. The tour as written is 8% off road and I was challenged but rewarded with incredible cliff top views of the sea. (The tour can be adjusted for more on road riding if you prefer). One of my favorite memories: tackling a steep downhill, off road, I could hear this soft clanging of sorts that got louder and louder the closer I got to the base of the mountain. As I followed the path, I crossed a farmer's backyard, turned a corner, and there was a herd of sheep. The clanging sound were the sheep bells! It was an awesome moment I will never forget. I have to tell you that Portugal is now one of my favorite places! The people are unassuming and genuinely friendly. When I would bike into a town, I would wonder where the "touristy" cafes were...you know the places that overcharge for a coffee. What I found were real cafes and the locals sitting and sipping coffee or a beer. As far as the services, bikes were awesome, biking with a GPS is the way to go, scenery, spectacular!

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