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Portugal’s Wild Coast

Portugal Bike Tours

Portugal cycling at its finest!

The Portugal Wild Coast is an incredible hybrid or road cycling 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.

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

Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided Portugal bike tour with an average daily distance of 30 mi. (48 km). The terrain is quite varied. The route is mostly flat with some short but steep ascents. There are rough sections that are off road but there is also a mixture of gravel and asphalt roads.

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, 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

  • Remaining meals
  • Bicycle protection
  • Helmet
  • Tour guide (guided tours can be arranged for groups)
TypeSelf Guided
Length7–9 days
From1051 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily in 2016! Best time to arrive is September to 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, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Comporta - Santiago do Cacém, 37 miles (59 km) 
Day 4: Santiago - Cacém to Milfontes, 32 miles (51 km)
Day 5: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 29 miles (47 km)
Day 6: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 7: Arrifana - Pedralva, 27 miles (44 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, and an 8 day road bike 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, 28 miles (45 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. (800 m total ascent/12 % off road)

Day 3: Comporta - Santiago do Cacém, 37 miles (59 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. (600 m total ascent)

Day 4: Santiago - Cacém to Milfontes, 32 miles (51 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. (400 m total ascent)

Day 5: Bike from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Odeceixe, 29 miles (47 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. (400 m total ascent)

Day 6: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 miles (55 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. (700 m total ascent)

Day 7: Arrifana - Pedralva, 27 miles (44 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. (700 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. (400 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, 34 mi. (54 km) and 500 m ascent
Day 3: Comporta - Porto Covo, 56 mi. (90 km) and 800 m ascent
Day 4: Porto - Odeceixe, 47 mi. (75 km) and 600 m ascent
Day 5: Odeceixe - Pedralva, 46 mi. (74 km) and 1000 m ascent
Day 6: Pedralva - Sagres, 36 mi. (57 km) and 700 m ascent
Day 7: Departure

8 Day Road Bike - 
Day 1: Arrival to Lisbon and transfer to Sesimbra
Day 2: Sesimbra to Comporta, 34 miles (54 km, +700m)
Day 3: Comporta to Porto Covo, 53 miles (86 km, +900m)
Day 4: Porto Covo to Odeceixe, 47 miles (76 km, +550m)
Day 5: Odeceixe to Arrifana, 37 miles (60 km, +700m)
Day 6: Arrifana to Sagres, 49 miles (79 km, +400m)
Day 7: Sagres to Lagos, 30 miles (48 km, +750m)
Day 8: Departure at Faro/Lisbon Airport

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Customer Feedback

  • mary 8 months 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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