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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 £ 1186 $ 2,629 1396 $ 2103 NOK 13146 kr 12134 $ 1,577
    Single supplement £ 246 $ 544 289 $ 435 NOK 2721 kr 2512 $ 327

    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to May 26 | Sep 27 to Oct 31

    £ 1237 $ 2,742 1456 $ 2194 NOK 13711 kr 12656 $ 1,645
    Single supplement £ 280 $ 620 329 $ 496 NOK 3098 kr 2860 $ 372
    April 14 to April 20 | May 27 to June 26 | Aug 30 to Sep 26 £ 1280 $ 2,836 1506 $ 2269 NOK 14182 kr 13091 $ 1,702
    Single supplement £ 339 $ 751 399 $ 601 NOK 3757 kr 3468 $ 451
    June 27 to Aug 29 £ 1415 $ 3,138 1666 $ 2510 NOK 15688 kr 14481 $ 1,883
    Single supplement £ 407 $ 902 479 $ 722 NOK 4511 kr 4164 $ 541
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 314 $ 695 369 $ 556 NOK 3475 kr 3207 $ 417
    11 Day Tour 
    January 1 to March 26 | Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 1420 $ 3,147 1671 $ 2518 NOK 15735 kr 14525 $ 1,888
    Single supplement £ 373 $ 827 439 $ 661 NOK 4134 kr 3816 $ 496

    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to May 26 | Sep 27 to Oct 31

    £ 1505 $ 3,335 1771 $ 2668 NOK 16677 kr 15394 $ 2,001
    Single supplement £ 432 $ 959 509 $ 767 NOK 4793 kr 4424 $ 575
    April 14 to April 20 | May 27 to June 26 | Aug 30 to Sep 26 £ 1607 $ 3,561 1891 $ 2849 NOK 17807 kr 16437 $ 2,137
    Single supplement £ 483 $ 1,072 569 $ 857 NOK 5358 kr 4946 $ 643
    June 27 to Aug 29 £ 1870 $ 4,145 2201 $ 3316 NOK 20726 kr 19132 $ 2,487
    Single supplement £ 611 $ 1,354 719 $ 1083 NOK 6771 kr 6250 $ 812
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 339 $ 751 399 $ 601 NOK 3757 kr 3468 $ 451

    *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: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    11 Day Tour: £ 153 $ 339 180 $ 271 NOK 1695 kr 1565 $ 203

    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 or an 11 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 completely 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 or 10 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
Length7–11 days
From1396 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Arrival possible daily.  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

7 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival to Lisbon, drive to Santiago do Cacém
Day 2: Santiago do Cacém - Vila Nova de Milfontes, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 4: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: Arrifana - Pedralva, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 6: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 miles (41 km)
Day 7: Departure

*All distances are approximate

Day 1: Arrival to Lisbon, drive to Santiago do Cacém
You will be picked up at the Lisbon airport and transferred to Santiago do Cacém (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes), a peaceful village with a magical castle. Relax and preare for the upcoming adventure.

Day 2: Santiago do Cacém - Vila Nova de Milfontes, 32 mi. (52 km)
On your first cycling day, you will leave Santiago on the sierra and cycle to the sea. You will enter the Natural Park of Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina and cycle on a scenic road that overlooks the sea. Pass by Porto Covo, a typical fishing village, now transformed into a picturesque seaside town with beautiful, jagged cliffs. Today's destination is Vila Nova de Milfontes. Here you can visit the fishing harbor and admire the Mira River and its beautiful bay area.

Day 3: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 29 mi. (47 km)
Today you ride through SW Alentejano Natural Park with amazing views over the sea and visit the stunning Cape Sardão which is guarded by a lighthouse. Here you can admire the shafts embedded in the rock walls, the seeded islets along the coast, and the many white stork couples that choose this coast as their nesting site. On the way, pass by the typical village of Zambujeira do Mar, then cycle through the fields until you get to the Seixe River. By crossing it you are exiting the Alentejo and entering the Algarve and waiting for you on the other side will be Odeceixe, an attractive village on a hillside with an old windmill which sits on the tallest hill.

Day 4: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 mi. (55 km)
The day begins with a visit to one of the most beautiful sceneries of this coast - Odeceixe Beach! Further along, you will follow a valley where once caravels sailed to the village of Aljezur, you continue about 5 km inland, and pedal up the narrow streets to the medieval castle. Discover and enjoy the hospitality of the people and taste the famous sweet potato of Aljezur that grows in the fertile land of the region. Today's destination is Arrifana, an amazing village that rests on top of the cliffs.

Day 5: Arrifana - Pedralva, 27 mi. (43 km)
Cycle through forests and once again along the sea by the incredible village of Carrapateira, a quiet and pretty village spread throughout a wild coast, with copper-colored and ash-grey cliffs. Follow a dirt road along the sea and see this region in its most beautiful state. On the way, pass by stunning beaches, with incredible colorful cliffs. On a dirt road cycle through a beautiful round pine forest and arrive at a typical and old village once abandoned and now recovered as a hotel. The Village of Pedralva was once inhabited by over 100 people but entered a painful process of desertification. Today, thanks to the hotel, Pedralva lives again.

Day 6: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 miles (41 km)
Follow a coastal route that will let you discover some of the most beautiful and secret beaches of the Vicentina Coast.Then ride south to Cape São Vicente, the south-westernmost point of Continental Europe. This is a magical place where you can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims. Rounded by monumental cliffs and outstanding views over the coastline, this is also a privileged area to watch the natural phenomenon of bird migration.

Day 7: Departure
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in Lisbon (transfer approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes).

11 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon. Transfer to hotel (45 minutes)
Day 2: Setúbal Loop, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Setúbal - Grândola, 26 mi. (55 km)
Day 4: Grândola - Santiago do Cacém, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Santiago do Cacém - V.N. de Milfontes, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: V.N. de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 7: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Arrifana - Pedralva, (43 km)
Day 9: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 mi. (41 km)
Day 10: Sagres - Lagos, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 11: Departure (transfer time, 3 hours)

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon. Transfer to hotel (45 minutes)
Welcome to Portugal! Our guide will pick you up at the airport and drive to Sesimbra.This lovely town is known for its variety of beaches, all of them part of the Arrábida’s Natural Park. This is the perfect place for you to start your tour! Explore and take in the fresh air of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy your rest here because tomorrow new adventures await you!   

Day 2: Setúbal Loop, 25 mi. (40 km)
Your cycling adventure begins! Immerse yourself in the lush green nature of the Arrábida Natural Park and cycle along the beautiful bays and beaches of the Setúbal Peninsula, such as the area of Portinho da Arrábida with pure and clear waters and extensive stretches of white sand. Setúbal offers so much more than sandy, white beaches. The culture and gastronomy is also and experience. As you pass by Azeitão a stop at a winery or at a famous pottery or tiles producer is always a good idea!    

Day 3: Setúbal - Grândola, 26 mi. (55 km)
The highlight of today is the crossing of the Sado River by ferry to reach the Tróia Península. A beautiful place known for tourism and the roman ruins of thermal baths. Leaving the lush green of the Arrábida Natural Park behind, continue on your way to Grândola, passing by Melides and its lovely beach. Highly recommended is a stop at any one of the exceptional restaurants for a taste of the exquisite Portuguese cuisine.

Day 4: Grândola - Santiago do Cacém, 18 mi. (30 km)
Today, follow the trails by the canals and rice fields with the company of many birds and numerous storks. Later cross the Sierra, where the landscape changes suddenly, as you leave the sandy pine forest and cycle on a hilly road through an incredible cork forest. Continue cycling and arrive at Santiago do Cacém, a peaceful village with a magical castle.

Day 5: Santiago do Cacém - V.N. de Milfontes, 32 mi. (52 km)
Leave Santiago on a road that leads through the sierra and enter the Natural Park of Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina on a scenic road overlooking the sea. Pass by Porto Covo, a typical fishing village, now transformed into a picturesque place by the sea with beautiful cliffs. Today's destination is Vila Nova de Milfontes, visit its fishing harbor and admire the Mira River and its beautiful bay area.

Day 6: V.N. de Milfontes - Odeceixe, 29 mi. (47 km)
Today you ride through SW Alentejano Natural Park with amazing views over the sea and visit the stunning Cape Sardão which is guarded by a lighthouse. Here you can admire the shafts embedded in the rock walls, the seeded islets along the coast, and the many white stork couples that choose this coast as their nesting site. On the way, pass by the typical village of Zambujeira do Mar, then cycle through the fields until you get to the Seixe River. By crossing it you are exiting the Alentejo and entering the Algarve and waiting for you on the other side will be Odeceixe, an attractive village on a hillside with an old windmill which sits on the tallest hill.

Day 7: Odeceixe - Arrifana, 34 mi. (55 km)
The day begins with a visit to one of the most beautiful sceneries of this coast - Odeceixe Beach! Further along, you will follow a valley where once caravels sailed to the village of Aljezur, you continue about 5 km inland, and pedal up the narrow streets to the medieval castle. Discover and enjoy the hospitality of the people and taste the famous sweet potato of Aljezur that grows in the fertile land of the region. Today's destination is Arrifana, an amazing village that rests on top of the cliffs.

Day 8: Arrifana - Pedralva, (43 km)
Cycle through forests and once again along the sea by the incredible village of Carrapateira, a quiet and pretty village spread throughout a wild coast, with copper-colored and ash-grey cliffs. Follow a dirt road along the sea and see this region in its most beautiful state. On the way, pass by stunning beaches, with incredible colorful cliffs. On a dirt road cycle through a beautiful round pine forest and arrive at a typical and old village once abandoned and now recovered as a hotel. The Village of Pedralva was once inhabited by over 100 people but entered a painful process of desertification. Today, thanks to the hotel, Pedralva lives again.

Day 9: Pedralva - Sagres, 25 mi. (41 km)
Follow a coastal route that will let you discover some of the most beautiful and secret beaches of the Vicentina Coast.Then ride south to Cape São Vicente, the south-westernmost point of Continental Europe. This is a magical place where you can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims. Rounded by monumental cliffs and outstanding views over the coastline, this is also a privileged area to watch the natural phenomenon of bird migration.

Day 10: Sagres - Lagos, 30 mi. (48 km)
On this last day of cycling, you will ride through the most famous pieces of land in Portugal. The breathtaking scenery is not easily forgotten. On your way to Lagos, appreciate the most amazing horizon, the strong blue waters, and the beautiful sandy beaches; all the beauty that Algarve has to offer! As you arrive at Lagos take some time to stop at Ponta da Piedade with its yellow-golden cliff-like rocks and grottos.

Day 11: Departure (transfer time, 3 hours)
Departure after breakfast. Tranfser from Lagos to the airport in Lisbon.

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

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Tour Reviews

  • Henry F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Staff

    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 Read more… 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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