Cycling holidays in Portugal
You can choose between Faro and the Algarve; Lisbon and its southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina – meet Portugal’s coastline of contrasts, the ideal destination for year-round scenic cycling holidays.
Discover verdant rocky hills, colourful little fishing harbours and medieval castles; Moorish houses and fine Baroque façades; fertile deltas all a-twitter and dolphin waters; the whitest saltpans and golden beaches; fig trees, almond blossom and citrus groves.
The southwest Portugal and Algarve coasts have so much to share from wild ‘maquis’ hills and sandy pine forests, rugged pirate coves and bird-filled lagoons to the lively plazas of Lisbon, the elegant mansions of Tavira and Cape St Vincent’s inimitable Atlantic Ocean sunsets.
Our self-guided cycling holidays and short breaks in Portugal feature hotel to hotel linear routes and single centre cycling tours.
Take just a little time out on two wheels to discover some of the finest jewels in the Algarve’s coastal crown. Right on the Rio Formosa natural park with its lagoons and string of barrier islands, Faro makes for a fascinating Atlantic Ocean-side capital. But Baroque city gem, Tavira is only a short pedal away along the gentle ‘Ecovia do Litoral’, whilst beckoning by the Spanish border, lie the ancient castle treasures of Castro Marim and the saltpan landscapes and bird-filled wetlands around Vila Real de Santo António. Golden beaches, bright bobbing boats; pink flamingos and Caspian terns; even over-wintering short-toed larks and black-shouldered kites – so many colourful and precious encounters are only a few miles of superb scenic cycling away. Go on, treat yourself to a breath of warm, fresh air - it’ll soon give you an appetite for all those amazing Algarve seafood specialities!
In Faro and Tavira.
Based in historic Tavira, this bright little Algarve single centre break points you in all the right cycling directions, but ultimately leaves the amount of rest up to you. Choose your own pace, taking up the option of circular cycle rides from your stylish, Arabian-inspired hotel and its pools. Combine time on some of the Algarve’s best beaches, in fishing villages or exploring Tavira's elegant mansion-lined streets with scenic Algarve coast and countryside cycling. Hug the Atlantic towards ancient Spanish borderlands, through maritime pine forests and the saltpans around Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António. Pedal inland along orchard-filled ‘rios’, towards the Algarve hills, through groves of oaks cultivated for their precious bark, to the ‘Cork Capital’ of historic São Brás de Alportel. With great natural parks including the Rio Formosa all around, this is a great break for birdwatchers, beach-lovers and those who might just fancy some scenic time out on two wheels.
Discover a world of pirate coves and peregrines, pink flamingos and mighty fortresses on a pedal east from the land of Europe’s most prized sunset, via jewels in the Algarve crown, Tavira and Cacela Velha, to the ancient castle country of Castro Marim near the Spanish border. Set out on the Algarve’s ‘Ecovia do Litoral’ coast path for a cycling adventure by golden sandy stretches and crystal lagoon waters, laden with Baroque city gems and daring castle defences, chic marinas and colourful fishing harbours. Seven precious, bird-filled natural parks line up for exploration along the gentle route, including the rocky Sagres peninsular, Vilamoura’s reedbeds, the famous Ria Formosa estuary and the saltmarshes of Vila Real de Santo António, so be sure to pop the binoculars in the panniers. Who knows, you may even spot a whale or dolphin off the tourist resort of Albufeira on this treasure-rich coast.
In Sagres, Lagos, Portimao, Albufeira, Faro and Tavira
Take your fill of vibrant city culture in Lisbon, then point your two wheels south and head for Alentejo’s Arrábida hills and some of the most scenic cycling Portugal has to offer. Cycle Breaks tours are designed for you to make en-route discoveries totally at your own pace and near the start of this tour, even before reaching the cliffs and coves of the Vicentina Coast and Sagres peninsular, the stunningly beautiful Arrábida Natural Park presents breath-taking panoramas and wildlife-spotting opportunities amidst untamed landscapes. If you’re a cyclist with a good level of fitness or more experience, you’ll be sure to rise to the challenge and enjoy exploring the verdant and rocky terrain here at a certain pace. Others may prefer pedalling fewer miles each day or having just longer to take in the natural sights – for them our PLS10 tour extends the same route by a couple of overnights. Belém’s Jérónimus Monastery (and its custard tarts), Alentejo vineyards (and their wines), Setúbal’s fishmarket and the coast’s seafood treats are amongst the tour highlights…not forgetting the dolphins, lizards, white storks, sea eagles, marine otters and Cabo São Vicente’s grand finale – the blazing sunset at World’s End.
In Lisbon, Costa da Caprica, Setúbal, Sines, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, Aljezur and Sagres.
From Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, to World’s End - the very tip of Portugal - enjoy an Atlantic Coast cycle tour that’s simply packed with superlative experiences. For scenic cycling and spectacular wildlife-watching, Portugal’s south-west coast is up there amongst the finest thanks to Alentejo’s outstanding Arrábida natural park and first class vineyards; the rocky Vicentina Coast natural park, and Sagres peninsular - home to sunset heaven, Cabo São Vicente. Take in the flavours of Lisbon’s Golden Age. Sample tasty ‘Pasteis de Belém’, by the mighty Jérónimus Monastery. Pedal riverside, coastal and hinterland paths through rocky landscapes with rich rewards around almost every turn. Buff up your binoculars and prepare to spot rare nesting white storks, sea eagles and marine otters; bottlenose dolphins and lizards as well as everything including Moorish castles and megaliths. From stylish Costa Caprica to the wild cork oak country around historic Setúbal and beyond to Aljezur and the Algarve’s tip, the terrain makes this one of our more challenging cycle tours, but we’ve designed things so that it’s the wildlife and panoramas rather than the pedalling which take your breath away. It’s so worth it – enjoy!
In Lisbon, Costa da Caprica, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Santo André, Sines, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, Aljezur and Sagres.
Cycle the Atlantic Ocean’s Portuguese coast of contrasts. Enjoy the bright lights and heady heights of Lisbon, then set off south on a warm coastal adventure down ‘Al Gharb’, the western side of the Iberian peninsular. Cycle along quiet roads and promenades towards the Costa da Caparica. Follow more rural tracks into the rocky Arrábida hills for magnificent views of rugged cliffscapes. Explore historic settlements such as Sesimbra or Setúbal and keep an eye out for dolphins along the Costa Vicentina. The sky almost catches fire in the most dramatic of sunsets over the western world’s very tip at Cabo São Vicente, then pedal east, with the Atlantic breeze behind you, round pirate coves and fertile river deltas, beneath fine fortresses and alongside sandy beaches and dunes, marshes and maritime forests, bustling marinas and traditional fishing villages. Countless ancient peoples settled these fertile lands and left their mark by the great Guadiana estuary which separates Portugal and Spain. Today some visitors flock to wade the lagoons and wetland reserves, others to take a break on the shoreline, but coasting along by bike and stopping off where you will – well, that has to be the best of both worlds.
Is in Lisbon, Costa da Caprica, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sant André, Sines, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, Aljezur, Sagres, Lagos, Portimão., Albufeira, Faro and Tavira (2 nights). Selected properties include twelve 4 star and two 3 star hotels. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
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