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Biking the Rota Vicentina

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Bike the Atlantic coast from Alentejo to the Algarve
  • Discover pristine beaches, lush wilderness and plentiful birdlife
  • Indulge in delicious food and wine along the way
  • Stay in charming "casas" and small boutique hotels
Bike the Atlantic coast from Alentejo to the Algarve on Portugal's famous Rota Vicentina, finishing at Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe's most south-westerly point. Discover a magnificent wild coastline blessed with pristine beaches and lush wilderness, made even more spectacular with the sound of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffsides. Refuel on delicious food and wine, spot storks nesting on the high cliffs, and rest up in charming "casas" and small boutique hotels. This off the beaten track ride will take you along a mixture of coastal trails, forest tracks and country lanes in Portugal's magnificent wild Natural Park, passing through cork forests, olive groves, unspoiled villages and fortified hill towns.
Perfect for regular cyclists who want to experience both the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal. This is a varied ride using both coastal and inland trails. The cycling is graded moderate with a few steep ascents and descents, and you will encounter small sections along sandy trails on the cliff-top trails, although the sea views make up for the effort! Stay in a mix of boutique casa-style guesthouses and hotels offering warm Portuguese hospitality.

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This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 16 Years

Activity Level & Terrain

This cycling tour is graded as moderate, based on the average daily distances, terrain and elevation. It's suitable for relatively fit and regular cyclists, seeking an active holiday. You'll spend much of the day in the saddle, experiencing two regions of Portugal. The terrain is rolling, with some longer ascents and descents on quiet country roads, forest tracks and costal trails, with the occasional short stretch on busier roads as you approach towns. You'll cycle a total of 282.5km (excluding the optional 32km loop ride at Odeceixe, where we have built in a rest day), with a daily distance ranging from 32km-70km. The daily total elevation ranges from 200m to 403m. E-bikes are available on this tour should you decide to have battery powered assistance on this tour, allowing more time to relax at the accommodation and cool down by the pool after your day's ride. The terrain on this tour is mainly off-road on gravel tracks, with small sections of rugged path as you go inland, or sandy tracks by the coast, though the hire Trek bikes are robust with fabulous suspension, giving you a comfortable ride. Please note that during wet weather, the tracks can become muddy with puddles in places, and extra care must be taken here. If you're uncomfortable with wet off-road terrain, we recommend cycling this route in the drier months.


Please note that turn-by-turn directions or a roadbook are not available on this route, and navigation is done via the GPX tracks on the Macs Adventure App. You'll be following the official Rota Vicentina waymarking for a lot of the way. With both the App and waymarking, navigation and finding your way will be relatively easy. You will also have the support of our local partner nearby should you need this.


Stay in boutique hotels and casa-style guesthouses, all of which are a 3 or 4-star level. All are either equipped with a swimming pool or located near a beach, allowing you the opportunity to cool down after a days ride. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

Single Rooms & Solo Riders

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo riders on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Breakfasts are included each day. Lunch (or a packed lunch) can be bought locally from markets or cafes. Dinners can either be purchased at your accommodation, or in towns/nearby villages, with many restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.

  • Accommodation in boutique casa-style guesthouses and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • Transfer from Sagres to Faro (Airport, train station or hotel)
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
  • Welcome briefing upon arrival
  • Bike hire (E-bike hire also available for a supplement)
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Setubal
  • Personal equipment
  • Snacks, lunches and dinners
  • E-bike hire
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Setubal at the start
  • Transfer from Sagres to Lisbon at the end
  • Upgrade to an E-bike

When To Go

We offer this tour year-round, though the nicest months of the year are March to June, and then from September to November. July and August can experience extremely high temperatures, making it very hot to cycle. If you cycle in the springtime you can expect to see the inland areas covered with wildflowers and enjoy pleasant temperatures. The autumn months of September to November are also very mild. For keen birdwatchers, the autumn migration period from late August to mid-November brings lots of seabirds. For nesting birds such as the Alpine Swift visit during the spring. The winter months can be a bit more wet, making the terrain more difficult due to muddy sections with puddles, and extra care must be taken during this time. If you're uncomfortable with wet off-road terrain, we recommend cycling this route in the drier months. Most accommodations either have swimming pools or are located close to the beach, so there are plenty of opportunities to unwind and cool down at the end of your ride. Or why not cool down in the sea at one of the spectacular beaches along your way on the ride.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Setubal is easily reached from Lisbon Airport, which is 7km from the city centre. From Lisbon Airport, take the Aerobus into the city centre (approx. 5 Euros), and then another bus to Setubal (journey time approx. 45 min). This second bus is operated by and costs approx. 6 EurosThere is also a train station in Setubal, with a direct train leaving from Lisbon, taking approx. 1 hour.

Lisbon's Metro rail service also also links you up to and from the city centre and the airport. Taxis from the airport to the city centre cost approx. 25 Euros.

Private Transfers: We can arrange a private taxi transfer from Lisbon to Setubal for an extra cost. Journey time is approx. 40 minutes.

Getting from the End

By Air: The closest airport to Sagres is Faro Airport. To get to the airport from Sagres, we have included a transfer for ease. We can also include a transfer to Faro train station or to a hotel in Faro should you wish to spend the night there (please let us know in advance if you wish to do so). From the centre of Faro, shuttle buses operate to the airport for you to make your own way to the airport if you spend an extra night in Faro (15 min). 

For those travelling further afield and who need to return to Lisbon Airport, you would first need to make your way from Sagres to Lagos by bus (journey time approx. 1 hour), from where you can catch another bus to Lisbon (journey time approx. 4 hours, operated by 

Private Transfers: We can also arrange a private transfer to take you from your hotel in Sagres back to Lisbon Airport, at an additional cost (journey time approx. 3 hours).

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.


Bike & E-Bike Hire

Hire of a XC hardtail bike is included (Trek X-Caliper 9), and comes with a pannier rack, 1 pannier, bag, a handlebar bag, a helmet, tube and a lock. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for your own comfort. You'll also be supplied with a pump and repair kit (shared between two people).

For some battery-powered assistance on longer days, and to ease ascents, we recomend hiring an e-bike. We can arrange hire of high quality E-bikes at an extra cost (TREK Powerfly 5). The rechargeable battery on your bike will be your reliable riding partner, getting you to the top of hills or to your final destination with more energy in the tank for an afternoon swim or simply for exploring. E-bikes are growing rapidly in popularity so please make sure to request one at the time of booking so we can secure availability for your trip and avoid disappointment. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrival Setúbal Day 2 Ride to Santigo do Cacém 43 miles / 70 km Day 3 Ride to Vila Nova de Milfontes 36.5 miles / 59 km Day 4 Ride to Odeceixe 35 miles / 56.5 km Day 5 Optional circular ride at Odeceixe 20 miles / 32 km Day 6 Ride to Carrapateira 30 miles / 49 km Day 7 Ride to Sagres 30 miles / 48 km Day 8 Departure

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