Reception of the participants and transfer from Lisbon to Setúbal (private bus ca. 1 hour)
On this day you will have the opportunity to visit Setúbal and have dinner with a traditional menu – Choco Frito.
Located 32 km southwest of Lisbon, Setúbal is an excellent starting point for your bicycle holidays. The beauty of the Sado estuary and the surrounding landscape give this city a special charisma and an exclusive atmosphere.
The ferry trip until Tróia allows you to contemplate all the beauty of the Peninsula and the city in a peaceful estuary. An excellent moment to start your holiday photo album!
Setúbal has always been an important city due to the richness of its soils and the climate conditions as well as its harbour.
Nowadays the main economic activities, besides tourism, are the production of cereals, olive oil and wine. The harbour of Setúbal is one of the busiest of the country and supports an important fishing fleet.
Bocage, the poet, and Luísa Todi, the opera singer, are both internationally famous due to their works and performances.
Accommodation in Setúbal
Cycling: Setúbal – Praia do carvalhal – Grândola
Distance: 63 km
Highest point: 150 m Lowest point: 0 m
Ascent 290 Descent 190
Accommodation in Grândola
In this day you can enjoy the landscape of the Sado estuary and visit the beach of Carvalhal with its white sands and clear waters.
Grândola is a typical town of Alentejo, with ca. 15000 habitants south on the Setubal district. It is a quiet place to ideal to rest and relax. This warm and affable city became known during the revolution against the longstanding fascist dictatorship in 1974. The song “Grândola, vila Morena” about this town, sang by Zeca Afonso in the 60s was a dedicated to the socialist conscience of the hard working peasants of the Portuguese agrarian area, the Alentejo.
Cycling: Grândola – Melides – Santo André
Distance: 30 km
Highest point: 275 m Lowest point: 8 m
Ascent 300 Descent 380
Accommodation in Vila Nova Sto André
Our destination today is Vila Nova de Santo André.
Melides/Vla Nova de Santo André is a municipality of Grândola with ca. 1658 inhabitants, located 45 Km from Setúbal and it is known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate and good food. Melides has a history that goes back thousands of years as shown by the megalithic monument of “Praia Branca” (White Beach) the Grouts of Cerca do Zambujal and the burial stones.
Excellent for a holiday, Melides is also an ideal place to explore by bicycle. The quality of the existing accommodation and the local gastronomy make it a perfect stop for any bike tour.
Places to visit: Melides and Lagoa de Santo André
Sto André Vila Nova de Milfontes
Distance: 54 km
Highest point: 273 m Lowest point: 11 m
Ascent: 551 m Descent: 566 m
Accommodation: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Santiago do Cacém is a peaceful town in the south of Portugal, whose origins date back to remote times. In the Roman period, it was an important town situated on the road linking Lisbon to the Algarve, a factor which greatly contributed to its development.
The definitive Christian conquest of the town took place in the thirteenth century in 1217, being achieved by the forces led by D. Afonso II, although there had been an earlier conquest in 1157 by the Knights Templar. It was around this time that the castle originally founded by the Moors was rebuilt. Other buildings of historical and architectural interest are the thirteenth-century parish church and the seventeenth-century chapel of São Pedro.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is a municipality of Odemira with 5000 inhabitants, located at the mouth of the river Mira in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast. Known by its fabulous beaches, the village was built in 1486 by the king D. João II with the purpose of developing the local business. The Fortress of São Clemente which was built to protect the village from pirates is one of the most important historical points of this municipality that has a lot more to offer for those who travel by
bicycle. This village is young, hip and cool and is the ideal place to visit and stay. Delicious food and comfortable accommodation will help you recover your energy to resume your bicycle tour and face the new tracks along the Vicentine Coast.
Places to visit: Santiago do Cacém, Vila Nova de Milfontes
Vila Nova Milfontes Brejão
Distance: 49 km
Highest point: 194 m Lowest point: 60 m
Ascent 400 Descent 340
Accommodation in Brejão
The small village of Odeceixe belongs to the council of Aljezur, located in the “Costa Vicentina” of the Algarve. Odeceixe is populated by 960 souls known by their genuine hospitality and warmth, the narrow and twisty streets of Odeceixe give it a picturesque look in tune with the Portuguese culture and traditions. The main economic activities are Agriculture and Fishing.
With a Mediterranean climate but facing the Atlantic Ocean, the beaches in this area have unique characteristics with breath-taking landscapes, flowing on to the cliffs that take you to seclude white sandy beaches with clean and respectable waters.
Cycling: Brejão – Aljezur e Praias
Distance: 59 km
Highest point: 127m Lowest point: 20 m
Ascent: 500 m Descent: 600 m
Accommodation in Aljezur
Aljezur is near Praia de Monte Clérigo, only 10 km amidst the wonderful countryside and with amazing views of the Atlantic coast.
During your stay in Aljezur, explore some of the villages and beaches in the area, like the beach “Praia da Bordeira” and the unspoiled and wild beach of “Arrifana”.
Aljezur is perfect for a quiet holiday and is ideal for cycling. You have deserted beaches nearby and many typical villages to discover the “unexpected” Algarve.
Cycling: Aljezur - Sagres
Distance: ca. 50 km
Highest point: 128 m Lowest point: 22 m
Ascent: 320 m Descent: 300 m
Accommodation in Sagres
Within one of the most impressive scenery of the Algarve, lays the small village of Sagres with its sea cliffs and the 15th century fortress high above the ocean. Its isolated beauty and its wild and windy beaches set Sagres apart from the other villages in the Algarve. It’s especially popular, particularly among the sunbathers and surfers. Away from the holiday villas, bars and restaurants, is the busy port and the lively marina.
From the tip of Ponta de Sagres there are great views up the coast to cape “Cabo Sao Vincente”. Today the cape is better known for its lighthouse with one of the most powerful lamps in Europe.
Sagres – Lagos
Distance: 38 km
Highest point: 93 m Lowest point: 8 m
Ascent: 400 m Descent: 420 m
Accommodation in Lagos
Lagos is a city of Faro district that had a major role during the time of Portuguese maritime discoveries. This city was the departure point of several maritime expeditions and its harbour, due to its geographical position, became an important business centre since the XV century.
Today, the economic activity of the city relies on tourism mainly due to its singular beaches that are unique in terms of variety and quality. Among these, the famous Dona Ana beach, one of the tourists favourite, stands out with its golden rock formations and natural caves that can be visited by boat.
Most of the city centre streets are for pedestrians only and are packed with bars, restaurants, shops and other offers that will make your stay a memorable one.
Lagos - Lisbon
Transfer by train (ca. 3,5 hours)
Accommodation in Lisbon