Cycling the Algarve's Rota Vicentina

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
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    7 nights
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  • From $2420per person, tour only
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  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • All Breakfasts included
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes
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KNOWLES says...
One amazing trip, with varied on/off road terrain and stunning views. A mix of off road trails and tracks, quiet tarmac roads, pine and eucalyptus forest ...
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Portugal: The Algarve

Cycling the Algarve's Rota Vicentina

  • Follow the Rota Vicentina cycling path from Setubal to the Cape Sao Vicente
  • Cycle the most beautiful and well-preserved coast of Europe (Natural Park)
  • Wonderful peaceful beaches, quaint fishermen's villages and delicious regional cuisine and seafood

Cycle in the most beautiful and well-preserved coast of Europe. From the Alentejo region to Cabo de Sao Vicente which marks the most south-westerly point of Europe, follow the 'Rota Vicentina Historical Way' along rugged coastline with amazing views over cliffs and large sandy beaches. Stop and relax in quaint peaceful fishing villages to taste the rich local cuisine that serves the best the sea has.

This ride leads you through a natural reserve and the 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park' and you can fully enjoy the landscape and appreciate the surprises nature has to offer, such as wild flowers, bird watching. Admire breath-taking views and relax on one of the unspoilt beaches or inlets. Your ride will be on coastal routes with some stretches on sandy paths and gravel tracks.

End your trip in the Algarve region, along beautiful coastlines enjoying a mix of golden sandy beaches and rugged cliff tops, and pass through pretty villages, some of which seem unaffected by the outside world.



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Cycling information

The routes on this holiday are a mix of off road trails and tracks, quiet tarmac roads, forest trails and coastal paths, with a number of climbs and descent. Although none of the roads are very busy on some days you have a choice of cycling on larger roads or on gravel tracks. At least 30% of the route is on gravel tracks, which can be sandy in places.




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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrival in Setubal

Transfer from Lisbon airport to your hotel.

Located on the Sado river bank, explore Setubal and wander in the town centre to the convent and the fort where you can enjoy fantastic views over the city and the river.
You stay at Vila Esperenca

Day 2: Setubal - Santo Andre (62km/38.5mi)

Start with a ferry crossing through the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. Enjoy bird watching during this short journey as the reserve is a protected area for many species such as storks. The most friendly local inhabitants and symbol of the Nature Reserve are the dolphins. It's rare to find them in Europe, freely swimming in their natural habitat, but there is an important colony here.

Cycle through rice fields and along beaches. Right by Santo Andre Lagoon, and part of a Nature Reserve, the Costa de Santo Andre Beach is a long stretch of sand with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm waters of the lagoon on the other. Surrounded by golden dunes, this beach with its challenging waters is very popular among surfers.
You stay at Vila Park Nature (breakfast included)

Day 3: Santo Andre - Vila Nova de Milfontes (55km/34.2mi or 65km/40.4mi)

Ride through quaint villages until Sao Torpes Beach, which is very popular for surfing. Continue your ride on the coastline before reaching Porto Covo, a picturesque fishermen's village which is a mix of whitewashed cottages, cobbled streets and pretty squares perched on the low cliff tops of the Alentejo coast. In the village, all roads lead to the little fishing harbour which clings to the side of a deep natural inlet.

Then arrive in Vila Nova de Milfontes located on the Mira river banks and offers large beaches on the coastline and is surrounded by unspoilt rural countryside.
You stay at Hotel HS Milfontes (breakfast included)

Day 4: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Rogil (63km/39.1mi)

Follow the 'Rota Vicentina Historical Way' punctuated with many highlights such as Almograve, a quaint village. Almograve Beach with red cliffs and dunes is one of the most beautiful beaches along this rocky coastline and is part of the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

Continue to Sardao Cape a natural and unspoilt site offering stunning views; then, ride to Zambujeira do Mar, a quaint fishing village. This place offers an excellent view over the beach, and is a small and very peaceful village. The beautiful beaches are one of the main attractions as its natural environment is one of the best preserved of this region.
You stay at Hotel Alcatruz (breakfast included)

Day 5: Rogil - Alfambras (22km/13.7mi or 37km/23.0mi)

Today you have a choice of routes; both routes take you first to Aljezur, with its Moorish castle; from there the shorter route takes you directly to your hotel, allowing plenty of time to visit the nearby beach; the longer route takes you on a coastal loop past several beaches on a variety of tranquil gravel tracks.
You stay at Barranco da Fonte (breakfast included)

Day 6: Alfambras - Vila do Bispo (48km/29.8mi)

Cycle towards the village of Carrapateira and enjoy breath-taking views over the cliffs that will mesmerize your memory; take a break at Bordeira and Amado beaches before heading for a seafood lunch in Carrapteira. Head inland along sandy tracks to arrive in Vila do Bispo, a peaceful village full of narrow streets and whitewashed houses.
You stay at Hotel Mira Sagres (breakfast included)

Day 7: Vila do Bispo - Sagres - Vila do Bispo (35km/21.7mi)

Ride to Cordoama beach overlooked by cliffs. Surrounded by foaming Atlantic waves, Cabo de Sao Vicente marks the most south-westerly point of Europe. The path to the edge of the continent should prove to be one of the highlights of your week! You are spoilt with amazing coastal scenery on this wild and unpopulated route that follows sandy paths and gorse-strewn meadows to the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula. At the Cape there is a lighthouse, museum and small bar, offering wonderful photo opportunities.
You stay at Hotel Mira Sagres (breakfast included)

Day 8: Leave Vila do Bispo


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199, use our live webchat or email sales@headwater.com


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Hotel Luna Esperanca, Setubal

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Luna Esperança Centro Hotel, in Setúbal (Portugal), is located in the historic center of the city, at less than 30 minutes from Lisbon. Offering views of Sado River and Troia's Peninsula, this 4-star hotel in Setubal's city centre is surrounded by restaurants and shops. The ferry to Troia's beaches and golf course is situated next to the hotel.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Vila Park Nature, Santo Andre

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Enjoying natural surroundings of green woodlands, VILA PARK Nature & Business Hotel is certified eco-friendly and offers an extensive outdoor saltwater pool.


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Hotel HS Milfontes, Vila Nova de Milfontes

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Enjoy the most amazing views of the Mira river bay, the Atlantic and Furnas beach, officially one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders. The hotel offers a swimming pool, a gym, a bar, a restaurant and possibilities of relaxing massages.


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Hotel Alcatruz, Rogil

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The Alcatruz is a modern property that offers beach-themed rooms. This Costa Vicentina hotel is located within a 5-minute drive from the Vale dos Homens and Carriagem sandy beaches.


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Barranco da Fonte, Alfambras

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The rural and isolated old farmhouse has been recently converted into a hotel and features swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and gardens.


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Hotel Mira Sagres , Vila do Bispo

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The Mira Sagres is an historical pension in the fishing village of Villa do Bispo and a regular haven for journeying pilgrims making their way to Cape St Vincent. The fascia of the pension has now been lovingly gentrified and in keeping with the local tradition, has now been stylishly whitewashed, it also boasts an impressive indoor pool. On a good day from the high terrace at the hotel you can see Sagres in the distance.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Mira Sagres , Vila do Bispo

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The Mira Sagres is an historical pension in the fishing village of Villa do Bispo and a regular haven for journeying pilgrims making their way to Cape St Vincent. The fascia of the pension has now been lovingly gentrified and in keeping with the local tradition, has now been stylishly whitewashed, it also boasts an impressive indoor pool. On a good day from the high terrace at the hotel you can see Sagres in the distance.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Luna Esperanca, Setubal

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Luna Esperança Centro Hotel, in Setúbal (Portugal), is located in the historic center of the city, at less than 30 minutes from Lisbon. Offering views of Sado River and Troia's Peninsula, this 4-star hotel in Setubal's city centre is surrounded by restaurants and shops. The ferry to Troia's beaches and golf course is situated next to the hotel.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Lisboa Plaza, Lisbon

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Owned by the same family since 1953, the 4 star Hotel Lisboa Plaza is an imaginatively designed hotel, just off the famous Avenida da Liberdade. All rooms have en-suite marble floored bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite television, direct dial telephones, hairdryers and mini-bar. The public rooms are elegantly furnished and there is a pleasant bar and dining room.

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Reviews

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Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


KNOWLES, 10/06/2023

One amazing trip, with varied on/off road terrain and stunning views. A mix of off road trails and tracks, quiet tarmac roads, pine and eucalyptus forest trails, coastal paths, and a good level of climbs and descent plus a few really nice flowing downhills. The area is truly stunning throughout, and the beaches are incredibly beautiful and unspoilt. Our memories of this trip will stay with us forever. The mileages and level are different to what was published when we booked, being higher in reality, but suited us well as we wanted a bit more than the original outline offered.


Jennifer Sterlini, 06/06/2023

Very good communication with the agent allowed us to make good choices, and quickly. The information provided is very good, though oin this particular trip the it turned out to be more difficult that we had anticipated. That said, the hotels selected an the route plotted were excellent.


GILLESPIE-SMITH, 23/05/2023

V well organised. Could provide a Sat navigation rather than using phone as Navigation device quickly uses battery on phone. First hotel booking in before 4pm would be helpful and hotel manageress and Victor in agreement on placement of bikes. Amazing views and off road routes made a super holiday.


Mr Cummings, 20/09/2022

An extremely enjoyable holiday but the cycling is quite challenging in places. The brochure does not make clear how much cycling is off road and on sandy , gravelly tracks - about 40% but the bikes provided are more than up to the task. Amazing scenery and plenty of opportunity to swim en route so make sure you carry your bathers.


Mrs Savage, 07/06/2022

A challenging cycle ride rewarded with superb views and Portuguese hospitality.


Mr West, 26/04/2022

Quite tough for the grade. Super coastal scenery. Can be exciting riding. Would be hard in the wet.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels

All Breakfasts included

Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Bike hire

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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Holiday details

Solo travellers
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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by Headwater rep.

Departures
Departures on Saturdays and Tuesdays from September to June from 23rd Apr 2024 to 31st Dec 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All Breakfasts included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £220 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

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