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Cycling the Algarve's Rota Vicentina

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $2279per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2022  
  • Departures
    Departures on Saturdays and Tuesdays from September to June from 17 Sep '22 to 3 Jun '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All Breakfast included
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • 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
      from 2 reviews

Mrs Savage says...
A challenging cycle ride rewarded with superb views and Portuguese hospitality.
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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'. Longing the ocean, you can fully enjoy the landscape and appreciate the surprises nature has to offer, such as wild flowers, bird watching. Admire breath-taking view and relax on one of the unspoilt beach or inlet. Your ride will be on coastal routes with some stretches on sandy paths.

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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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.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 are staying at Vila Esperenca**** (breakfast included)

Day 2: Setubal - Santo Andre 65 km / 40 MI

Start with a ferry crossing through the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. Enjoy bird watching during this short journey. This 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 here is an important colony.

Then, 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 are staying at Vila Park Nature**** (breakfast included)

Day 3: Santo Andre - Vila Nova de Milfontes 50 km / 31 MI

Ride through quaint villages until Sao Torpes Beach 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 are staying at Hotel Duna Park***

Day 4: Vila Nova de Milfontes - Rogil 55 km / 34 MI

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 are staying at hotel Alcatruz** (breakfast included)

Day 5: At Rogil 30 km / 18.5 MI

Today’s ride will lead you through the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina. Follow the rugged coastline to Odeceixe village which is very popular for its beach and surfing spot.
You are staying at hotel Alcatruz** (breakfast included)

Day 6: Rogil - Vila do Bispo 52 km / 32 MI

Cycle along several beaches that will mesmerize your memory such as the beach of Amoreira and Amado. Enjoy breath-taking views over the cliffs protecting long sandy beaches. You´ll arrive in Vila do Bispo, a peaceful village with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Discover virgin beaches, a rich culture and wonderful seafood.
You are staying at hotel Mira Sagres*** (breakfast included)

Day 7: Vila do Bispo - Sagres - Vila do Bispo 52 km / 32 MI

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 are staying at hotel Mira Sagres*** (breakfast included)

Day 8: Leave Vila do Bispo

Transfer from your hotel to Faro airport.

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 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
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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.


Find out more on the hotel website.

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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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.


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

Hotel Mira Sagres , Vila do Bispo

Swimming Pool IconHair dryer iconNEARBY:

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

Hair dryer iconNEARBY:

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.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

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.


Mrs Savage, 26/06/2022

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


Mr West, 07/05/2022

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 Breakfast included

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Airport transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Departures on Saturdays and Tuesdays from September to June from 17th Sep 2022 to 3rd Jun 2023, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All Breakfast included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £152 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

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.