Rota Vicentina MTB Tour 6th to 9th April 2017
Activity: Guided MTB holiday
Date: 6th to 9th April
Bike type: Mountain bike
Duration: 3 nights 4 days cycling
Activity Level: Experienced
Accommodation: Quality rural hotel and B&B
Daily Average: 54km
Price: From €395
This cross-country MTB tour in Portugal’s South Western corner is a guided adventure-packed circuit with contrasting scenery.
Dipping in and out of the Vicentina Natural Park on a mountain bike is an excellent way to get to know this authentic and rural corner of Portugal.
The recently developed Rota Vicentina trail has two elements; the Fisherman’s trail and the Historic trail. The Historic trail is 230km and bikeable, whereas the Fisherman’s trail is better suited for walking. Therefore, this MTB holiday mostly follows the historic trail, which is also classified as a long distance route, Grand Randonnee (GR11, or E9).
This is our third annual weekend and it is becoming ever more popular with Mountain Bikers looking for a new challenge, so make sure you book early as we expect places to fill fast!
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Rota Vicentina MTB Tour 6th to 9th April 2017
Day 1: Transfer to Santiago de Cacém, cycle to São Luis, 62 km, 990 m. elev.
After our journey from central Algarve to the Alentejo province we set out from the route’s starting point in Santiago de Cacém. The trail leads through forests of cork oak, undulating countryside where local breeds of Black Pig can be seen or encountered on the tracks. An interesting mosaic of bio diversity follows, featuring olive groves, orchards, small ponds and streams. After passing through low density farm land and the traditional Alentejo town of Cercal the terrain becomes more mountainous with beautiful rocky outcrops. São Luis appears at the bottom of a wonderful decent to close the first day of riding.
Day 2: Cycle to Odeceixe, 61 km, 870 m. elev.
After the overnight stay in São Luis another day of riding in the wonderful Alentejo is ahead. A scenic route through peaceful valleys leads into Odemira, another quaint town with plenty of cafés for a first coffee break. Along the river Mira the route passes through pleasantly rolling countryside on the way to São Teotónio, where cafés for lunch can be found in the main square. Continuing south from São Teotónio you will reach a significant landmark in your journey, the border between the Alentejo and the Algarve. This is marked by the quaint hillside town of Odeceixe, where also the Fisherman’s trail is met at one of 7 elected Portugal’s most wonderful beaches.
Day 3: Cycle to Carrapateira, 54 km, 760 m. elev.
After a welcome rest with the friendliest of hostesses, Dª Celeste, a sharp climb out of Odeceixe is followed by completely flat paths alongside the irrigation channels on the way to Aljezur, (where the castle above the old town is well worth a visit). The trail becomes more undulating as it reaches the coast, south of Aljezur, before heading inland, via Bordeira, to Carrapateira. Carrapateira is a village of fisherman and farmers alike. It lives and breathes authenticity and reveals the contrasts of this region.
Day 4: Carrapateira circuit, 12 km, cycle to Cabo de São Vicente, 36 km, 500 m. elev., transfer to central Algarve
Before setting out on the final stage to Cabo de São Vicente we suggest a tour along the Fisherman’s trail of the wonderful Pontal de Carrapateira, a loop of c.10 kms that hugs the Atlantic coast, a place of great natural beauty. Back at Carrapateira a short sharp climb out of the village leading along the ridge top offers more spectacular views of the coastline before leading down to the river valley where a pleasant track leads along to the restored old village of Pedralva, a wortwhile refreshment stop along the way. Some undulating sandy trails amongst pine trees follows, as you head towards Vila do Bispo and, finally, the trail takes you down to the coast and the end of the route at Cabo de S. Vicente.
Price per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room, is €395pp
Single room accommodation subject to availability, please specify if preferred .
We offer an early booking discount of €50 for all bookings before end February 2017.
- Transfer between the Central Algarve and Santiago de Cacém (Alentejo) on day 1
- Transfer back to the Central Algarve from Cabo de São Vicente on day 4
- 3 nights b&b stay in comfortable guesthouse or hotel based on 2 persons sharing a twin room.
- Daily luggage transfer between accommodation
- Flights to and from the Algarve
- Lunches and evening meals
- MTB rental is available at €72 for the four riding days
- Helmets and SPD pedals. You can hire at a small fee, but we suggest you bring your own
- Personal accident insurance, which we strongly recommend you take out.