Lisbon to the Algarve Cycling Tour

Activity: Self guided touring holiday
Bike type: Hybrid touring bike (optional e-bike)
Duration: 7 nights and 6 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Accommodation: Good quality B&Bs and 3/4 star hotels
Daily Average: 50km
Price: From €1485

This is a cycling tour of fabulous contrasts, as you make your way from Lisbon, the imposing and captivating Capital City of Portugal, to the ever popular and stunning region of the Algarve.

The route, for the most part, hugs the Atlantic coast; providing varied and spectacular scenery every single day. It’s a wonderful way to experience first-hand the many unique characteristics of the most South Westerly corner of Europe.


Day 1 Arrival in Lisbon 

Upon your arrival in Lisbon, we will meet you and take you to your hotel in Setúbal. It is a thriving port town, with a quaint old quarter where you can while away the hours on one of the beautiful squares, whilst you sample the local delicacy, chocos fritos (fried cuttlefish). Or take a leisurely boat trip up the Estuary where you can spot all kinds of birds on the saltmarshes. This Natural Reserve is also home to a colony of bottlenose dolphins. There is plenty to see and do in and around the town before you embark on your cycling adventure.

Day 2 Cycle Santiago de Cacém: (62km/580m elevation gain)

After breakfast you will take the ferry across the bay to the Troia Peninsular. (Keep an eye out for dolphins as they have been known to race alongside the boat!). The peninsula is a low-lying sandbank, so it’s a nice flat ride to start the day, partly along a designated cycle path. It’s worth stopping for a moment to take in the Roman ruins, once a major fish-salting factory and a sizeable discovery. Further down is Carrasqueira, an old fishing community where you can still see traditional reed houses and narrow fishing boats moored on the mud flats nearby. Your leisurely ride continues almost 20kms, flanked by sand dunes and rice fields, ending in the Alentejo region and the lovely town of Comporta, one of the regions most “hip” resorts. If you’re feeling brave you might like to sample their local speciality, a Blueberry Caipirosca (a vodka based cocktail that hails from Brazil).

From here the landscape begins to change as you head inland. You will see cork oak forests and moors abundant with pine and eucalyptus trees. You will stay in the bustling provincial town of Santiago de Cacém, with an imposing Moorish castle and an interesting history.

Day 3 Cycle to Vila Nova de Milfontes: (58km/450m elevation gain) 

Today’s rides takes you back to the Atlantic coast. But first you will spend the day cycling along very quiet roads and through sleepy villages that are surrounded by undulating countryside and forests of cork oak.

You may wish to take a break in Cercal, a typical Alentejo small town, rich in traditional architecture. You can explore its historical centre via a network of narrow streets and alleys, sampling local products and enjoying the traditional arts and crafts.

At the picturesque village of São Luis, you will turn West towards the Atlantic and the popular seaside town, Vilanova de Milfontes. Very popular with Portuguese tourists, it’s a lively and welcoming town overlooking the Mira River. It’s beautifully traditional and the myriad of cobbled streets are perfect for exploring at your leisure.

Day 4 Cycle to Zambujeira do Mar: (38km/200m elevation gain)

This is a relatively short day in terms of kilometres, but it’s packed full with opportunities to detour and enjoy some fabulous sights as you cycle through the scenic Vicentina Natural Park.

Some of your day’s highlights might include: the Praia do Almograve, widely considered to be one of the West Coast’s most outstanding beaches, dotted with rock pools full of marine life; Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, where you can actually look down on the storks that nest on the rocks leading down to the beach; and Entrada da Barca, which is a natural fishing port that gives you a sense of how the force of the Atlantic Ocean continues to shape the Alentejo coast.

Reaching Zambujeira do Mar, you can’t help but be charmed by the pretty, whitewashed village perched at the top of a giant cliff overlooking a wide, sandy bay.

Day 5 Cycle to Aljezur: (44km/460m elevation gain)

This is another great day’s cycling along the unspoilt coastline. For the first few kilometres you really will be hugging the coast, so do take time to stop and take in the spectacular views, listen to the crashing waves and breathe in some of the freshest air in Europe!

Worthy of a lunch stop is Odeceixe, a sleepy town perched on a hill, overlooking the estuary of the river Seixe, that straddles the borders between the Alentejo and the Algarve. As you leave Odeceixe you are not only crossing over into the Algarve, but into the “land of the sweet potato” of which Aljezur is deemed the “capital”. It’s said that they produce the best tasting varieties because of the weather conditions and the sea air. So it’s probably the best place to sample it cooked in one of a few traditional methods. If you happen to be there in October/November, they even have an annual Sweet Potato Festival.

Day 6 Cycle to Sagres: (54km/750 m elevation gain)

Today’s ride brings with it some of the most dramatic scenery; with the wild, rugged coastline on your right and the windswept plains on your left. The climate here can make for a few bracing hours on the bike, but with the totally unspoilt landscape and the sea air filling your lungs, you are likely to feel a sense of invigoration as you approach the end of your day´s journey.

Cabo de São Vicente, sometimes referred to as the “edge of the world” is the South Western tip of Europe and a 5km ride along the Sagres peninsula takes you past the Fortaleza do Beliche and on to the lighthouse right at the end of the headland, where you can take an iconic photo and buy souvenirs from the tenacious stallholders that are there year round.

You will overnight in Sagres, a truly tranquil town with beautiful beaches, a picturesque harbour, a very pretty town square and stunning views. It is very popular in summer with visitors, but all year round with fishermen and surfers because of the western Atlantic waters creating such good waves for surfing. It is mostly known as the place where Henry the Navigator brought together great mariners, astronomers, ship-builders and cartographers to build and navigate great ships in the period of the Age of Discoveries.

Day 7 Cycle to Lagos: (47km/616m elevation gain)

You can look forward to more spectacular scenery as you leave Sagres. But with this almost inevitably comes more hills, as you hug the coastline between Sagres and your final destination of Lagos. Yet, as always, there’s a positive! Because along the way you can enjoy the refreshing sea air and you will have opportunities to take a break in some very pretty coastal towns and villages. For example, the tiny villages of Burgau and Salema, which have few amenities, but both exude a specific charm that attracts day visitors throughout the year. And a few kilometres East of these quaint little places lies Luz, a sprawling seaside town with a long promenade, often host to local market stalls and artists displaying their work.

A short hop along the old coastal road brings you to Lagos, a bustling town with lots to offer; from the modern marina and waterfront restaurants, to the lively town square and the maze of cobbled streets within the old city walls. You will have plenty of options for dinner, including traditional local restaurants, tapas bars, cafes, plus lots of international options. Many of these are concentrated around the marina, the river and the old town, all of which provide a very pleasant backdrop whilst you enjoy your last evening of the tour.

Day 8 Departure

We will transfer you from your hotel to Faro airport or, if you are returning via Lisbon, to a local train station for your journey home.



We strongly recommend that, if you are able, you spend a couple of days extra in Lisbon, to explore this city full of surprises. You will not be disappointed. Lisbon is a picture postcard city; it has succeeded in retaining its old-fashioned charm, whilst at the same time offering an eclectic feast of modern and historical architecture and cultural attractions. There is literally something for everyone.

Additionally, this tour can be extended to include the Algarve Coast and beyond into Spain. Please ask for more details.



Month Price per person
January €1485
February €1490
March €1560
April €1670
May €1700
June €1825
July €1870
August €1915
September €1870
October €1690
November €1490
December €1510


  • Quality bike and equipment hire. Options for upgrade to E-Bike.
  • Detailed maps and route suggestions
  • Good quality hotels/apartments along the route
  • Route advice & recommendations
  • Airport Transfers
  • Luggage Transfer


  • Flights
  • Holiday insurance – recommended
  • Ferry fare between Setubal and Troia

Note :-

  • Prices are per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room.
  • Discounts are available for large groups, please contact us for details.
  • We also offer options for daily route extensions.
  • This tour is designed and priced as a “self guided” holiday as this is how we can provide the best value for money for our clients. We can also provide the services of a guide and/or a support vehicle. Please contact us for further details and prices.