General

Rota Vicentina Grande Travessia 2nd to 4th December 2022

Activity: Guided MTB holiday
Date: 2nd to 4th December
Bike type: Mountain bike (optional e-bike)
Duration: 2 nights 3 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate
Accommodation: Quality rural hotel and B&B
Daily Average: 50km
Price: From €275

This brand new trail offers three days´ biking along the Rota Vicentina long distance MTB trail. Dipping in and out of the Vicentina Natural Park, it is designed to link all of the region’s MTB trail centres in one long route of around 145 km. Some detours to our accommodation will add a few extra km, but it will be well worth it as we travel through this authentic and rural South Western corner of Portugal . The route starts at Amoreiras Gare and concludes at Santa Clara-a-Velha .

This fully guided adventure is packed full of contrasting scenery and some testing daily profiles, but the route avoids any serious technical sections and is designed to be an intermediate level. It is ideal for those who love the thrill of cycling in the open countryside but don’t particularly want the added challenge of tricky terrain.

Itinerary

Friday 2nd December Amoreiras Gare to São Luis (c. 53km)

We will meet in Loule around 8am and transfer directly to Amoreiras Gare. This first day takes us cross country along quiet roads and tracks, through low density farmland and onto more hilly terrain, where we may even catch our first view of the Atlantic. On to picturesque São Luis where we will stay overnight in a beautiful, traditional family-run country house set on a quiet hill, surrounded by sweeping farmland and old cork trees.

Saturday 3rd December São Luis to Zambujeira do Mar (c. 55km)

We have all day to cycle around 55 km to our next stay close to Zambujeira do Mar . The route passes through Odemira, a quaint town with plenty of cafes and a restaurants, so a perfect spot for some lunch. Odemira derives its name from its vicinity to the Mira river, once an important means of communication to the outside world. Now it is a significant commercial centre, but retains some of its old world charm with the steep narrow streets leading to the remains of the castle walls.

Leaving Odemira along the river Mira, we will pass through unspoilt countryside on the way to São Teotónio, where cafes can be found in the pretty square in the middle of the town. We will then head towards the coast for our overnight stay in a beautifully renovated farmhouse nestled between the mountains and the sea.

Sunday 4th December Zambujeira do Mar to Santa Clara-a-Velha (c. 40km)

This morning we will set out after breakfast and cycle the last stage to Santa Clara-a-Velha, a delightful little village built around its 16th century church, and which is full to the brim with authentic rural character and charm.  Set perfectly between the lake and the surrounding Eucalyptus forests, it is a calming, natural spot for a quick lunch before transferring back to Loulé in the afternoon.

 

Prices

Prices

Price per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room, is €275pp

Single room accommodation subject to availability, is €350pp. Please specify if preferred .

INCLUDING:

  • Transfer between the Central Algarve and Amoreiras Gare on day 1
  • Transfer back to the Central Algarve from  Santa Clara-a-Velha on day 3
  • 2 nights b&b stay in comfortable guesthouse or hotel based on 2 persons sharing a twin room.
  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

NOT INCLUDING:

  • Flights to and from the Algarve
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • MTB rental is available
  • 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.