This easy to moderate tour starts by heading south along the coast from the whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles ofVila Nova Milfontes. The route crosses the River Mira to cycle along the cliff tops where storks nest in the spring. There is no development just natural rocky coastline all the way to the small village of Zambujeira do Mar, a little fishing village perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic. We stop here for a night where there is a sandy beach and a good selection of restaurants. Venturing further along the coast magnificent beaches stretch out between the cliffs.
We arrive in Aljezur, a village where a Moorish castle stands guard high on the hilltop and if you are feeling hungry try some of the local sweet potatoes or goose barnacles (perceves). From Aljezur the route ventures inland to the village ofMonchique. It is a tougher route up into the hills rewarded by spectacular views of the Algarve. In the centre of Monchique you can enjoy some sightseeing along the narrow streets and test the traditional gastronomy: the honey, the candies, the medronho are our suggestion. You can also "take the waters' or have a treatment/massage in the Spa of Monchique. Next day is much easier; you can enjoy the descent back to lower altitudes. It is a day of rolling hills, olives trees, cork trees, rural atmosphere and a sprinkling of old rustic farmhouses. We end the day in Santa Clara Reservoir. More rolling hills and two high viewpoints bring us to the ancient village of Odemira, which is a great place to visit. You can take a walk along the river front and wander round this old country town almost stepping back in time amongst the whitewashed houses and narrow streets.
The final stretch to complete the circuit passes through the last of the peaceful byways and a number of small rural communities on the way to Vila Nova Milfontes
Private Transfers Prices (on request):
• 7 nights bed and breakfast;
• Accommodation in guest houses and small hotels;
• Bike hire;
• Maps and route details in English and German;
• Luggage transfers each cycling day;
• Emergency support.
Flights not included. Consult us for the best options.