8 days - 7 nights

Sparsely populated region , Spectacular views:  top cliffs, deserted beaches, valleys, river…, Diversity of landscapeDiversity of fauna and flora, Traditional villages , Interaction with local people and habits, Typical gastronomy: fresh fish (monkfish, squid, sea bass, codfish…); black pig and delicious Alentejo wine.

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Itinerary


Summary:
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):

Includes:

What's Included:
• 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.

Not Included:

Flights not included. Consult us for the best options.


SELF GUIDED CYCLING TOUR HOTEL-to-HOTEL - "THE UNEXPLORED ALENTEJO" - Southwest Portugal - 7 Nights - 210 Km / 128 Miles

HIGHLIGHTS:
Sparsely populated region , Spectacular views:  top cliffs, deserted beaches, valleys, river…, Diversity of landscapeDiversity of fauna and flora,Traditional villages , Interaction with local people and habits, Typical gastronomy: fresh fish (monkfish, squid, sea bass, codfish…); black pig and delicious Alentejo wine.
 
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS:
Bed and breakfast on 7 nights Guesthouses and small hotels. Evening meals and lunches are not included.
 
GRADE: easy-to-moderate            MIN. GROUP SIZE: 2       WHEN TO GO: Available all year round (except July and August) 

The Alentejo region of Portugal enjoys year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, making it an ideal location to extend summer cycling into the winter months.

Departures are possible starting any day of the week.  July & August are just too hot.                Duration: 8 days (7 nights).

From 740 euros per person (based on a min. of 2 persons, 8 days – sharing room).   


 BASIC ITINERARY                                                      Distance
 
Day 1 Arrive Vila Nova de Milfontes
Day 2 Vila Nova Milfontes to Zambujeira                      32km/20Miles
Day 3 Zambujeira to Aljezur                                       38km/24Miles
Day 4 Aljezur to Monchique                                       35km/22Miles
Day 5 Monchique to Santa Clara                                36km/23Miles
Day 6 Santa Clara to Odemira                                    31km/19Miles
Day 7 Odemira to Vila Nova de Milfontes                     39Km/24Miles
Day 8 Departure
 
Terrain & Difficulty

We grade the tour as easy-moderate; standard day stages between hotels vary from 31km to 39km.
The vast majority of the trip is on tarmac lanes and minor roads with very little traffic. Just 3 or 4km are on well-made gravel tracks. It is quite hilly with the largest ascent of 500m on day 4 but distances are short and there is no rush.

The Bikes

21 gear hybrid bikes (SCOTT Models Sonoma TR2 and Sporter) with panniers, puncture kit and spare inner tube and tools.
Helmets are not provided.
Cycle hire fee is included in the basic holiday price.

Luggage: 
When staying in hotels, sometimes your luggage will have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival.
However don’t be surprised if your luggage is waiting for you at reception for you to take up to your room.

Language: When travelling in rural Portugal you will not necessarily come across people speaking English. The local people are very open and friendly and with the help of a good phrase book you should be able to get by. If you are in any difficulty, the local reps that are fluent in English and Portuguese will be able to help from the end of a mobile phone.

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