Altantic West Coast and Vicentina MTB Route - Self-Guided

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  • Self-Guided
  • Sportive** (2/4)
  • Bike Journey
  • MTB or E-MTB
  • 8 days
  • aprox. 55 Km / 34,18 Miles
  • Yes
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8 Days
7 Nights
5 stages

Total Distance
325 km

Total climbing
4150 m

Total Descent
4250 m


With centuries of history, the Vicentina Route seeks to recover what would have been the path used by pilgrims, travelers and inhabitants in their travels through out the region. The roads, fountains, churches, hills and villages are what tell us the history of the place. This network of routes is ideal for those looking for nature, adventure, adrenaline and the contact with the rural world that is so typical of the Alentejo Coast! In addition, this route includes several sections along the Atlantic coast, famous for its huge and pointed cliffs, wild coves and off the beaten track beaches with passionate views over the sea. In addition to rural trails and paths, there are peaceful villages and hamlets with rustic houses, typical of the Southwest region of Portugal.
Come and discover the charm and treasures of "Costa Vicentina"!


- Atlantic Coast;
- History and Traditions;
- Diversity of landscape scenery;
- Wild beaches and landscapes;
- Cliffs and coves;
- Vila Nova de Mil Fontes;
- Cape Saint Vicent;
- Sagres;


Day 1 - Arrival in Grândola
Our trip begins in Grândola, a small village located in the heart of Alentejo.
Take the time to stroll around the village, after you check-in at the hotel.
Accommodation in Grândola.

Day 2 – Grândola to Santiago do Cacém (45 km/28 mi, 650 m/2130 ft elevation gain)
The first cycling day connects the two historic villages through the "Serra de Grandola", where fields of cork tree and grazing areas are predominant. The "montado" landscape is also very charactheristic, being home for many wild boars, black pigs, red deers and other species.
The destination on this day is Santiago do Cacém, a small village dominated by a castle on the top of a hill.
Accommodation in Santiago do Cacém.

Day 3 – From the “montado” to the coast (60 km/38 mi, 500 m/1640 ft elevation gain)
After spending a day riding in the inland area, it's time to get closer to the Atlantic coast. Leaving Santiago behind, ride through amazing trails until you see the blue sea in front of you.
On this day, you will have the opportunity to pass through the village of Porto Covo, and through the beach of "Ilha do Pessegueiro", which has a small island with a fort on the top, a few meters off coast.
Accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Day 4 - Relax by the sea!
After two cycling days it's time to relax and recover some energies for what's to come. Vila Nova de Milfontes is a typical coastal village from the Alentejo region, having a beach facing the sea and a beach facing the river. This is the largest town in the region, boasting a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the village during this day.
Accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Day 5 – Odemira (50 km/33 mi, 1000 m/3280 ft elevation gain)
Today you will be departing from the coast and riding the inland area, along the Mira river, through beautiful valleys, in direction to Odemira. The course gets a little bit harder as you get to São Luis village. Take the time to enjoy nature as this route passes through small farms, oak groves and pastures, in a rural setting that is a reminder of other times.
Accommodation in Odemira.

Day 6: Zambujeira do Mar and Odeceixe (55 km/35 mi, 800 m/2624 ft elevation gain)
Start this day cycling along the bank of the Mira river.
The route mostly follows rural paths, sometimes passing by agricultural fields near the coast. After visiting Zambujeira do Mar, you will ride again along the coast until you get to Azenha do Mar, a small fishing village with a fishing port that is worth visiting. Right after, comes the typical village of Odeicexe with its amazing sandy beach, where the Seixe river flows into the beach and sea.
Today's ride ends at Aljezur, a historic village in the Algarve that is famous for growing sweet potatoes.
Accommodation in Aljezur.

Day 7 - The Vicentina coast and Cape St. Vincent (55 km/35 mi, 800 m/2624 ft elevation gain)
In the last cycling day, you will ride mostly in the coastline. Leaving Aljezur behind you will pass by the medieval castle and then ride south to Carrapateira. This is a marvellous place with an amazing natural beauty, so you should stop for a while to contemplate the views over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
When arriving at Cape Saint Vincent, the most southwestern point in Europe, you will be able to visit the lighthouse and the small fort located over a cliff.
Accommodation in Sagres.

Day 8 – Departure
After the breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.
Transfers to the airport will be arranged but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with a few recommendations.



- 7 nights accommodation in breakfast basis;
- Reception of guests in Grandola train station and transfer to the hotel;
- Travel briefing with delivery of the rented bike and gear included in this trip:
- KTM Ultra Sport mtb 29' bike, helmet, lock, saddle bag and mini pump;
- Luggage transfer between hotels;
- Bikesul dedicated app with navigation option or gps navigation device with the journey tracks;
- Bikesul water bottle with isotonic powder gift;
- Bikesul cycling t-shirt gift;
- Personal accident Insurance while cycling;
- Assistance on call and bikesul emergency contact;
- Final briefing with bike and gear collection in Sagres;
- Last day transfer from Sagres to Faro (airport or train station).

We recommend self-guided cycling tours to everybody who knows how to navigate a map or a GPS device and has previous experience in self-guided cycling. If you think you don’t fit this description, maybe a guided cycling tour would be a more enjoyable option for you.

Not Included:
- Flights;
- Meals;
- Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package;
- Extra equipment non-specified as included;
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the program;
- Personal expenses;
- Travel Insurance;

- 4Star Charm hotels HB accommodation: + 350€
- Upgrade to carbon MTB bike: + 100€ Upgrade to E-Bike MTB: + 145€
- Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Grandola (tour start place): + 200€
- Transfer from Faro Airport to Grandola (tour start place): + 200€
- 5% discount for groups over 4 participants.

Bike Rental

This tour includes:
KTM Ultra Fun 29' (Aluminium)

Available for Upgrade:
KTM Myroon One 29' (Carbon)

Full-Suspension KTM Scarp Elite 29' (Carbon)


Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance:

Our tours include Personal Accidents and Liability Insurance only while riding. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen.  We strongly recommend that you take out a policy for your travel which covers delayed baggage, medical repatriation and other areas.

We recommend WorldNomads, whose policies are specially designed for bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour is a "living thing", being influenced by multiple factors such as weather conditions, group riding abilities and trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers  and will be continually assessing these factors making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best experience possible.

Safety and Responsibility

Your safety and pleasure on this event are of paramount importance to us. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the routes we choose are safe, enjoyable, challenging but still within each rider’s ability. All routes are carefully evaluated for their safety and we avoid hazards and traffic as much as is practicably possible. We expect every rider to attend the daily briefings to familiarise themselves with each day’s route.

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