Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Lisbon airport and VIP transfer to tonight's accommodation. Transfers are scheduled for 3:00pm. You'll be staying at Barradas da Serra Country House, an incredible Manor House where you'll be received like family on this welcoming farm estate.
For more than a century producing cereals, including wheat, this activity has lost some significance over time, and it is now the oak forest (montado) of greater importance in the activity of the homestead. The production of cork is an investment with many years of tradition in the family, being also of great importance for the region and the country. In the evening there will be a general briefing on the tour.
Day 2: Loop tour (36 miles/58 km)
Following breakfast we’ll start our tour with a loop stage, exploring the beautiful scenery of the region, with its cork forest and contrasting beaches, just a few kilometers apart. We’ll be stopping at the St. André Lagoon, surrounded by golden dunes and a diversified avifauna, making of this a very pleasant place, filled with peace of mind and beauty. Then it's time to head back to the enchantments of our Country House.
Day 3: Ocean Views (41 miles/65 km)
Following a delicious breakfast, we continue our biking trough the Alentejo. We'll be biking on our way to the medieval city of Santiago do Cacém, passing through lovely landscapes. You'll marvel at the scenic splendor of the ocean touching the shore, majestically blending the blue of the sea and the green of the landscape.
Discover a genuine seven heaven made up of almost only deserted beaches, cliffs and crags amidst exceptionally rich biodiversity and unique geological heritage. Among the 750 plants and 200 species of birds that have been identified throughout the area of the Natural Park, there are a few worth mentioning, like the White Stork, Bonelli’s Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon or the felines such as the Fox or the Iberian Linx.
We'll be spending the night immersed in this true masterpiece of nature, at the most welcoming cotton white Country House, where nights are spent between candle lights and admiring the stars above.
Day 4: Vicentine Coast (38 miles/60 km)
Enjoy your breakfast and then it's time for another day of great cycling through the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. This Park, with more than 100km in length, is the largest stretch of protected Portuguese coastline, and we've made a special effort to prepare the tour for your best enjoyment. Our biking takes us to the fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes with a strong connection to the ocean, in the estuary of the Mira river, where many centuries ago Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and, of course, Romans and Arabs passed through. Then it's time to get back to our cozy Country House and relax.
Day 5: Coastal Cycling (43 miles/68 km)
After another delicious homemade breakfast, we cycle along rolling hills, with spectacular views over the seashore and smooth breezes along the cliffs, overlooking the magnificent sandy beaches and estuaries. We'll take a look at the 1883 Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, an impressive 17 meters high structure that still helps ship navigate along the coast.
The views are impressive and the tracks take us to Odeceixe Beach, quite popular amongst the surfers, which straddles the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal and is considered one of the most beautiful of Portugal. It is situated at the mouth of the River Seixe which forms the border and lays down a lush green valley leading to the beach. For the next two nights we’ll be staying at a family luxury retreat, were friends and guests can enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Day 6: Onward to Sagres (41 miles/66 km)
As we come close to the end of tour, you will realize that we have saved the best for last. From here, we will be heading for Sagres, the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the Caravel in the 15th Century, and discovered new Worlds.
We continue cycling to the village of Aljezur located in a lush, green valley, well known for its sweet potatoes. We'll continue to Sagres Village, all the way to St. Vincent Lighthouse – with lovely panoramic views onto the Atlantic Ocean… one of the best sunsets in the world!
Day 7: Departure
Today is departure day. During the morning we'll transfer to the airport.