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Rota Vicentina
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Costa Vicentina by bike in 7 days

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249 km
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5 steps
7 days
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1590 €

Costa Vicentina by bicycle
Immerse yourself on two wheels in the deepest soul of the Costa Vicentina, straddling the Portuguese regions of Alentejo and the mythical Algarve to the most south-western tip of Europe: Cape São Vicente. Rich and varied landscapes sculpted by saltpetre and wind, nature reserves and small fishing villages nestled between cliffs and red sandy beaches are the ingredients of this adventure that you won't want to miss, accompanied by the best gastronomy in Portugal.
Venture to the Costa Vicentina, Portugal's true scenic and gastronomic gem.
Walk one of Europe's most authentic coastal routes.
Let yourself be pampered by the proverbial Portuguese hospitality in accommodation with charm and its own history.
Costa Vicentina by bicycle
Rota Vicentina
RVB1

Costa Vicentina by bike in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
249 km
●●●○○
5 steps
7 days
Venture to the Costa Vicentina, Portugal's true scenic and gastronomic gem.
Walk one of Europe's most authentic coastal routes.
Let yourself be pampered by the proverbial Portuguese hospitality in accommodation with charm and its own history.
from 1590 €
Immerse yourself on two wheels in the deepest soul of the Costa Vicentina, straddling the Portuguese regions of Alentejo and the mythical Algarve to the most south-western tip of Europe: Cape São Vicente. Rich and varied landscapes sculpted by saltpetre and wind, nature reserves and small fishing villages nestled between cliffs and red sandy beaches are the ingredients of this adventure that you won't want to miss, accompanied by the best gastronomy in Portugal.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Premium
Only the best of each place: premium accommodation and tailor-made services to give you one of those trips that stay in our memories and make us smile with nostalgia.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Reinforced breakfasts*.

Private transfers

Full documentation

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

* The reinforced breakfasts may vary depending on the accommodation. They usually include a buffet or are larger and more calorific than a normal breakfast, as they are designed for a higher energy expenditure during your route.

And also...

Bicycle and ebike rental
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Complementary activities
Bicycle and ebike rental
Cancellation insurance
Complementary activities

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Lisbon and transfer to the Costa Vicentina.

Welcome to Portugal, one of the European destinations that brings the biggest smiles to our faces when we recall the memories we have of it. Upon arrival at Lisbon airport, we will pick you up to take you to the starting point of this unforgettable cycling tour along the Costa Vicentina: Santiago do Cacém. Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you visit the town before retiring to rest and prepare for the adventure that begins the next day.

Private transfer Lisbon Airport - Santiago do Cacém (1h 30min)
Accommodation: Octant Santiago or similar.

Day 2. Stage Santiago do Cacém - Vila Nova de Milfontes

Distance: 50.1 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Casa do Adro da Igreja or similar.

Your adventure on the Costa Vicentina starts by leaving Santiago do Cacém and heading towards the sea, entering the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park and the famous south coast of the country, full of small coves nestled between the cliffs and the ocean. The road will take us to Porto Covo, a small village of seafaring essence and great interest, where it is worth making a stop before continuing. After leaving it behind, the day will culminate in Vila Nova de Milfontes, which unfolds along its beautiful bay, where the Mira River meets the Atlantic and which offers fantastic gastronomic options that you won't want to miss.

Day 3. Stage Vila Nova de Milfontes - Odeceixe

Distance: 50.7 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Casas do Moinho or similar.

The second stage of this route along the Rota Vicentina on Portugal's wildest coastline takes us to Cabo Sardão and the lighthouse that guards it. Here one of the most imposing coastal landscapes in southern Europe becomes apparent, the result of a unique communion between land and ocean. The route continues with an abundance of detail and sweeping views of the Atlantic towards Zambujeira do Mar, a village of white houses suspended over the cliffs, and Odeceixe, a charming end to the stage in the shade of an old windmill.

Day 4. Stage Odeceixe - Arrifana

Distance: 45.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Herdade Monte do Sol or similar.

Fourth day of this tour, which will start at the incredible beach of Odeceixe and follow the valley where the caravels entered and left the port of Aljezur and lead to the large fields of sweet potato crops, which are of the highest quality here. It is worth stopping to sample the interesting local cuisine and stroll through the narrow medieval streets to the castle. From there, the best thing to do is to continue to the beautiful beach of Monte Clérigo and to Ponta da Atalaia - where the remains of an old Arab rifat remain - to finally end the day in Arrifana.

Day 5. Stage Arrifana - Sagres

Distance: 57.9 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Memmo Baleeira or similar.

Another opportunity to make the most of this cycling route along the Costa Vicentina. Leaving the village of Arrifana behind, the road will bring us to quiet wooded areas and constant returns to copper and ash-coloured beaches and cliffs. Carrapateira appears before us, a pretty village surrounded by vegetation, and the beach of Bordeira, just 1 kilometre from the village. From there, through a beautiful pine forest, we continue our way to Cape São Vicente, the south-western tip of Europe. Here the cliffs take on monumental shapes and it is worth simply sitting and contemplating the immensity before finishing the route in the neighbouring village of Sagres.

Day 6. Stage Sagres - Lagos

Distance: 42.9 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Hotel Marina Rio or similar.

The last cycling day of this adventure on the wildest coast of Portugal, to cover the 43 kilometres that separate Sagres from Lagos, avoiding the non-cyclable sections of the Trilho dos Pescadores and the Rota Vicentina, but approaching the beautiful beaches of Barranco, Ingrina, Salema and Burgau. On this stretch the whimsical cliffs of the Costa d'Oiro will also appear before our eyes, leading us to the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse, just a stone's throw away from the end of our stage in Lagos.

Optionalboat trip along the Oiro coast and the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade.

Day 7. Return Home

The seventh day is for collecting and sorting out the memories of this incredible week of cycling along the Costa Vicentina. Reminisce about the rugged landscape, the intense blue of the ocean, the flavours of olive oil, fresh fish and coffee. You won't want to go back home.

Private transfer to Faro (1h) or Lisbon (2h45)

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This route along the Costa Vicentina by bicycle is designed for people with a certain habit of moving around on two wheels. It has some sections with small technical difficulties, although the more complex sections have been avoided. So no special physical fitness is required. Nor is it necessary to have a bicycle. If you prefer, we can provide you with one for the duration of the route. Mechanical and electric bicycles are available.
This route is open all year round. However, due to the high temperatures that are frequent in the south of Portugal in summer, we recommend avoiding the months of July and August.
This itinerary along the Costa Vicentina includes all necessary transfers by private vehicle, as described in the Itinerary section. From Lisbon Airport (LIS) or Faro Airport (FAO) to Santiago do Cacém, the start of the route, and from Lagos to the same airports.
For this route along the Costa Vicentina we have chosen accommodation in the "charming" category. These are boutique hotels with special care in the decoration and finishings, the treatment of guests and their gastronomic offer. The accommodations indicated in the itinerary are the ones we will preferably book, but are subject to availability. In case it is not possible to make your reservation in one of them due to lack of space, we will choose similar accommodations in the vicinity.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.