Self Guided – The Rota Vicentina and beyond

West PortugalThe Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina offers you a great opportunity to discover the unspoilt Alentejo. From friendly locals to delicious and inexpensive food as well as family owned accommodation, the Alentejo is a cycle touring dream location. You’ll experience a memorable montage on this bike tour, from magnificent seascapes, pastoral farmlands, working windmills, and historical monuments as you ride south from Santiago do Cacem to Odeceixe.

Included in this holiday

• 7 night’s accommodation in a twin / double room
• 7 Breakfasts
• 5 simple picnics and 1.5l of water
• Hard Tail MTBs, with frame size tailored to your height
• Bikes delivered and collected directly from your hotel
• Brand new water bottles to keep
• Spare tube, tire levers, multi tool, mini pump & lock
• Baggage transfers
• detailed route maps with directions
• back up support and emergency phone number

Not included

• Flights to and from Portugal
• Travel to and from the Alentejo
• 7 dinners
• 1 lunch
• Travel insurance

Cost per person

October – May: 590 euro, June & September: 630 euro                                                               Single room supplement: 140 euro

(this holiday is NOT suitable for single riders)

Itinerary

Western PortugalDay 1 – Arrival in the Alentejo town of Santiago do Cacém (easily reached by bus or train from Lisbon), where your mountain bikes will be waiting. You will spend two nights at a guesthouse close to the historical centre and the northern starting point of the Rota Vicentina.

Day 2 – An orientation ride along a 10km circular route before the start of the main cycling programme. This will give you the opportunity to visit the town’s castle, the historic centre, as well as the ruins of the Roman town of Mirobriga. NB. Lunch is not provided on day two, as the route passes numerous cafés where riders can easily purchase refreshments. Overnight Santiago.

Day 3 – Welcome meeting after breakfast at your guest house before the ride from Santiago do Cacém to Cercal do Alentejo. A 41 km ride along the first two stages of the Historical Way through the hills between Santiago do Cacém and Vale Seco and then passing Campilhas Dam & Reservoir on what is considered to be the most arrid stage of the Historical Way. The next two nights will be spent at an art nouveau style guesthouse in the centre of Cercal do Alentejo.

Day 4 – A 36km ride through the Serra de Cercal from Cercal do Alentejo to the beautiful fishing village of Porto Covo on the Atlantic coast and back.

Western PortugalDay 5 – A 46 km ride from Cercal do Alentejo to São Luis through the “serras” with views to the coast and inland over the Alentejo plains and then from São Luis to Odemira, along a stage known as the water section of the Historical Way, where there is an optional but recommended side trail to Pego da Pias pools. The night will be spent at a family owned pension in the centre of Odemira .

Day 6 – A 36 km ride from Odemira to São Teotonio, where for much of the route, the trail follows the River Mira and the River S. Teotonio along wide trails, before continuing from São Teotonio along some challenging but truly memorable trails to the Algarve village of Odeceixe. You will spend two nights at a small guest house close to the village centre.

Day 7 –  A 46km or 34km circular ride to the beautiful west coast and the amazing beach of Odeceixe. From here you have a short climb up onto the cliff tops and a ride through quiet country roads to the tiny nature reserve of Esteveira (a unique site of sand dunes on top of cliffs) – the views from the reserve along the coast both to north and south are breath taking. From here you ride to the the village of Rogil and then you can return along quiet country roads to Odeceixe or if you prefer you can follow the Rota Vicentina to the old Moorish town of Aljezur with its famous castle before biking back.

Day 8 – Sadly you must leave (there is a direct bus from Odeceixe to Lisbon)

Booking Procedure and Conditions

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