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Lisbon to Sagres, Portugal

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Trip Lisbon to Sagres, Portugal Mountain Bike
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Follow Portugal’s beautiful and wild west coastline by mountain bike on this 8-day self-guided adventure from Libson until Cape São Vicente in Sagres
Enjoy a true mountain biking adventure through the Portuguese coastline with support from Portugal Nature Trails on this 8-day self-guided mountain bike trip package. On this trip, you’ll explore the beautiful west coast of Portugal at your own pace with this handcrafted itinerary, allowing for freedom, flexibility and independence. Starting from the outskirts of Lisbon and riding to the most southwestern point of Europe, you’ll get to take in the natural beauty of the region and stunning coastal views. This Portugal mountain bike trip will still have some luxury, however, as you’ll be staying in 4-star and 5-star boutique hotels along the way. The ride also crosses two natural reserves where you can discover small fishing villages and explore some abandoned fortresses - remnants of the time when this coast was ravaged by pirates! The trip finishes at Cape São Vicente, the perfect dramatic and historical conclusion to this wonderful trip.

This mountain bike vacation package is ideal for intermediate or better riders who are looking for flexibility while being supported by GPS navigation and logistics. Daily distances are 25-45 miles a day and consist of 20% paved roads and 80% off road including dirt roads, singletrack and short sections of rock and sand.

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Itinerary
Itinerary
  • 1
    Welcome to Portugal! A Portugal Nature Trails representative will pick you in Lisbon and transfer you to the hotel. Enjoy your rest here because tomorrow, new adventures await you!
  • 2
    After crossing the river to the southern bank by boat, the tour will begin and the first section will take place near the ocean with a mix of trails and secondary roads. You will pass through the spectacular Cape Espichel with breathtaking views of the cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. There you will find a famous sanctuary built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs, the ‘Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel’. The trail continues on the southern coast following several singletrack until you get to Sesimbra, a small fishing town on the southern slope of Arrábida. Rest and enjoy the pool and spectacular views from Sesimbra Hotel & Spa.
  • 3
    Today is another fantastic day with emphasis on crossing the Arrábida Natural Park. This group of small limestone hills near the ocean is a rare example of ancient Mediterranean vegetation, resulting in a very special microclimate and sharp topography. You will arrive at the city of Setúbal, where you will embark on a ferry to cross the Sado River. Arrive at the Tróia Peninsula and follow the asphalt road to escape the sandy beaches that connect Tróia to the mainland. The passage through Comporta is marked by the trail between the rice fields. At the end of this long day reach Herdade das Barradas, a beautiful place close to Grândola town.
  • 4
    Today is your biggest ride, just shy of 50 miles, so enjoy a hearty breakfast and hit the road. The day will be mostly marked by the well-known ups-and-downs of this area. Pass by some typical small villages and ride surrounded by cork tree forests. Ride into natural areas of eucalyptus and pine trees and through long flowing fields enjoy the fresh air and green colors! At the end of the day arrive in Cercal village and dip into the wild once more. At the end of the trail, you find the gorgeous Herdade Matinha hotel.
  • 5
    Today you will return inland and ride on a dirt road through some cork hoods. Pass close to Vila Nova de Milfontes and get closer to the ocean until you arrive at the fantastic promontory of Cape Sardão, where you will follow a spectacular mountain bike trail over the cliffs to reach the typical village Zambujeira do Mar. As you arrive at Odeceixe, you will cross the Ceixe River, leaving the Alentejo region and entering the Algarve.
  • 6
    Hit the trail and enjoy the next few kilometers following a fun singletrack next to an irrigation channel. You will arrive early at Aljezur with time to explore the narrow streets next to the castle. Then follow the rural trails between pine hoods until you get to the Bordeira village. Next you will ride around the “Carrapateira Pontal”, a beautiful peninsula with epic vistas of the ocean. Your next stop will be the amazingly beautiful Amado Beach, enjoy your evening hear and soak up the afternoon sun.
  • 7
    On the last day follow a coastal route leading you to “the place where the land ends and the sea begins”, Sagres. Along the way discover some of the most beautiful and secret beaches of the Vicentina Coast. Ride south along Algarve’s wild coast to Cape São Vicente, the south-westernmost point of Continental Europe, a fantastic place to end this epic ride.
  • 8
    Your Portugal Nature Trails representative will arrive to take you back to Libson, about a 3.5 hour drive. Say goodbye to Portugal or continue on your adventures!

Trip Package Includes:

  • 7 nights in comfortable, superior lodging in rooms with a double bed (twin beds upon request)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon Airport to first nights hotel 
  • Departure transfer from the last hotel to Libson or Faro Airport
  • GPS device system with daily routes 
  • Luggage transfers from hotel-to-hotel
  • Welcome orientation, trip briefing and GPS instructions (English)
  • Day-by-day information packet, including: maps, GPS device quick manual, area information, restaurant suggestions, etc.
  • Local mobile phone
  • Help with bike fittings at the tour start 
  • 24/7 support from our local partner
  • Half-liter water bottle
  • Repair kit, lock and air pump
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)

Trip Package Does Not Include:

  • Mountain bike guide
  • Mountain bike (rentals available)
  • Round trip air to/from Lisbon Airport
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)
  • Single room supplement
  • Solo supplement
  • Personal items, alcohol, snacks
  • Gratuities

Additional Notes:
As this is a self-guided mountain bike tour, one member of your party should be comfortable following and reading a GPS system, either held or attached to your handle bars. Routes are also able to be downloaded to your iPhone via the “Ride with GPS” app and delivered upon booking and request. A mobile phone is given for support on or off the trail, however, immediate assistance is not always guaranteed. General bike maintenance skills are greatly recommended and a repair kit, pump, and tubes will be included with your bike rental. If desired, you can bring your own pedals and our partners will change them upon your arrival, or let us know what type of pedals you use. As always feel free to bring your own bike (additional shipping costs vary), seat, helmet and gear and your measurements will be adjusted upon your arrival.
 

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Area Information
Mountain Biking Portugal’s West Coast

This Portugal mountain bike trip package follows the incredible cycling route along Portugal’s Southwest Coast, from Libson until Cape São Vicente in Sagres: the place where the land ends and the sea begins. In the meantime, you will experience the very best that Portugal has to offer: bustling cities, port towns, Portuguese hospitality, historic landmarks, and trail networks connecting the rugged interior to the sparkling Atlantic coastline. Explore the Natural Park of Arrábida and Natural Reserve of SW Alentejano, highlighting the dramatic scenery, award-winning beaches, craggy cliffs and historic sites of the west coast. Ride through Pine and Cork tree forests, take in the beauty and culture of small and picturesque villages, enjoy sandy beaches and fresh fish from the Atlantic. Immerse yourself in a mountain bike adventure, flexible and independent in style to suit your needs and schedule.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

The West Coast of Portugal is best enjoyed in spring, late summer, and early autumn, particularly mid-September to late October. During this time, temperatures are warm enough for beach lounging, exploring the dramatic sand cliffs, and roaming historic little towns. Dates outside the prime summer months additionally offer affordable prices without the crush of tourists and overwhelming summer heat. Early autumn can be ideal for swimming in the turquoise waters, kayaking through picturesque caves, and visiting popular viewpoints like Cape S. Vicente, the south-westernmost point of Europe.
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FAQ
FAQ
  • Is this trip guided?
    This is a self-guided mountain bike tour, meaning no guide. GPS tracks with daily routes loaded in the GPS navigation system will help guide you each day, along with maps and directions. A Portugal Nature Trails representative will provide an orientation upon arrival to help you get acquainted with the GPS system, getting it mounted on your bike and answer any questions you may have. A mobile phone is also provided should you require assistance at any time (support is available 24/7). Supporting documents include pre-departure information and an information booklet (including maps, daily information, GPS manual, area specifics and recommended restaurants).
  • Is a self-guided trip for me?
    Self-guided tours are great for independent travelers and those who want an active adventure without the stress of keeping up with the group. With all the tools and resources at hand, you have the flexibility and privilege of going at your own pace. Trails are relatively straightforward and easy to follow, linking each town to the next and finishing at your overnight hotel. Navigation is most handy when entering and leaving towns. Depending on your skill level, we recommend starting your ride early so that you can arrive at your overnight accommodation well before dark (otherwise the hotel and local police might go looking for you), and so that you can enjoy the luxury of longer lunches, beach stopovers, photo opts and time to stop and smell the roses.
  • How do I book my dates?
    If you have dates in mind within the offered date range, please check with evo for availability. Please remember, although this trip is self-guided prices are based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room) and thus need to reach a minimum of 2 people to depart. (Private trip options are listed below)
  • Are departures guaranteed on the dates I’ve requested?
    No, please wait to make travel arrangements and book flights until you have received confirmation from evoTrip that your departure has been confirmed.
  • Can I book a private room
    Yes. This trip is based on two people sharing a room consisting of either one double bed or twin beds. A private, single occupancy room may be available at an additional cost of around $415. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.
  • What if I get lost?
    If you get lost, no sweat! We recommend going back to the point in which you knew you were correct (and on the right path), and try again. The Portuguese are extremely friendly and welcoming, so in some cases, just ask (or point). Part of the fun is exploring! A mobile phone and 24/7 support by our local partners at PNT are there to support you should you have any issues at any time.
  • What happens with my luggage?
    As you enjoy riding from town-to-town, your luggage will be transferred to your next overnight destination. Before departure each day, leave your luggage at the front desk for pick-up and a transfer to your next hotel. Specific instructions and pick-up/drop-off times will be given by the Portugal Nature Trails representative upon arrival the first day. Make sure to bring with you all that you need for that day of riding, expecting not to see your luggage again until that evening.
  • Are mountain bikes included?
    Mountain bikes are not included and therefore we highly recommend bringing your own bike, or rent. Bringing your own bike assures a perfect fit and comfort as you are already familiar with your mountain bike from home. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding shipping your bike abroad. If renting, Portugal Nature Trails offers a rental of MTB FOCUS Whistler XT for an extra $268 total ($47 per day/6 days of riding). Bike specs include high-end Shimano SLX/XT derailleurs and RockShox 30 Gold RL suspension, providing a smooth and comfortable ride even on more challenging surfaces. Good hydraulic Shimano brakes and a stiff aluminium frame will give you the confidence and security to push even harder, while Schwalbe tires ensure a lot of grip and an enhanced resistance to punctures. All together, this mountain bike has everything you need to get the most out of a Portugal Nature Trails MTB Tour. E-mountain bikes are also available - the Cube Acid Hybrid BOSCH for $500 total ($83 per day/6 days of riding). Please inform us at the time of booking for more information.
  • Is airfare included?
    No, airfare is not included in this package. Please be sure to wait for confirmation from our evoTrip team before you make travel arrangements.
  • Are there minimums to run this trip?
    Yes, there is a two person minimum for this trip to operate. However, the more the merrier! For groups of 8+, a special discount of 5% will be applied towards your total trip price.
  • Is this tour open to solo travelers?
    Yes. This trip is available to solo riders. A solo supplement of around $875 is required to cover the cost of your own room and costs typically shared with a group. As this trip is self-guided, we recommend you being in great physical condition, a high level mountain biker with bike maintenance skills and able to follow a GPS navigation system. If you are looking to join a group, we at evoTrip could potentially pair you up with other solo travelers depending on availability and interest. In this case, you should be comfortable with riding with other skill levels and comfortable sharing a room (twin beds). Additionally, arrival and departure times would have to be arranged to coincide for group transport. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are interested in this option.
  • Where does the trip begin and how do I get there?
    This trip begins and ends at the Lisbon Airport (LIS). A representative from Portugal Nature Trails will pick you up at the airport in Lisbon and drop you off at the first night’s hotel in Vila Real de Santo António. Likewise, on the morning of departure you will be picked up from your hotel in Sagres and dropped off back at the Lisbon Airport.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    While it is not required, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads.
  • Do I need to be in good shape?
    It is recommended that customers be physically fit and comfortable mountain biking everyday. This tour is not an expert rated trip. There are no mandatory jumps or drops, or areas needing extreme technical skills. There are, however, large rocks on the trails, some short (but sweet) steep downhills, exposure (riding near the edge of a long fall or drop off), and sections of sand and loose dirt. Other terrain consists of paved roads and secondary country roads, with semi-trafficked sections in and out of towns. If you have any further questions about if your skill level is appropriate, please let us know.
  • Can I extend my trip?
    Yes. Many people do, especially adding an extra day before or after the trip in Lisbon. Portugal Nature Trails can either give you some informal pointers, or play a more substantial part of your trip planning. Other common add-ons include Porto, Sintra or the island of Maderia.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Overnight accommodations are within 4* and 5* hotels and villas. Accommodations are held at a European standard, with Portugese charm.
  • Minimum age for this trip?
    We recommend a minimum of 16 years old.
  • What meals are included?
    Breakfast is included everyday while on this tour and consists of a typical Portuguese breakfast varying from meats, breads, cheeses, jams, cereals, coffee, juice and tea. For lunches and dinners, you can feel free to explore restaurants and local cafe’s found along the biking routes and within the towns of your overnight destination. Trying local cuisine is a part of the adventure and cultural experience, so we recommend tasting local dishes, beverages and specialties. As always, make sure to bring lots of water and snacks with you so that you stay hydrated, healthy and energized.
  • Do I need any special shots or vaccinations?
    Some vaccines are recommended or required for Portugal. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Portugal: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. If you haven’t had these shots already, it is recommended to update your vaccinations. As always, we highly recommend a visit to your doctor or travel specialist for any international trip to be sure you get competent medical advice.
  • What is the cancellation policy for this trip?
    evoTrip upholds Portugal Nature Trail’s policies regarding cancellation. If you need to cancel, you will need to submit a cancellation notice to evoTrip and are subject to a cancellation fee. Cancellation of 90 to 30 days before the trip starts equals 50% of the total price. Cancellation less than 30 days tour start or no show equals 100% of the total price. In addition, a fee for administrative costs of 5% of the program or a fixed minimum of $112 USD (€100) will apply. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to this cancellation policy, including reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control.
Testimonials
The trip was exceptionally organized. The daily luggage transfer was perfect and the luggage was there on our arrival. The hotels were perfectly booked, every day we were received by very helpful and kind hotel staff. It was perfect and a great value for the money. Could not be better. Thank you Portugal Nature Trail. Job well done!
Luis S
Trip Guest - 2019

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