This programme has been devised for those who are looking for a mountain bike adventure on the Rota Vicentina. It proposes five days pedalling 220 km along the Southwest coast of Portugal crossing the whole of the Historical Way, through small villages and towns steeped in history.
Accompanying the Historical Way, which starts at the Church of Santiago de Cacém in the Alentejo, the route heads south, terminating by the lighthouse of Cape St. Vincent in the Algarve.
Designed for groups of 2 to 20 people, this programme invites you to visit small monuments to local history, travelling over the cobbled streets of towns and villages, passing through farmland and farms, reservoirs and streams between the plains that stretch as far as the eye can see and the mountains that occur throughout this vast territory.
In seven nights and five days of travel, hugging the coast, this programme gives you the chance to discover the Sw of Portugal and the Rota Vicentina in detail, on its cyclable trail.
Bewteen 759€ and 939€ pp
Complete Historical Way
3 in 5 (Somewhat difficult)
18 - 60
7 nights with breakfast
5 days cycling
GPS tracks and detailed maps
Route assistance where necessary
Transfers from Faro airport or train/coach station
Self guided MTB
8 days, 7 nights
Portuguese, English, German and Dutch
Minimum 2 people
Maximum 20 people
Bicycles (optional rental)
Visa, Mastercard and bank transfer
Day 1: Arrival at Santiago de Cacém
Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will collect you and transport you to your accommodation in Santiago de Cacém, a small provincial town overlooked by a castle of Moorish origins.
Acommodation: Residencial Gabriel
Day 2: Santiago de Cacém » Cercal do Alentejo | 41 km, elevation gain 531 m
Your first day's trail leads through undulating countryside and forests of cork oak, one of the main characteristics of this beautiful region, along with the local breeds of Black Pig, which you well may encounter en route. An interesting mosaic of bio diversity follows, featuring olive groves, orchards, small ponds, streams and some beautiful rocky outcrops. Your destination for today is a typical Alentejo small town, rich in traditional architecture. You can explore its historical centre via a network of narrow streets and alleys, sampling local products and enjoying the traditional arts and crafts.
Acommodation: Casazul M&B
Day 3: Cercal do Alentejo » Odemira | 46 km, elevation gain 741 m
Today's route passes through low density farmland and onto more mountainous terrain, where spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean can be enjoyed. A cafe break in Sao Luis will no doubt be welcome before continuing on to Odemira, another quaint town with plenty of cafes and a few good restaurants. Odemira derives its name from its vicinity to the Mira river, once an important means of communication to the outside world. Now it is a significant commercial centre, but retains some of its old world charm with the steep narrow streets leading to the remains of the castle walls.
Acommodation: Quinta do Chocalhinho
Day 4: Odemira » Odeceixe | 36 km, elevation gain 589 m
Leaving Odemira along the river Mira, you will pass through picturesque countryside on the way to S. Teotonio, where cafes can be found in the pretty square in the middle of the town. Today you will reach a significant landmark in your journey, the border between the Alentejo and the Algarve, marked by the pretty, small town of Odeceixe, With its whitewashed houses leading up to an old windmill, it is a sight for sore eyes after your day's cycling. It really is a fascinating place, where the river turns into the Atlantic and the meadows pave way to the rugged coastline. Keep your cameras handy!
Acommodation:Casas do Moinho
Day 5: Odeceixe » Carrapateira | 54 km, elevation gain 760 m
A sharp climb out of Odeceixe is followed by completely flat paths alongside the irrigation channels which take you to Aljezur (where the castle above the old town is well worth a visit). The trail becomes more undulating as it reaches the coast south of Aljezur, before heading inland via Bordeira to Carrapateira. Carrapateira is a village of fisherman and farmers alike. It lives and breathes authenticity and reveals the contrasts of this region.
Acommodation: Pensão das Dunas
Day 6: Rest Day in Carrapateira
This is an amazing place to take time out. For example to visit the local Museum of Sea & Land. And although having a rest day we recommend to take the bike or walk the Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit, a part of the Fisherman's Trail. From the easily accessible peninsula at Pontal da Carrapateira, you can enjoy dramatic views of the cliffs and crags dropping to the Atlantic and, on a clear day, you should see the Sagres lighthouse in the distance (your final destination). Whilst to the North you will see the immense Bordeira beach and sand dunes. On the southern side of the Pontal circuit you will also encounter the archaeological site with ancient remains from early fisherman's settlements. This is right next to a good restaurant, overlooking Amado beach. An excellent opportunity to sample local sea food and from where you can observe the action-packed surfing, which is huge in this area. You may even want to join in. But be warned it is not for the faint hearted!
Acommodation: Casa Fajara
Day 7: Carrapateira » Cabo de S. Vicente | 36 km, elevation gain 395 m
A short sharp climb out of Carrapateira, leading along the ridge top, offers more spectacular views of the coastline before leading down to the river valley, where a pleasant track leads along to the restored old village of Pedralva, a worthwhile refreshment stop along the way. Some undulating sandy trails amongst pine trees follows, as you head towards Vila do Bispo and, finally, the trail takes you down to the coast and the end of the route at Cabo de S. Vicente.
Day 8: Departure
We will transfer you from your accommodation for your journey home.
Quinta do Chocalhinho is a centenary estate located near Odemira, with 10 double rooms and 5 suites, framed by a beautiful landscape.
Overlooking the river and the plains, Casas do Moinho are located on a hill nearby Odeceixe, consisting of 8 typical village houses, that can accommodate up to 3 or 4 people.