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This family-friendly tour follows the most beautiful coastline of the Atlantic West Coast of Europe! Starting in Arrifana and finishing in Sagres, it will be a unique and memorable adventure, visiting many magical places along the way. Fun family activities include the bike rides and some light hikes, but your choice for SUP, surf lessons, dolphin watching, and beach time. Discover small fishing villages, sunny and stunning beach towns, delicious Portuguese traditional dishes, with the warm and welcoming faces of the Portuguese people. All of these things combined, make for an incredible trip! It is here, in this specific area, that you will see the most spectacular views of Portugal and the most gorgeous beaches. Get ready to be astounded and to create some memories that will last a lifetime!
Tour begins in Arrifana and finishes in Sagres; Lisbon airport transfers are included on both ends.
Not Included: Choice of Bike Rental
About: Hand-selected 3 and 4 star hotels in convenient locations in each town. All lodging includes a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
António Gavinho: Although I was an Engineer, my passion has always been cycling, hiking and exploring great places! That’s why I’m so happy to welcome people to Portugal and help them to discover the hidden treasures of Portugal! We are always looking for the perfect ride. We want to show the most beautiful places of Portugal with our knowledge and expertise; Portugal off the beaten track! Come to Portugal, we are ready to welcome you!
Need to Know:
Flying into Lisbon airport, we will transfer you to the first hotel in the seaside town of Arrifana. This is the perfect place for you to start your tour, explore and breathe in the fresh sea air! We will then give you an orientation, equipment set up, and review of the week to come. If time allows, you can use free time to explore this delightful seaside village or walk along the coast to watch the waves. We recommend a stroll with the family along the pedestrian streets for some window shopping and people watching. Dinner is on your own, so we offer some recommendations for a nice seafood dinner.
Your adventure starts today, following a dirt track that will lead you towards the ocean. Enjoy the views in Ponta da Arrifana, with the infinite blue horizon as your backdrop. There, you will find ruins of an old fortress and have mesmerizing views of the rugged, steep cliffs. Continue along the village and Arrifana Beach, one of the best surfing destinations in all of Portugal! From there, you will return to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Distance: 25 km / 16 mi, +300m
Highlights: coastal riding, old fortress, Arrifana Beach
Today is a free day and you have the opportunity to relax and discover the well-preserved and impressive nature of this small town. The beaches follow one another; some of them with long swathes of sand, others smaller, and all framed by the beautiful schist and limestone cliffs. Today you can try your hand at some SUP (stand up paddleboarding) or surfing; lessons are available at Arrifana Beach. For some sightseeing, take a taxi to Aljezur, the nearby Moorish village (15 min) to visit the market or climb up to the remains of its medieval castle.
Highlights: free day – SUP, surf (not included) or Aljezur visit
Today you will ride through some forest and again get close to the sea, by way of the incredible village of Carrapateira. This quiet, pretty village spreads out and is surrounded by wild coastline, copper-colored cliffs covered in yellow and green scrub, set against creamy, white sand. Follow a dirt road along the sea, where it is possible to see this region at its finest. On the way, pass by stunning beaches and more colorful cliffs. Continue up the dirt road, passing through a beautiful pine forest until you arrive to a typical, old village, once abandoned but now revived: Pedralva Village.
Distance: 39 km / 24 mi, +400m
Highlights: Carrapateira Village, seaside & cliffs, Pedralva Village
Follow a coastal route that will let you discover some of the most beautiful and scret beaches of the Vicentina Coast. Then, ride south until Cape S. Vicente – the south-westernmost point of Continental Europe. This is truly a magical place where you can almost hear the echoes of the voices of sailors and pilgrims… Rounded out by monumental cliffs and outstanding views of the coastline, this is a highly privileged area to watch the natural phenomenon of bird migration.
Distance: 35 km / 22 mi, + 340m
Highlights: secret beaches, Cape S. Vicente, bird watching
On this free day, the sky is the limit! Sagres has a lot to offer, whether you want to SUP, surf, taking diving lessons or do some dolphin watching. Walk around the village, relax on the beach and enjoy some delicious seafood for dinner. In the village, you may wish to visit the fortress, which dates back to the 15th century and is listed as a national monument. Inside the fortress you will see the old sun dial, the padrão (a stone pillar used by ancient Maritime explorers), cannons, wall ruins, an informational center, and the church of Our Lady of Grace, which was founded by Prince Henry the Navigator.
Highlights: water activities/lessons (not included), fortress visit
During this tour you will have cycled with your family through the most famous pieces of land in all of Portugal, seeing sights that most tourists never see! Today is your last day so enjoy! Relax on the beach or if you would like more activity, take the transfer to Zavial, which is a fantastic, off-the-beaten-path tow. Here you can enjoy the dazzling beach and then return to Sagres by way of a beautiful hike. Tonight, celebrate your vacations with your family; what a wonderful trip you have had!
Distance: optional hike – 10 km / 6 mi, +200m
Highlights: beach activities, Zavial hiking
Time goes by too quickly when you are having fun in the Portuguese sun! Get ready for your trip back home; our guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to Lisbon Airport. We hope that the memories and experiences we have created for you will stay with you and your family forever!
Family Style: (based on 4 persons, 2 adults and 2 children under 15 sharing family room)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Superior Three & Four Stars: (2 adults 15+ per room – for families wanting separate double occ rooms)
Hybrid Bike Rental: 67 euros
E-bike Rental: 125 euros
Garmin GPS Rental: included
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Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
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