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#1 MTB ROTA VICENTINA from A to Z 

 

Price per person: 680€ (based in 2 people sharing a room)

Single Supplement: 245€

Solo Travellers: 1025€

 

Includes:

  • Briefing at first hotel on arrival with information and bike delivery;

  • 6 nights bed & breakfast;

  • GPS device pre-loaded with tracks in English, German or French;

  • Mountain Bike hire with racks included – AGECE SCAPE or ALFA 24 gears or similar;

  • One Map 1: 55 000 and One Guidebook in English per room;

  • Recommended restaurants list;

  • Luggage transfers;

  • Local support (phone line);

 

OBS: Possible to add extra nights or to develop a tailor made proposal. Helmets on request.

 

Program Summary:

This mountain bike program will take you into an end-to-end journey of Rota Vicentina’s Historical Way, exploring Alentejo’s countryside and west Algarve’s unspoiled landscapes. Cycling along dirt trails, you’ll have the opportunity to discover a deeply rural part of the country, where local populations still count on agriculture, cattle breeding and fishing as sources of income. 
Having its start in Santiago do Cacém, the only city along the whole route, the trail heads South, passing thru small towns and hamlets, farmlands and agricultural fields, cork oak forests, reservoirs and streams between the plains and coastal hills covered in short vegetation, before reaching the cape of Cape St. Vincent with his proud lighthouse with the red top in the very SW corner of Portugal.

 

Program Highlight’s

  • Picturesque villages and towns;

  • Access to authentic local wine and gastronomy;

  • Marked trails of Rota Vicentina in the Alentejo and Algarve Regions;

  • Huge range of landscape variety;

  • Stress-Free holidays with the comfort of local B&B's, small hotels and luggage transport;

 

Difficulty Level:

1 – Easy - Distance below 25km(15.5mi) and elevation gain below 300m(984ft);

2 – Easy-to-moderate - distance below 45km(28mi) and elevation gain below 600m(1968ft);

3 – Moderate - distance below 60km(37mi) and elevation gain below 800m(2625ft);

4 – Moderate-to-difficult - distance below 80km(50mi) and elevation gain below 1000m(3280ft);

5 – Difficult - distance equal or more than 100km(62mi) and elevation gain above 1000m(3280ft);

 

 

 

Day1 – Arrival and Briefing plus bike delivery;

A member of our team will meet you at the first hotel.

He will promote a briefing explaining all the details you need to know to deliver the information package and bicycles.

 

Overnight: in Santiago do Cacém;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

 

Day2

Stage Santiago do Cacém to Cercal

DISTANCE: 41Km/25Miles;

DURATION: h;

CLIMB:  822m;

DESCENT: 910m;

 

This starting stage will take you along dirt tracks to explore the rural and countryside landscapes, passing by old farms, cork oak forests, windmills, small hamlets and the “Campilhas reservoir”.

It starts in the attractive Historical City of Santiago do Cacém and it ends in the lovely rural village of Cercal.

 

Day Highlights:

1.      Santiago do Cacém Castle;

2.      The historical windmills in Vale Seco;

3.      Cork Oak forest and black pigs;

4.      Campilhas Reservoir;

5.      Ondulating rural landscape;

 

Difficult level: 2 – Easy-to-moderate - distance below 45km(28mi) and elevation gain below 600m(1968ft);

Overnight: in Cercal;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

Day3

Stage Cercal to Odemira

DISTANCE: 47Km/29Miles;

DURATION: h;

CLIMB:  1213m;

DESCENT: 1367m;

 

Maybe the most challenging day in the all holiday, once it presents a good landscape diversity, between hilly areas and dirt tracks, passing in the rural village of São Luis. Cycling this undulating area until the “Pego das Pias” natural lagoon, just before reaching the River Mira and the Town of Odemira.

 

Day Highlights:

1.      Cercal hilly area;

2.      São Luis countryside village;

3.      Locals authenticity;

4.      Campilhas Reservoir;

5.      Mira River in Odemira;

 

Difficulty Level: 3 – Moderate - distance below 60km(37mi) and elevation gain below 800m(2625ft);

Overnight: in Odemira;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

Day4

Stage Odemira to Odeceixe

DISTANCE: 36Km/22Miles;

DURATION: h;

CLIMB:  910m;

DESCENT: 909m;

 

A fantastic journey starts pedaling inland by the village of Odemira in the Mira Valley, taking you along the most intact landscapes, thru cork oak, pine tree and eucalyptus forests.

Today´s landmark will be the possibility to watch the Atlantic from the Village of Odeceixe or to pedal extra 4km to the local beach for a refreshing dive in the cold but “magical” salty water.

 

Day Highlights:

1.      Mira river margins;

2.      Old farms;

3.      São Teotónio stream;

6.      Local ecosystem ;

4.      River Seixe Valley;

5.      Odeceixe village and Windmill;

 

Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy-to-moderate - distance below 45km(28mi) and elevation gain below 600m(1968ft);

Overnight: in Odeceixe;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

Day5

Stage Odeceixe to Arrifana

DISTANCE: 31Km/19Miles;

DURATION: h;

CLIMB:  594m;

DESCENT: 549m;

 

This voyage keeps heading South and closer to the coastline, being possible to make several detours, once distance it´s not an issue on today´s challenge. Leaving Odeceixe behind, the first Algarve village, you will aim to a new reality, with a bit more tourism related to the surf popular activity and outstanding gastronomy. Our advice, if the weather allows is to get to Arrifana and enjoy the beach, just before the “long” distance day.

 

Day Highlights:

  • Sweet Potato area in Rogil;

  • Amoreira Valley & Beach;

  • Aljezur village and Moorish Castle;

  • Arrifana Surf Beach;

  • Arrifana promontory views;

 

 

Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy-to-moderate - distance below 45km(28mi) and elevation gain below 600m(1968ft);

Overnight: in Vale da Telha or Arrifana Beach;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

Day6

Stage Arrifana to Sagres

DISTANCE: 65Km/40Miles;

DURATION: h;

CLIMB:  1363m;

DESCENT: 1388m;

 

Last challenge and the most mystical point of this program is to get to Saint Vincent’s Cape, this achievement appeals to a spiritual state of mind. This as a strong meaning, once this is the SW corner of Europe and a stunning place to enjoy the dramatic cliffs area. It´s a long day pedaling with a lot to see, keep some time to have a nice fish meal and organize your trip memories.

Day Highlights:

  • Canal Beach;

  • Carrapateira hamlet and the great views over the Atlantic;

  • Vila do Bispo;

  • St. Vincent’s Cape;

  • The fishing village of Sagres with the imponent Sea fortress;

 

Difficulty Level: 3 – Moderate - distance below 60km(37mi) and elevation gain below 800m(2625ft);

 

Overnight: in Sagres;

Meals included: Breakfast;

 

Day7 - Departure

SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAYS ROTA VICENTINA OPEN SEASONS

- 1.º Season - From 15 January to 30 June

- 2.º Season from 17 September to 14 December

ATTENTION: July and August we don´t sell it once is just too hot to Hike this area.

SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAYS ROTA VICENTINA OPEN SEASONS

- 1.º Season - From 18 May to  15 July - NOW OPEN

- 2.º Season from 17 September to 14 December - OPEN

ATTENTION: July and August we don´t sell it once is just too hot to Hike this area.

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DURATION: 7 Days, 6 nights and 5 trails

LEVEL: easy-to-moderate

MIN. GROUP SIZE: 1

TOTAL DISTANCE: 218Km /136Miles

TOTAL CLIMB: 4902meters

TOTAL DESCENT: 5123meters

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HOW TO BOOK WITH US?
 
BOOKING PROCEEDINGS – STEP BY STEP:

 

  1. we will need to receive an email from you using our online form or through our email info@vicentinatravel.com ; PLEASE: let us know, you wish to book (ex: program #1), and traveling and (single/twin or double bedroom).

  2. After your enquire/request we will take a couple of days confirming all accommodations;

  3. You will receive an email from us with all the generic information about your trip (booking ref., deposit, balance, etc) and also the e-voucher with all the hotels booked. This email also provides access to our booking conditions. This email works like a pre-reservation that will become valid after deposit;

  4. We will wait for your deposit. All payment options will be explained in the trip confirmation email (the one with the e-voucher);

  5. After deposit confirmation, you will receive our final confirmation and your trip code will become valid.At this point, we will ask you to provide us your arrival time to prepare all the logistic according.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Hotels: The hotels described are our usual choice of accommodation, however if these are not available then alternatives are used and if these are of a different standard you will be informed at the time of booking.

Baths/showers: Many rooms with ensuite/private facilities have a shower rather than a bath, usually because of limited space.

Breakfast: In countries such as Portugal is usually coffee and toast/bread/croissant, in some places it has more diversity available.

Special Dietary Requirements: It is important for you to tell us if you have any dietary requirements when you book your holiday so that we can inform everyone that you are staying with.

Single Supplements: are payable in every tour.

The single supplement guarantees the privacy of your own room, however, rooms can at times be small and in some places may not enjoy the same facilities as double/twin

rooms.

Language: When travelling in less frequented areas you will not necessarily come across people speaking English.

Remember you are experiencing a different culture, buy a phrase book and try to learn a little of the local language!

Luggage: When staying in hotels, sometimes your luggage will have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival.

However don’t be surprised if your luggage is waiting for you to take it up to your room. Please politely ask someone if you need assistance.

Guidebook/Map : Please note that one set of route notes per room booked is included in the cost of the holiday. If you require more sets of guidebook and maps then there is a charge of 25€ per set ordered.

Insurance: All clients must have appropriate cover for the activities included for the duration of our trip.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is mainly on a bed and breakfast basis using local and small hotels. The places we stay at during the tour are all privately owned, and have plenty of Portuguese character.

A recommended list of local restaurants (based on our personal experience) will be supplied on arrival listing delicious traditional dishes of fresh Portuguese cuisine.

BEST OPTIONS TO TRAVEL TO/FROM THERE?

ARRIVALS FROM LISBON AIRPORT

 

ARRIVALS

Lisboa to Vila Nova de Milfontes:

 

  • International Lisbon Airport link: http://www.lisbon-airport.com/

  • TRAIN/Comboio - you can get the train at Oriente Train Station to Funcheira train station, you will need a private transfer from there to the ​beginning (50km distance around 60€ extra cost). More information at http://www.cp.pt. 

  • BUS Service - Rede Expressos - http://www.rede-expressos.pt/ (it goes directly to Vila Nova de Milfontes).

  • PRIVATE TRANSFER from Lisboa to Vila Nova de Milfontes (on request);

 

 

 

DEPARTURES FROM ODECEIXE

 

DEPARTURES

Vila Nova de Milfontes to Lisboa:

 

  • International Lisbon Airport link: http://www.lisbon-airport.com/

  • TRAIN/Comboio - you can get the train at Oriente Train Station to Funcheira train station, you will need a private transfer from there to the beginning (50km distance around 60€ extra cost). More information at http://www.cp.pt.

  • BUS Service - Rede Expressos - http://www.rede-expressos.pt/ (it goes directly to Vila Nova de Milfontes).

  • PRIVATE TRANSFER from Lisboa to Vila Nova de Milfontes (on request);

 

 

 

ARRIVALS FROM FARO AIRPORT

 

 

 

ARRIVALS

Faro to Vila Nova de Milfontes:

  • International Faro Airport link: http://www.faro-airport.org/

  • TRAIN/Comboio - you can get the train at Faro Station to Funcheira train station, you will need a private transfer from there to the begining (50km distance around 60€ extra cost).

  • More information at http://www.cp.pt

  • BUS Service - EVABUS and REDE EXPRESSOS - You will have to take the bus to Lagos and then from there to Vila Nova de Milfontes. More info at http://www.eva-bus.com/ and http://www.rede-expressos.pt/.

  • PRIVATE TRANSFER from Faro to Vila Nova de Milfontes (on request);

 

DEPARTURES FROM ODECEIXE

 

DEPARTURES

Vila Nova de Milfontes to Faro:

 

  • International Faro Airport link: http://www.faro-airport.org/

  • TRAIN/Comboio - you can get the train at Faro Station to Funcheira train station, you will need a private transfer from there to the begining (50km distance around 60€ extra cost).

  • More information at http://www.cp.pt

  • BUS Service - EVABUS and REDE EXPRESSOS - You will have to take the bus to Lagos and then from there to Vila Nova de Milfontes. More info at http://www.eva-bus.com/ and http://www.rede-expressos.pt/.

  • PRIVATE TRANSFER from Faro to Vila Nova de Milfontes (on request);

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SELF-GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS PROGRAMS in the ROTA VICENTINA ROUTE

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