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Bike Portugal's coastal beauty with Alyson Adventures

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An active, outdoors vacation with Alyson Adventures.

Beaches, seaside villages, and an exhilarating ride to the Algarve.

 


Biking the Blue Coast: Bike Portugal's coastal beauty

Ride along Portugal's rugged Atlantic Coast

The Costa Azul, also known as the Blue Coast, is a long and beautiful stretch in southwest Portugal. The pristine countryside follows the Atlantic coast where caravels sailed off to make the greatest of the 15th and 16th century New World discoveries. The remarkable history of the area is just one of the charms of this stunning corner of the world. There is the quiet beauty of the uninterrupted beaches, lagoons and fishing villages.

For a week we will ride through the virgin landscape across vast valleys and along the Atlantic shore, staying at remarkable inns that each reflect the ambiance of their corner of the Alentejo region. Along with the unique accommodations will be culinary feasts and a chance to sample the best port wines in the world. Portugal, often overlooked by travelers, is being discovered and celebrated by visitors, but it still retains its off-the-beaten-track charm. A fun and moderately challenging bike trip, fine food, and comfortable, unique accommodations make this a trip of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a night in Lisbon with a welcome dinner and live Fado music.
  • Cycle the headlands of Portugal's rugged Atlantic shores.
  • Explore the footsteps of the world's most famous explorers such as Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator.
  • Travel through the charming, sleepy villages of the Alentejo coast.
  • Feast on the freshest catch of the day at quaint seaside fishing villages.
  • Enjoy a boat ride featuring panoramic views of the rugged Algarve coast.

Is it the right vacation for you? This trip is for cyclists who can comfortably bike 30 to 50 miles a day over moderate terrain, with some steeper hills. Much of our cycling will be on lightly traveled roads across rolling terrain along the Atlantic coast. There are some hills on this route along with some days of mostly flat riding.

Testimonials about our trips: "This is a great trip to see part of Europe that is seldom visited or written about. The cliffs of the blue coast are spectacular, and as expected, Alyson Adventures ran a very reliable and entertaining operation."— George Grubb, New York, N.Y.

"Far and away the best vacation I've ever had. Well planned with just the right balance of sightseeing, physical activity, great food, and most of all, fun people."— Susan Eaton, San Diego, Calif.

Dates and Price:
We don't offer every trip every year, and no departures are currently scheduled for this trip. Take a look at our similar biking tour in Spain Andalucian Sun.

Prices are per-person, based on double occupancy. Tours often fill up months before departure. We regularly update our travel schedule to show the status of this and other trips.

Travelling Alone?
So are most of the people who travel with us. You do not need to pay extra to travel by yourself. Prices are per-person, and the single supplement applies only if you'd like a room by yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can't match you with someone.

Location: Starts in Lisbon and ends in Lagos, Portugal

Price includes: Comfortable and interesting hotels each night;; All breakfasts, and 5 dinners, including wine or soft drinks; Services of two tour guides; Van support to get luggage (and tired riders!) to destination; Use of bike; Map and detailed route instructions; Guided tours of historic sites; Transfer from Lagos, Portugal to Faro Airport on last morning of tour to meet 11 am or later flights (guides can assist in reserving earlier transfers if need be).

Not included: Transportation to Lisbon and from Lagos or Faro; Transfer from Lisbon Airport or train station to hotel at start of tour; Transportation from Lagos if not traveling with group on last morning of tour; 2 Dinners and 6 lunches; Personal items such as bike helmet, souvenirs, snacks, faxes, telephone calls and personal beverages; Admissions not described as included in the itinerary; Gratuities for guides.

 

 

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