Portugal's Blue Coast

      Azeitão, Portugal

      Duration: 9 days
      Group size: 1 - 16
      Portugal's Blue Coast
      Azeitão, Portugal

      Duration: 9 days
      Group size: 1 - 16

      About this trip

       You'll experience a memorable montage on this seaside bike tour of Portugal: magnificent coastal seascapes, pastoral farmlands, working windmills, tiny fishing villages and historical monuments such as Henry the Navigator's Navigational School perched on a wild headland over the blue waters of the Algarve.
      It's  a wonderful trip with a warm & sunny holiday feel. It's not flat but more of a gently rolling landscape and the accumulated elevation gain for the whole trip is minimal. 

      What’s included

      • All accommodations
      • Pick up for tour
        Lisbon Hotel to Azeitao (start of riding)
      • Drop off for tour
        Lagos to Faro Airport or train station
      • Support vehicle
      • All entrance fees
        including an optional boat trip on the Sado Island and boat trip on the last day
      • Water bottles
      • Detailed itinerary
      • Customized route maps
      • Trip support
      • 5 dinners
      • All lunches
      • Bilingual guides
      • Helmets
      • Navigation app
      • All breakfasts

      Available Packages

      Per Person (Double Occupancy)
      Available until 15 days before departure
      Deposit: C$750
      Per Person (Single Occupancy)
      Available until 15 days before departure
      Deposit: C$750

      Available options


      Day One
      Vila Nova de Azeitão

       AM transfer from Lisbon hotels / airport to the start of our trip in the historic old village of Azeitão -famous for its lovely, centuries-old, wine estates and, of course, their wines - especially the delicious moscatel dessert wine. However, it’ll be a little too early to check in so we'll go by van to the picturesque old fishing village of Sesimbra for some lunch. There are many fine restaurants on the waterfront well known for their delicious fresh fish dishes, in particular, espadarte grelhado (grilled swordfish). After lunch, we'll all pile into the van and drive up to the 13thC Sesimbra Castle with its spectacular view and little cemetery. Originally, a Moorish castle existed there but when the Moors were defeated by the Christians in the 12thC, they pulled the castle down rather then let it fall into Christian hands. Eventually rebuilt, it belonged to the warrior monk order of Santiago de Espada (St. James of the Sword). The symbol of St. James, a scallop shell & a cross with a pointed bottom, can be seen above the door of the church.

      Our next stop will be to one of the finest wine estates in the country, Quinta da Bacalhoa. It is a happy combination of the beautiful palace built in 1480, exquisite formal gardens, its enormous variety of antique azulejos (tiles) and the stunning collection of art belonging to the owner / art collector, José Berardo. All of this leading us to the winery itself which produces some of the best wines in Portugal! Talk about an embarrassment of riches! After our wine sampling, we visit a small tile factory where they still hand-make the azulejos (tiles) for which Portugal is famous. Most of the tiles, made in this incredibly labor-intensive manner, are copies of old tiles. Returning to the hotel we will begin the bike fittings through out the afternoon. Tonight's accommodation: Hotel Club d'Azeitão 

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