The natural coast of Rogil
Distance: 42 km
Climb: 386 m
easy - somewhat difficult
On this tour you will get to know one of the most natural and deserted coastlines in the Algarve. You will have the opportunity to discover some breathtaking beaches, which mostly are completely empty. There are numerous small paths on the cliffs that you must also explore. You will get to know the levadas (water channels).The island of Madeira is famous for these irrigation channels, but they are also available in southwestern Portugal. You ride partly through flat landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic and the Monchique mountains. The route crosses farmland and pine forests. The, for this area famous, sweet potatoes are also growing here. Typical for this tour are the numerous herds of cattle and sheep. Finally, you will reach the unique valley of Amoreira. This beach is not as remote as all the others. But you have a nice cafe and a guarded beach there. In addition, you can also take a cool bath in the river that flows into the sea.
Countryside of Aljezur and Rogil
Distance: 36 km
Climb: 407 m
An easy route where you drive mainly on paved road. First it leads to an idyllic small country road in the hilly area of Carrasalinho. Always along a riverbed, you drive past cow herds, fruit trees, cork oaks and pine forests. Later, the landscape flatten and you find yourself in the traditional Portuguese agriculture. The sweet potatoes, which are famous for this area, are also grown here. You will also get to know the levadas (irrigation channels). The island of Madeira is famous for these channels, but they are also in southwestern Portugal. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Monchique Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. You will also pass 2 beaches. The Praia da Carriagem, which is most of the time deserted and has impressive rock formations. If you want to swim, do it better on the next beach Praia da Amoreira. Here you will also find a nice cafe and the beach is supervised in the summer-time. Finally it goes through the romantic old town of Aljezur. You will see the ruins of the castle, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the area.
From Arrifana to Carrapateira
Distance: 24 km + Return Route 21 km
Climb one way: 413 m
Descent one way: 500 m
A path through almost untouched nature. Along the Atlantic Ocean and through the mountains.
Marvel at the sea which is whipping powerful against the cliffs or enjoying the quiet beaches. The route goes through an impressive hilly landscape. You will pass cork oak forests, ride through eucalyptus forests and discover wild olive trees and strawberry trees.
Large areas of this route are covered with Maccie, especially with rock roses.
It is worth a stay on the pebble beach Canal. This is mostly, even in high season, completely deserted. Because it is barely reachable by car.
Every now and then there are grazing animals in this idyllic landscape. After the picturesque village of Bordeira, it goes into a valley with the river Carrapateira. In Carrapateira you can relax in one of the many cafés. A trip to the beaches Amado or Bordeira is recommended. The coast between these two beaches is one of the most beautiful in Portugal and can be easily explored by bike.
This tour can be combined with other routes in Bordeira or Carrapateira
From Aljezur to Arrifana
Distance: 12 km
Climp: 284 m
Descent: 184 m
From the castle ruin in Aljezur you can enjoy the breathtaking view into the fertile valley of the old riverbed. There also grow the famous sweet potatoes from Aljezur. The rivers and streams goes through this species-rich area. A harmonious agricultural landscape where humans still respectfully deal with the nature. You can see many insects, birds, amphibians and mammals. And you can also find many butterflies and flowers.
When you leave the town you have a fantastic view over the valley of the Aljezur river. It ends at the beach Amoreira in the sea. You cycle through a hilly, species-rich area. As soon as you can see the sea, the landscape changes. Now you ride through salty winds and low-growing bushes. Soon you arrive at the unique bay Arrifana.
This tour can be combined with the routes "Vale da Telha and the 4 beaches of Aljezur, "Amoreira Tour" or "Arrifana - Carrapateira
Vale da Telha and the 4 beaches of Aljezur CIRCULAR TRAIL
Distance: 37 km
Climb: 613 m
Somewhat difficult (Easy if you omit the descent to the beach Canal)
On this tour you have the opportunity to get to know all the breathtaking beaches of Aljezur. No one is like the other. Every beach has a completely different atmosphere. Dune, fine sand, rocks, cliffs .... you will see everything. And you will pass the idyllic lake of Vale da Telha. The tour is a perfect combination of resort, beach and nature. You also have lots of restaurants and cafes available. If you omit the southern section of the Canal Beach, it is a very simple tour that leads mainly over paved roads. Do not be afraid of the dogs in the place. "his bark is worse than his bite" ;-)
This tour can be combined with the route "Aljezur - Arrifana"
The hills of Carrascalinho and Rogil's Atlantic views
Distance: 41 km
Climb: 979 m
This tour combines a circular route of the Rota Vicentina in the romantic, hilly landscape of Carrascalinho with the panoramic view of the Atlantic in Rogil. You have unique views of the Monchique Mountains. You will cycle through lonely landscapes, where you also have the chance to meet shepherds with their herds. You see beautiful forests and small lakes. You will cycle through the small town of Aljezur with the historic old town. After that you ride along a river, then it goes uphill, where you can enjoy the views of the Atlantic. Finally you get to know one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, where you can take a bath or just enjoy the sunset.
The hills and valleys of Aljezur CIRCULAR TRAIL
Distance: 18 km
Climb: 283 m
Begin this simple tour in the cute village Aljezur. There is a lot to discover. The castle ruin, from which you have a breathtaking view, the cute lanes in the old town, the churches ... You ride west into an idyllic valley, directly along a river (in the summer unfortunately mostly dried). Then it goes uphill in a eucalyptus forest. Once at the top you have a magnificent view that reaches to the sea. On the way back you will pass "Burros & Artes", which offer wonderful donkey hikes.
This tour can be combined with the routes "Aljezur - Arrifana", "Amoreira Tour" "Reservoir Bravura"
Amoreira Tour CIRCULAR TRAIL
Distance: 9,5 km
Climb: 116 m
This tour is perfect for beginners. You just have to ride a few ups and downs. The section right on the coast is very sandy. Inexperienced mountain bikers please get off the bike an walk through this area. Because you can easily lose control of your bike.
At the beginning of the tour, the area is quite dull. It is hard to believe that you will soon find yourself in a natural paradise. You cycle between green hills, rock roses, eucalyptus forests and juniper trees. Especially on the river that ends at the beach Amoreira, the biodiversity is amazing. A sea of flowers and herbs awaits you in spring. The beach Amoreira is one of the most beautiful on the Costa Vicentina. A little cooling in the fresh Atlantic Ocean with impressive scenery is possible. Then you ride along the beautiful coast. It goes into a pine forest until you come back to the campsite through the landscape.
This tour can be combined with the routes "Hills and Valleys of Aljezur", or "Aljezur - Arrifana"
The reservoir Bravura CIRCULAR TRAIL
Distance: 12,5 km
Climb: 157 m
The lonely Barragem de Bravura or Barragem de Odiáxere is a quiet alternative to beach tourism. The bike ride can be perfectly combined with a cool bath in the water. The reservoir, which has countless arms, is used for irrigation and power generation. The lake is surrounded by a hilly forest landscape. A dreamlike backdrop, which hardly attracts attention. As so often in Portugal, you have this paradise mostly all to yourself. You will experience an unique landscape on this tour. Because of the reservoir and some rivers in this region it could developed an impressive biodiversity. You can see cork oaks, rock roses, grapes, strawberry trees, pines, eucalyptus etc. surrounded by birdsong. A paradise for every nature lover. The paths are all very easy to ride and suitable for beginners. You can concentrate completely on the environment. In the rainy season it could be that the small rivers that you have to cross may be too high and it can get very muddy ....
Be sure to bring food. You will not find any rest points on this tour.
This tour can be combined with the route "Hills and Valleys of Alezur"