Alentejo & Algarve self guided biking vacation, Portugal

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This independent vacation is available any day of the year except August and the last two weeks of July.
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Responsible tourism: Alentejo & Algarve self guided biking vacation, Portugal

Environment

The Alentejo is a really unspoiled area and this kind of active touristic products is getting really important for the locals, contributing for more businesses opportunities and jobs.
Regarding the Cycling, this is a perfect way to explore our coast and countryside without pollution creating a 0% Co2 emission during your stay in Portugal. Cycling is easier and faster than walking and slows global warming.
We encourage people to drink water from the tap and to be environmentally aware, especially with the garbage during the trip; there are several eco points near the populations to separate all the waste.
We believe that experiencing local culture, makes a vacation in this Alentejo and Algarve Region memorable and worthwhile, and the best way to do it is on a bike!
During the tour some of the tracks are inside the Natural Park do Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina, we only use the main tracks and we also advise our clients about the necessity to accomplish some basic behaviors when inside that protected areas. For example, follow always the marked paths when crossing sensitive areas like dunes, walk always during the day and do not feed the animals are some of the basic rules. Everything will contribute for a better and sustainable future.
People can enjoy all the experience and feel that they living symbiotic relations when seeing the birds on their habitat with special attention to the Storks along the Cabo Sardγo, the only place in Europe where they nest on the maritime rocks .

Community

This vacation uses local accommodations, and we recommend the best local restaurants on our area this is a way to support the sustainable development of this local communities.
The main economy in the area is based around agriculture and non-massive tourism. Using our cycling vacation tours we support the local economy by booking directly with local accommodations.
Our gastronomy is one of our best treasures, having the fresh fish from the Atlantic the traditional black pig with red wine, they are all created on this region and they are, with the cork oak a big part of our regional economy.
We believe that experiencing local culture, makes a vacation in this Alentejo and Algarve Region memorable and worthwhile, and the best way to do it is on a bike!
Unlike some other areas of Portugal, the Alentejo and this inland area of the Algarve Region is largely unspoilt, and has managed to preserve its language and traditions, creating a unique identity.
All people in the Alentejo Coast region are really friendly and genuine and that with this amazing diversity of landscapes makes the difference.

Reviews of Alentejo & Algarve self guided biking vacation, Portugal

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Discovering the Vicentina coast and its marvellous beaches and blue sea for the first time. Marvellous landscape, kindness and
smiles of the people met all along the trip. Spotless accommodation, very charming small hotels.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it did because we were always staying at small hotels run by Portuguese - in most of the places, they could hardly speak in
English or French.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Perfect, even better than expected

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