With the Vicentine Coast and the Monchique Mountains pinpointed on your map, a very special trip awaits you, inspired by the brave seafarers who set off from the pretty coastal city of Lagos, and wrote the history of Portugal’s overseas expansion. The first accomplishment is getting through Bensafrim and claiming victory over the Serra de Espinhaço de Cão to reach the coast. A few kilometres farther on, don’t miss the chance for a culture stop in this historical city of Aljezur, where you can recharge your batteries for the long uphill ride to Marmelete. Once in Portela do Vale, where the famous medronho brandy is produced, get ready to ride into the heart of the uplands along winding roads around Fóia. From Monchique, head to Alferce and ride all the way up to Picota; then get ready for the grand return, all the way down to Casais and Lagos.