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Albufeira & Silves Circuit – Road Bike Tour

Availability: Tuesday morning
Bike type: Road Bike
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Intermediate
Distance: c.70 km
Price: €55 per person
Our Albufeira & Silves Road Bike Circuit takes place every Tuesday and combines some of the most beautiful coastal scenery with a taste of authentic agricultural landscape.

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Itinerary

Albufeira & Silves circuit – Road Bike Tour

Highlights

Our tour starts in the old town of Albufeira and it is not long before we are away from the hustle and bustle of this busy town and heading West along the coast. We pass through the popular resort of Armação de Pêra, with its nature reserve full of wildlife, including a wide variety of birds and even the odd turtle!

We then head up to Porches, from where we weave our way through quiet country roads, down to the beautiful, tiny bay at Benagil. It’s a sharp contrast to the expansive beaches around the main tourist spots, and it’s a steep climb down to (and back from) the little cove, but worth it. There are a few more hills to negotiate as we hug the cliff tops towards Carvoeiro, another favoured seaside resort, set in a valley, with a lively square and beachfront cafes.

Our final stop on the coastal part of this circuit is Ferragudo, which is a fishing village set on the Arade River, that joins the sea at Portimão. There are fabulous views across the bay as we head inland towards Estômbar. Up and over the hills we start to experience true Algarvean countryside as we negotiate our way towards Silves, once the Moorish capital of the Algarve. It’s a dramatic entrance to this ancient city as we catch sight of the old castle on the hill above the town. It’s the perfect spot for a refreshment break and, if you have the energy, you can make the climb up to the castle where you will enjoy stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

From Silves, you have a few options, depending on your desire and ability. We can take the shorter route back, cycling through orange groves to Algoz, a small working agricultural town, then along quiet country lanes towards Tunes and over the hills to drop back down to Albufeira.

Alternatively, we can add an extra loop back into the interior landscape, taking in the spectacular Arade Reservoir. With beautiful views of the northern mountains, we follow the winding roads all around the reservoir and cross the imposing dam, before continuing through sleepy villages (where a café stop and a sample of the local produce is a must), and heading South through the orange groves towards our destination, Albufeira old town.

This really is an amazing circuit which can easily be adapted as a bespoke tour, should you wish to make it even more challenging and want to spend more than the usual 3 to 4 hours cycling. If you would like to know more about our private tours, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Prices

Price: €55 per person

INCLUDED:

  • Quality Aluminium framed road bike (optional upgrade to a carbon fibre framed bike)
  • Cycling mainly on smooth & quiet tarmac roads
  • Transfer from your accommodation in the central Algarve region
  • Cafe stop
  • Insurance.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Water and sun cream, which we recommend that you bring along.