Activity: Self guided road bike holiday
Bike type: Road bike
Duration: 7 nights, 5 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 star hotels
Daily Average: 90 km
Price: From €575
This 7 night road bike touring holiday features quality accommodation along the superb Algarve coastline and daily rides into the hills. It’s a great way to experience some of the best road biking that the Algarve has to offer. It is also suitable for non-cycling partners.
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Day 1 Arrival
Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will collect you and take you to Vila Real de Santo António, an interesting old town on the banks of the Guadiana river, which forms the border between Spain and Portugal.
Day 2 Cycle to Tavira (c. 72km/elevation gain 950m)
Starting off towards the ancient settlement of Castro Marim, you’ll enjoy views across the river to Spain. You cross the saltpans, a thriving local industry, before heading towards the sparkling waters of the Beliche reservoir. It won’t be long before you are cycling through typical Algarve ‘lost villages’, amidst the stunning mountain scenery that forms the Serra de Tavira. From here you continue along the river valley and turn South to the picturesque coastal village of Cacela Velha, before you reach your first night’s stay in the historic coastal town of Tavira.
Day 3 Cycle to Faro (c. 80km/elevation gain 1040m)
Leaving Tavira’s main square, you follow the river North towards the Barrocal region, referred to as ‘the orchard of the Algarve’, with its many colourful spring flowers and fruit trees, and whitewashed houses, with laced chimneys. From here you climb the hills of the Caldeirão mountain range around São Brás de Alportel and Barranco do Velho, an area famous for its cork industry. Your journey back to the coast takes you on a long descent through Estoi and its imposing palace, and finally through the old town of Faro to your hotel on the marina.
Day 4 Cycle to Armação de Pêra (c. 101km/elevation gain 1430m)
Leaving the centre of Faro you are soon onto quiet country roads heading inland and then West towards the market town of Loulé, known for the beautifully restored indoor market, selling fresh regional produce. Venturing North out of Loulé, to the picturesque hilltop town of Querença, you’ll enjoy a long, sweeping ascent – a fabulous cycling route with spectacular views. Finally you descend into the valleys beyond Salir and travel through abundant citrus groves towards the bustling coastal resort of Armação de Pêra. The pleasant sea front promenade leads you to your hotel, overlooking the beautiful, expansive beach.
Day 5 Rest Day in Armação de Pêra
Today you have a chance to take a rest from cycling. You can simply relax by the pool or on the beach. Alternatively, we have a range of excursions that you can enjoy, from historical and cultural tours, to water sports and boat trips.
Day 6 Cycle to Lagos (c. 97km/elevation gain 1570m)
Today is a day of contrasts. In the morning you can take in the historical sights in Silves, the ancient Moorish capital of the Algarve, with its splendid castle overlooking the town. Then you make a gradual climb to Monchique, a spa town set amidst pine forests and valleys with freshwater springs. From here you are encouraged to tackle the final 8km up to Foia, the highest peak in the Monchique mountain range, with breathtaking views across the region, as far as the eye can see. After an exhilarating descent into the foothills, you head for Lagos, with its famous beach and marina for your overnight stay.
Day 7 Cycle to Cape to Vincent (c. 86km/elevation gain 1105m)
Your final day of cycling provides a total change of scenery as you travel inland to the Bravura reservoir, then tackle the wild and windy West Coast. Travelling through the Vicentina Natural Park, you head towards the surfers town of Carrapateira, with its famous beach and lagoon. From here you continue South (via Vila do Bispo) to Sagres, home to the 15th century Henry the Navigator’s fortress, and gateway to the climatic headland, Cape St. Vincent. There is an emblematic lighthouse (claimed to be one of Europe’s most powerful) and the views from the point are fantastic. It is a dramatic end to continental Europe and also your cycling trip!
We collect you and return you to a quaint hotel, set in a quiet square in the heart of Loulé. Loulé is an explorer’s haven, with its narrow cobbled streets leading off the central Avenida, tiny shops and hidden away bars and restaurants. So there is plenty of opportunity to make some last minute purchases before you leave.
Day 8 Departure
We will transfer you from your accommodation for your journey home.
- GPS tracks, maps and route suggestions
- Good quality hotels/apartments along the route
- Route assistance where necessary
- Airport Transfers.
- Holiday insurance – recommended
- Luggage Transfer – see price below
- Activities for non cycling partners, bookable locally
- Bike hire (choice of carbon/aluminium)
- Prices are per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room.
- Discounts are available for large groups, please contact us for details.
- We also offer options for daily route extensions.
This tour is designed and priced as a “self guided” holiday as this is how we can provide the best value for money for our clients. However, if you prefer to have the services of a dedicated guide or a support vehicle, we are happy to arrange these for you. Please see additional costs below:
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