General

Activity: Self guided touring holiday
Bike type: Touring bike
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate
Accommodation: 3 to 5 star hotels
Daily Average: 39km
Price: From €750

The Ecovia do litoral is a dedicated cycle route in Portugal that links Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border with Cabo de São Vicente (Sagres) in the west. The c.235km route combines trails in nature protection areas with linking stretches on traffic calmed or car-free routes.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and transfer to Vila Real de Santo António

Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will collect you and equip you with your bicycle for the tour. Then we will transport you and your bicycles over to Vila Real de Santo António for your first night.

Day 2 Cycle to Tavira (31km/214m elevation gain)

Following a well marked route, with supplied maps, you will cycle west towards Tavira, a charming old fishing town that has been around since Roman times, your destination for this day’s cycling.

Day 3 Cycle to Olhão (31km/182m elevation gain)

Today’s ride continues west and passes through unspoilt coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages. Your destination is  Olhão, still the hub of the fishing industry, but with a charming old town, renowned for its moorish style architecture. It’s the perfect place to sample local specialities at local prices!

Day 4 Cycle to Vilamoura (40km/270m elevation gain)

Your third day on the Algarve Coastal Cycle Route takes you through the regional centre of Faro and onwards past the prestigious golf resorts and the seafront at Quarteira, to your overnight stay in Vilamoura, with its marina full of luxury yachts and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Day 5 Cycle to Praia da Rocha (55km/494m elevation gain)

Another interesting day’s cycling through the popular resort of Albufeira and inland through the traditional old town of Lagoa, then on to Portimão and Praia da Rocha. Here you will stay in a charming hotel next to the old fort on the sea front.

Day 6 Cycle to Praia da Luz (39km/353m elevation gain)

Today you head through the fishing village of Alvor, towards bustling Lagos, a likely stop-over for lunch. From here you leave town along the old coastal road towards the popular coastal resort of Praia da Luz. There are lots of cafés and shops along the promenade and often market stalls and artists displaying their work, so it’s worth getting here in time to explore.

Day 7 Cycle to Cabo de São Vicente (39km/570m elevation gain)

Your final day of the cycling tour takes you through some dramatic and interesting scenery and on to the southern most point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente. The nearby town of Sagres with its ancient fort and sights of historical interest, provide plenty of opportunities to explore. We collect you and return you to a quaint hotel, set in a quiet square in the heart of the old market town 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.

Day 8 Departure

We will transfer you from your accommodation for your journey home.

Prices

January€765
Febuary€765
March€795
April€830
May€840
June€930
July€1065
August€1165
September€1005
October€820
November€765
December€765

INCLUDED:

  • Quality bike and equipment hire
  • Detailed maps and route suggestions
  • Good quality hotels/apartments along the route
  • Route assistance where necessary
  • Airport Transfers.

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Holiday insurance – recommended.

  • 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, carry your own luggage” 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, a support vehicle, or perhaps a luggage transfer service, we are happy to arrange these for you at the following rates:

DescriptionPrice per group
Luggage Transfer€210
Support Vehicle€100/day
Tour Guide€100/day