General

Activity: Guided MTB Tour
Bike type: MTB
Duration: 4 nights, 5 days cycling
Activity Level: Advanced
Accommodation: Rural hotels/lodges
Daily Average: 63 km
Price: €395

This challenging, guided mountain bike holiday spans the whole of the Via Algarviana, a little known network of ancient tracks connecting the people of Southern Portugal to their land and settlements. It will test your skills, with over 300 kilometers (and a daily average of 1500m altitude) of off-road fun!

Is the Via Algarviana tour for me?

This MTB adventure is suitable for people over the age of 15 with solid mountain bike experience and a good fitness level. Please make sure that you and your equipment are in excellent condition for this demanding but thrilling week.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday 8th November: Transfer Loulé to Cabo de São Vicente

We will transfer you and your bikes at 07h30 from Loulé to Cabo de São Vicente, ready to begin your trip. The first day of riding is an excellent introduction to mountain biking on the windy Sagres peninsula with pine & cork woods from Barão de São João, Bravura reservoir. Distance 64km/Altitude 700m

Day 2 – Thursday 9th November: Cycle from Pincho to Silves

Climb up through forestry trails to the typical mountain village of Marmelete and almost to the top of Foía to enjoy amazing views. Descend down through the dense eucalyptus, chestnut and cork forests to Monchique, Picota, and finally the medieval town of Silves complete with Moorish castle. Distance 62km/Altitude 1900m

Day 3 – Friday 1oth November: Cycle from Silves to Salir

This is a day of contrasting scenery as you pass through the fertile farmland surrounding barrocal Algarvio, towards the imposing Funcho reservoir passing by the classified site of Rocha da Pena. Distance 63km/Altitude 1400m

Day 4 – Saturday 11th November: Cycle from Salir to Vaqueiros

Slightly shorter ride today but stunning journeys through cork and medronho forests from Serra do Caldeirão. Distance 60km/Altitude 1800m

Day 5 – Sunday 12th November: Cycle from Vaqueiros to Alcoutim

Final day of riding through authentic and rural scenery of the Serra de Tavira in eastern Algarve. Distance 60km/Altitude 1100m

We will transfer you from Alcoutim back to Loule.

Prices

Price per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room, is €395pp

Single room accommodation subject to availability, please specify if preferred

Included:

  • Transfers on Day 1 and Day 5
  • 4 nights shared accommodation in rural hotels/lodges on b&b basis
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Experienced mountain bike guide
  • Support vehicle on stand-by.

Not included:

  • MTB rental (available at €90 for the 5 riding days)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and beverages
  • Travel insurance, highly recommended.
  • Airport transfers and additional accommodation at the beginning and end. These can be arranged on request.