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Portugal - Cycling along the Coast of Algarve

As the most southern situated region of Portugal, Algarve has a wonderful warm climate and a stunning coastline running from Sagres in the west, where the Atlantic wash over the cliffs surrounding the majestic lighthouse, to the Vila Real de Santo António in the east, which is located right at the border between Portugal and Spain.
Ecovia do Algarve is a cycling route that takes you 237 km from west to east. The tour takes you through a different variety of culture and nature than otherwise seen in Portugal. You will pass through small charming coastal villages and the larger and more important cities of Algarve. You will also come past fantastic beaches and unique wetlands where shorebirds, including flamingos, may be seen.

The route leads you along trails of protected natural areas, and takes you along minor roads and dirt roads. The route is relatively flat, with a few lighter hilly stretches.

  • Cycling 8 days - from west to east along the scenic Ecovia do Algarve
  • Accommodation at five different 4-star hotels
  • Included transfers from Faro Airport to the hotel in Sagres (120 km)
  • The beautiful natural park Ria Formosa with its rich birdlife
  • Charming little fishing villages and local specialties
  • Cycling between saltpans and white piles of extracted sea salt
  • Great culture and climate that make Algarve an ideal holiday destination all year round
  • Route descriptions with relevant maps and general tourist information
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • This tour can start on any day throughout the year

 

Day 1: Arrival in Sagres

Day 2: Cycling from Cape St. Vicente to Lagos (about 47km)

Day 3: Cycling from Lagos to Albufeira (about 69 km)

Day 4: Cycling from Albufeira to Faro (about 52 km)

Day 5: Cycling from Faro to Santa Luzia and Tavira (about 42 km)

Day 6: Cycling from Santa Luzia to Vila Real St. António (about 27 km)

Day 7: Free day at your own disposal

Day 8: Departure

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Day 1 Arrival in Sagres

Upon arrival at Faro airport a local English-speaking guide, who arranges the included transfer from the airport to the hotel in Sagres, will greet you and provide you with all relevant information about this self-guided tour.
The beautiful village of Sagres is situated in the very southwestern corner of Europe, and is located at the nature parks Sudoeste Alentejo and Costa Vincentina. Sagres is a traditional southern Portuguese village full of historical monuments. Visit the great lighthouse, from where the view of the Atlantic Ocean is eminent. Also the Fortress of Sagres, located at Ponta de Sagres, is a great experience.

 
Day 2 Cycling from Cape St. Vicente to Lagos (about 47km)

The day begins with the first stage of the cycling route, taking your first north and then in an eastern direction towards Lagos. You will cycle through the charming municipality of Vila do Bispo, with its dramatic coastline, and the mystique from the town of Sagres providing an experience of wild nature and a rich historical heritage that is left beautiful and untouched. The stage ends in Lagos, which is one of the most southern cities of Portugal and the most historically interesting in the Algarve. It also has some friendly and lovely beaches and a great selection of restaurants and cafes.

Day 3 Cycling from Lagos to Albufeira (about 69 km)

This day offers a longer cycling stage from Lagos, along the coast and up to the Ria de Alvor - a traditional Algarviana fishing village. The narrow alleys of the old village hold several charming restaurants with freshly caught fish on the menu. After passing Portimão you will come past the estuary of the river Rio Arade, and through the small village of Ferragudo, with its special atmosphere and whitewashed fishing houses spread out over the small hills the landscape. The cycling route continues along the Atlantic coast to Armacao de Pera and on through the Lagoon of Salgados, where you can experience a rich flora and birdlife, with the opportunity to see the characteristic pink flamingos, among other species, before arriving in the town of Albufeira.

Day 4 Cycling from Albufeira to Faro (about 52 km)

From Albufeira you will follow the coast through the popular tourist area of Vilamoura and Quarteira. Here it is possible to take a dip from the sandy beach before cycling through the beautiful nature park Ria Formosa. The nature park frames the fascinating lagoon landscape, which constantly changes due to currents, weather and water conditions. The impressive landscape is home to a wide variety of birdlife. From here you will cycle the last stretch to Faro, the capital of Algarve, which offers plenty of sightseeing.

Day 5 Cycling from Faro to Santa Luzia and Tavira (about 42 km)

From Faro you will cycle towards the fishing village of Olhão. The route continues along the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, which is about 60 km long.  You will be passing through small charming villages, before coming to Santa Luzia. This town is known as The Octopus Capital, as the fishing history of the town has made it famous for Octopuses. Any restaurant with self-respect has a version of Atlantic squid on their menu, and it tastes absolutely fantastic.
The next nights accommodation takes place just 5 kilometers from Santa Luzia in the town of Tavira.

Day 6 Cycling from Santa Luzia to Vila Real St. António (about 27 km)

From Tavira you will cycle towards the coastal town of Cabanas, and on through the pretty park of almond trees surrounding the historic Forte de S. João da Barra - which today serves as a very nice lodge. The cycling route leads you on to the charming and unspoiled fishing village of Cancela Velha. As you continue towards Monte Gordo you will soon arrive at Vila Real de Santo António, situated right by the river Rio Guiardian, which marks the country border between Portugal and Spain. After strolling around this interesting village, it is possible to take the regional train back - where you can bring your bike for free, or you can cycle along the same roads back (about 27 km).

Day 7 Free day at your own disposal

This day is at your own disposal. The area in and around Santa Luzia and Tavira offers an exciting mixture of interesting architecture, as the seven-arched Roman bridge that crosses the river Gilhão and no less than 37 churches in the town. In addition, you can cycle between the characteristic saltpans, with their varying colors, or stroll along the fine beaches such as Praia do Barril in Santa Luzia.

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast you will be checking out of the hotel for individual departure.
It is possible to purchase transfer to the airport - see more info under the Tour info tab.

 

Prices includes

  • Overnight stays at five different 4 star hotels incl. breakfast
  • Transfer from Faro Airport to the hotel in Sagres (120 km)
  • Detailed road descriptions of the well suggested routes (route maps, route descriptions, information on relevant tourist attractions and important phone numbers.)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • A direct phone number for local support through out the trip
Not included
  • Transportation to and from Faro, Portugal
  • Bike rental € 110,- (E-bike € 200,-)
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance
EUR 775.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps, but you must organize your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Dates of departure 
This tour can be arranged with daily arrivals all year round.

Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from Faro, Portugal is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits starts and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
 

- Local transportation
Transfer from Faro Airport to the hotel in Sagres (120 km) Is included in this package.
It is possible to purchase your transfer from the hotel in Tavira to Faro airport on day 8.
Price for 1-4 people:  € 55,-
(By 5+ please contact us for price. If a late transfer, 20-08 hours, is required, an addition of 50% will be added to the price for 1-4 people).

 
Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying at five different 4-star hotels, with breakfast included.

 
Food

Breakfast is included in the trip.
Half board is possible to purchase for the entire tour.
Price per person € 210,-  This includes 7x dinner
(Please note your request in the Comments section when booking the trip).

 
Trip grading

This cycling holiday takes place on good roads and is a level 1-2. About half the route takes place on well-maintained dirt roads and the rest on smaller roads with minimum traffic. The terrain is relatively flat with a few slightly hilly stretches. Read more about our grading system here.

 
Bike rental

Below you will see the types of bikes offered on this trip.
In order to individually adapt the bikes to you, it is important that you indicate the body height of all participants as well as the type of bike wanted, in the comments section when booking the trip.
Any additional equipment wanted, should be noted along with the booking of the specific bike.

It is mandatory to wear a bike helmet in Portugal. We recommend that you bring your own.

Touring bike
The touring bikes are similar to the pictured Giant. They have 21 gears, so you can get comfortable through the terrain. They have a front suspension, lights and a luggage rack on which a bike bag is attached
It comes with a small repair kit.
Price € 110,- per person for the whole week.

Mountain bike
On this trip you also have the option of renting a mountain bike, similar to the image below. The mountain bike has front suspension, aluframe and 21 Shimano gears.
It comes with a small repair kit.
Price € 130, - per person for the whole week.

Electric Bike
On this trip, it is possible to book an electric bike, making it possible to cross any terrain with a smile. If your legs get tired the electric engine will support you to not fall behind.
It does not require any training to go on an e-bike. As long as you stay active in the pedals the engine will assist the rider to a max speed of 25 km/h.
A removable, rechargeable battery, reaching 35-65 km at one load, energizes the bike.
E-bikes have lights and luggage racks on which a bike bag is attached
It comes with a small repair kit.
Price € 165 - per person for the whole week.

Additional gear:
It is possible to rent the following cycling gear for the week:
Rental of helmet € 12,-
Rental of GPS € 80,-
Rental of SPD pedals (only possible on mountain bikes) € 17,-

 
Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

 
Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

 
Passorts and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

 
Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to here is the average statistics of the climate in Faro, as shown on www.yr.no:

 
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