Tour Highlights

  • 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
  • Route descriptions with relevant maps and general tourist information
Cycling in the Algarve
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Cycling in the Algarve

Individual tour

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.

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Self-guided cycling holidays
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.





Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 2 Cycling from Cape St. Vicente to Lagos

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.





Distance 49KM
Altitude 586M
Altitude 641M
Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 3 Cycling from Lagos to Albufeira

Note: It is possible to divide this stage into two parts, resulting in six cycling stages instead of five. See Practical Information at the bottom of the page. 

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.





Distance 77KM
Altitude 532M
Altitude 489M
Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 4 Cycling from Albufeira to Faro

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.





Distance 47KM
Altitude 304M
Altitude 337M
Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 5 Cycling from Faro to Santa Luzia and Tavira

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 night's accommodation is located just 5 kilometers from Santa Luzia in the town of Tavira.





Distance 41KM
Altitude 212M
Altitude 195M
Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 6 Cycling from Santa Luzia to Vila Real St. António

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).





Distance 34KM
Altitude 184M
Altitude 202M
Accommodation 4 star hotel
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.





Accommodation 4 star hotel
Day 8 Return

After breakfast you will be checking out of the hotel for individual departure.





Price Includes
  • Overnight stays at five different 4 star hotels with swimming pool
  • Breakfast each day (possibility for half board)
  • 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)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • A direct phone number for local support throughout the trip
Not included
  • Transportation to and from Faro, Portugal (can be added - contact info@mountain-adventures.com)
  • Bike rental (see under practical information)
  • Optional upgrade to electric bike (can be added)
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance
General Information

The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room. It is possible to book the trip for one person at an additional fee. You can find the exact price for that by choosing "1 adult" in the booking form. 

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps, as well as luggage transfers between hotels.

Note: When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.

Transportation/Flight

Important: 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 that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on info@mountain-adventures.com

Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

Local transportation
When you arrive in Faro Airport, you'll be picked up and driven around 120km to the first hotel in Sagres (included in the price). Transportation from the last hotel to the airport is not included in the price but can be added on page 2 of the booking form. 

Food & Beverage

Breakfast is included in the trip.
Half board is possible to purchase for the entire tour.
This can be selected on page 2 of the booking form. 

Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying at five different 4-star hotels, with breakfast included. All hotels are equipped with a swimming pool. 

This tour includes 5 cycle stages and 1 day at your own disposal. If desired, it is possible to buy the tour with 6 stages at the expense of the Free Day. This means that the cycling distance on Day 3 will be divided across 2 days. This can be chosen for no extra cost in the booking form. - See the alternative stage distribution below: 

The hotels we frequently use on this tour
Important: It can not be guaranteed that you will be accommodated in these specific hotels. This depends on which hotels have available rooms at the time that you book the trip. However, they will all be 4-star hotels. 

Hotel Memmo Baleeira (Sagres)
Hotel Tivoli Lagos (Lagos)
Hotel Tivoli Portimão (Portimão)
Hotel Pedra dos Bicos (Albufeira)
Hotel Eva (Faro)
Hotel Vila Galé Tavira (Tavira)

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.

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.

 

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.
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. 

 Trek Cykel Algarve

 

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.

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. 

Upgrade to this Mountain Bike can be selected in the booking form, page 2. 

 Mountainbike Algarvekysten

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 on 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 charge, energizes the bike.
E-bikes have lights and luggage racks on which a bike bag is attached
It comes with a small repair kit.

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. 

Upgrade to this Electric Bike can be selected in the booking form, page 2. 

 

 Elcykel Algarvekysten

 

Additional gear:
Note:
It is mandatory to wear a bike helmet in Portugal.

Rental of helmet                                                          €12 per helmet
Rental of SPD pedals (only possible on mountain bikes)  €17 per set
Extra cycling bag                                                         €13 per bag

If you would like to order any of the above, just let us know about it before the trip. 

Climate

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

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