Algarve Cycling Holiday

  • 3.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Vila Real de Santo António / Sagres
  • Distance

    171 miles/276 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    049-101CPT
Price From £1046

Overview

Discover southern Portugal on this Algarve cycling holiday, from the Atlantic coast to the stunning countryside of the interior in a surprisingly varied region. There’s a mix of on and off-road cycling as you travel from the Spanish border to Europe’s most westerly point. Quaint villages, bustling seaside towns and panoramic views await.

Your journey starts in Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east and follows the rugged coast to the nature-filled Ria Formosa lagoons and then inland along quiet roads to sleepy hillside villages, sprawling cork oak forests and fragrant orange and almond groves. Then there’s the historic Moorish town of Silves plus Lagos, the Algarve’s oldest town and one of its most lively. The trip ends at Sagres, close to Cape St. Vincent – the southwesternmost tip of continental Europe.

Beach at Sagres

Beach at Sagres

Around two thirds of the route will be on the road with the rest on smooth off-road trails, and you’ll cover an average of around 25 miles a day. Much of the riding will be on the flat although as you enter the interior of Algarve the terrain is more varied with some short steep climbs to tackle, so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness to get the most out of this highly scenic cycle tour.

Itinerary & Map

Around two thirds of the route will be on the road with the rest on smooth off-road trails, and you’ll cover an average of around 25 miles a day. Much of the riding will be on the flat although as you enter the interior of Algarve the terrain is more varied with some short steep climbs to tackle, so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness to get the most out of this highly scenic cycle tour.

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Day 1: Arrive Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Marques de Pombal square - Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Portugal*

Vila Real de Santo Antonio

On arrival into Lisbon or Faro Airport you will be transferred to your first hotel in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore this interesting old town on the banks of the River Guadiana, which marks the border between Portugal and Spain.

Day 2: Vila Real de Santo Antonio – Tavira, 22 miles/35 kms

Tavira - Algarve - Portugal*

Tavira

For your first day in the saddle you’ll enjoy a gentle ride to Tavira, following the coast. The route will take you through bustling seaside resorts and the old town of Cacela Velha, with its wonderful views across to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Later you’ll enter the Sapal area, well known for its abundant bird life, then arrive at your overnight destination via the Roman bridge that crosses the River Gilao. Tavira is arguably one of the Algarve’s most beautiful towns and certainly one of its most historic.

Day 3: Tavira – Marco, 23 miles/37 kms

Pego do inferno" waterfall - Tavira - Algarve - Portugal*Today you’ll continue along the coast then turn northwards to enter the lesser-visited rural interior of the Algarve. Taking quiet country roads you’ll pass traditional villages and huge, fragrant orange groves. You’ll also have the chance to see the beautiful Pego do Inferno waterfall before climbing briefly to arrive at your rustic hilltop hotel in Marco.

Day 4: Marco – Alte, 36 miles/57 kms

Alte - Algarve - Portugal

Alte

You’ll now be riding in a part of the Algarve’s interior characterised by rolling hills. The cycling may be slightly harder but you’ll be well rewarded by the views, wonderful rural scenery and fantastic hillside towns and villages on your way. As you continue pass babbling streams and cool Mediterranean forests as you approach hilltop Alte, a town of fresh water springs and typical white-painted houses.

Day 5: Alte – Silves, 25 miles/40 kms

Silves - Algarve - Portugal*

Silves

You’ll be treated to more great views today plus varied scenery, passing numerous fig and carob trees and an enchanting cork-oak valley. Another highlight of this day’s riding is following the road around the Arade Dam before heading down the valley to the Moorish town of Silves. Make sure you arrive in time to explore the fine castle and warren-like streets of this beautiful old town.

 

Day 6: Silves – Lagos, 30 miles/48 kms

Cyclists near Lagos - Algarve - Portugal

Cyclists near Lagos

Leaving Silves you’ll cycle by the babbling Odelouca stream in its pretty valley. The route leads you past  typical rural villages before turning south back to the coast. You’ll reach the ocean where the golden sands of Meia Praia beach frame a sweeping bay. A short distance further west you reach the bustling city of Lagos, one of the Algarve’s oldest settlements and a hive of activity.

Day 7: Lagos – Sagres, 37 miles/59 kms

Cape St. Vincent - Algarve

Cape St. Vincent

Your last day of riding takes you to Sagres along the rugged coastline of the south western tip of Portugal. Cycle along scenic trails to the rugged and colourful limestone cliff formations around Ponta da Piedade and then through quaint fishing villages to Sagres – your overnight destination. It’s only a few miles more to Cape St Vincent, the southwesternmost point of continental Europe.

Day 8: Sagres

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 March to 30 November excluding 27 June - 29 August

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

7 nights comfort accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Arrival transfer from Faro or Lisbon Airport
Departure transfer to Lisbon or Faro Airport
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets

Supplements

Bike hire with lock, pannier & GPS (£131)
Electirc bike & GPS (£262)

Notes

Superior A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
* Single only applicable when travelling with 2 people. Solo cyclist prices are on request

Practical Information

Bikes

male hardtail mountainbike

Example of the male bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid/mountain bike models with 27 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes comes equipped with back pannier, handlebar bag, lock, map holder, water bottle and holder. Plus an extra inner tube and one tool kit per couple. In addition, one GPS is provided per couple.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Comfortable guestrooms in 3 and 4 star hotels with private en suite facilities

Vila Real de Santo Antonio: Apolo Hotel. 3*
Tavira: Vila Galé Tavira, 4*
Marco: Herdade da Corte
Alte: Alte Hotel, 3*
Silves: Colina dos Mouros Hotel, 3*
Lagos: Hotel Tivoli Lagos, 4*
Sagres: Memmo Baleeira Hotel, 4*

 

Getting There

Fly to Lisbon or Faro from where you will be picked up and dropped off at either end of your holiday.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 3.5
  • Date - 10/05/2017
  • Name - Alison Walton
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - Good service but not exceptional
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Airport collection and drop off excellent.
    Arrival information excellent and tour guide great and GPS and mobile phone and repair kits supplied very useful.
    Bikes good but a bike stand would have been helpful.
    Routes very easy to follow and good routes with great scenery and wildlife and plenty to see along the route.
    Hotels mixed.
    Ranged from rather poor to exceptionally good
    Hotel Alte Hotel Colina in Silves - both poor.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Alison. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday overall and are addressing your comments about the two hotels with our local suppliers.