Algarve Cycle

tours / Cycling

Algarve Cycle information and booking

from
$1060
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights small 3 to 4 star hotels
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (provided locally), wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Cycling along the stunning south west Algarve coast
  • Exploring interesting port towns and villages including historical Lagos
  • Experiencing the untouched beauty of the Monchique Bio Park and the Cape St. Vincent Natural Park
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as the excellent seafood
  • Soaking up the hospitality of family run hotels

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Traditional fishing villages, a dramatic rocky coastline interspersed with unspoilt sandy beaches, historic sights and a backdrop of the forested mountains of Monchique and Caldeirão are all features of Portugal's western Algarve. Away from the busy centres, there are quiet roads and trails ideal for cycling and exploring the pretty landscapes in the Cape St Vincent Natural Park where for the most part our trip is focused. Enroute there is ample opportunity to swim in the azure coastal waters, sample delicious seafood for which the area is renowned and take in the many sights including the historic town of Lagos. Staying in comfortable atmospheric hotels ensures this holiday delivers an ideal balance of activity and relaxation.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices
  • 7 nights in small 3 to 4 star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer
  • Bike rental, pannier and helmet
  • Back-up support
  • Transfers to and from faro airport or arrival point in the algarve
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Faro Airport, transfer to Caldas de Monchique
Arrive in the Algarve and transfer to Caldas de Monchique. Your hotel is a converted 19th century town house situated in the heart of the old spa town of Caldas de Monchique; the town is nestled in the Monchique hills and the spring waters have been renowned since Roman times for their healing properties.
Day 2 Cycle through the foothills of Picota and return to Caldas de Monchique (32km)
A circular ride around the foothills of Picota and Foia. Throughout the day you will enjoy stunning views down to the coast and over the foothills. Overnight Caldas de Monchique. Terrain - all on surfaced roads with a few gentle climbs.
Day 3 Cycle west to the picturesque Ribeira de Seixe valley (40 or 58km)
The route today takes you westwards to the small coastal town of Odeceixe. There are two choices of routes today: either a drop 400m and cycle along the beautiful Ribeira de Seixe valley where time really has stood still (40km) or you cycle across the serra to the Alentejo border, then along the valley to S. Teotonio and onward to Odeceixe (58km). This is a special day. Overnight Odeceixe in small Portuguese guesthouse. Terrain - some short climbs at the beginning and one near Odeceixe – a mixture of surfaced roads and good tracks.
Day 4 Circular cycle from Odeceixe (26 or 50km)
Today you can choose to take a circular ride down to the beach and then through the countryside to Rogil where you can visit the tiny nature reserve of Esteveira perched on the cliff tops, (26km) or a ride to the beautiful beach village of Zambujeira and the cliffs of Cabo Sardo (50km). Overnight Odeceixe. Terrain - one real climb, mostly surfaced roads.
Day 5 Transfer south then cycle along the Pontal headland to the fishing port of Sagres (47km)
This morning we transfer you to Monte Rosa (35km south) and you then continue southwards to Carrapateira where you make a circular tour of the beautiful Pontal headland. The cycle continues to Vila do Bispo and from there along the Sagres peninsula to Cape St Vincent and the fishing port of Sagres. Overnight in an Albergaria in Sagres. Terrain - one real climb, half the day on surfaced road and half on good tracks.
Day 6 To Salema via lovely beaches and Montes des Amantes (24km)
From Sagres you journey eastwards to Montes des Amantes famous for its standing stones and then on to the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Ingrina and Zavial before passing through quiet countryside to the fishing village of Salema. Overnight comfortable guesthouse in Salema. Terrain - a few gentle climbs, all on surfaced roads.
Day 7 Cycle to Lagos (35km)
Cycle along the coast and through the countryside to the historical town of Lagos. With its sandy beach enclosed by typical Algarve rocky cliffs, the town has a great atmosphere with many bars and restaurants.
Day 8 Transfer to airport, trip concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.