Reach Cape St. Vicente, continental Europe’s southwesternmost point
Explore bird-rich Ria Formosa Natural Park along the Algarve coast
Pedal past Ponta da Piedade’s stunning limestone cliffs
Uncover Algarve’s hidden inland villages and authentic culture
Cycle the coast from serene Tavira to dramatic Sagres landscapes
Traverse cork-oak forests and encounter “Pego do Inferno” waterfall
Welcome to Algarve! Take advantage of the early evening to saunter through the charming streets, discovering the architectural heritage resonating with Roman, Arab, and Christian influences.
Unwind with a refreshing dip in the pool, and prepare for the exhilarating journey ahead.
Hotel in Tavira
Embark on your first ride heading east to uncover the Algarve’s lesser-known baroque charm, before basking in the Ria Formosa‘s captivating beauty. Heralded as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal,” the Ria Formosa has been a protected natural park since 1987, presenting a sprawling lagoon stretching from Faro to just west of Vila Real de Santo Antonio along the Algarve coastline.
Renowned for its idyllic islands, stunning beaches, and abundant wildlife, Ria Formosa is a treasure trove of natural allure. As you pedal through, you’ll traverse quaint villages, riding along time-honored roads and rustic trails that promise a sensory journey filled with the characteristic colors and scents of the Algarve.
Your path will first weave through fields of orange, almond, and carob trees. As the sea begins to peep over the horizon with the Ria accompanying you, prepare to be enthralled by the expansive vistas caressed by the gentle sea breeze.
37 km and 125m of elevation gain
Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast before setting out from Tavira, as you continue to explore the mesmerizing Ria Formosa, a crown jewel among Portugal’s natural parks. Renowned for its avian diversity, this haven for birdwatchers is a notable part of the Natura 2000 Network, ensuring today’s ride is sprinkled with enchanting bird songs and sightings.
As the journey unfolds, the vistas along the route promise to steal the spotlight, offering a spectacle of nature’s grandeur at every turn.
Upon nearing the quaint town of Olhão, your route will shift inland, leading you through charming small villages. The fragrance of citrus fills the air as you pedal past expansive orchards of orange trees. Seize a moment to pluck ripe oranges, settling amidst the verdant fields for a refreshing break.
Today’s adventure culminates at a delightful rural hotel in Vale das Gralhas, your serene retreat for the night, where the tranquility of the countryside will cradle you into a peaceful rest, recharging you for the days of exploration ahead.
Hotel in Vale das Gralhas
49 km and 275m of elevation gain
Today’s journey sees you heading north, navigating the gentle rises and falls of the terrain nestled close to the Algarve mountain range. Though the day presents a bit of a challenge, the awe-inspiring vistas awaiting you are well worth the effort, offering a visual reward for each incline conquered.
Your route will lead you to the quaint town of São Brás de Alportel, once hailed as Portugal’s cork production epicenter. As you pedal through a mix of roads and trails, you’ll be surrounded by the lush greenery of the Algarvean fields, a vibrant display of Mediterranean flora and fauna. This stretch provides a rejuvenating escape, as the pristine air and verdant surroundings are sure to invigorate both mind and soul.
The day’s adventure culminates in the charming village of Querença. Here, a quiet and peaceful hotel welcomes you, providing a serene backdrop for a restful night’s stay, as you reminisce on the day’s beautiful encounters and ready yourself for the explorations yet to come.
Hotel in Querença
39 km and 515m of elevation gain
Embrace another day of exhilarating challenges as you tackle the undulating hills, each ascent promising a rewarding descent.
Commence your ride in Querença, meandering through ancient, narrow roads framed by a picturesque landscape of carob and fig trees. Your journey will lead you to the charming hillside village of Alte, known for its quintessential white-painted houses and rejuvenating freshwater springs. The perpetual presence of water lends a unique allure to this quaint village, beckoning travelers to revel in its tranquil ambiance.
As today’s ride nears its end, seize the opportunity to visit Barragem do Funcho. This captivating dam, linked to the Arade River, offers a peaceful spot to reflect on the day’s adventures. The calm waters and surrounding natural beauty create a perfect setting to unwind before concluding your ride at Vale Fuzeiros, where rest and rejuvenation await tomorrow’s cycling endeavors.
Hotel in Vale Fuzeiros
49 km and 580m of elevation gain
Depart from Vale Fuzeiros, riding on asphalted winding roads enveloped in natural beauty, leading you to the majestic dam of Arade.
As you venture forward, follow the serene path alongside the Arade River, eventually reaching the historic Moorish town of Silves. Your ride will extend along the Odelouca River, where a detour through the rural stretches and typical villages like Odiáxere comes highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the simple yet profound charm of the countryside as you make your way towards the coast.
Reaching the shoreline, you’ll be greeted by the expansive golden sands of “Meia Praia” beach stretching across a scenic bay. Your final destination for the day is the city of Lagos, one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. Upon arrival, set aside some time to amble through the quaint downtown streets and treat yourself to a delightful dinner out, celebrating the day’s journey and the rich history encapsulated within this charming locale.
Hotel in Lagos
65 km and 250m of elevation gain
Embrace the day with a hearty spirit as the terrain demands a bit of mettle, with a few hills standing between you and the magnificent coastal vistas awaiting at Sagres and Cape St Vincent. The transition to a rugged cliff-lined coast offers a thrilling cycling experience. Your route guides you along breathtaking trails bordering the coastline leading to Ponta da Piedade. Here, prepare to be captivated by the harmonious blend of cliffs, caves, and rock formations, all adorned in a palette of white, ochre, brown, and red, painting a picture of nature’s timeless artistry.
As you proceed westward, a string of quaint coastal villages provides a charming backdrop to your journey. Upon reaching Sagres, the choice beckons: either settle into your cozy hotel or saddle up for an additional six-kilometer ride to the revered edge of Europe, Cape St Vincent. This southwesternmost point of continental Europe stands as a grand finale to your adventurous cycling saga, offering a moment of reflection and awe at the natural grandeur and the incredible journey that brought you to this significant landmark.
Hotel in Sagres
60 km and 580m of elevation gain
With a heart full of gratitude and a mind enriched with unforgettable experiences, you’ll carry the essence of Portugal with you as you head back home. And who knows? Perhaps the trails of Portugal will call to your heart again in the near future, beckoning for another round of exploration on two wheels.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
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Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your tour
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Accommodation as per itinerary
This Algarve cycling tour is an invitation to experience the breathtaking diversity of Portugal’s southern coast. Starting from the quaint town of Tavira, your journey on two wheels unfolds a series of serene landscapes, from the peaceful lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park to the rugged beauty of Ponta da Piedade’s limestone cliffs.
As you traverse the coastal route towards Sagres, the rustic charm of hidden inland villages entices a deeper exploration into the heart of Algarve. Here, the genuine essence of Portugal’s culture and traditions emanates through every encounter, providing a stark, beautiful contrast to the bustling tourist trails.
Your days will be filled with wonder as you pedal through cork-oak forests, along spellbinding coastlines, leading you to discover the “Pego do Inferno,” the Algarve’s most charming waterfall. The trails unveil nature’s grandeur at every turn, igniting a sense of adventure as you navigate less traveled paths.
Arriving at Sagres, the anticipation builds up for the grand finale of your cycling tour – a triumphant visit to Cape St. Vicente, the southwesternmost point of continental Europe. Here, standing at the edge of the continent, you’ll reflect on the magnificent journey that took you through the heart of Algarve, showcasing a beautiful blend of nature, culture, and exhilarating cycling adventures.
With each evening, relax and rejuvenate in the comforting embrace of carefully selected hotels, recollecting the day’s discoveries and looking forward to the revelations awaiting the dawn. This cycling tour encapsulates the essence of an immersive travel experience, promising not just a physical journey, but an expedition that carves indelible memories into every adventurer’s heart.
Embark on a personalized adventure with our self-guided expedition, crafted meticulously by our specialists to match your preferences, granting you the freedom to explore at your own rhythm.
Relish the liberty to halt and delve deeper wherever your curiosity leads, choosing your destinations along the journey with a tailored itinerary. And, rest easy with the assurance that our devoted 24/7 support is on hand to assist you every step of the way.
Embark on a self-guided cycling odyssey, designed for a tailor-crafted and adaptable getaway on two wheels, unveiling wonders at your own pace while having the freedom to alter your itinerary or path as needed. Our dedicated team meticulously handles all facets, encompassing lodging arrangements, thorough planning, GPS navigational aid, and continuous support, to gift you a tranquil and engrossing journey. This venture champions autonomy, personal expression, and genuine cultural engagements.
Our tours are segmented into three tiers of difficulty: Leisurely, Moderate, and Challenging, categorized by the usual daily routine, although there may be variations in difficulty throughout the trip.
Leisurely tours are ideal for those in pursuit of a relaxed adventure amidst stunning landscapes, without the challenge of covering long distances or tackling rough terrains. These journeys typically cover 30-50 km each day, with an elevation gain of up to 500m. This allows plenty of pauses to relish the scenic vistas, enjoy local delicacies, and explore charming villages and towns along the way.
Moderate bike tours are tailored for those seeking a beautiful blend of scenic trails and a dash of challenge. Generally covering 50-80 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 1000m, these tours traverse enchanting landscapes and delightful villages, featuring a mix of flat and rolling terrains. They not only provide ample chances to stop and explore but also ensure a satisfying cycling workout.
Challenging bike tours are meant for experienced cyclists eager to push their limits. Spanning 80-120 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 2000m, these tours entail tackling steep ascents and demanding terrains. Though these tours require a high level of fitness and endurance, the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day, coupled with breathtaking views, makes the endeavor thoroughly rewarding.
We are devoted to discovering the ideal match for you. We collaborate with numerous lodging providers who meet our standards, although their availability may fluctuate, especially during peak demand times. Furthermore, we can customize your vacation to align with your preferences and budget, ensuring we identify the most fitting choice for your needs.
We advise booking your tour at the earliest opportunity, especially for popular tourist destinations with limited lodging availability. Prime choices often get snapped up for the summer before spring even arrives.
Addressing dietary preferences can vary based on their complexity. In Portugal, vegetarian options are generally available, but finding vegan meals might be more challenging in rural areas or smaller towns. Notably, lunch stops are often at traditional eateries which may not cater to special dietary needs beyond their standard menu. Keep this in consideration as you plan your adventure.
The ideal cycling season in Portugal stretches from mid-April to mid-October. In elevated regions like the Serra da Estrela, it’s preferable to cycle from mid-May to September.
Tours in Portugal can continue in light rain with the appropriate clothing. Summer frequently witnesses afternoon thunderstorms, making early tour starts recommended. If challenging weather conditions are expected, we’ll strive to adjust the tour beforehand.
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