Upon arrival into Faro airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Albufeira. Check in, relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.
Today we suggest a day to acclimatise to the area by visiting Loule. The ride is about 50-70km with between 800m and 1,000m of climbing, depending on whether you choose to head throough Vilamoura, or ride further north into the hills on a slightly longer ride. You will ride through countless vineyards and orange groves and get a real taste of the Algarve.
We recommend that today you explore the hills. You will ride north, away from the coast and within 15km, you will have reached Paderne and left the busier roads behind you. From here, you will gently ride up into the hills, passing Sao Bartolomeu, with only a very discreet incline. Your ride will climb further as you make your way up to Sao Marcos de Serra before circling back to Albufeira.
Today is the longest day with a ride deep into the Serra de Monchique, the Monchique mountains. Riding north west you will cycle through Estevais where the roads become totally deserted as they make their way through fields and orange groves. At Silves you will head east across the Arade river before climbing up to Monchique. You will climb higher amongst the Eucalyptus trees before arriving at Monchique having climbed 450m in 50km. From here you will ride back on different roads until Silves before descending back to Albufeira.
Check out at your leisure or enjoy the beach before your transfer back to Faro.
Albufeira is situated on the shores of the Algarve. Well known for its golf, it also offers incredible cycling. You can ride from the pristine beaches deep into the heart of the Serra de Monchique. The roads are perfect for cyclists with almost no traffic, immaculate tarmac and stunning views.