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Cycling The Algarve Coast

6 nights from £755.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Follow the Eurovelo 1 along the Algarve
  • Visit stunning beaches
  • Explore the Ria Formosa National Park
  • Enjoy authentic villages
Cycling The Algarve Coast
6 nights from £755.00
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WE LOVEThe Beaches
The Algarve is famous for its stunning beaches and this ride takes you along the Algarve coast, to find some of its lesser known hidden treasures. Spend time lunching in fishing villages and relaxing on golden sands.
WE LOVEThe Cycling
Follow the Eurovelo 1 along the Algarve coastline and head through the Ria Formosa National Park. Explore the saltpans of the region and head out to Cape St Vincent and the lighthouse in the very far west of the country.

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Day By Day Cycling The Algarve Coast

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Day 1Arrival

Arrive into Faro airport and you will be met by our transfer to take you to our hotel in Cabanas de Tavira. After check-in, take the opportunity to explore this small and authentic village. Your hotel has a private boat connection to the beach located on the other bank of Ria Formosa so check this out before dinner.

Day 2Cabanas de Tavira to Vila Real de Santo António Loop

The first day of cycling will  acclimatise you to Portugal and is  a circular loop. You will head along the promenade by the Ria Formosa. and then on to the EuroVelo 1. Explore Cacela Velha, located on a hill right overlooking the Ria Formosa, where you can enjoy views from the church and the fort over the sea. After passing through the towns of Manta Rota, Altura and Monte Gordo, you will reach Vila Real de Santo António a western village of the Algarve located on the banks of the Guadiana River, forming a natural border between Portugal and Spain. Keep riding inland towards Castro Marim before your only climb of the day takes you over toward Santa Rita and back to your hotel.

Total distance56kmTotal climb450m
Day 3Cabanas de Tavira to Faro

Today you will leave the Cabanas de Tavira passing by the Algarve saltpans and reaching the historic city of Tavira. The area next to the Gilão River is perfect for a stop and you can explore the Roman bridge and the large gardens. As you continue your ride, you will cycle out towards Olhão and pass by traditional fishing villages such as Santa Luzia, known as the octopus capital. Today’s destination is faro, the capital of the Algarve. It’s a big city so spend some time enjoying the old town, the cobbled streets and the bustling neighbourhoods.

Total distance51kmTotal climb200m
Day 4Faro to Armação de Pêra

Today you’ll ride through the luxurious resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo before you arrive into Vilamoura, famous for its marina, golf courses and nightlife. As you head to the centre of the Algarve, sandy beaches give way to dramatic cliffs and the Falesia cliffs offer some stunning views. Keep riding west and you’ll reach Albufeira and Salgados the natural park with its salty lake. From here you’ll ride along a wooden path along the dunes to the the town of Armação de Pêra where you will spend the night.

Total distance67kmTotal climb480m
Day 5Armação de Pêra to Lagos

This day starts with a visit to the famous chapel of Senhora da Rocha, located on a cliff  overlooking the waters of the Atlantic. From here, you’ll head inland passing through Lagoa, an area well known for its wine. Keep cycling west where you will enjoy a fast section to Ferragudo, a beautiful fishing village on the banks of hte Rio Arade, with Portimão on the other side of the river. Grab a drink or some lunch in the central square before continuing your journey to Portimão. The EuroVelo Route will take you out along the Arade river to Praia da Rocha before reaching Lagos.

Total distance61kmTotal climb500m
Day 6Lagos to Sagres

The last day of cycling is astounding in its beauty. Leaving Lagos you will visit one of the most famous Algarve spots the Ponta da Piedade. From here you’ll ride through the villages of Aldeia da Luz and then Burgau, hidden treasures amongst the locals for there incredible beaches.  The landscape here begins to change dramatically and the route to Cape Saint Vincent located on the most western point of Europe is mostly on gravel roads. It’s supremely quiet here and once you’re in Cape Saint Vincent, take some time to explore the ancient building and the lighthouse before you ride east to Sagres, where you will spend the night.

Total distance61kmTotal climb820m
Day 7Departure

We will take you back to the airport or if you prefer, spend some more time enjoying the beaches.

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What to ExpectFrom fishing villages to stunning beaches

Ride along the Algarve coastline and spend some time on the EuroVelo 1 AlgarveCoast Route. Explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the Castro Marim Marshland Natural Reserve as well as stunning secluded beaches. Visit historical cities with its castles and churches and ride to Europe’s most westerly point, Cape St Vincent.

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How's the Weather? in Algarve

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as February which offers cool Spring riding. The weather gets progressively warmer as you head through the Spring
The SummerJune to August
The Algarve is hot in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze on the coast so you can enjoy some excellent coastal cycling in the summer but it will be very hot.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in in Algarve. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter can become quite wet, especially in December, however temperatures are still good for cycling.

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