Road less traveled in Tavira, Algarve, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Tolbxela
Cliffs of Lagos, Algarve, Portugal. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Ricard12

Souvenirs of the lighthouse in Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Oleg
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Algarve

Portugal Bike Tours

Bike in Portugal along the most beautiful coast in Europe!!

  • This incredible cross country bike tour in Portugal runs along the Algarve, from the border with Spain to Sagres, where it ends by crossing at the most westerly point in Europe, Cape São Vincente. Starting along the sea and through the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, you'll be amazed by the lagoon system that extends itself over 60 km along the coast. Continuing on, you'll explore inland Algarve, riding on old roads and finding lost villages on the hills and in the beautiful cork-oak forests. Explore the rugged rock- face lined coast from Lagos to Sagres and end this incredible tour in the southwesternmost point of Europe, Cape São Vicente - the place where the land ends and the sea begins!

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  •  Price
    January 1 to March 25 + Oct 28 to Dec 23 £ 1063 $ 1,889 1308 NOK 12753 kr 11772 $ 1,530
    Single supplement £ 162 $ 287 199 NOK 1940 kr 1791 $ 233

    March 26 to April 1 + June 27 to Aug 29

    £ 1307 $ 2,323 1608 NOK 15678 kr 14472 $ 1,881
    Single supplement £ 324 $ 576 399 NOK 3890 kr 3591 $ 467
    April 2 to May 26 + Sept 27 to Oct 31 £ 1160 $ 2,063 1428 NOK 13923 kr 12852 $ 1,671
    Single supplement £ 178 $ 316 219 NOK 2135 kr 1971 $ 256
    May 27 to June 25 + Aug 30 to Sept 26 £ 1201 $ 2,135 1478 NOK 14411 kr 13302 $ 1,729
    Single supplement £ 227 $ 403 279 NOK 2720 kr 2511 $ 326
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 438 $ 779 539 NOK 5255 kr 4851 $ 631

    *If traveling solo (without other persons) a solo traveler supplement will apply. This is in addition to the single supplement! 

    extra options

    Please contact us for the guided tour price.

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 98 $ 173 120 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Faro or Lisbon.

    Local Travel

    Transfers to and from Faro/Lisbon airports are included.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit: March 65/51º, April 67/53º, May 70/60º, June 76/60º, September 79/63º, October 72/58º, and November 64/53º.

    Remarks

    It is possible to organize this tour as a guided tour for groups. Please contact us for more information!


Skill Level

This is a moderate bike tour on mostly flat terrain with low hilly regions and some valleys with short, steep ascents and corresponding descents. It is 80% paved and 20 % trail. Some of the off road sections have sand, rocks, or gravel but there are always paved road alternatives offered. Since you cycle with a GPS, you may choose an alternate route. This tour requires a good command of the bike and a high level of fitness.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4* Hotels and charming Guesthouses.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Focus hybrid bicycle equipped with water bottle, helmet, repair kit, and handlebar or rear bags
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • GPS including tracks and maps
  • Transfers on days 1 and 8 (to or from airport or hotel)
  • Luggage transport
  • Liability and personal accident insurance

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tour guide (It is possible to organize a guided tour for groups! Please ask us for details)
  • Bicycle protection
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1308 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018: Arrival possible daily all year (except for July and August due to extremely hot temperatures). 

*Please note: Special guided tours can be arranged for groups. Please contact us for details.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Algarve Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Vila Real de Santo António - Tavira, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Tavira - Marco, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 4: Marco - Alte, 35 mi. (57 km) 
Day 5: Alte - Silves, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Silves - Lagos, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 7: Lagos - Sagres, 38 mi. (61 km) 
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival, Transfer from LISBON (4 hour drive) or FARO (1 hour drive)
Vila Real is an interesting old town on the banks of the Guadiana river, forming the border between Spain and Portugal. The town is full of character but not yet discovered by many tourists. Lodging tonight is in the Apolo Hotel. 

Day 2: Vila Real de Santo António - Tavira, 22 mi. (35 km)
The first cycling day is a gentle ride along the Ecovia do Litoral to Tavira, a ride of approximately 28 km. Along the way, you will pass through the coastal resorts of Monte Gordo as the interesting coastal town of Cacela Velha, with the best view over the “Ria Formosa” Natural Park. The route rolls through the Sapal area where you can admire a huge variety of birds. Upon arrival to Tavira, you will cross the Roman bridge over Gilão river. Tavira is a lovely old town, the most beautiful and historical town of Algarve. The night will be spent at the Vila Galé Tavira. (250 m ascent)

Day 3: Tavira - Marco, 22 mi. (36 km)
After a great breakfast, begin cycling along the Ria Formosa in one of the most beautiful natural parks of the country. After that, your riding will be among small villages, old roads, and rural paths crossing a vast area of orange trees. Take a deep breath, pick up a fruit and sit down between green and orange fields. Towards Marco village you will feel the landscape changing and among Mediterranean vegetation arrive at Pego do Inferno, the most beautiful waterfall in the Algarve. Such a day! Lodging at Herdade da Corte. (400 m ascent)

Day 4: Marco - Alte, 35 mi. (57 km)
Today is a challenging ride in the rolling hills close to the Algarve Mountains, but the tremendous scenery is well worth the effort. You will cross a hilly region, passing small villages and riding close to streams and valleys full of luxurious Mediterranean forest. Beautiful roads and trails will lead you to the lovely hillside village of Alte, famous for its white painted houses and fresh water springs. The year-round presence of water in the river adds a certain unique charm, to the village. Tonight's lodging is at Alte Hotel 3*. (1050 m ascent)

Day 5: Alte - Silves, 22 mi. (35 km)
You begin cycling inland with magnificent views along the way. You will ride along ancient and narrow roads where the landscape is mainly carob and fig trees until reaching a large valley of cork-oak trees. The best part of this day is a lovely ride on a road close to the Arade Dam, and then a gentle cruise down the valley to your destination for the day in the lovely historic town of Silves. It is well worth planning to get there with time to spare, as there is plenty to explore of the castle and the rest of the lovely Moorish town. The night will be spent at Colina dos Mouros Hotel 3*. (700 m ascent)

Day 6: Silves - Lagos, 32 mi. (52 km)
You leave Silves on asphalt through a valley following rural areas and fine golden sand beaches. Straight to the sea you must feel delight with incredible local culture and coastal fisherman lifestyle. You will cross a footbridge over the river Bensafrim and reach the city of Lagos the oldest town of Algarve, with evidence of the moorish wall surrounding the town. Lagos is also a historic center of the Portuguese age of discoveries, home of the famous Henry the Navigator. Reserve some time to walk through down town and dine at one of the many restaurants. Accommodations at the Hotel Marina Rio. (550 m ascent)

Day 7: Lagos - Sagres, 38 mi. (61 km)
Today is another challenging cycling day with a few hills, as the terrain changes and you approach the rugged cliff-lined coast around Sagres and Cape St. Vincent. Amazing trails along the coastline lead to Ponta da Piedade, where you can find fantastic sceneries of rock faces and caves with an amazing mixture of colors. The route continues west and passes through some beautiful landscapes and quaint little coastal villages. Once you arrive in Sagres, you have the option of checking into your hotel and then cycling an extra 6 km to Cape St Vincent, the southwestern-most point of Continental Europe. Lodging tonight is at Sagres in Memmo Baleeiro Hotel, a brand new 4* hotel over the sea surrounded by stunning desert beaches. (800 m ascent)

Day 8: Departure, Transfer to FARO (1.5-hour drive) or LISBON (3.5 hour drive)
Tour ends after breakfast.

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Customer Feedback

  • Carol R. 9 months ago

    Very well organized! Guides very helpful and approachable. I would definitely recommend Tripsite!

  • Ed N. 11 months ago

    As you know from our past two trips, Romantic Road Austria/Germany and Provence, France, we thoroughly enjoyed both of them, both for similar and different reasons. We do enjoy the self guided component on these trips. In France, we found the e-bike addition to be worth the cost. All in all, both trips were great, including the very rideable off road trails and paths.
    That brings us to the recent Algarve trip. First of all, the bikes were, by far, the best quality that we have experienced and the staff at Portugal Trails were all very friendly and helpful. Also, the gps addition was great! However, the off road trails were almost unrideable and dangerous with a thick layer of large particle gravel on at least 75% of their length and many deep erosion created gullies. On our two previous trips, as I mentioned above, the trails were in very good condition. The Algarve off road trails were not at all, in our opinion, suited for hybrid bikes, maybe mountain bikes, but not hybrids. In fact, we missed most of the scenery along the way because we had to concentrate on the surface so we didn't slide on a piece of gravel, especially downhill.
    On a positive note, all but 2 of the hotels were very enjoyable, especially Herdade da Corte Tavira. We loved the personality of the people and the culture of Portugal very much. One final disappointment was that all of our luggage was not delivered to the final hotel until 7:30 PM after we had to call to point out that we were missing 2 suitcases, causing us to miss touring Sagres.

    • Carla 9 months ago

      Hi Ed,
      Thanks so much for your feedback. We've taken a good look at the tour, and although the on-road itinerary has always been offered as an option, that will be the primary route for 2018. It will also be possible to explore the off-road route where we feel there is much to discover.
      We sincerely apologize about the luggage transfer mix-up and hope you enjoyed the dinner on us!
      We hope to help you plan your next cycling adventure.

  • Sam Brewster 6 years ago

    Affordable and well-managed at both ends, A+ stateside, B for Europe. Don'ts: clip-in pedals, tandem rentals, and Ryan Air. Do bring your own bottle and cage. Above all, to see Portugal up close by bike (and foot) was an exceptional treat.

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