Lagos, Portugal. Great views from the bike of the gorgeous blue waters against towering cliffs. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Ricard12

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

Algarve

Portugal Bike Tours

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

This incredible hybrid 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 60km 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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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 4* Hotels and charming Guesthouses.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Giant hybrid bicycle equipped with water bottle, helmet, repair kit, and handlebar or rear bags
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • GPS including tracks and maps
  • Airport transfers on days 1 and 8
  • 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
From1231 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017: 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.

Skill Level

This is a moderate bike tour on mostly flat terrain with low hilly regions and some valleys with short ascents. It is 80% paved and 20 % smooth trail. Some of the off road sections have sand or rocks but there are paved road alternatives offered.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Algarve Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Vila Real de Santo António - Tavira, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 3: Tavira - Marco, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 4: Marco - Alte, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Day 5: Alte - Silves, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 6: Silves - Lagos, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 7: Lagos - Sagres, 31 mi. (50 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 a 3* hotel. 

Day 2: Vila Real de Santo António - Tavira, 24 mi. (39 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 and Altura as well 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 Porta Nova Hotel 4*. (300 m ascent)

Day 3: Tavira - Marco, 23 mi. (37 km)
Once again, today is a relaxing and flat ride along the “Ria”. The views are amazing! Turning north, you will leave the coastal region and enter the “other” side of Algarve – the rural inland. You will pass small villages and ride along old roads and rural paths, crossing a vast area of orange trees. The smell is tantalizing. After passing close to “Pego do Inferno”, you will admire the most beautiful waterfall in the Algarve. The landscape changes as the tour continues among the Mediterranean vegetation and the climbing roads. (500 m ascent)

Day 4: Marco - Alte, 32 mi. (52 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*. (1000 m ascent)

Day 5: Alte - Silves, 24 mi. (39 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*. (400 m ascent)

Day 6: Silves - Lagos, 27 mi. (43 km)
You will leave Silves on an asphalt road through a valley following the Odelouca rivulet. After crossing a rural area, you will reach the village of Odiaxere and continue south, straight to the sea. The incredible “Meia Praia” beach awaits with its long stretch of fine golden sand. After crossing a footbridge over the river “Bensafrim”, you will reach the cosmopolitan city of Lagos. This is one of the oldest towns in the Algarve, there is still evidence of the old wall surrounding the town. Lagos is also a historic center of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries as it once was a frequent home of Henry the Navigator, a historical shipyard, and at one time, center of the European slave trade. Tonight's lodging is at Lagos Tivoli Hotel 4*. (400 m ascent)

Day 7: Lagos - Sagres, 31 mi. (50 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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  • Sam Brewster 5 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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