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 26 + Oct 28 to Dec 23 £ 1163 $ 1,854 1231 NOK 12207 kr 11268 $ 1,465
    Single supplement £ 141 $ 224 149 NOK 1478 kr 1364 $ 177

    March 27 to April 6 + April 16 to May 26 + Sept 29 to Oct 27

    £ 1229 $ 1,960 1301 NOK 12902 kr 11909 $ 1,548
    Single supplement £ 188 $ 300 199 NOK 1973 kr 1822 $ 237
    April 7 to April 15 £ 1418 $ 2,261 1501 NOK 14885 kr 13740 $ 1,786
    Single supplement £ 235 $ 375 249 NOK 2469 kr 2279 $ 296
    May 27 to June 26 + Aug 30 to Sept 28 £ 1323 $ 2,110 1401 NOK 13893 kr 12825 $ 1,667
    Single supplement £ 235 $ 375 249 NOK 2469 kr 2279 $ 296
    June 27 to Aug 29 £ 1418 $ 2,261 1501 NOK 14885 kr 13740 $ 1,786
    Single supplement £ 320 $ 511 339 NOK 3362 kr 3103 $ 403
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 385 $ 615 408 NOK 4046 kr 3735 $ 486

    *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: £ 113 $ 181 120 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143

    please note

    Rates are 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
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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.

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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Customer Feedback

  • Ed N. 1 month 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.

  • 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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