Portugal Cycling Tour- Wild Algarve
- Algarve’s picturesque and lively historical centers
- Portugal cycling tour through incredible and wild scenery on the coast of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina NP
- Backwaters and salt mines of Ria Formosa
- Visit to an organic farm and to local pastry factory
- Tasty picnics served at the beach or at local restaurants
- Very nice hotels, including a night in a convent
This medium level cycling tour begins where our Along the Coast tour finishes. You can complement your cycling holiday by doing the two bike tours together. You can also do a walking tour to get to the starting point.
We start cycling in a wild rugged area of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina NP, on the west coast. Then, we cycle along the popular south coast, the true Algarve, including very picturesque spots closer to the Spanish border!
Our days have lots of variety with visits to places such as the Fisherman’s museum, the cape of Sagres and several fortresses. The Portuguese Sea Discoveries of the 15th century are always present.
Besides cycling and enjoying the amazing scenery, we invite you also to learn about the local economy. One of the learning highlights is a visit to an organic farm where its fruit is transformed in jams, chutneys, cakes, and chocolates. The salines visit is another one and, to a sweet end, a visit to a pastry factory where you will have the chance to learn to bake some cakes and in the end taste them (cooking on van guided and guided tours only)!
The beaches are beautiful, on the first days with fun waves and impressive steep cliffs on the background while the last days offer us quiet and crystal blue waters. You will find out that even in the more touristy Algarve areas there are still hidden away empty beaches.
Though the Algarve is apparently flat, there are several short ups and downs along the day, so you should be fit enough to handle the hills.
On the 6th day, there is a transfer by train or van to avoid the more busy area of the Algarve.
The hotels are all top quality and have a swimming pool, (except for the first one), though we hope you don’t have much time to spend there! Enjoy your stay at the monumental Pousadas of Portugal and relax at the recovered village, time forgotten, transformed into one of a kind hamlet/hotel tourism project.
The Algarve usually is a bit warmer than the rest of the country in autumn and spring, so you may end up having a swim in late October or early April! You can do the Algarve bike tours all year round!
You can make this trip Portugal cycling tour:
- with us on a guided tour getting all the interpretation and companionship
- with us, having the support car guiding you
- together with your friends on a self guided tour.
|Tour type||Heritage, Landscape, Ocean views|
From Tavira we cycle along the Natural Park again, passing several beach and golf resorts that make the wonders of tourists and golfers. Beaches here are busy and lively.
To reach then you either walk over a wood board over the river or take a little charming train or a local boat. Between the mainland and the beach, there is always the lagoon.
Visit the charming Cacela-a-Velha and the views over the lagoon and then cycle inland to Castro Marim.
On the way, we will visit a biological farm and learn about the fig and carob trees, and the local products that are made from their fruits. In this farm the motto is “waste nothing”, and everything the trees give us is used.
After we visit the salt lakes and learn about this local production. Here you may immerse yourself on a wonderful outdoor salt-mud SPA experience!
It is time to cycle to our final destination, Vila Real de Santo António, where the second language is Spanish! All restaurants have menus in Spanish as this is the main tourism market. After all, Spain it’s just across the river!
At arrival, we have a last surprise! We have the opportunity to visit a local pastry factory! On guided groups, besides visiting, you will have the chance to make some pastries and, of course, taste them!!!!Distance: 37 km
Total Ascent: 250 mts
Terrain: Flat asphalt most of the way. Very few dirt tracks.
Optional extra kms: 13
Picnic and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only.
Accommodation: Same hotel
1st cycling day from Odeceixe to Aljezur
Altitude gain: 361 mt/ 1184 ft
Total Distance: 34.2 km/ 21 mi
Level: easy plus
2nd cycling day from Aljezur to Pedralva
Altitude gain: 825 mt/ 2706 ft
Total Distance: 54,8 km/ 34 mi
Level: medium plus
3rd cycling day from Pedralva to Sagres
Altitude gain: 614 mt/ 2014 ft
Total Distance: 44 km/ 27 mi
4th cycling day from Sagres to Lagos
Altitude gain: 840 mt/ 2755 ft
Total Distance: 46,4 km/ 28 mi
Level: medium plus
5th cycling day from Olhão to Tavira
Altitude gain: 281 mt/ 921 ft
Total Distance: 32,7 km/ 20 mi
6th cycling day from Tavira to Vila Real de Santo António
Altitude gain: 389 mt/ 1276 ft
Total Distance: 38.7 km/ 24 mi
Level: easy plus
Prices per person – 2024
Departures everyday for all types of Tour.
Come on our set dates and Get a Better Price.
From Mid June to mid September the accomodation for this trip is complicated to manage. Be aware that many times we have to suggest alternative hotels and some hotels have minimum 2 nights; the premium option is more complicated in medium and high season
Discount price if you book 2 tours!
Tour extension: Continue Cycling with us to the gorgeous inland of the Alentejo and do the Castles and Wine Tour.
- For a single person tour Contact us.
- For a massage Contact us.
- Extra nights – we strongly recommend that you do one or two breaks along the way. There are great places that deserve an extra night (see the programme). We will charge you only the cost of the hotel and 5 € per day per bike.
Not Included: Bikes insurance, Travel insurance, Tour cancellation insurance, and all items not mentioned above. See Terms & Conditions for more details.
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Guided group tour dates
Subject to availability, you can do this tour at any date as a private guided tour or as a self guided tour. The fact that a group date is full does not mean you cannot do a private tour on that date. So contact us anyway!