|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||40 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: year-round, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)|
|Start city:||Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal|
|End city:||Albufeira, Portugal|
By popular demand, we have developed this road bike tour, which is based on our highly successful ‘Best of the Algarve’ hybrid tour.
It is designed as a self-guided riding experience, covering around 50km every day, taking advantage of a fantastic network of quiet tarmac roads that stretch across the whole of the Algarve. It can be adapted to suit your individual needs.
Learn more about self-guided tours.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will collect you from the Faro airport and take you to your first destination, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, an interesting old town on the banks of the Guadiana river, which forms the border between Spain and Portugal.
Overnight in Vila Real de San Antonio.
Day 2: Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Loule (40 miles/65km)
Your first day’s cycling starts with a gentle run along the coast towards Tavira, an elegant old town dating back to Roman times. From there you will head inland through unspoilt countryside, where few tourists venture, to São Bras de Alportel – a typical Algarvian working town, which offers a mixture of old and new. Then it is only a short stretch on to the market town of Loule, an explorer’s haven with its narrow cobbled streets.
Overnight in Loule.
Day 3: Loule - Silves (37 miles/60km)
Venturing north into the rolling hills, you will find some fabulous winding roads leading to the hill-top village of Querença, a great coffee stop with splendid views. Passing through Alte, famous for its white painted houses and fresh water springs, you can head towards the barragens (reservoirs) before aiming for Silves. Once the Moorish capital, Silves is steeped with history and home to the best preserved castle in the Algarve.
Overnight in Silves.
Day 4: Silves - Sagres (43 miles/70km)
Heading west towards the southern tip of Portugal, there are some hills and very often headwinds, so this can be a challenging ride. But it is well worth it to experience the dramatic scenery as you approach the rugged coastline around the fortress at Sagres and the high cliffs at Cape St Vincent (the southernmost tip of Portugal and Europe).
Overnight in Sagres.
Day 5: Sagres - Monchique (50 miles/80km)
This is a fabulous day’s riding, northwards up the unspoilt western coast of Portugal to Aljezur, an ancient Moorish town situated in a lush green valley and built on either side of a river that runs through the valley. Then follows a demanding ride as you tackle the long ascent towards Monchique, but well worth it. Monchique is a market town up in the Serra de Monchique, which is a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from the winelands of the Alentejo. The journey up to Monchique offers spectacular views and is totally different from coastal Algarve.
Overnight in Monchique.
Day 6: Rest day in Monchique
This is a chance to take a break from cycling in the pretty town of Monchique. It is a very quiet and relaxed place, which is ideal for pottering around and appreciating the fantastic views. But if you still have the energy, you can opt for a further ride around the hills in Monchique and up to the highest point at Foia. It’s also great walking country if you are feeling active but would like to enjoy a more leisurely pace. The choice is yours.
Overnight in Monchique.
Day 7: Monchique to Albufeira (81 miles/130km)
Whilst the longest distance, you have plenty of route options for your ride today and this could be one of the easiest cycling days as it is mostly downhill to the coast. We recommend you cycle along the coast, via the historical old port of Lagos. Your final destination is Albufeira, a bustling tourist town with lots to see and do, and some great bars and restaurants where you can celebrate the end of your cycling trip!
Overnight in Albufeira.
Day 8: Departure
We will transfer you from your accommodation to the Faro airport for your journey home.
Daily: year-round, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)
|Low season:||Jan 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Dec 31, 2015|
|Shoulder season:||Jul 1-Jul 31, 2015|
|High season:||Aug 1-Aug 31, 2015|
Please note that luggage transfers are not included but are available for €330 per party.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Vila Real de San Antonio
Your hotel is a modern hotel right in the centre of town so everything is right on your doorstep. The hotel provides en-suite accommodation, air conditioning, bar and swimming pool and breakfast is included.
A short walk from the centre of Loule and close to many bars and great restaurants, this hotel features rooms with air conditioning, satellite tv and bars, breakfast room, roof terrace swimming pool and also a laundry service.
The hotel in Silves is a short walk across the Rio Arade from the town and offers splendid views of the town and of course the Castle at the heart of the town. The hotel provides good quality and relaxed accommodation and there is also an outdoor swimming pool.
This modern boutique style hotel offers splendid accommodation in which to celebrate the end of your cycling day. Top quality individually designed boutique bedrooms with Air conditioning, LCD TV and mini bar are available. There is also a splendid tropical garden overlooking the beach in case you feel like a bit more sunbathing, if not relax in the Italian style coffee shop on site or try a pizza in the on site restaurant.
This modern, sophisticated boutique hotel is in a stunning setting on the way between the hilltop town of Monchique and Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. Just ten minutes walk from a cluster of traditional Portuguese restaurants, the hotel has luxurious accommodation with panoramic views over the valley and the Atlantic ocean beyond.
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved at time of booking) include:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmets are available to rent. However, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
This tour features mostly quiet tarmac roads that take you through coastal towns and hilltop villages. The tour includes generally rolling or hilly terrain with average daily distances up to 37 miles/60 km.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Faro, Portugal
Nearest train station: Loule, Portugal
The tour operator will arrange pick-up from airport in Faro. They can also do pick-ups from the Loule train station, located a convenient 1 km from the bike fitting shop.
Tips on getting to and from your tour
Weatherspark.com offers information on average weather conditions at most destinations throughout the globe. Type a destination in the search box, and select "Averages," and you'll find a range of information such as average high and low temperatures, precipitation, cloudy days, humidity and wind speed/direction.
Of course, if your tour is coming up in the next week, you can also select "Forecast" to get the most current information on upcoming conditions.
Located in South Western Europe, Portugal features over 528 miles (850 km) of pristine blue water and sandy beaches. Along with Portugal’s coast are the energetic cities of Lisbon and Porto. Built on hills overlooking the coast, Lisbon is one of Europe’s underrated capital cities. Highlights include Europe’s largest Oceanarium, museums and the Park of Nations, excellent for cycling. Porto, Lisbon’s northern rival, highlights ancient castles, natural parks and home to the world-famous Port wine of the River Douro. Walk along cobblestone paths and enjoy Portugal's famous cuisine of fresh seafood, cheeses, or sausages, accompanied by Fado music, Portugal's traditional melancholic singing.
Algarve Bike Holidays, established in 2006, is based in the centre of the Algarve region of Portugal, an area well known for its warm climate and which is ideal for all year round mountain biking, cycling and walking, as well as a wide range of other outdoor pursuits.
Through our many cycling activities, day trips and bespoke holidays, we have introduced well over 500 individuals to the hidden gems of the Algarve in the last year alone, helping them to make the most of their time in Portugal, opening their eyes to the best of what this sunny region has to offer, from glorious sandy beaches and coves to quaint inland villages that seem to have stood still in time.
For the more independent traveller, we can arrange self-guided tours, providing you with all the information you need to explore the many wonders of the Algarve. Alternatively, we can provide a complete service including airport and luggage transfer, technical support and local guides. We offer a diverse range of tours covering all terrains suitable for mountain bikes, road bikes and hybrid tourers. Plus, whatever your level of fitness and cycling ability, we have routes to match.
Why Algarve Bike Holidays? Owner Paul Beesley has an unrivalled knowledge of excellent cycling routes within the Algarve. In the last year he has personally covered over 10,000 kms of cycling. Algarve Bike Holidays is based centrally, meaning we can easily transport clients from Faro airport to any part of the Algarve. We have been established for over five years and have excellent contacts with local accommodation and can provide information on a variety of local places of interest.
We have a range of self-guided tours already established; these are tried and tested holidays and have evolved in response to the needs of our clients over the last few years. Additionally, we can provide bespoke tours. Just tell us what you are looking for and we are happy to use our local knowledge and our biking experience to create a special holiday for you.
Cancellation or changes to your holiday
Algarve Bike Holidays reserve the right to make cancellation charges as follows:
If you need to make alterations to your holiday after your deposit has been received and accepted by Algarve Bike Holidays, we’ll do our best to help, but this may incur an additional charge.
Alterations inside 8 weeks before departure would, in effect, be a cancellation and re-booking.
In February 2005 a Europe-wide law relating to denied boarding, delays and cancellation of flights came into force. This law granted rights to passengers including in certain circumstances the right to cancel their flight and receive reimbursement of the cost of the flight from their airline.
Full details of these rights are publicised at EU airports and are also available from affected airlines. However, you should note that reimbursement of the cost of a flight that forms part of your holiday is the responsibility of your holiday airline and will not automatically entitle you to reimbursement of the cost of your holiday from us. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport Users' Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk
We cannot accept liability or pay compensation where your booking or holiday is affected by 'force majeure' or Act of God. In the context of these terms and conditions, 'force majeure' is any event that we could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. These events include but are not limited to war, threat of war, flood, explosion, sabotage, riot, civil commotion or strife, hostilities, industrial dispute, natural disaster, fire, acts of God, terrorist activity, nuclear disaster, adverse weather, government action, technical problems with transportation or other events outside our control.
During the tour the client is responsible for the rented bike. The bike cannot be left unattended and must be handled properly. If the bike is stolen or if any part is damaged due to misuse, the client must pay for the respective loss. Our rental bikes are checked regularly. However , it is the responsibility of the client to satisfy themselves that the rental bike is in roadworthy condition. Clients are responsible for their own safety and should be able to ride competently on a variety of road surfaces and traffic conditions. You participate at your own risk and no person(s) or organisation(s) can be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to yourself.