|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||22 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: year-round, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)|
|Start city:||Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal|
|End city:||Silves, Portugal|
This is designed to be a gentle and relaxing cycling holiday through the Eastern Algarve.
The tour goes from Vila Real de Santo Antonio to Silves, with a rest day roughly halfway through the week. It traverses mainly on quiet tarmac roads and occasionally dirt tracks.
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The average cycling distance is 22 miles/35 km per day.
Day 1: Arrival at Vila Real de Santo Antonio
The tour operator will transfer you from Faro Airport to 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 Santo Antonio.
Day 2: Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Tavira
Your first day’s cycling is along the Ecovia do Litoral (this is a dedicated cycle route that runs along the Algarve coast, linking Cabo de Sao Vicente in the west to Vila Real de Santo AntoÌnio on the Spanish border). You should arrive in Tavira with plenty of time to have a look around this elegant old town dating back to Roman times.
Overnight in Tavira.
Day 3: Cycle to Olhao
This is another gentle day’s cycling along the mostly flat Ecovia do Litoral. There are cafes and restaurants along the way and the route also passes through the charming fishing village of Fuseta. Arrive in Olhao, the Eastern Algarve’s principal fishing port.
Overnight in Olhao.
Day 4: Olhao - Loule
Todays ride heads inland, by-passing the regional capital Faro and skirting the famous roman remains at Estoi. You will cycle into the hills, through quiet villages, to reach the old market town of Loule. Loule is an explorer’s haven, with its narrow cobbled streets leading off the central Avenida, tiny shops and hidden away bars and restaurants.
Overnight in Loule.
Day 5: Rest Day in Loule
Today you will have an opportunity to relax and explore the fascinating old town or relax by the roof top swimming pool at the hotel, right in the centre of town.
Overnight in Loule.
Day 6: Loule to Alte
This is a more challenging day in the rolling hills to the north of LouleÌ, but well worth the effort for the tremendous scenery. You will head towards the tiny hill-top village of Querenca and on to your final destination for the day, 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.
Overnight in Alte.
Day 7: Alte - Silves
This will be a ride to remember with some great views all along the way. There is a lovely ride along a dirt track road alongside the Barragem do Funcho, and then gently cruising down the valley to your destination for the day in the lovely historic town of Silves. Once the Moorish capital, Silves is steeped with history. It is an enchanting town on the banks of the Rio Arade and home to the best preserved castle in the Algarve.
Day 8: Transfer to Airport
Your tour operator will transfer you to Faro Airport for your journey home.
Daily: year-round, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)
|Low season:||Jan 1-Jun 30; Oct 1-Dec 31, 2015|
|Shoulder season:||Jul 1-Jul 31; Sep 1-Sep 30, 2015|
|High season:||Aug 1-Aug 31, 2015|
Hotels are all 3-star or above.
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.
Your hotel is located close to the river in the centre of Tavira, so is well located for exploration of the town by bike or on foot. The hotel provides bed and breakfast accommodation with clean modern rooms with en suite facilities.
Your hotel in the centre of Olhao is a traditional style hotel with basic but clean facilities. There is also a lovely roof terrace with great views over to the islands. The hotel provides accommodation only, but there are many cafes and restaurants in the immediate vicinity for a great evening meal and also breakfast.
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 is located a short walk from the village centre and offers wonderful and relaxed accommodation. The rooms are air conditioned and modern and there are excellent facilities including a pool.
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.
Bikes available and included in the tour package (must be reserved at time of booking) include:
More about the hybrid tour bikes:
These solid, reliable touring bikes come with shimano twist shift gears, sprung seat post and comfy seat and front suspension, comfortable upright riding position. These bikes come with gel filled tubes and typically have a very good puncture record. There will probably also be some Giant hybrid tourers, probably the Giant Sedona model , featuring 24-speed click shift shimano gears, front suspension and comfy upright riding position.
The hybrid bikes come equipped with:
Additional equipment available to rent:
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 included with bike rental. However, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
This tour is on a mixture of dirt tracks and mostly traffic-calmed roads. It features relaxed cycling with occasional hills and distances of up to 35 miles per day.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.