|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: year-round, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)|
|Start city:||Silves, Portugal|
|End city:||Monchique, Portugal|
This is designed to be a gentle and relaxing cycling holiday in the Western Algarve area of Portugal. It includes a rest day roughly halfway through the week.
This tour includes cycling the Western Algarve area from Silves to Monchique, mainly on quiet tarmac roads and occasionally dirt tracks.
Learn more about self-guided tours.
Daily cycling distances average 25 miles/40km per day.
Day 1: Arrival at Silves
You will be transferred from Faro airport and equipped with your bicycle for the tour. Then you will be driven to Silves, an enchanting town on the banks of the Rio Arade. Steeped with history, Silves was once the Moorish capital and is home to the best preserved castle in the Algarve.
Overnight in Silves.
Day 2: Silves - Praia da Rocha
A great track alongside the Rio Arade leads you away from Silves and then up and over the hills to Estombar, before arriving in Ferragudo, a quaint little fishing village which is on the Ecovia do Litoral route (this is a dedicated cycle route that runs along the Algarve coast, linking Cape St Vincent in the west to Vila Real de San António on the Spanish border).
Following the Ecovia route again takes you over the new bridge into Portimao, and then along the waterfront down to the beautiful seaside resort of Praia da Rocha.
Overnight in Praia da Rocha.
Day 3: Praia da Rocha - Lagos
You will be following the Ecovia do Litoral for most of today's ride, which takes you through the popular coastal resort of Alvor and along the beach towards Lagos, a bustling tourist destination full of wonderful restaurants and entertaining street life. This is a mostly flat route with plenty of opportunity to stop and soak up the fresh sea air.
Overnight in Lagos.
Day 4: Lagos - Sagres
This is quite a challenging day’s cycling incorporating a few hills and terrain changes as you approach the rugged cliff-lined coast around Sagres and Cape St Vincent. The route is all along the Ecovia do Litoral and passes through some dramatic scenery and quaint coastal villages.
Overnight in Sagres.
Day 5: Rest Day in Sagres
This is an opportunity to relax on some fine beaches, try your hand at surfing or windsurfing or explore the old fortress at Sagres. You may also want to cycle to the southernmost tip of Portugal and Europe at Cape St Vincent.
Overnight in Sagres.
Day 6: Sagres - Aljezur
This is a good day’s riding heading North up the unspoilt western coastline of Portugal to your overnight stay in Aljezur, an ancient Moorish town situated in a lush green valley and built on either side of a river that runs through the valley.
Overnight in Aljezur.
Day 7: Aljezur - Monchique
This is a challenging ride, 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. It is a very quiet and relaxed place, which is ideal for pottering around and appreciating the fantastic views.
Overnight in Monchique.
Day 8: Transfer to Airport
You will be transported to Faro Airport for your journey home.
We can offer options for daily route extensions, if wanted.
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|
Accommodations include 3-star hotels and above
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.
Praia da Rocha Hotel
The hotel in Praia da Rocha takes prime position by the old fort overlooking the mouth of the Rio Arade and the beautiful and renowned beach. The hotel offers character accommodation with splendid rooms each en suite. The hotel is on the doorstep of the seafront where many bars and restaurants are located and the hotel is also renowned for providing cycling clients with a hearty breakfast before their next days riding.
Situated alongside the river overlooking the Marina, the hotel offers splendid accommodation within easy walking distance of the town centre.
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 newly-refurbished aparthotel is ideal for exploring the quaint town of Aljezur, which is built up on either side of the river. It has a fully equipped kitchen and is conveniently located near a supermarket, so you can relax and enjoy some home cooking. They also serve dinner in their restaurant, plus there are some great local restaurants in the town itself.
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 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/56km 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
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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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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.