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Algarve Coastal Route: From the Spanish Border West Along the Sea

“Our 7th trip with BikeTours.com. Spectacular!” — Debbie

“Our 7th trip with BikeTours.com. Spectacular!” — Debbie

“Our 7th trip with BikeTours.com. Spectacular!” — Debbie
  • 7 nights | 25 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €950
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  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Experience Portugal's "Ecovia do Litoral," a cycle route linking Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border with Cabo de Saifo Vicente (Sagres) in the west. The Algarve is often called Europe's sunniest spot and offers year-round cycling for travelers seeking a warm Mediterranean breeze.

The 146-mile/235km route combines trails in nature preserves with stretches on low-traffic roads and car-free paths. You'll wind along the coastline between fishing villages with Moorish architecture, cobbled lanes, and Roman ruins. Beaches, lagoons, and inlets offer the perfect spot for rest breaks and a snack.

This program affords a relaxed pace and plenty of time off the bike to experience stunning coastal vistas or linger over a traditional Portuguese lunch along the way.

Note: You may start this tour on any date, year-round (minimum of 2 participants). Prices shown are for May-Oct, 2019. If you wish to book a tour starting in Jan-Apr or Nov-Dec, please inquire for prices.

Daily program

Note: You may start this tour on any date, year-round (minimum of 2 participants). Prices shown are for May-Oct, 2019. If you wish to book a tour starting in Jan-Apr or Nov-Dec, please inquire for prices.

Day 1: Arrival at Vila Real de Santo António
Your tour operator will transfer you from Faro airport to Vila Real de Santo António.
Overnight in Vila Real de Santo António.

Day 2: Vila Real de Santo António – Tavira (19 miles/31 km)
After breakfast, you will receive your bike and briefing for the tour. Following a well marked route, with supplied maps, you will cycle west towards Tavira, a charming old fishing town that has been around since Roman times, your destination for this day’s cycling.
Overnight in Tavira.

Day 3: Tavira – Olhao (19 miles/31 km)
Today's ride continues west towards Olhao and passes through unspoilt coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages. Your destination in Olhao is a charming little hotel set right in the heart of the old fishing town, renowned for its moorish style architecture. It's the perfect place to sample local specialities at local prices!
Overnight in Olhao.  

Day 4: Olhao – Vilamoura (25 miles/40 km)
Your third day on the Algarve Coastal Cycle Route takes you through the regional centre of Faro and onwards past the prestigious golf resorts and the seafront at Quarteira, to your overnight stay in Vilamoura, with its marina full of luxury yachts and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Overnight in Vilamoura.

Day 5: Vilamoura – Praia da Rocha (35 miles/55 km)
Another interesting day’s cycling through the popular resort of Albufeira and inland through the traditional old town of Lagoa, then on to Portimão and Praia da Rocha. Here you will stay in a charming hotel next to the old fort on the sea front.
Overnight in Praia da Rocha.

Day 6: Praia da Rocha – Praia da Luz (24 miles/39 km)
Today you cycle through the fishing village of Alvor, towards bustling Lagos, a likely stop-over for lunch and a little exploration. Continuing on through the well known coastal resort of Praia da Luz. There are lots of cafes and shops along the promenade and often market stalls and artists displaying their work, so it's worth getting here in time to explore.
Overnightin Praia da Luz. 

Day 7: Praia da Luz – Cabo de São Vicente (24 miles/39 km)
Your final day of the cycling tour takes you through some dramatic and interesting scenery and on to the southern most point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente. The nearby town of Sagres with its ancient fort and sights of historical interest, provide plenty of opportunities to explore. The tour operator will collect you and return you to a quaint hotel, set in a quiet square in the heart of the old market town of Loulé. Loulé is an explorer’s haven, with its narrow cobbled streets leading off the central Avenida, tiny shops and hidden away bars and restaurants. So there are plenty of opportunities to buy last minute souvenirs and to sample local delights before your flight home tomorrow.
Overnight in Loule.  

Day 8: Departure
Departure day. If transfer is needed to the airport, the tour operator will arrange this.

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Daily: year-round, 2019 (minimum 2 persons)
Off season: May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019 , Oct 01, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
Low season: Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Shoulder season: Jul 01, 2019 - Jul 31, 2019 , Sep 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
High season: Aug 01, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 950
Low season surcharge
€ 60
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 180
High season surcharge
€ 260
Support vehicle (per group)
€ 800
Tour guide (per group)
€ 800
Luggage transfer, per group (for groups with no support vehicle)
€ 210
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€ 120
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Algarve Bike Holidays Terms and Conditions

Cancellation or changes to your holiday

The tour operator reserve the right to make cancellation charges as follows:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure:  €100
  • 31 to 60 days prior to departure:  50% of tour cost
  • 15 to 30 days prior to departure:  75% of tour cost
  • 14 days or less prior to departure:  100% of tour cost.

If you need to make alterations to your holiday after your deposit has been received and accepted by thetour operator, 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 publicized 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

Force Majeure
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.

Client’s responsibility
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 organization(s) can be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to yourself.

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