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  • 7 nights | 65 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €660
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

The road bike tour is designed as an easy/intermediate tour of places of interest around the Algarve.

It is designed as a self-guided riding experience, covering 60-70km 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.

Daily program

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 (38 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 (45 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 – Aljezur (37 miles/61km) 
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. Starting out from Sagres, there is the option to visit Cape St Vincent the furthest south western point of Europe , This is around 12kms detour but well worth it and a gentle warm up for the ride ahead . Passing through Vila do Bispo and then on towards Carrapateira where another detour ( around 5 kms ) to the Pontal headland makes a great view point and also a great mid journey cafe/lunch stop. The road ahead to Aljezur is straight forward and with a few hills but pleasant scenery along the way.
Overnight in Aljezur.  

Day 6: Aljezur – Monchique (22 miles/35km)
Today's ride is not about the distance but all about the climb, initially steep up towards pedascas and then more gradual towards Marmelete and beyond. 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. Arriving in the town of Monchique presents a moment for refreshment, but our chosen hotel is a little further up the hill on the way to the summit of Foia. Its a climb, but the scenery and the superb setting of the hotel makes it all worthwhile.
Overnight in Monchique. 

Day 7: Monchique – Albufeira (43 miles/70km) 
There are many options for the route down to the coast today, our recommendation is a not the shortest or the longest option, but it will give you some great scenery and more quiet roads. Passing through Silves again and then onto some small villages along the way, 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! . You will be staying in a good quality 4 star hotel within walking distance of the old town so the nightlife and restaurants are close by but not too close.
Overnight in Albufeira.

Day 8: Departure
We will transfer you from your accommodation to the Faro airport for your journey home.

Dates

Daily: year-round, 2018 (minimum 2 persons)
Off season: Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Low season: Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Shoulder season: Jul 01, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
High season: Aug 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€660
Low season surcharge
€75
Shoulder season surcharge
€125
High season surcharge
€200
Support vehicle (per group)
€800
Luggage transfer, per group (for groups with no support vehicle)
€330
Tour guide (per group)
€800
Bike Rentals
Aluminum road bike rental
€108
Carbon fiber road bike rental
€165
Discounts
Per person, Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec tour start
€-135
Per person, Mar tour start
€-120
Per person, Apr-May tour start
€-65
Per person, Oct tour start
€-70
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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:  50% of the deposit paid
  • 31 to 60 days prior to departure:  50% of all charges paid
  • 15 to 30 days prior to departure:  75% of all charges paid
  • 14 days or less prior to departure:  100% of all charges paid.

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.

All photos used by permission. ©Algarve Bike Holidays

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Cara November 21, 2018

Beautiful way to see this country!

We booked the self-guided tour, and loved it! Bikes, maps, GPS, panniers, and lots of tips were all provided! The routes were beautiful, the hotels were great, and I would go back to Portugal in a heartbeat!

Algarve July 9, 2017

Algarve Road Trip

Cycling through the Algarve was outstanding. What a perfect place to tour by bike. The people are kind and the scenery is outstanding. The challenge of riding made the trip better than I expected. Every day was different scenery and terrain. The accommodations were fabulous. I wish we had planned to stay longer. Thank you BikeTours.com for making this so memorable and easy to take the trip!