Cycling the Winterless Algarve

Independent 8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore the rugged cliff lined Portuguese coastline, with its hidden coves, curiously- shaped rocks and amazing colours known as the Algarve.  Bike along old roads past typical villages and beautiful cork-oak forests in the hills of the Algarve. Discover the lovely Moorish town of Silves and its castle; Tavira, the most authentic Algarve town; and Lagos, an historic centre of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. Take time to enjoy the beaches of fine gold sand, wonderful seafood and picturesque white-washed villages.

Your Journey

Day 1 Arrival – Faro Airport and transfer to Tavira

Time to explore this ancient Moorish town that has retained its unique character and heritage.  

Day 2  Tavira Loop (42km,+200m)

A gentle ride today on quiet roads.  Pass through quaint villages and cycle old roads.  Return to Tavira for overnight.

Day 3 Tavira to Vale Das Gralhas – (45km, +400m).

Flat riding along the “Ria” with amazing views! Leave the coastal region to enter typical rural inland Algarve. Pass small villages and bike along old roads and rural paths, crossing a vast area of orange trees. The smell is wonderful!

Day 4 Vale Das Gralhas to Querenca – (38km, +800m)

This is a more challenging day in the rolling hills close to the Algarve Mountains, with tremendous scenery, small villages and riding close to streams in valleys with a luxuriant Mediterranean forest.

Day 5 Querenca to Vale Fuzeiros (50km, +750m)

Another day of cycling inland with great views all the way. Ride ancient and narrow roads through a landscape of carob and fig trees and into a large valley of cork-oak trees. Highlight of the day is a lovely ride skirting the Arade Dam.

Day 6 Vale Fuzeiros to Lagos – (66km, +600m).

Leave Vale Fuzeiros following the Ardae River to reach Silves. Follow valley of the Odelouca River to the typical village of Odiaxere. Return to the sea and the beach at Meia Praia. Cross the Bensafrim River to reach the city of Lagos, one of the oldest towns in the Algarve with over 2,000 years of history.

Day 7 Lagos to Sagres – (58km, +750m)

A challenging day cycling with a few hills. The terrain changes as you approach the rugged coastline around Sagres and Cape St Vincent, the south-western most point of Continental Europe.

Day 8

Arrangements end after breakfast with a transfer to Faro Airport. 

Terrain

Moderate to Moderately Challenging

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