- Explore places in the south of Portugal with ancient roots of fishing traditions
- Discover incredible landscapes upon the coast and beautiful beaches in the Algarve
- Cycle through typical Portuguese villages and towns along the coastal region of the Algarve
- 4* Hotels
- Extra Nights Available
On this self-guided cycling tour you will cycle 96 km on a 2-day itinerary along the Algarve coast, surrounded by incredible landscapes. The selected stages provide you with magnificent moments that you will certainly keep in memory. The sweet surroundings of Vilamoura, the wonders of Ria Formosa Natural Park, the stunning landscapes upon the coast, along with the typical characteristics of the Algarve coastal villages and towns express some of the experiences that you don’t want to miss.
The beginning of your cycling holiday is marked in Portimão, a city with a strong connection to fishing culture, on the banks of the Arade River. Cycling along the Algarve coast, you will visit several locations with ancient roots of fishing traditions such as Armação de Pêra, Albufeira, Quarteira and many others. Cycling along the coast, the itinerary shows you some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve every day, allowing you to take a refreshing swim daily. Cycling along secondary roads and quiet paths meet the magnificent Vilamoura marina, the pine forests that border the lagoon of Foz do Almargem providing extraordinary views of the coast and find the Ria Formosa Natural Park - one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. Cycling through its marshes you have the opportunity to observe a huge variety of birds and animals in their natural habitat. The itinerary full of aromas, knowledge and adventure reaches its destination in Faro, a region of the Algarve that has one of the most important cultural and historical heritage. The old town, the old Lethes theatre, the Carmo Church and the typical Algarve cuisine (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) are just a few highlights to explore in the capital of the Algarve.
On your Short Break Cycling Holidays through the Algarve Coast, enjoy the beaches of fine golden sand next to the typical coastal villages and towns, try many products and traditions, discover historical sites, enjoy a great selection of seafood, typical Portuguese cuisine and much more! Certainly, a wonderful experience that you will not want to miss.
Day 1 - Arrival
Transfer with MegaSport from Faro airport, or from another location of your choice, to the hotel in Portimão, where you will start your cycling holiday. The Fort of Santa Catarina, the Church of the Jesuit College and the ruins of the Convent of San Francisco are some of the highlights to explore in the city.
(Extra nights available before departure to Albufeira).
Day 2 - Portimão to Albufeira (48 km)
The beginning of the stage is marked by a bicycle path along the bank of the Arade River. Visit the Portimão Museum and discover the city's strong connection to fishing culture. Next to the river Arade we find the village of Ferragudo and we immediately feel its fishing environment through fishing boats by the river and by the fishermen on the sidewalk preparing their fishing nets and fishing traps. We recommend a visit to the Church of Ferragudo where you have a fantastic view over the mouth of the River Arade and the city of Portimão. The stage is mainly marked by secondary roads and quiet paths, where olive, cypress, orange, pine, fig and cork oak vegetation predominates. In Lagoa, we suggest a visit to the Mother Church and to take a break to taste traditional Portuguese pastries, especially the Florados from Lagoa. We recommend a visit to the promontory of Senhora da Rocha, a place that was a cult for Visigoths and Muslims, which has a fantastic view over the ocean and also a 16th century chapel. Cycling through Armação de Pêra enjoy not only its cultural heritage but also a good offer of beaches: Vale do Olival, Armação de Pêra or Pescadores. It is to highlight the passage across the Salgados lagoon, a favourable place for bird watching. In Albufeira, cycling through its winding streets, explore the various “hidden” viewpoints between the white houses, contemplate the Portuguese sidewalk in the downtown and enjoy the fishing gastronomy that the city offers.
Day 3 - Albufeira to Faro (48 km)
Day full of adventure and nature. Cycling along a road with some movement through the surrounding area of Albufeira, you have the opportunity to visit the fishing village of Olhos de Água where you can observe a spring of fresh water at the beach sand. Cycling along secondary roads and quiet paths, the landscape is mostly surrounded by pine, olive, cork, palm and some carob trees. Enjoy the passage on the Falésia beach, on the Vilamoura beach or on one of the beaches of Quarteira to feel the water of the ocean. In Vilamoura we recommend a visit to the ruins of the Roman villa and a break at the largest marina in the country, where you can observe an extraordinary diversity of boats. In the typical fishing town of Quarteira, visit the fish and regional products market and cycle through the pine forests around the small lagoon of Foz do Almargem, with fantastic views to the ocean and to the small cliffs. It is to highlight the passage through luxury resort of Quinta do Lago which presents you with the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. Here you can see several species of birds such as Flamingo, Western swamphen, Azure-winged magpie and many more. We suggest a visit to Praia de Faro, a fishing village where the inhabitants keep alive ancient traditions. Here, you not only have extraordinary views over the ocean and dunes, but also privileged views over the Algarve mountains. Next to the natural park, cycling through paths with little movement, you reach the marina in the city centre of Faro, where the end of the stage is marked.
Day 4 - Return
End of the program with transfer with MegaSport to Faro airport or to another location of your choice.
OPTIONAL: extra nights available on request.
- This itinerary covers part of the Algarve Coast, allowing you to visit villages, towns and coastal cities in the region, mostly by secondary roads and quiet paths. It mostly presents a flat terrain with an average of one to two medium-size climbs per day. With an average of 48 km per day, the stages are easily crossed with the support of a detailed roadbook and a GPS, which are provided with the travel pack.
- For this program, individual bicycles and 2-seater (tandem) bikes are available - which are an excellent option for the blind and for people who do not know how to ride a bicycle, since they are accompanied by an experienced person in cycling.
- If any member of the group or family does not want to cycle one or more stages, they have the possibility to travel between the hotels in the vehicle that performs daily the luggage transfers.
Blessed with more than 300 days of clear skies, the Algarve region offers excellent temperatures to enjoy a bike tour at any time of the year. Average maximum temperatures range from 16 degrees in January to 29 degrees in August and 19 degrees in November.
Plane – You can book your air ticket directly to Faro Airport or Lisbon Airport (with connection to Faro by train or bus).
Car – Your car can be parked at the first or last hotel in the program, at another location of your choice or at our facilities in Loulé.
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3 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels with breakfast (may be subject to change due to availability)
Arrival transfer from Faro (airport, train station, bus terminal or any other location of your choice) to the hotel in Portimão
Departure transfer from the hotel in Faro to Faro airport, train station, bus terminal or any other location of your choice
Luggage transfers between hotels
Trekking bicycle or tandem bicycle (2 seats) with front bag and side bag
Bottle of water
Travel pack per booking
Clean & Safe Kit (1 certified reusable mask, 1 pair of gloves and 1 bottle of alcohol-gel)
Travel pack included:
- 1 Road book per room
- Hotel vouchers
- 1 GPS per booking
- 1 Speedometer per room
- 1 Set of puncture repair kit for each two bikes
- 1 Lock for each two bikes
- Information on the social and community rules and rules for preventing COVID-19, in force in Portugal
- Information about the Clean & Safe protocol and rules
*Electric Bicycle (Bosch) = 60€
*Half board p. person (HB - 3 dinners) = 100€
- Arrival transfer from other locations: on request
*Arrival Clean & Safe transfer from Faro (airport, train station, bus terminal or any other location of your choice) to the hotel in Portimão: in a light vehicle up to 5 seats (max. 2 persons) = 60€ | in a light vehicle up to 9 seats (max. 4 persons) = 80€
- Arrival Clean & Safe transfer from other locations: on request
- Departure transfer from other locations: on request
*Departure Clean & Safe transfer from the hotel in Faro to Faro airport, train station, bus terminal or any other location of your choice: in a light vehicle up to 5 seats (max. 2 persons) = 20€ | in a light vehicle up to 9 seats (max. 4 persons) = 30€
- Departure Clean & Safe transfer from other locations: on request
*Easter - 35€ p. person for double room and 60€ for single room - 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st March
*New year - 35€ p. person for double room and 60€ for single room - 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December 2021 and 1st January 2022
*Christmas Eve dinner p. person (when booking a package HB) - December 24: 40 €
*Christmas Eve dinner p. person (when booking a package BB) - December 24: 60 €
*Christmas dinner p. person (when booking a package HB) - December 25: 40 €
*Christmas dinner p. person (when booking a package BB) - December 25: 60 €
*New Year's Eve dinner p. person (when booking a package HB) - December 31: 120 €
*New Year's Eve dinner p. person (when booking a package BB) - December 31: 150 €