- 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 76 or 110 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 wonders of Ria Formosa Natural Park, the Islamic culture of Cacela Velha, 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 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. Cycling along the Algarve coast, you will visit several locations with ancient roots of fishing traditions such as Olhão, Monte Gordo 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, between small towns, 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. Cycling along the banks of the Gilão River, visit Tavira, one of the most beautiful and typical cities in the Algarve. The itinerary full of aromas, knowledge and adventure reaches its destination in Vila Real de Santo António, a very interesting old city on the banks of the Guadiana River, which forms a natural border between Portugal and Spain.
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 Faro, where you will start your cycling holiday. Faro is a region of the Algarve that has one of the most important cultural and historical heritage. The Arco da Vila and the Cathedral of Faro are some of the examples that can be seen in the famous "old town" that is partially surrounded by the walls built by the Moors.
(Extra nights available before departure to Tavira).
Day 2 - Faro to Tavira (42 km)
Start your day exploring the capital of the Algarve. The village arch and the cathedral are some of the highlights that can be seen in the famous "old town" of Faro, which is partially surrounded by the walls built by the Moors. The route to Olhão is partly traced by a road with movement and by a path along the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the saltpans, with views of the Deserta, Farol, Culatra and Armona islands. Visit this typical Algarve town and explore its fishing traditions. We recommend visiting the well-frequented Mercado Municipal and the marina, where you can see the replica of the boat Caíque do Bom Sucesso. Cycling near the fishing port gives you a unique contact with fishing traditions and arts, as well as with local fishermen. The route to Tavira is cycled by roads with little movement between small towns and quiet paths next to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where the landscape is marked mainly by the presence of olive trees, pines, fig trees and cactus. In the fishing village of Fuseta, observe the architecture of the white houses with roof terraces and enjoy an excellent view over the Ria Formosa while taking a refreshing swim on its beach. The route guides you through the Fuseta saltpans - a place where you can observe several species of birds in their natural habitat such as Flamingo, Pied avocet, Black-winged stilt and many others. Observe small historical landmarks such as the Tower of Aires, some Norias and the two-thousand-year-old Olive tree. In Santa Luzia we suggest visiting Barril beach where you can find the well-known Anchor Cemetery, which were used in the past in the practice of tuna fishing. Enjoy a good meal of typical Algarve cuisine, here best known for making octopus dishes. The end of the stage is marked on the Roman bridge, in the city centre of Tavira.
Day 3 - Tavira to Vila Real de Santo António (34 or 68 km)
Start your day exploring Tavira, one of the most beautiful and typical cities in the Algarve. Its beautiful castle, the Church of Misericórdia and the Camera Obscura are some of the highlights of the city. Starting at the Roman bridge, the stage leads us to Cabanas de Tavira, where we cycle along the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a 60 km long lagoon system. The route is mostly cycled by secondary roads and quiet paths, where you can observe and visit some strategic defensive points on the Algarve coast. Passing through Cacela Velha it is impossible to stop feeling its Islamic culture. Visit its Mother Church built on a primitive medieval building, the Cacela Fortress - where in the same place was once a Moorish castle and observe the fantastic view over the coast. Cycling along the coast you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim at Manta Rota beach, at Altura beach or at Monte Gordo beach. The path through the pine forest next to Monte Gordo beach and through the National Forest of the Dunes of Vila Real de Santo António until the Guadiana River, where the natural border is marked between Portugal and Spain, is a great highlight of the day. Cycling along the Portuguese bank of the Guadiana River, the stage guides us through the city of Enlightenment - Vila Real de Santo António. We recommend visiting the Marquês de Pombal square, the city parish and the market of regional products spread through these streets. The stay is again in Tavira, so you can choose to return by train or cycle.
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 38 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.
42 | 34 or 68 Km.
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.
Route difficulty level
For groups or families, in which some elements want more sporting activities, it is easy to combine with the program SHORT BREAK - Cycling Road Tour Algarve - Faro to Tavira - 3 nights | 2 stages, once everyone ends daily activities in the same locations and shares the same hotels.
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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 Faro
Departure transfer from Tavira to Faro or Tavira (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
Train ticket from Vila Real de Santo António to Tavira (optional)
*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 Faro: in a light vehicle up to 5 seats (max. 2 persons) = 20€ | in a light vehicle up to 9 seats (max. 4 persons) = 30€
- Arrival Clean & Safe transfer from other locations: on request
- Departure transfer from other locations: on request
*Departure Clean & Safe transfer from Tavira 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) = 40€ | in a light vehicle up to 9 seats (max. 4 persons) = 60€
- 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 €