Cycling Algarve Coast
8 days / 7 nights | Self guided bike tours | Cape St. Vicente (Sagres) – Vila Real St. Antonio
This great route runs along the Algarve coast line, allowing you to visit many of the coastal towns and cities in the Algarve and also trace various paths of nature. It features mostly flat terrain with an average of one / two medium ascents per day. With an average of 40 km per day, easily crossed.
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248 km / 154 miles | Level 2 – From 1 to 4
Day 1: Arrival at Faro airport transfer (optional ) to Sagres.
This beautiful village is located in the extreme southwest of Europe and integrated into the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vincentina. This traditional village is dotted with magnificent and full of historical evidence. A visit to the lighthouse and views of the Atlantic is highly recommended. The Fortress of Sagres, Located at Ponta de Sagres, offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the natural heritage of the coast.Tradicional food, fisch and sea food, are recommended.
Day 2: 1st Stage: Cape St. Vicente to Lagos (Cycling 49 km / 31 miles)
The tour moves north in direction Lagos through Vila do Bispo . The mythic atmosphere of Sagres and Saint Vincent’s Cape, the preserved beauty with the high cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters with an exuberant marine life a dramatic coast with it´s in the background, here is Vila do Bispo! This council is one of the few places in the Algarve where the wild nature, together with a rich historical-cultural patrimony, remains untouched.
Day 3 and Day 4: 2nd and 3rd Stage: Lagos to Portimão to Albufeira (Cycling 31 km / 20 miles and 46 km / 29 miles)
Lagos is the most historically interesting coastal town in the Algarve. The tour moves north in direction Ria de Alvor, a typical ancient fishing village. The narrow streets of the old village have many attractive restaurants and, as expected in the land of fishermen, fish is the speciality dish. Following along the coast towards the city of Portimão passing Ferragudo Village, located across the river estuary of Rio Arade, one of the new hot spots in Algarve. Continues along the coast towards Armacao de Pera, through Salgados Lagoon, where you can see an interesting bird habitat and flora and reach Albufeira city.
Day 5: 4th Stage: Albufeira to Faro (Cycling 47 km / 30 miles)
Following along the coast through the interesting Vilamoura and Quarteira. Then find the beauty of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa , that enables a really healthy contact with nature and arrive at Faro city the capital of the Algarve. With many secrets to discover.
Day 6: 5th Stage: Faro to Tavira (Cycling 41 km / 26 miles)
Leaves Faro towards fishing town of Olhão, following along the Ria Formosa Natural Park which has 60km, sometimes passing by, meet interesting small villages with typical architecture and reach Sta. Luzia. Oovernight on this picturesque and unique place. 5 km away, Tavira is a wonderful mix of architecture, saltpans, enchanted beaches, mountain ranges, windmills and (of course) churches, crossed by the river Gilhão. The roman bridge makes the connection between both margins of the river, and both sides of Tavira.
Day 7: 6th Stage: Tavira to Vila Real St. António (Cycling 34 km / 22 miles)
From Tavira towards Cabanas , passes through the historically Forte de S. João da Barra and emblematic Cancela Velha where you can see magnificent scenery. Follow towards Monte Gordo and quickly come to Vila Real de Santo António. Here is the border between Portugal and Spain. Interesting place with a lot of tradition, this town was completely rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1755.The Overnight is at Sta. Luzia (Tavira) optional return by bike on the same way or by train to Tavira ( the regional train is free for bikes)
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Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.