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East Algarve home based tour / superior

Around Olhão

Map

Route

Tour profile / level 2

You cycle on good natural roads, asphalted side and main roads or on newly constructed cycle paths with some challenging climbs and descents.

Day 1: Olhão

Individual arrival in Olhão (Hotel Real Marina 5*). Personal welcome, bike handover and tour information.

Day 2: Olhão – Tavira – Olhão, approx. 62 km

You cycle inland from Olhão via Quelfes and Moncarapacho to Tavira. Fine white villas with red roofs and curved balconies, the charming old town and the lively fishing port on the riverbank form a delightful contrast. The route continues on cycle paths through Santa Luzia and Pedras d’el Rei to Fuseta. There you can take a break on the harbor promenade and watch the fishermen at work. You then return to Olhão via the largest active fishing port in the Algarve.

Day 3: Olhão – Quinta do Lago – Faro – Olhão, approx. 58 km

Today you cycle in an arc around Faro to the "Golden Triangle". You pass the Ribeiro de Lourenço river valley, cycle through orange plantations and reach the luxury resort of Quinta do Lago. You cycle through the Ria Formosas nature reserve on a natural path to the offshore island of Ilha do Faro. You then cycle through the village of Montenegro to the capital of the Algarve, Faro. Visit the historic old town before embarking on the short return journey to Olhão.

Day 4: Olhão – Azinheiro – San Miguel – Olhão, approx. 43 km

Today’s tour takes you into the interior of the Algarve. There are many small villages here, which convey the charm of Portuguese country life in their originality. Through a sparsely populated, unspoiled area with little traffic, the route climbs up to São Miguel, the second highest mountain in the Algarve. A fantastic view of the hills of the Serra to the north and over the coast awaits you. Then it’s a relaxed downhill ride through the idyllic hinterland back to Olhão.

Day 5: Olhão – Montemor – Pereiro – Olhão, approx. 40 km

Today’s tour takes you through the unspoiled hinterland - as there are only a few cafés along the way, we recommend that you take provisions with you and enjoy a picnic in the countryside. You drive past orange and vegetable plantations and the Quinta de Ana Velha, one of the largest exporters of ornamental plants in the Algarve. The route gradually leads up to Pereiro and then past the Cerro de Cabeça hill (fit cyclists can make a detour to the viewpoint) and then leisurely down to Estiramantens. You return to the hotel via Quelfes and through the historic old town of Olhão.

Day 6: Olhão – Santa Bárbara de Nexe – São Lourenço – Olhão, approx. 53 km

Today you cycle back into the hinterland to the small village of Santa Bárbara de Nexe, with its small village square and 400-year-old church. You then cycle downhill towards the church of São Lourenço near Almancil. This small church was one of the few buildings to survive the 1755 earthquake undamaged. You cycle back to the hotel through the pine forests of Ludo, past extensive plantations and salt pans.

Day 7: Olhão – São Brás de Alportel – Estoi – Olhão, approx. 51 km

Today’s route starts through the tranquil hinterland with its numerous almond, fig and carob trees. The route climbs steadily uphill through the hilly landscape to Azinheiro, then downhill through gnarled cork oak groves to the lively provincial town of São Brás de Alportel, at the foot of the Serra do Caldeirão. The world’s best cork material is harvested there and processed in one of the last cork oak factories in the region. Via Estoi, with its beautiful village square and the impressive church "Igreja des Sao Martinho", the route leads back to the coast to Olhão.

Day 8: Olhão

Individual departure or extension.

Services

  • 7 nights shower/WC in 5* hotel

  • Daily breakfast

  • Personal welcome, information meeting, bike handover and fitting

  • Detailed maps and information material

  • Digital route descriptions for download

  • Cell phone holder

  • Service hotline

Dates & Prices

Dates

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    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   01.03. - 31.03.24
    S2   01.04. - 31.05.24
    S3   01.06. - 18.07.24
    S4   19.07. - 31.08.24
    S3   01.09. - 30.09.24
    S2   01.10. - 31.12.24

    Extras

    Discounts
    3rd person in room with 2 full payers on request
     
    Single travellers/rooms
    Single room* on request
    * Single rooms only bookable on request - please contact us if required!
     
    Fahrräder & Zubehör
    24-speed Touring 110
    20/27-speed Trekking 140
    E-Bike Touring 170
    E-MTB 190
    Helmet rental 10
    GPS-rental 5/day
     
    Transfers
    From and to Airport Faro on request
       
    Additional nights
    Olhao (dbl/sgl) on request

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel Real Marina 5*

    The 5*Hotel Real Marina in Olhão impresses with its excellent location overlooking the sea and the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The hotel offers 144 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and a spa with indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym for your ultimate comfort and relaxation.

    The rooms and suites are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and LCD TV, inviting you to rest and well-being.

    Bicycle

    Bicycle with panniers

    All bikes are equipped as standard with: Lock, pump, repair kit + spare tube. Touring and trekking bikes are additionally equipped with a pannier bag. Mountain bikes and e-mountain bikes do not have a device for a pannier bag. A pannier rack can be fitted here on request.

    • 24-speed Specialized Comfortbike, aluminium frame, gel saddle and front suspension.
    • 20/27-speed bikes
    • E-Bikes (Touring or MTB)

    E-Bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electric bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Faro (FAO)
    From there take the bus and train to Olhão. connections and prices >>here


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Olhão
    Olhão has an internationally connected bus station, which is also served by Flixbus.


    Transfer

    A tarnsfer is bookable on request - please let us know at booking!

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