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Stunning Algarve Coast - More Than Beaches…

Portugals Southern Coastline

Map Algarve coast

Route

Tour profile / level 2

The routes you cycle are flat to hilly, some climbs and descents, mostly on good natural trails or paved side roads.

Day 1: Faro

Individual arrival and check-in at your hotel in Faro.

Day 2: Faro – Vila Real – Tavira, approx. 34 km

In the morning delivery of the bikes, trip orientation and journey by train to Vila Real de Santo António (included). The bicycle tour starts following the river Guadiana, through pine forests, citrus and vine plantations, passing the historical village Cacela Velha with their white houses and fortress high up on steep cliffs with sheer drops down to the ocean below. From here, you have a spectacular view over the beauty of the national park “Ria Formosa”, a lagoon area with sandbanks, islands and waterways, all the way to Faro (60 km). The dune landscape offers breeding places for countless bird species and is a resort for rare species. Large mussel fields and the salt basins of the famous salt extraction "Flor de Sal” alternate. Via beautiful trails you will reach today´s milestone Tavira, also called “Little Venice of Portugal”: A historical town that has kept it’s typical character over the centuries. The varied history and the economic development are clearly shown in the construction of the buildings.
Tavira offers a very pleasant atmosphere, ideal for a stroll.

Day 3: Tavira – Faro, approx. 46 km

Enjoy the Atlantic see breeze while cycling through the small fishing village of Santa Luzia, Pedras del Rei and Fuseta. Whilst taking a rest watch the work of the fishermen in their multicolor painted boats. Afterwards you will visit Olhão with it’s still working fishing port, which is the biggest in the Algarve.  Just after entering Olhão visit the information park “Qiunta de Marim” and find out everything about the region. Enjoy a freshly made lunch in one of the many small restaurants with seafood and fish specialties along the harbor or the old town. Then you cycle on to Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Well-maintained cycling routes lead into the historical old town, entirely surrounded by a city wall and with many renovated buildings from the 16th and 18th century. Just a few steps away, past the marina and the pretty park “Manuel Bivar” you reach your day´s destination for the night…your hotel.

Day 4: Faro – Olhos de Água , approx. 42 km

Today’s tour starts by crossing of the railway line next to your hotel, and on well-paved roads you enter the nature reserve "Ria Formosa". You will ride through the lagoon area with the large saline ponds, where you find many different species of waterfowls. Then you ride past the holiday resorts “Quinta do Lago”, with impressive country residences and gardens, and "Vale do Lobo" that is one of Portugal’s largest, and most beautiful resorts. Along a beautiful bay and across the promenade of Quarteira, you will reach the marina in Vilamoura, one of Portugal’s largest private marinas. You continue around the harbour, and along the sandy beaches to Olhos de Água, a typical Portuguese village, and your destination for today, situated just before Albufeira.

Day 5: Olhos de Água – Portimão, approx. 57 km

Today you start with a ride through the town Albufeira. The former fishing village has turned into one of the most famous tourist centers in the Algarve. Cycling along the marina you will get to Galé, and continue on duck boards through the protected wetlands "Lagoa do Salgados" to the tourist resort “Armação de Pêra”. You cross the town on the busy beach promenade, and get to the chapel "A Nossa Srª da Rocha", that was built on a rock in the sea. You continue close to the cliffs all the way to Portimão. The next place is Benagil, a small cove surrounded by high cliffs, and then you head for the lighthouse in Alfanzina, located on the edge of the cliffs, and offering a magnificent view of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. Going on you pass the coastal towns Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, and get to the river Arade. You cross the river over the old impressive bridge, continue to Portimão harbour, and on very good bike paths you reach today’s destination "Praia da Rocha".

Day 6: Portimão – Luz, approx. 45 km

The fishing village Alvor is the first visit of the day. Through winding streets you head into the wide delta of the Rio Alvor and all the way down to the Algarve´s largest oyster farm. Twice a day, when the tide is low, you can see the nets with oysters on stilts. The nice and long path leads you along the Algarve´s widest beach “Meia Praia”. Take the bridge over the city´s marina into the center of Lagos. Pass the old city walls, the slave market and the fort “Bandeira”. Ride along the most beautiful coastline the “Costa dOiro“ (Golden Coast) with the uniquely wave-shaped, golden rocks and pinnacles steeply rising up of the sea. Your destination for today will be Praia da Luz, a small, quiet seaside village with an old church and a fortress.

Day 7: Luz – Sagres, approx. 47 km

After the small villages of Burgau and Figueiras the path leads up and down across the landscape. Continue on slightly hilly terrain through farmers’ fields, pass a constant uphill and downhill on natural trails to relax in a small bay with a nice restaurant. Cycle to the small village Raposeira, famous by the home and chapel of Henry the Navigator. On it goes to Vila do Bispo through a barren plateau directly to the powerful lighthouse complex at Cabo de São Vicente, which is located on 60 m high cliffs. Feel a strong breeze by walking on top of those cliffs and enjoy the spectacular looks of the waves breaking against the rocks, beautiful and wild. Next, you ride on a beautiful coast road and reach your destination of this stage, Sagres. Prince Henry’s school of navigation, a legendary place, resulted in a breakthrough for Portuguese navigation.

Day 8: Sagres

Individual departure or extension.

Services

  • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities

  • Daily breakfast 

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Train ride Faro - Vila Real do Santo António 

  • Personal information meeting & briefing 

  • GPX tracks + Maps and information material per room (usable in combination)

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   01.01. - 14.03.24
    S2   15.03. - 31.05.24
    S3   01.06. - 30.06.24
    S4   01.07. - 15.09.24
    S3   16.09. - 08.10.24
    S2   09.10. - 31.10.24
    S1   01.11. - 30.12.24

    Extras

    Discounts 3rd bed (in room with 2 full payers)
    Children until 11,99 yrs -20%
    3rd adult on request
     
    supplements
    Single traveller supplement 70
       
    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
    Arrival transfer on request
    Transfer Sagres - Faro Airport 1-4 pax - availability on request 170
    Transfer Sagres - Faro Airport 5-8 pax - availability on request 195
       
    Additional nights Faro
    S1 (dbl/sgl) 71/127
    S2 (dbl/sgl) 89/168
    S3 (dbl/sgl) 101/192
    S4 (dbl/sgl) 112/213
       
    Additional nights Sagres
    S1 (dbl/sgl) 57/104
    S2 (dbl/sgl) 79/144
    S3 (dbl/sgl) 92/161
    S4 (dbl/sgl) 102/191

    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 samples

    You will stay in selected 3* or 4* Hotels and B&Bs

    Faro: Hotel Faro / Hotel Eva

    Tavira: Residencial Marés

    Albufeira: Hotel Velamar Olhos de Agua

    Portimao: Hotel Jupiter

    Salema: Hotel Residencial Salema

    Sagres: Hotel Mareta View


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    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)
    Please take the Taxi from the Airport to the Hotel.
    The ride is about 20 min. for € 20,-


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Faro
    For details see your final travel documents.


    Transfers

    Sagres - Faro Airport on request against surcharge

    Important instructions: Please note that transfers from Sagres are always scheduled 4 hours before departure time (120km). In case of a very early return flight, we therefore recommend that you spend the last night in Faro (only 10km).

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    Algarve self-guided

    We were very pleased with the local partner, Lisa Bikes. The staff were attentive, professional and their response time was excellent. We found that the accommodation was somewhat lacking in quality in some places, even though we paid a premium fee on ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 3
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 3
    • Accomodation 3
    • Board 3
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 3
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    5.3 12.06.2023 | Craig S. Stunning Algarve Coast - More Than Beaches…

    Algarve starts flat then gets hilly

    Overall, the Algarve tour was very nice with flat rides for the first three days followed by hilly rides for the last three days. Unfortunately, Day 4 was mostly on busy roads with speeding cars. The first 15 KMs on day 5 was also on busy roads and then ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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    5.9 01.11.2022 | Anna Machali?ska M. Stunning Algarve Coast - More Than Beaches…

    Great holidays

    It was really great holiday: incedible views, nice hotels, good weather. The organisation was perfect thanks to local representative: Lisabikes.
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.5 18.10.2019 | Adriano S. Trans-Algarve coast tour

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    • Generelle Zufriedenheit 6
    • Buchungsabwicklung 5
    • Reiseunterlagen 5
    • Informationen zu Beginn 6
    • Unterkunft 5
    • Verpflegung 6
    • Gepäcktransport 6
    • Streckenbeschreibung 6
    • Betreuung vor Ort 6
    • Streckenverlauf 5
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