Portugal – Best of Algarve
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The Algarve is famous for its coastline, however there was also a lot to offer inland including some great scenery and traditional Algarvean places to visit. The best of the Algarve tours provides up to 2 weeks of cycle touring where you can choose to ride week 1 Eastern Algarve to Silves, or week 2 Silves and western Algarve tour, or both weeks consecutively.
Week one starts along the famous Algarve coastline, passing some old coastal towns with plenty of opportunities to stop in one of the many seaside cafes and restaurants. You head inland towards the lovely town of Loule with its cobbled streets, where you spend a rest day with the possiblity of relaxing in the roof top pool in our hotel. We head further inland into the hills and the historic and occasionally whitepainted villages of Querenca, Alte and Silves.
The second week takes us back towards the coast and the "Ecovia de Litoral" cycle path. The cycling is a mixture of terrains, some days quite flat and others quite undulating, as you pass through the coastal villages the have made the Algarve famous. A rugged coastline takes you to your rest day, the town of Sagres, where you can relax on the beach or explore its old fortress. Our last day takes us back inland to the lovely old town of Monchique high up in the hills.
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Arriving at Faro airport we will take you to Vila Real de San Antonio, an interesting old town with plenty of bars and restaurants on the banks of the Guadiana river which forms the border between Spain and Portugal. You may be able to catch the ferry across the Guadiana for a short bike ride around Ayamonte and its surrounding coastline, just to give you a brief taste of Spain before heading west across the Algarve.
Vila Real de San Antonio to Tavira 28km approx
Your first day of cycling is a gentle run along the Ecovia do Litoral to Tavira. Along the way you will pass through the coastal resorts of Monte Gordo and Altura as well as the interesting old coastal town of Cacela Velha, definitely worth a visit if only to try out one of the many cafés and restaurants that are located there. Tavira is a lovely old coastal town since Roman times and it is a fantastic place to explore.
Tavira to Olhão 26km approx
A gentle day cycling along the mostly flat Ecovia do Litoral. There are cafes and restaurants along the way and the route also passes through the charming old fishing village of Fuseta. If you arrive in Olhao early enough, you may like to take a ferry or water taxi over to one of the islands Armona, Culatra or Farol for an afternoon on the beach or dinner in one of the fine seafood restaurants located on the islands.
Olhão to Loulé 30km approx
Today's ride of around 30 km heads inland away from the Ecovia do Litoral. By-passing the regional capital Faro and passing by the famous roman remains at Estoi, you head up into the hills and through quiet villages to reach the lovely old town of Loule. An explorer’s haven with its narrow cobbled streets leading off the central avenida, tiny shops and hidden away bars and restaurants, well worth a couple of hours walk upon arrival.
An opportunity to relax and explore the fascinating old town of Loule or relax by the roof top swimming pool at the hotel, right in the centre of town. If you are still feeling energetic, then you may choose to cycle down to the coast where some of the finest beaches in the Algarve can be found.
Loulé to Alte 34km approx image 1 Loulé to Alte 34km approx
A more challenging day in the rolling hills to the north of Loule, but well worth the effort for the tremendous scenery. You head towards the tiny hill-top village of Querenca, a great coffee stop and a place to take in the splendid views. Heading north west with a choice of great routes, your destination is the lovely hillside village of Alte. Famous for its white painted houses and fresh water springs, the year-round presence of water in the river adds a certain unique charm to the village.
Alte to Silves 32km approx
A cycle ride to remember with some great views and some hills! There is a lovely ride along a dirt track road alongside the Barragem do Funcho, and then gently cruising down the valley to the lovely historic town of Silves. It is well worth planning to get here in good time as there is plenty to see including the castle and also the town itself.
Tomorrow will be your departure day or you can continue on with the tour for another week along the coast ( see tour dossier below )
- Accommodation in quality hotels
- All breakfasts
- Route details & maps
- Bike hire & equipment
- Luggage transfers
- Phone helpline
- Airport transfers from/to Faro
Bike hire IS included in the tour price
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2023 TOUR PRICES
Eastern Algarve to Silves for 7 nights / 8 days
€ 815 per person sharing (January, February)
€ 825 per person sharing (March)
€ 935 per person sharing (April)
€ 950 per person sharing (May)
€1095 per person sharing (June)
€1175 per person sharing (July)
€1255 per person sharing (August)
€1165 per person sharing (September)
€ 945 per person sharing (October)
€ 875 per person sharing (November & December)
From Silves to Western Algarve for 7 nights / 8 days
€ 945 per person sharing (January, February)
€1005 per person sharing (March)
€1145 per person sharing (April)
€1160 per person sharing (May)
€1295 per person sharing (June)
€1515 per person sharing (July)
€1555 per person sharing (August)
€1445 per person sharing (September)
€1125 per person sharing (October)
€1030 per person sharing (November & December)
2023 TOUR PRICES for 13 nights / 14 days
(From Silves to Western Algarve)
€1620 per person sharing (January)
€1630 per person sharing (February)
€1690 per person sharing (March)
€1830 per person sharing (April)
€1955 per person sharing (May)
€2215 per person sharing (June)
€2555 per person sharing (July)
€2685 per person sharing (August)
€2445 per person sharing (September)
€1945 per person sharing (October)
€1770 per person sharing (November, December)
Self Guided Tour Information
Tour is available all year round and can start any day of the week
How to get to the start point for both tours:
For either route fly to Faro airport and we will organise airport collection.
For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.
As always please contact us in the office for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VILA REAL DE SAN ANTONIO
Vila Real de san Antonin is a lovely sea side town and we use a selection of fresh coastal hotels. All within a short walk of the sea. Typically we stay in a traditional style hotel is in the centre of Olhao with a lovely roof terrace with great views over to the islands. The hotel provides accommodation only, but there are many cafés and restaurants in the immediate vicinity for a great evening meal and also breakfast
Tavira is a coastal town on two sides of the river surrounded by bird life including flamingos. We use only the best of hotels all close to the fantastic beaches . Your hotel is located close to the river in the centre of Tavira, so it is well located for exploration of the town by bike or on foot.
Olhao It is full of character with Moorish-style houses,an influence from the commercial links with Africa. Our hotels are within a short walk to the beach makes perfect way to spend a evening We also stay in a traditional style hotel is in the centre of Olhao with a lovely roof terrace with great views over to the islands.
Our hotel is a short walk from the centre of Loule and close to many bars and great restaurants, this hotel features rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV and bars, breakfast room, roof terrace swimming pool and also a laundry service.
Alet is known as one of the most unspoiled villages in all of Portugal. With beautiful waterfalls and waterways its a town to remember. Our hotel is a classic villa style house friendly and refreshing a real gem of the tour.
Silves is a delightful fortified town, which was once the ancient capital of the Algarve. Our hotel is just on the edge of the town and has fresh and mode feel. Along with views of the the fortified walls on the hill makes this a easy place to spend an evening
BEST OF THE ALGARVE SELF GUIDED TOUR East week and West week 2023
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