Algarve self guided cycling tour

“A tailor made, weeklong cycling trip in the Algarve, going from hotel to hotel. Cycling mainly on the stunning Ecovia do Litoral coastal trail, with some inland challenges thrown in. ”


Ecovia do Litoral Algarve Cycling Trail | Vila Real de Santo António | Olhão | Alte | Praia da Roche | Silves | Sagres | Cape St Vincent | Aljezur | Serra de Monchique | Foia, the highest peak in the Algarve

Description of Algarve self guided cycling tour

This 8 day Algarve, self guided cycling tour is the most exhilarating way to journey through both the coastal and mountainous highlights of this stunning region of Portugal. With a mix of easy and more challenging cycling days, you will need some experience for this itinerary, however as it is tailor made we can adapt it to your level and interests.

The coastal section of this cycling holiday is mostly on the Ecovia do Litoral, a cycling trail that follows the Algarve coast between Vila Real de San António on the Spanish border in the east to Cabo de São Vicente in the west. With Portugal, and particularly the Algarve’s famously mild climate, you can take this on any time of year really. Although if you want to pack a swimsuit in your pannier, the beaches will be chillier in winter of course!

This cycling itinerary takes you through myriad landscapes, including Algarve fishing villages, the Serra de Monchique Mountains, Moorish towns and tranquil river valleys. Along the way you will get to sample fine Portuguese cuisine, local wine and of course meet some wonderful Portuguese people. You stay in some small, locally owned 3-5 star hotels and cover, on average, 55km per day using quality hire bikes with panniers. The main route of the holiday is through the Eastern Algarve area to Silves, then on to the Western Algarve mainly on quiet tarmac roads and occasionally dirt tracks. Of course, you can build in as many rest days as you like. Read more details of the itinerary below.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements. Be aware of high temperatures in August.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We aim not to destroy the resources -economic, cultural and natural- on which we depend.

We respect the countryside and advise all our riders to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. We advise our clients not to leave anything other than organic waste behind them on their travels and where possible to use the recycling facilities provided.

We encourage our visitors to use the local markets, buying fresh produce that does not incur use of packaging, we also provide flasks/water bottles for drinking water whilst travelling to cut down on the use of bottled water.

In our office we attempt to conduct our business paper free, communicating mainly be e mail with clients, suppliers and partners. Any unused or spoilt paper is recycled as scrap for notes in the office. We dispose of our office waste responsibly in the local recycling bins provided near to the office. We also dispose of any waste ink cartridges or dead batteries in the correct manner.

The Impacts of this Trip

Over the last couple of years we have developed good working relationships with our suppliers and partners. The hotels that we use for our Bike Holidays are all vetted by the company directors and are welcoming to our cyclists. They help them with storing their bikes overnight and share their local knowledge with the cyclists, thereby giving the clients the best experience whilst in any particular area of the Algarve.

We also relay to the clients any local knowledge we have gained ourselves, especially with cafes and restaurants along the route, where we know they will receive a warm welcome by the locals and a strong coffee and special cakes to sustain their energy levels!

We also advise our clients of any local festivals and local traditions that they may come across on their route, always encouraging them to partake!

Just as importantly we try to advise the clients of any diversions they may need to take in their routes due to roadworks or dangerous situations.


3 Reviews of Algarve self guided cycling tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021 by

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Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

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Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by

Each and every day held it's own memorable moment. The beauty of remote, empty beaches, the fragrant miles of orange groves, incredible views from empty castles, the grueling but worthwhile slog up to Monchique, followed by the exhilarating was all good! Read full review

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