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.


2 Reviews of Algarve self guided cycling tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

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!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you know the difference between the routes. One is mostly coastal and the day's distances and climbs are short. The other includes inland detours and mountains, and the distances are greater. The coastal route is suitable for anyone, while the route that includes inland hills is better suited for folks who have done some riding. Also, you are given a GPS as well as cue sheets. Use both, as the cue sheets are occasionally difficult to decipher, but the GPS can get overwhelmed and have to be rebooted. Keep your GPS charged--I took advantage of lunch stops to "top it up". Don't be afraid to detour, and don't get frustrated if you get lost. It was almost always possible to use the map or ask directions from a local to get yourself back on course, and interacting with locals is always part of the fun. If you choose the route that includes Monchique, stop for lunch either in Monchique or the restaurant just before the turn to your lodging, as they have no restaurant (or bar) at the hotel-which is beautiful, by the way - and it's about 1KM to walk back for lunch and/or dinner.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In the sense that money spent in (mostly) locally-owned lodging and restaurants was involved, yes. But, I'll confess that I felt guilty having my luggage transported between overnights. It wasn't my original plan, but I had logistical issues that prevented me from using panniers-only.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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