Eastern Algarve cycling holiday in Portugal

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Eastern Algarve cycling holiday in Portugal

Environment

We are very aware of the environmental impact caused by tourism in our unspoiled region of the Baixo Guadiana, which has the most nature reserves and protected areas in the Algarve and Alentejo.

Our region is known for its deserted beaches,lagoons,world class bird reserves,ancient salt pans,pristine forests and orchards, blue lakes with mountain streams and the international Guadiana River estuary.

We also have the warmest climate and more sunshine than anywhere else in Spain and Portugal, our golf courses are very busy during the winter months!

All our routes and trails associated with the GR15 are fully marked, giving you more time to appreciate the landscape, minimizing the impact on unspoiled forests and fields.

We try to use apps, electronic maps and guides as much as possible to avoid printing. We encourage recycling at the eco points in the villages and at our hotels.

We recommend the consumption of local meat,fish,fruit and vegetables, and encourage people to drink from the tap and refill their own bottles.

All our hotels use solar energy to reduce energy use based on fossil fuels. They have also adopted policies to minimize laundry (for towels and sheets) and show guests how to save energy.

Community

Our region is the poorest part of the Algarve and the Alentejo.
Most of our villages and towns are isolated and suffer from mass migration to large urban areas on the Western coast. The older generation stayed behind and depend on subsistence farming and welfare grants.

Responsible tourism that respects nature, local people and their culture is the only sustainable economic activity that will create business opportunities and youth employment. All our staff and those of our service providers are locals.

We take our guests on amazing experiences that are natural and very authentic. Allowing them to interact with local people who are very welcoming.
Our small, comfortable and charming hotels are owned by local families that will welcome you with open arms.

Try the local cafιs and restaurants on our recommended list for delicious seafood and meat dishes, don΄t forget the unique cakes and desserts that are inspired by the local fruit.

The taste and quality are amazing because everything is cooked fresh and sourced at local farms that use traditional organic farming techniques.

2 Reviews of Eastern Algarve cycling holiday in Portugal

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Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

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


We stayed in two centres for our 6-day cycling tour, both excellent. The first hotel in Alcoutim was tidy, unpretentious with friendly staff, well-sited beside the Guidana river and within easy walking distance of the village with its castle, bars and restaurants. We cycled down the Guidana river to spend the next 3 nights at a really delightful rural retreat, Casa de Campo Vale de Asno. This is run by a family whom have done up their farmhouse to provide 7 individual rooms, all with access to a beautifully kept garden. They have built an excellent pool which looks out over the crowded beach strip below which is about 4 miles away. A lovely place to return to in the afternoons after a hot day out and about.

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


We are active and in our sixties but not out-and-out bike riders and so opted to hire electric bikes for this trip. To me, this made every day of cycling thoroughly enjoyable rather than being an endurance feat. Some of the routes were very steep, often on rough farm tracks, but all were taken easily in our stride. One day we rode from the sea up to the Beliche Dam up in the hills, a distance of 22 kilometres, all uphill and in the midday sun - purgatory had it not been for our electric bikes.

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


Being on a bicycle, one often ends up in places that does not see regular tourists and so one can benefit the local economy in a small way by stopping for a lunch, a coffee or a beer. The lack of water was a topic that came up a lot in conversation, southern Portugal having had a very dry winter. One is very much more aware of the situation cycling rather than driving through the countryside, noticing that every stream is already dry at the beginning of the summer. The Beliche Dam was only about half full. We decided we should set ourselves the challenge of travelling by rail for all future trips to Europe.

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


We had an excellent holiday and hope this persuades many others to explore Eastern Algarve, maybe on e-bikes if they want the freedom of being on two wheels without the straining up hills under a hot sun.

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2018 by

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


This was an enjoyable holiday throughout with lovely cycling routes and friendly people. The first hotel (b&b) was wonderful and particularly memorable -
owned by a surrealist artist the gardens and building were inspiring. Christina made great breakfasts and we had picnic evening meals with supplies we
bought from the local supermarket rather than going to restaurants, as we wanted to spend our time enjoying the art and atmosphere. We were made to feel
very welcome by our hosts.
Antonio who organised the holiday and Antonio and Alex who planned the routes and provided cycle hire were very helpful and passionate about their
region and the opportunity to share it. The off road routes were great and the countryside, birds, flowers, tranquility and sun made this a relaxing, strenuous
and peaceful holiday.

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


Bring cycling shorts and let Antonio know your level of fitness so that the routes can be planned to suit your requirements.
Bring binoculars so that you can make the most of the opportunities to view the birds. We saw flamingoes, hoopoes, stilts and numerous others.
Unfortunately the storks had just migrated but their nests were plentiful.
The roads and villages were very quiet - take fluids and snacks with you/plan where you will stop to eat if spending the whole day cycling.

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


Yes - this seems to be an area of Portugal that certainly off season does not see much tourism. We were told the food we bought was sourced from local
farmers and the hotels appeared to be locally owned and staffed. Sustainability and managing environmental resources was emphasised. We cycled
throughout the trip except when transferring from and to the airport. Antonio and Alex had programmed GPS routes so the trip was paperless.

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


Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks Mike, we really enjoyed having you on our tour and look forward to new cycling adventures in 2019!

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