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Best Cycling Tour in the Algarve -Sagres to VRSTO -Self Guided

From Sagres to Vila Real the Santo António, visiting beaches, fortresses and getting a sense of Algarve, his hidden gems and people, not forgetting food and incredible sights.

Highlights

Tour Description

Portugal’s southernmost region, the Algarve, is yours to discover on this 8-day road cycling tour exploring beaches, coastal villages, and ancient sites. The Best of the Algarve Cycling Tour is conveniently available for you to enjoy as either a guided or self-guided tour. This cycling holiday in Portugal’s stunning Algarve will render you enchanted!

The Best of the Algarve Cycling Tour takes you from the westernmost tip of the Algarve, Sagres, through Lagos, Vilamoura, Faro, Tavira, and more. This all-encompassing ride will immerse you in the rich and mesmerizing atmosphere of the Algarve, introducing you to its charming people, dramatic landscapes, and of course its heavenly food and wine!

Pedal through the vibrant capital city of Faro, enjoying its magnetic atmosphere as you soak up the sights and sounds. Discover a sleepy seaside fisherman’s village, indulge in the freshest seafood in Portugal, and then explore natural reserves set on beautiful coastline, experiencing a bird-lovers paradise.

Optimal climate, excellent air quality, and well-maintained roads make this cycling tour in the Algarve the perfect adventure for cyclists. Book the Best of the Algarve Cycling Tour today!

Our main goals is to make you enjoy so much your days here, that for a month you can’t stop speaking about your experience in Portugal!

Be ready! We are ready to receive you!


Experience life in the Algarve, exploring small villages along the coast and golden sand beaches.

Take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from The Fortress of Sagres.

Enjoy the freshest seafood and the best wines produced in the Algarve while dining at seaside restaurants and visiting wineries.

Explore the fascinating rock formations of the Algarve’s most famous cave, Benagil.

Detailed itinerary


1 Day:

Arrive in Faro

Overnight Location – Hotel in Sagres

Welcome! You have arrived in the Algarve.

A staff member will greet you at the airport and provide you with a briefing on the tour. A transfer will then take you to your accommodations in Sagres and you can brush up on some important Portuguese expressions along the way! If you have opted to have this tour guided and your arrival time permits, you will have the option to cycle to Faro Beach and can also visit the Fortress of Sagres.

Enjoy your first dinner in Sagres tonight and become pleasantly acquainted with life in the Algarve.

 



2 Day:

Seaside Villas and Coastal Villages

Overnight Location – Hotel in Meia Praia | Distance – 43 km

It’s time to get in the saddle and begin your cycling adventure in the Algarve! Today’s route is a nicely paced warm-up introducing you to the beauty of the Algarve through multiple stops at picturesque small coastal villages. Admire the picture-perfect villas that line the pristine beaches in the seaside towns of Salema and Burgau.

Tonight’s stay is a special one in Meia Praia where your accommodations will overlook the vast sea. Enjoy dinner and a stroll along the sandy shores before retiring for the night in this spectacular location.

 



3 Day:

Algarve Grapes and Benagil Cave

Overnight Location – Hotel in Armação de Pêra | Distance – 42 km listed

Another breathtaking day of scenery awaits you as you make your way from Lagos to Armação de Pêra, a beautiful beach town set on a broad bay. A pleasant ride along the coastline today will have you bear witness to the magical lagoon of Alvor and the most famous sea cave in the Algarve, Benagil Cave, found in the quaint fishing village of Benagil. A boat tour (not included) is a must to explore the cave!

To top off this magical day, your final stop will be at a local vineyard, where you can sample some of best wines of Algarve and take in the sprawling fields of rich grapes. Tonight you’ll rest at your accommodations in Armação de Pêra, enjoying a local dinner and enjoying the cool sea breeze.

 



4 Day:

Bird Watching and Bustling Resort Towns

Overnight Location – Hotel in Vilamora | Distance – 37 km

Observe the landscape as it changes before your eyes today, introducing you to some of the Algarve’s most popular resort towns.

But first, a visit to Salgados Lagoon is in order. This is one of the most popular birdwatching sites in the whole of the Algarve. As one of the most important freshwater wetlands here, the lagoon is home to a variety of bird species. Spend some time enjoying this serene location, home to over 200 bird species including the Greater Flamingo, the Squacco Heron, and the Eurasian Spoonbill.

Riding on to Albufeira, one of the Algarve’s liveliest and most energetic resorts, you’ll be greeted by the magnetic energy here. Explore and soak it up! Finally, you’ll ride to the Algarve’s largest resort, where you’ll find your accommodations for tonight. Peruse the stunning marina or catch a sunset swim before enjoying another tantalizing dinner.

 



5 Day:

Ria Formosa Natural Reserve

Overnight Location – Hotel in Olhão | Distance – 53 km

Departing Vilamoura this morning, you’ll ride to Quarteira, a modest fishing village famous for its seafood and pine tree forests. Setting out from Quarteira, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, both boasting stylish contemporary architecture.

Following a taste of modernity at the resorts, delve into the splendid natural beauty of the Ria Formosa natural reserve. Known as one of the “7 Natural Wonders of Portugal”, Ria Formosa is home to over 20,000 birds and consists of a salty lagoon protected from the sea by 5 barrier islands and 2 peninsulas.

Your final ride of the day will take you into Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Explore the bustling city center, drinking in the history whilst sightseeing before ending your day in Olhão, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodations.

 



6 Day:

Olhão and Tavira

Overnight Location – Hotel in Tavira | Distance – 30 km

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Olhão, the largest fishing port in the Algarve. Bursting with character, Olhão’s Moorish-style homes and bustling markets with stalls toting fresh fish straight from the sea make it a noteworthy stop on the tour.

Back on the road, you’ll cycle until Fuzeta and have the option to stop for a coffee and enjoy the views of the Ria Formosa salty lagoon. Today’s ride will end in one of the most emblematic locations of the Algarve, beautiful Tavira! Explore remains of ancient city bridges, churches, and castles and enjoy the myriad of restaurants, cafes, and shops that line the attractive streets here.

 



7 Day:

Fabrica Beach and Vila Real de Santo António

Overnight Location – Vila Real de Santo António | Distance – 35 km

Leaving Tavira behind, ride to Vila Real de Santo António by way of the charming hilltop village of Cacela-a-Velha. Seize your chance to experience one of the best beaches in the world, Fabrica Beach, tucked just below the village.

Arriving in Vila Real de Santo António, feeling the rush of having just completed over 200 km of cycling across the Algarve! Vila Real de Santo António is set on the Guadiana River that separates southeast Portugal from its neighbour Spain. Rebuilt in its entirety after a catastrophic earthquake in 1755, the city is a sight to behold, boasting beautiful Pombaline architecture and an impressive central town plaza.

Enjoy the ambience of this unique Portuguese town, soaking up your final moments on the tour and enjoying an unforgettable final meal tonight.

 



8 Day:

Departure

Overnight Location – None | Distance – None

Today you’ll say goodbye to the beautiful Algarve, taking with you the many magical memories you’ve made over the past seven days! A private transfer will take you to Faro Airport (FAO) where you will depart.

 


This was one of the better biking tours that we've done in the Europe. An unforgettable experience! Kylie G.

Tour Info

What's included:


7x nights’ accommodation in charming 4 star hotels/apartments sharing twin in BB

Return Private transfers from Faro Airport - Accommodation

Luggage transfers between accommodations

Touring Bike

GPS (shared each 2 pax)

Personal Insurance

24/7 mobile contact

Taxes and road tolls

Not included

    • Meals
    • Activities
    • Entrance fees in Monuments or vineyards
    • Side bags for the bike
    • flights

     

    Extra activities suggested:

    • Dolphin Observation Tour
    • Wine tasting
    • Cataplana cooking Class or Legends and typical snacks tour in Olhão (includes meal)
    • Boat tour in Ria Formosa
    • Walking Tour in Tavira
    • Natural SPA in Saltpans with bath and snacks

    If you wish to do just some of the activities, please inform us and we will check for availability and quote accordingly.

Dates

All year around. Preferable time of the year: January to end of May, Oct to 15 December. During summer you might find high temperatures to do this tour.

Duration

8 days

Group Size

minimum 2 persons

Price Info

Self-guided Groups of 2: from €1144EUR* per person