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Algarve Road Cycling Tour – Self Guided

If you love CIRCULAR CIRCUITS this Tour is for you! From Tavira to Lagos, you will fall in Love!


Tour Description

Starting in Tavira to Lagos, you will fall in love with this route, which provides countless opportunities to admire the wonderfully diverse natural scenery.

The Algarve offers outstanding conditions for all sorts of cycling. The geographical and orographic characteristics of the region, the climate, the quality and diversity of the roads, tracks and trails, the wealth of history and culture, and the wonderful people all combine to make this a fabulous destination for an activity that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world.

The program shows circuits with avarage 100 -120 Km per day but it’s possible to change to different ones with 70km or more than 140 km per day.


Scenic and diverse routes

Great weather all year around

High air Quality

Great Gastronomy

Detailed itinerary

1 Day:

Arrival to Faro Airport

Private Transfer to Tavira

Deliver of the bike

Stay in a 4* hotel with dinner and breakfast included

2 Day:

1st cycling day – Tavira area – circular road bike – 125 KM – 2500m accumulated climb

The constant up-and-down stretches in the uplands of Tavira are a reminder of the traditional springtime races, with their short, steep hills.

Don’t succumb to laziness at Monte das Preguiças (preguiça in Portuguese means laziness) and prepare mind and body for the long uphill ride to Pereiro and the Balurcos plateau.

Concentration is essential for the tricky downhill ride to the Odeleite dam, before you reach the Beliche dam. The ride ends with a progressive downhill stretch through the invigorating scrubland known as the Mata Nacional da Conceição or Santa Rita.

Overnight in Tavira

3 Day:

2nd cycling day – Tavira area –  circular road bike – 143 Km – 2700m accumulated Climb

The eastern Algarve’s delightful climate is an open invitation to set off from the coastal area and explore the delights of the hinterland on the way to Vila Nova de Cacela.

The first few kilometres are flat but are then followed by a series of uphill and downhill stretches as you head towards Castro Marim. Here the challenge becomes more exciting as the uphill ride to the hamlet of Azinhal becomes progressively steeper.

The EN 122 road takes you to the Odeleite dam and the pure fresh air will recharge your batteries for the demanding climb to Furnazinhas and on into the municipality of Alcoutim, passing through the hamlet of Soudes.

Considered one of the most traditional villages in the inland Algarve, Cachopo awaits you at the top of the Serra do Caldeirão, on the way to Barranco do Velho. Following the descent to São Brás de Alportel, you return to Tavira along the undulating EN 270.

Overnight in Tavira

4 Day:

3rd cycling day – Tavira area –  97 Km – 1650 Km accumulated Climb

Option: instead of doing Tavira circular road, You can cycle N124 till Lagos – 140 Km – 1550 Km accumulated Climb

Cyclists love this road since it is in excellent condition and offers you access to a route of medium difficulty with spectacular views. São Brás de Alportel awaits after an uphill stretch on the EN 270 that gives you two challenges: two uphill sections – Marco and Bengado – a total of approximately 2.5 km and an average incline of 5%.

São Brás is the seat of a major cork-producing municipality and at the entrance to the town you head northwards, catching your breath for the tough uphill ride to Cova da Muda. The inclines here are hard going, sometimes exceeding 10%.

At a height of over 500 metres, with the ocean to the south and the impressive Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north vying to enchant you, you will get an added boost of energy for the next steep slope, as you ride through Javali towards Barranco do Velho.

With your feet firmly on the pedals, you now begin your descent, passing through the village of Estoi all the way to Olhão.

Transfer to Lagos

Overnight in Lagos

5 Day:

4th cycling day – Lagos area – 125 Km – 2440m accumulated climb

With the Vicentine Coast and the Monchique Mountains pinpointed on your map, a very special trip awaits you, inspired by the brave seafarers who set off from the pretty coastal city of Lagos, and wrote the history of Portugal’s overseas expansion.

The first accomplishment is getting through Bensafrim and claiming victory over the Serra de Espinhaço de Cão to reach the coast. A few kilometres farther on, don’t miss the chance for a culture stop in this historical city of Aljezur, where you can recharge your batteries for the long uphill ride to Marmelete.

Once in Portela do Vale, where the famous medronho brandy is produced, get ready to ride into the heart of the uplands along winding roads around Fóia. From Monchique, head to Alferce and ride all the way up to Picota; then get ready for the grand return, all the way down to Casais and Lagos.

Overnight in Lagos

6 Day:

5th  cycling day – SouthWest area –  circular road bike – 163 Km – 3300m accumulated Climb

Seen from a distance, you would think the mountain is the same colour as the sky but, up close, the many different hues are one of the attractions on this tough route from the craggy coast with its impressive, sheer cliffs.

Head towards Odiáxere alongside the Arão Stream and on towards the Algarve International Motor Racing Circuit. This part of the route is a fun mix of ups and down until you reach Senhora do Verde, Rasmalho and Porto de Lagos.

At the Odelouca Stream you start an 11-kilometre uphill ride to the summit of Picota, the second-highest point in the region, at 774 metres. A tricky downhill stretch of narrow road lets you “slip” into Monchique, before arriving at Chilrão by going around the summit at Fóia along a winding road overlooking the uplands.

The final part of the route lets you visit Aljezur, Carrapateira, Vila do Bispo and Budens, after which you will be back on the coastal road again, to enjoy the pleasant beaches of Burgau and Luz.

Overnight in Lagos


7 Day:

Private transfer to Faro Airport for you flight back home


It was a fantastic experience, well planned and truly enjoyed by all of us.

Rob Stanley

Tour Info

What's included:

3 nights accommodation in Tavira on a 4* Hotel with breakfast and dinner included

3 nights accommodation in Lagos on a 4* hotel with breakfast and dinner included

Arrival transfer from Faro Airport to the hotel in Tavira

Private Transfer from Tavira to Lagos on the 4th day

Departure private transfer from Lagos to Faro Airport

Mobile assistance 24/7

GPS maps (if you want to rent a GPS please let us know)

Personal insurance

Not included

  • Bike
  • Side bags for bikes
  • GPS
  • Energetic bars
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Any other items not mention in inclusions




7 days Tour

Group Size

2 pax min

Price Info

As from 675€