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Algarve Coast and Countryside Cycling

from $2,105.00

The Algarve coast of Portugal, situated in the southern most point of Europe, is a land untouched by time.  Pretty white villages as well as, wild and rugged coastlines, offer an ever contrasting scenery.  The area is also ideal for bird watching, given it lies in the migratory route of many birds.

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All about the Algarve Coast and Countryside Cycling.

The Algarve coast of Portugal, situated in the southern most point of Europe, is a land untouched by time.  Pretty white villages as well as, wild and rugged coastlines, offer an ever contrasting scenery.  The area is also ideal for bird watching, given it lies in the migratory route of many birds.

Our seven night cycling tours takes you along remote roads and sun-baked cycling trails. You’ll travel along beautiful coastlines enjoying a mix of quiet sandy beaches and rugged cliff tops, and pass through pretty villages, some of which seem to be untouched by time. Passing on into the inland country, you travel through the lush green interior along side large reservoirs, alpine-like meadows and rich holm oak forests. Visit the historic seaside towns of Faro, Sagres and Lagos; Henry the Navigator lived here, and built his own fortress at Sagres, near to where you’ll find Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe’s most south-westerly cape, with its remote lighthouse and not to be missed museum.
We specially selected four fabulous hotels all with their own charm. These include a contemporary and chic 4-star hotel beside the marina in Faro, a modern 4-star modern hotel perched on a cliff in Sagres, a 4-star hotel in Lagos full of Portuguese colonial charm and a hotel in Pedralva, where the village houses have been rustically renovated to create individual rooms. All hotels have pools with Sagres and Lagos both having covered ones. Most evening meals are included so you can dine on the freshest salads, seafood or excellent meat accompanied by tasty cheeses and chouricos, all complemented by a selection of Portuguese wines.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

 

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • 4 days cycling (including 1 optional ride)
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Visit Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe’s most south-westerly point known as the ‘Sacred Promontory’
  • Bird-spotter’s paradise; endemic and migratory species from Europe and North Africa
  • Superb variety of hotels, all with pools and great regional cuisine
  • Peaceful cycle routes; contrasting coast and the lush green interior
  • Faro, Sagres and Lagos – beautiful coastal towns with a rich maritime history
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive at Faro

    Arrive into the waterfront city of Faro. Dine out this evening (payable locally) either at the hotel or from a plethora of options available to you. (Staying at Hotel Faro, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Faro to Sagres

    Explore the walled Old Town, marina, restaurants and bars or take a boat trip around the lagoons of the Ria Formosa National Park. Later, transfer to the wonderful coastal town of Sagres in time for dinner at the hotel. (Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Sagres to Lagos 38km/24mi

    From Sagres head inland, mostly following the Ecovia, a national cycle trail. Pass shepherds tending their flocks before meeting the coast again in time for lunch. The villages of Salema, Burgau and Luz have great sandy beaches and offer rustic restaurants with al fresco dining; grilled fresh fish with zesty lemon is a favourite dish. You end the day at Lagos and your wonderfully atmospheric 4-star hotel. (Staying at Costa d’Oiro, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 At Lagos

    Lagos is encircled by 14th-century walls – the stone work and architecture you’ll find hidden within these is a delight. Ornate churches date from the 13th-century, and tangled cobbled lanes lead to new discoveries around every corner. Visit the new marina and the lively fish market (held daily), and join the locals for coffee in one of the many bars. Popular coastal walks lead to Ponte da Piedade lighthouse and from Porto de Mos to Luz, both offering outstanding sea views. (Staying at Costa d’Oiro, Half Board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Lagos to Pedralva 42km/26.5mi or 52km/32.5mi

    You have a choice of routes today, with both taking you along the promenade at Lagos, before heading inland to Odiaxere where you can choose a shorter option that has fewer climbs and takes you through lovely villages on winding roads, giving you a real insight into local life. The longer route takes you past the beautiful Bravura reservoir and pretty alpine-like hamlets and meadows, meeting the coast in picturesque Carrapateira. Then it’s on to Pedralva, a village where each house has been restored to create individual hotel rooms. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva, Half Board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 At Pedralva

    Aldeia da Pedralva is a wonderful rural retreat and you could easily spend the day relaxing in the village. If you fancy doing more you can follow one of our routes taking you out along the cliff tops with great views of the coast, or return to Carrapateira to visit the Land and Sea Museum and have a leisurely lunch. (Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva, Half Board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Pedralva to Sagres 29km/18.5mi or 30km/19mi

    There’s two options today but both routes are fairly short allowing you time to visit the lighthouse at Cabo de Sao Vicente and Sagres Fortress, built by Henry the Navigator. The longer route is on off-road tracks passing holm oak forests. Both routes give great views of the Serra de Monchique passing through Vila do Bispo, a nice lunch stop with its beautiful 17th-century church. From Vila do Bispo head out across the Vicente peninsula to Cabo de Sao Vicente and the southwestern tip of Europe before following the coast road back to Sagres. (Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Breakfast Only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Sagres
Where you stay
Hotel Faro
A modern **** hotel which boasts a superb location overlooking the fishing harbour and marina, just a short stroll from Faro’s historic centre encircled by it’s ancient Moorish city walls. There are fantastic views of the Ria Formosa National Park from the hotel’s panoramic rooftop restaurant and bar. Other facilities include a small rooftop swimming pool and a fitness centre with sauna.
Hotel Memmo Baleeira
This designer hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the stunning bay on the edge of Sagres. The rooms are minimalistic in design and feature all amenities. The restaurant here prides itself on serving the best of the local seafood, whilst the hotel offers free use of the Turkish bath, sauna and indoor pool, the perfect tonic after a day exploring this stunning area.
Costa D’Oiro
Tucked away just a kilometre from Lagos old town this lovely hotel offers a relaxing tranquil stay. The rooms are different depending on which villa you stay in mixing a multitude of Portuguese and colonial designs. Food here is a real Portuguese affair including a complete breakfast section of Portuguese specialities. It is easy to walk to Lagos old town, the Dona Ana beach, one of Portugal’s best and the famous light house at Ponta da Piedade.
Aldeia da Pedralva
This is a magical place, a real find. Just 10 years ago the village of Pedralva was a ruin with houses just left to rot by owners who no longer wanted to live in the countryside. However, Antonio Ferreira, your host at the Aldeia da Pedralva, initially decided to buy a couple of houses, but eventually renovated 24 which have been beautifully restored to create 24 rooms. The village itself is surrounded by verdant nature parks and offers great walking and cycling possibilities. Food here is rustic Portuguese, simple in terms of ingredients but mouth watering in terms of quality, flavour and freshness.
Hotel Memmo Baleeira
This designer hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the stunning bay on the edge of Sagres. The rooms are minimalistic in design and feature all amenities. The restaurant here prides itself on serving the best of the local seafood, whilst the hotel offers free use of the Turkish bath, sauna and indoor pool, the perfect tonic after a day exploring this stunning area.
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