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Algarve Coast and Countryside Cycling

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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.

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
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

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • 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
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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.
Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals.

The local specialty from the sea is the Barnacle Perceve, this is not taken from the bottom of boats but the bottom of submerged local cliffs, it is harvested by hand using a dangerous and traditional method, which involves one of the two collectors dangling by a rope from the top of the cliffs! They are a bit of a delicacy not too dissimilar to mussels. Away from the sea the dried hams, salamis and chouriço are as good as anything that Spain or Italy can produce. The strange sounding bread sausage Alheira is very good, invented by the Portuguese Jews during the Inquisition to avoid persecution, bread and non-pork products are used. Good quality meat is also on the menu, beef and pork are of a high quality and lamb in season is superb. Vegetables are plentiful and with big harvests of almonds and oranges, fruits are in good supply alongside another local vegetable, the sweet potato.

The Algarve’s other surprise is the quality of cheese; from mild to strong using cow, goat or sheep milk there is a great range of cheeses for all tastes, Queijo de Cabra do Algarve, is a particular favorite.

EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR
Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, coastal routes

Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance on move on days: 40km (25miles).
No. of days Cycling: 3
Terrain: Mostly gently undulating with a couple of short but steepish descents/climbs. Routes mainly follow a mix of coastal paths, tracks,woodland trails and country roads.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

 

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 04/11/2019
4/5

Mr Newsom

As 4th time travellers with Headwater during the past 11 years we have cycled in France, Italy, Spain and now Portugal. Each holiday has been different to the previous and all very interesting countries and regions. The Algarve Coast has definitely been a spectacular area to visit with the opportunity to experience both the Eastern and Western coastlines all within the 6 day cycling itinerary. From the small beach villages and the city of Lagos with it's Grotto's to the rugged coastal cliffs near Carrapateira and it's well suited surfing haven, we were so glad to have chosen this region for our first visit to the south western region of Portugal. Our choice to usually ride on the off- road optional tracks also made for peaceful cycling through quiet forest trails and back country roads which is always a bonus. We would definitely recommend this cycling holiday and as always the accommodation was excellent.

Tom & Vicki.

Reviewed On 04/11/2019
5/5

Mr Heddle

The whole trip was excellent and well put together by Headwater giving a new insight into the real Algarve, not just the "touristy" side of the country we typically see, but a great opportunity to explore the real Portugal environment we rarely see. The Ride with GPS system was wonderful. Being slightly hard of hearing and wearing hearing aids, I wondered if I would get enough volume to hear the prompts while cycling, but it worked really well and there was no need for worry. I am 69 and my wife is 67 and we managed the cycling well... the first day had a few more fairly steep sections than anticipated, but we were up to the challenge. Loved it.

Reviewed On 05/06/2019
5/5

Mr Smith

Smoothly organised, superb accommodation; all mean that you can enjoy the cycling, countryside and local ambience knowing everything will be sorted for you at the next destination, where you're guaranteed a great welcome, fab food and a comfortable night ready for the next day!

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