Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve! Trans Algarve Cycling is an incredible Hybrid Cycling route program along the Algarve to Sagres, where you end this crossing at the most Westerly point in Europe, Cape São Vicente. Start riding along the sea and do inside the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, a lagoon system that extends itself over 60km of coast. Then explore the inland Algarve, riding old roads and find lost villages on the hills of the Algarve and beautiful cork-oak forests. Stay on typical villages like Alte and get inside the real Algarve riding on valleys with luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and beautiful rivulets. Discover the lovely Moorish town of Silves and its Castle. Visit Lagos, the oldest town in the Algarve and cycle to Ponta da Piedade discovering fantastic sceneries of cliffs, caves and rocks with an amazing mixture of colors. Explore the rugged cliff lined coastline from Lagos to Sagres and end this incredible tour in the southwestern most point of Europe, Cape São Vicente - the place where the land ends and the sea begin!
Day 1: Arrival at airport Faro
We will pick you up at the airport and bring you to Tavira. Vila Real is an interesting old town on the banks of the Guadiana River which forms the border between Spain and Portugal. The town is full of character and not particularly touristy.
Day 2: Loop Tavira, ~42 km
This will be the first riding day in which you will cycle on calm roads close to the Serra Algarvia. Pass small villages and ride along old roads and rural paths, crossing a vast area of orange trees. The smell is wonderful! Also discover “Pego do Inferno” where you can admire the most beautiful waterfall in the Algarve. Enjoy the ride back to Tavira where you will stay for another night.
Day 3: Tavira - Vale das Gralhas, ~43 km
After breakfast start today’s journey in Tavira and go along the incredible Ria Formosa, one of the most beautiful natural parks of the country. This is a paradise for birdwatchers and part of the Natura 2000 Network. The views are just amazing, and are the highlight of the day’s program. Close to the town of Olhão, head inland, ride past small villages and cross vast areas of orange trees. Take a deep breath, pick up a fruit and sit down between green and orange fields. Tonight you will stay at a lovely rural hotel in Vale das Gralhas.
Day 4: Vale das Gralhas - Querença, ~38 km
Today you will be heading north, rolling up and down through the hills, very close to the Algarve Mountains. It will be a challenging day, but well worth the effort for the tremendous breathtaking sceneries. Along the way visit the town of São Brás de Alportel, which was once the biggest cork producing center in Portugal. A great choice of roads and trails will take you through amazing green Algarve fields with rich Mediterranean? Flora and fauna where you can invigorate your mind and soul with the pure natural air. Arrive at the typical village of Querença where you will spend the night in a quiet and peaceful hotel.
Day 5: Querença - Vale Fuzeiros, ~50 km
This is another challenging day in the rolling hills close to the Algarve Mountains, but once again worth the effort. Start your ride in Querença and go along ancient and narrow roads where the landscape mainly shows carob and fig trees. On the way visit the lovely hillside village of Alte, famous for its white painted houses and fresh water springs, the year round presence of water in the river adds a certain unique charm to the village. Close to the end of today’s ride you can stop by the Barragem do Funcho, a lovely dam fed by the river Arade.
Day 6: Vale Fuzeiros - Lagos, ~66 km
Leave Vale Fuzeiros on asphalt through winding roads surrounded by nature and pass by the stunning dam of Arade. Follow the river Arade, until you arrive at the historic Moorish town of Silves. Then ride along the Odelouca River and enjoy the rural areas and typical villages like Odiáxere that you will find along the way. You will reach the sea at an incredible beach, “Meia Praia”, a long beach of fine golden sand all along the bay! Finally reach the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. Lagos is an historic center of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, frequent home of Henry the Navigator, historical shipyard and, at one time, center of the European slave trade. Reserve some time to walk around downtown and dine.
Day 7: Lagos - Sagres, ~58 km
This is quite a challenging days cycling as there are a few hills as the terrain changes as you approach the rugged cliff lined coastline around Sagres and Cape St Vincent. We will follow amazing trails along the coast line to Ponta da Piedade where we can find fantastic sceneries of cliffs, caves and rocks with an amazing mixture of colors! The route continues west and passes through some great scenery and quaint little coastal villages. Once you arrive in Sagres, you have the option of checking into your hotel and then cycling the 6 extra kilometers to the edge of Europe, Cape St Vincent- the south-western-most point of Continental Europe.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer back to Faro airport.
7 nights in 4**** hotels
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps
transfer from Faro airport to start hotel
transfer from last hotel to Faro airport
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (759 €/person in double)
season II (+140 €/person in double and 180 €/person in single)
season III (+370 €/person in double and 500 €/person in single)
season IV (+580 €/person in double and 830 €/person in single)
route (2)-(3): ~300 km/190 miles
mostly flat, with some hilly parts and some valleys with short but steep ascents, 75% off road and 25% paved street
how to get there
by plane: airport Faro
from the airport to your first hotel before the tour and from the last hotel back to the airport after the tour included
airport Lisbon - Tavira 189 €/person
Sagres - airport Lisbon 149 €/person
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