A next-level gravel holiday
We believe the gravel cycling in Portugal is some of the best in Europe. This is your chance to be taken into the hidden valleys and secret trails of the beautiful countryside of the Algarve. We can guarantee this is a true escape from your normal every-day life and an unforgettable week of sublime gravel riding. We don’t like traffic and we know our clients don’t either. That’s why we have invested hours riding and plotting the quietest and gravel-bike friendly routes we possibly can.
For more competent off-road riders there are some more challenging single tracks that we will introduce you too. Novice? Don’t worry, for you we will have beginner-level tracks and trails for you to enjoy! Most tracks are suitable for 4×4 vehicles, and so couldn’t be better suited for any gravel thrill-seeker.
In 2023 we have moved the location of our Authentic Algarve gravel holiday to Alte, a small village in the heart of the Algarve hills.
Guests will stay in the beautiful Alte Tradition Guesthouse, a newly renovated traditional guesthouse in the centre of the village. With a rooftop hot tub and a plunge pool we know you will love the choice of accommodation for the week. Every morning you will enjoy a fresh and plentiful buffet breakfast to fuel the day ahead.
For various reasons we have chosen Alte as the new destination for our Authentic Algarve Gravel cycling holidays.
Firstly, the gravel cycling is phenomenal, right from the door. With tracks and trails in ever direction to suit all levels of cyclist, one week of cycling here and you won’t have covered all the options available!
Secondly, we feel that Alte does give a true reflection of the Authentic Algarve, without it being too quiet. It is a real ‘escape’, a tranquil village nestled in the Algarve hills with a beautiful stream running through the centre of it.
Thirdly, Alte already has a tradition of cycling in the Algarve. Germano bike cafe in Alte was the first cycling cafe to open in the Algarve, run by local couple and friends of ours Pedro and Ana.
Finally, Échappée Portugal is based in Alte, we have chosen this wonderful village to live in, and we love to support local businesses where we can – it made sense to move the Authentic Algarve Gravel holiday to the place we call home.
We love to support the local restaurant owners, so the group will eat in different hand picked local restaurants each night, most within walking distance of the hotel. By the end of our Authentic Algarve gravel cycling holiday you will have had a taste of the many traditional dishes of Portugal and in particular the Algarve. Allergies or dietary requirements? No problem, we will ensure that every restaurant can cater for this and confirm with you in advance.
During the rides we will stop regularly at local cafés (with the best pastel de natas… of course!).
Heritage and Culture
However it’s not just a gravel holiday… as you ride, you will also experience the culture and heritage of this amazing country – the local cuisine, wine and liquor making, the agriculture, historic monuments and the ancient creative traditions. Guests will leave with a taste of authentic Portugal – and we know you will want to return!