TRAVERSE ALGARVE

A 400km self-supported bikepacking adventure

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Dates

3-9th October 2022


Bike Type: Gravel, MTB

Number of riding days: 5

Tour Type: Guided

Airport Faro

Km / day: 40-80km

Elevation gain / day: 800-2500m

Overall Difficulty: All Levels

Accommodation: Rural Hotels

Are you preparing for an endurance cycling event?

Maybe you want to have a go at your first bikepacking experience.

This trip is just the one for you…

 

Traverse Algarve Bikepacking Adventure: Complete the challenge whilst learning from the best!

We have created this bikepacking adventure to give budding endurance cyclists a chance to learn new tips and tricks, put their knowledge to the test and experience what riding day after day on gravel feels like. It is ideal for cyclists who want to try cycle touring but are not sure where to start. Or alternatively it’s perfect for cyclists that have signed up to an endurance event later in the year and want to give themselves a ‘trial run’ to hone their skills.

The bike holiday is the perfect mix of road and gravel. Technically it is not too difficult (most tracks are for 4×4 vehicles) but the off-road sections give the riders a chance to reach villages and other hidden gems inaccessible with a road bike.
You will carry your own luggage with you (self supported), staying in your tent for 4 out of the 6 nights. It is a guided cycling trip however, so you are not completely without our help and assistance. We will eat as together at the end of each day a group either at local restaurants giving you a chance to experience the best of Portuguese culture and gastronomy or in our camp whilst reliving the experiences of the day!

Who is this trip for?

This bikepacking adventure is for beginner to advanced level riders. You don’t need to have prior experience in bike packing. In fact it is our GOAL to teach you everything that we know during the week, so that you return home more confident and inspired to take on more long distance cycling challenges in the future!

There are no support vehicles on this trip, however you will have the company of our highly experienced guides who will be there to assist you if needed! The guides will be with you every pedal stroke of the way however we will encourage those who are ready to take on a few hours of cycling alone – it’s great practice for your self navigation, mental toughness and pace making!

Bikepacking Tour Itinerary

This trip consists of 2 travel days, 5 cycling days bikepacking and 6 nights. Scroll down look below at the itinerary below for a more detailed overview of the route and number of km each day!

Accommodation

There is a reason we have named this an adventure! For the first and last night you will be in a hotel, to prepare and aclimatise to the local area. For the middle 3 nights you will be sleeping in your tent. In fact, you might not even need a tent, if the weather is good. That’s called ‘bivvying’ (lost already? Don’t worry, you will learn everything from our highly experienced guides – that’s exactly why we have created this trip).

Cuisine

What would you do on am ultra long distance cycling race? Well this is what we will practice. Some days we will stop at cafes, sometimes at restaurants and sometimes will will stop at supermarkets and prepare food for the tent. You will be amazed at the incredible food it’s possible to create from your sleeping bag!

Gravel – what bike do I need?

This tour is designed specifically for gravel riding. We would highly recommend a gravel bike or a mountain bike. This Traverse Algarve bikepacking adventure is a mixture of small roads and gravel paths (usually 4×4 tracks) so having tyres that can stand up to that is paramount! We can hire gravel bikes for you – just get in touch.

What’s Included?

Airport transfers
5 spectacular days of gravel riding
2 nights of hotel accommodation, 4 nights of tenting or bivvy
Highly experienced guides beside you every pedal stroke of the way
GPX files of all stages in advance
Mechanical assistance
5* service – our promise!

 

Not Included


Flights
Food (this will be a mix of supermarkets, cafes and local restaurants)
Bike Hire

 

Bikepacking Tour Portugal

TRAVERSE ALGARVE Gravel Bikepacking Adventure

Please note this is only an indication as external factors such as available hotels might impact which exact routes are followed. You will receive a detailed itinerary once you have booked.

 

Arrival into Faro Airport, transfer to Loulé

 

We will arrange for you to be taken (with any bikes and luggage you have of course!) from Faro Airport to Loulé.
Should you be arriving into a different airport, we can also arrange transport for you for an extra charge – just get in touch.
On the first night in Loulé you will be staying in a charming hotel in the town centre.

 

 

Loulé – Silves

 

On your first day, you will head straight into the picturesque tracks through orange groves en route to Silves, a striking fortified town on the Rio Arade.

Close to here you will pitch up for the night at a great camping spot chosen by our guides.

 

 

Silves – Benafim

 

The next day will take you into the heart of the Algarve and past the gorgeous Barragem de Funcho, north of Messines.

 

 

 

Benafim to Cortelha

 

Now for some truly memorable riding! The route today will take you along some spectacular ridge lines with views for miles in all directions. Finishing in the heart of the Serra de Caldeirão, famous for it’s cork oak forest and medronho (local firewater – a must-try!).

There are some fantastic local restaurants in this area too – well worth stopping at for either lunch or dinner.

 

 

Cortelha to Tavira

Another breathtaking day of riding as you traverse across towards the south east of the Algarve. We can guarantee you won’t forget the views as you descend towards the coast along some of Europe’s best gravel tracks.

 

 

Tavira to Loulé

Your final day will take you back into Loulé and back to the first hotel you stayed in. What luxury to be able to have a shower and bed at the end of a day of riding!

We will pass through Santa Catarina and Sao Bras, along some lovely winding gravel tracks to finish your traverse of the Algarve.

 

 

 

Departure from Faro Airport

TRAVERSE ALGARVE Bikepacking Adventure Pricing Options Explained

All prices are per person per holiday and vary depending on your group size and room choice.

Single Occupancy Total - €350 per person

With single occupancy you are guaranteed a private room and bathroom in all hotel accommodation that we stay in (in this case, the first and last night). 

Note: If you are travelling alone you must choose this option.

6 nights (2 hotel, 4 camping), 2 travel days and 5 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Twin or Double Room - €300 per person

This option is great for couples or a small group of friends travelling together.

Each 2 people will share a bathroom. We will always try our best to ensure that you get your choice of beds (double or twin).

6 nights (2 hotel, 4 camping), 2 travel days and 5 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Reserve your place

We know the pandemic has made organising travel arrangements  difficult! To help, we only require a small deposit in advance. Full payment is due 1 week prior to the start date.

300,00350,00

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Pay a 20% deposit per item

HAVE A QUESTION? SEND A RESERVATION or QUOTE REQUEST

 

Send us a reservation request below for the TRAVERSE ALGARVE Bikepacking Adventure and one of our friendly team will get back to you within 1 working day to help finalise and plan your trip.

Don’t forget! We create bespoke trips too – anything you would like to add, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we will do our best to make your ideas a reality.

 

 

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FAQ’s

What is your cancellation policy?
You can book in confidence with a very flexible cancellation policy which can be read in detail here.

We strongly recommend that you travel with adequate travel insurance to cover the cost of flight cancellation and holiday cancellation.

 

Am I too slow?

Definitely not! We pride ourselves on providing holidays for all abilities, and we have guides for different fitness levels. Often groups will be divided into three different groups so suit everyone!

Having said that, there are two trips that do require a reasonable level of fitness – the Bikepacking Adventure and the N2 Challenge. Both of these trips have a minimum number of kilometres to complete each day.

Can I hire a gravel bike?

Yes. Just get in touch to let us know exactly what you would like and we will give you a quotation.

I would like to create my own bespoke holiday - can you help?

Of course! We would love to help you put together the perfect cycling holiday for you and your group.

We can assist with:

  • Booking hotels, villas or BnB’s
  • Hiring bikes
  • Plotting cycling routes (road or off-road)
  • Hiring guides
  • Car Hire
  • Booking restaurants
  • Recommending cafes
  • Airport transfers

We charge really reasonable prices for all of the above, making your life as the organiser really easy. Let us know what you have planned and we will help you plan an unforgettable week of cycling in Portugal for you!

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