Authentic Algarve Road Cycling Holiday
Smooth, quiet roads + fabulous landscapes
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AUTHENTIC ALGARVE CYCLING TOUR OVERVIEW
Bike Type: Road
Number of riding days: 6
Tour Type: Guided
Km / day: 90-130km
Elevation gain / day: 700-2000m
Overall Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Loulé Hotel Jardim
Are you looking for a new destination for a cycling tour in 2023? Our Authentic Algarve Cycling Tour could be the one for you.
Escape to the authentic Algarve with us! During this cycling holiday you will experience the very best roads of the Algarve – the hidden gem of Europe for road cycling. Easy coastal riding near Faro, challenging climbing in Monchique and rolling hills of the central Algarve. In April the spring flowers will be in full bloom all around, and the summer warmth starting to approach. In Autumn the fig trees will be full of fruit, and the weather is almost always hot!
Heritage and Culture
This week is not just about the bike… as you cycle, 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. You will leave with a taste of real Portugal – and we know you will want to come back.
You will be staying in the beautiful town of Loulé, Algarve. It is located in the perfect place for cycling, away from the busier coastline (but only an easy 10km away), and right in the heart of the best cycling areas of the central Algarve.
Loulé itself is a charming, traditional Portuguese town. It’s castle, market and small cobbled streets are all popular with tourists and the town has a particular buzz on a Saturday morning when the outdoor fruit and vegetable market is held.
We love to support the local restaurant owners, so you will eat in different hand picked local restaurants each night, most within walking distance of the hotel. By the end of the week 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 can take care of everything.
6 spectacular days of cycling
7 nights high quality accommodation
GPX files of all stage options in advance
Professional drone and GoPro photos of your trip
Civil liability Insurance
5* service – our promise!
Knowledgable and friendly guides with you every pedalstroke of the way
All staff first aid qualified
Support vehicles on longer rides
Lunch and Dinner (although we will book restaurants and eat with you in the evening)
Extras – e.g. jersey, bike hire, single supplement for accommodation
2023 Dates – Ideal for solo cyclists!
In 2023 we have one week available for our Authentic Algarve Road Tour – 22nd – 29th April 2023.
If you are ready to book – you can do so direct below!
Those dates don’t work for you? Send us a quote request for a bespoke tour!
Authentic Algarve Road Cycling Holiday
Please note this is only an indication as external factors such as group ability might impact which exact routes are followed.
Arrival into Faro Airport
We will arrange for you to be taken (with any bikes and luggage you have of course!) from Faro Airpot
Should you be arriving into a different airport, we can also arrange transport for you for an extra charge – just get in touch!
In Loulé you will be staying in a lovely hotel close to the centre. You will have the chance to put your bike together, check in to your room, and explore the local area before getting together in the evening to share dinner together at a local restaurant.
Introductory Cycle – 30-50km
The first day your group can enjoy a great breakfast at the hotel, followed by an easy ride into the surrounding countryside.
The goal of the day is to get to know the local area as well as catching up (or getting to know!) with the group you are holidaying with. We will eat lunch in one of the many great value local cafés whilst on the bike. You can’t miss out on the traditional Portuguese ’pastel de nata’ with a coffee either!
We will eat dinner together each evening in one of Loulés local restaurants, walking distance from the hotel.
Tavira – 120km
Todays route will take you down to some of the eastern Algarve’s most spectacular beaches. One of these is Cacela Velha, a stunning traditional village overlooking the sea. Lunch will be in Tavira, a charming seaside town – we would highly recommend one of the many fish restaurants there! Again, we will eat dinner together in one of Loulés local restaurants, walking distance from the hotel.
Cachopo / Santa Catarina – 100-130km
This is another spectacular day in the best of the Algarve hills. Some of this route is newly tarmacked, and with the scarcity of cars in the area, fabulous views and great company you can’t help but love this route!
We will stop in Santa Catarina for a coffee and some of the best pastries in the Algarve on this ride too.
Malhão – 80-100km
Today it’s time to put the legs to the test once more – to attack one of the famous climbs in the region – Malhão! This climb is used each year as the final stage finish for the Vola ao Algarve, a World Tour Race that takes place every February.
After the climb you will be rewarded by the most local café imaginable, and some unforgettable views over the surrounding “Serra de Caldeirão”.
Vilamoura / Quarteira – 60km
Time for an easier day! After a restful morning, we will enjoy a casual spin towards Vilamoura and Quarteira to have an ice cream at Vilamoura Marina.
The afternoon is free time – sit by the pool, explore Loulé town or have a siesta!
As usual, we will reconvene in the evening for dinner.
Alte / Barranco do Velho – 80-120km
This is a great option for the final day, we will take you into the heart of the “real Algarve”- traditional villages and quiet, perfectly smooth roads.
We will enjoy a fantastic typical lunch in one of the restaurants in the “Serra” (hills) before winding back down towards Loulé.
Time for a last meal all together before heading home!
We will arrange a transfer to take you and your luggage to Faro Airport. Until next time!
GROUP CYCLING TOURS
Have you been tasked with finding a club trip for 2023? We can organise many different types of cycling tour to suit you.
Club pricing can start as low as €925 per person with dinner, support vehicles, guiding and accommodation included. We can suggest the dates below, but also will try and work around your requirements in terms of flight availability. Contact us using the form below to get the ball rolling and we will take care of everything!
SEND A RESERVATION or QUOTE REQUEST
Send us a reservation request below for the Authentic Algarve Road Cycling Tour 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 for small groups or clubs 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.
Liked the sound of our Authentic Algarve Road Cycling Tour? You might also be interested in our other cycling holidays in Portugal…
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€925,00 – €1.275,00
Alentejo Gravel Bikepacking Holiday
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Volta ao Algarve Road Cycling Holiday
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€775,00 – €1.275,00
738km North to South N2 Cycling Tour
For the challenge-seekers! 738km from the North of Portugal to the South on one single road – the N2. Tick off this bucket-list cycling trip with us in 2023.
€1.450,00 – €1.800,00
Is it possible to do the N2 in fewer or more days?
Can I hire a bike?
Yes. Just get in touch to let us know exactly what you would like (road, e-bike or hybrid) and we will give you a quotation.
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.
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!
What is your cancellation policy?
We strongly recommend that you travel with adequate travel insurance to cover the cost of flight cancellation and holiday cancellation.