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8 Days Authentic Algarve Bike Tour in Portugal
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Hotel D'Alcoutim, Avenida de Espanha 43, 8970-064 Alcoutim, Faro District, Algarve, Portugal

Authentic Bike Tour Portugal

Join Transguadiana Travel Agency for a relaxed cycling holiday, taking you from the sunniest coast of the Algarve through historic towns and authentic villages to the wild frontier of the Guadiana River. Cycle along quiet back roads lined by orange, fig, olive, and carob trees and passing through pretty villages and historic towns, with plenty of time out of the saddle to explore, eat, drink, and relax. Water is the common element here - the tracks are never far from the sea, a lake, a stream or the river. Appreciate the beauty of Algarve and explore the region on this journey in Portugal!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Quiet back roads
  • Starts in: Alcoutim
  • Ends in: Vila Real de Santo António
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 112 miles / 181 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike (75 EUR)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 150 EUR
  • 2 - 16 participants

Highlights

  • 5 days of cycling
  • Cycling along the Great Guadiana Route
  • Biking to unspoiled beaches with warm water
  • Riding through unspoiled fields full of birds and flowers
  • Passing through towns with rich historical heritage
  • Luggage transfers and local backup service
  • Maps and descriptions of the area
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$73 per person)
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Accommodation

You will stay at small, comfortable and charming hotels that are owned by local families that will welcome you with open arms.

Program

Beyond the package holidays and packed beaches, tucked away from the tourist traps and frenetic resort towns, the Great Guadiana Route is the Algarve's best-kept secret. This is really where the old Portuguese way of life is being retained.

The common denominator here, for locals and tourists, is the ability to slow down and appreciate the good life. It also helps that the region has the best cycling weather in Portugal, even in autumn and winter. This is the authentic eastern Algarve of salt pans and migrating birds, of small towns and villages, of characterful fishing ports, of sunny unspoiled beaches and dunes, of fragrant orchards, and forests that all share something very unique: the magnificent and wild Guadiana River frontier with Spain. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Alcoutim

Arrive at the first base of your tour, the pretty and historic medieval town of Alcoutim which was part of the defensive line on the border with Spain.

Day 2: Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana (19 miles / 31 kilometers)

The route explores the cultural heritage of the beautiful castles in Alcoutim and its Spanish neighbor Sanlúcar de Guadiana, just across the river. Take your bike with you and explore the secret smugglers' trail with amazing points of view.

Day 3: Alcoutim (21 miles / 34 kilometers)

Your route will take you on a panoramic ride of the Alcoutim area, through beautiful fields and forests full of flowers.

Day 4: Castro Marim (28 miles / 45 kilometers)

You will ride to your second base of the tour, the quiet and historic medieval town of Castro Marim. Is this really the Algarve you say? It reminds Transguadiana Travel Agency of the Douro without the vineyards, but with so many yachts and it's warm!

Day 5: Rest day

You can rest today and take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Guadiana River.

Day 6: Lake district (23 miles / 37 kilometers)

The route will take you through quiet back roads lined by orange, fig, olive, and carob trees to the picturesque lake district.

Day 7: Castro Marim - Vila Real de Santo António (21 miles / 34 kilometers)

The last ride will take you from historic Castro Marim to the charming eighteenth-century town of Vila Real de Santo António along spectacular tracks hugging the coastline to amazing beaches in the nature reserve.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, travel to Faro Airport (FAO) for your flight back home.

Location

This tour will take you to Alcoutim, Castro Marim, and Vila Real de Santo António in Algarve, Portugal. You can also visit Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Spain.

Food

During the tour, breakfasts will be provided for you. You can try the local cafes and restaurants on Transguadiana Travel Agency's recommended list for delicious seafood and meat dishes. Don't forget the unique cakes and desserts that are inspired by the local fruit. The taste and quality are amazing because everything is cooked fresh and sourced at the local farms that use traditional and organic farming techniques.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching opportunities are available every day, bring your binoculars and camera!
  • There is a very unique spa in the salt pans that is open from March to October.
  • Try all the different dishes, desserts, and wine of the region - all available at great prices.

What's included

  • 5 days of cycling
  • Maps and descriptions of the area
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local backup service
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts

What's not included

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Other meals besides breakfast

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$73 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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