Bike typeMountain or E-bike
Daily distance 40km to 66km
Daily altimetry 400m to 1000m
- The Tour
- Description summary:
- What's included:
The Ecovia do Litoral connects Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres, on a journey where you'll discover the natural beauties and peaceful areas of the Algarve, steering away from the crowd and immersing yourself in a rural and scenic bike touring adventure.
This route integrates the EuroVelo1, and is implemented using existing bike paths, low traffic roads and macadam trails and which will lead you by magnificent landscapes along the Algarve coastline.
Along the route, you'll experience the most beautiful postcards of the Algarve and marvel at the majestic cliffs that provide a breathtaking view of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
In this Bike Tour in the Algarve, you'll discover Portugal's coastline through the most stunning trails split in 5 stages where you'll get to experience our country's origins, from it's the Arabic past to the age of the Navigators.
Availability: All year long
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Suitable for: Touring or E-bike
Level: Beginner to to Intermediate riders
Ride type: 5 riding days, from 45 to 60km per day, a total of 245km
Day 1 – Arrival at Faro airport and transfer to Sagres village, located on the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the caravel in the XV Century and discovered new worlds. The transfer to Sagres leave at 3pm (if you prefer the transfer at other time please contact us). The transfer to Sagres takes approx. 1h. Upon your arrival at the hotel, our staff will make a brief introduction and briefing of your travel and will give you all the necessary support documentation and hand you the bikes.
Day 2 - Sagres - Lagos 45kms / 28mi
After a delicious and relaxing breakfast with a glorious view over the sea start this day stage towards north to Vila do Bispo, village where the famous conquer Vasco da Gama lived. It is one the few places in the Algarve where the wild nature blended with the historic and cultural heritage remains intact. Cycling southern toward the coastline again you will pass small traditional villages as Figueira, Burgau and Aldeia da Luz, through the narrow roads in the small and very typical country side villages that you’ll pass and their distinctive architecture and painting – white washed houses with bands of color around the windows and doors. Just before you arrive in Lagos don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Ponta da Piedade, of the Algarve famous postcards.
Day 3 - Lagos - Armação de Pêra 60kms / 37.5mi
If you enjoyed the city of Lagos, one of the most preserved traditional cities of the Algarve, you will definitely be amazed about what’s to come! In this day you start cycling close to the golden sand beach of Meia Praia and then along the Alvor bay to reach the famous Praia da Rocha. Then you briefly enter in Portimão city following the Arade river. Crossing to the other side of the river you will find Ferragudo an ancient small fishing village full of histories to tell. Take some time to taste the fresh fish or seafood just catch early in the morning before you proceed. Just a few miles away you will pass by Lagoa, land of wine and traditions. Cycling towards the coastline again you will pass by Senhora da Rocha, another famous postcard of the region.
Day 4 – Armação de Pêra - Faro - 55kms / 38mi
Start the day with panoramic views over the Albufeira touristic city and it’s passionate coast. In this stage you will cycle along the central area of the Algarve and will be noticeable how the landscape changes as you pass from the barlavento to the sotavento area of the Algarve. The cliffs are replaced by extensive sand beaches as you get to Vilamoura. As Albufeira this is a famous summer destination and passing by the Marina you will clearly understand why it is..
Just beside Vilamoura you will find Quarteira, not so exquisite but it has a long lovely boardwalk by the sea. Don’t miss the local typical fish market every morning.
Proceeding along the coastline it’s time to pass by the most luxurious area of the Algarve, Vale do Logo and then Quinta do Lago. Arriving the lake you will meet your “new travel partner “, the Ria Formosa. In an amazing scenery, you will keep riding until you arrive in Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Once in Faro, the capital of the Algarve, ride around the charming cobblestone streets and see the Arco da Vila.
Day 5 - Faro - Tavira - 47kms / 29mi
Leaving Faro you´ll cycle through the unspoiled coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages to your next destination, Tavira. As you ride the natural park of Ria Formosa and its wonderful colors, discover why it was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal with its abundant wildlife. Last stop of the day is Tavira, a town sometimes called the 'Venice of the Algarve' after its location that straddles the River Gilão. Rich in history, you will find Roman bridges, Renaissance churches, and historical monuments.
Overnight at Tavira.
Day 6 - Tavira - Vila Real de Santo António (Monte Gordo) - 47kms / 29mi
The last cycling day will be special! An outstanding scenery with a lovely natural beauty but also with an impressive cultural and historical heritage. Leaving the city of Tavira by the salt production fields in the Ria Formosa you will pass by a small traditional village called Cabanas de Tavira. Then you will arrive at most stunning place of this travel, Cacela Velha. An historical place located over one of the world’s most beautiful beach Proceeding your ride you will pass by the villages of Manta Rota and Altura, very popular in summertime before you ride north to the Castro Marim nature reserve. Cycle along the beauty scenery and then arrive in Vila Real de Santo António where the Guadiana river is the natural boarder between Portugal and Spain. Just 2 miles away and again by the sea you will arrive at your final destination Monte Gordo.
Overnight at Monte Gordo.
Day 7 – Departure
After your breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the Algarve.
The van transfer toFaro Airport is scheduled at 10AM ( contact us if you require any other timing)
- 6 nights of accommodation and breakfast at local B&B's in shared double accommodation (half board available upon request);
- Airport transfers from Faro, on 1st and departure day;
- Private briefing and bike fitupon your arrival;
- Road book with suggestions of restaurants and attractions during your tour;
- 1 Garmin GPS with previously loaded tracks, adapted to your riding experience (1 GPS per group);
- Bike helmet and other gear (tire levers, spares, air pump);
- 24hour remote assistance with our local crew;
- Rear rack and 2X 20L waterproof saddle bags for you to carry your luggage on all bikes;
- Ride insurance (for accidents only);
660 EUR per person (minimum booking of 2 pax)
Single supplement: 250EUR/guest
High season supplement ( from June to September): 100EUR/guest
- Mountain or touring bike rental for 7 days: 100EUR per bike/person;
- E-bike supplement: 7 day e-bike rental: 200EUR per bike/person;
- Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, from Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres: 330EUR, for a group of up to 4 guests;
Private guide, riding with the group during the tour, providing mechanical support ( for the whole group): 1500EUR
Yes, you can, as these are private self-guide tours, for you and your group only. Subject to availability.
How many people are required to book?
We accept bookings for a minimum of 2 guests on our self-guided bike tours.
Do you require downpayment? When is the total payment due?
We require a downpayment of 50% of the value of the tour upon booking. The remaining value us due 30 days before the start date of your tour.
What are the accepted payment methods?
We accept payment via Paypal and any other major credit/debit cards. Payment for all tours and rentals are made entirely upon booking, and online
What's the correct bike size for me?
Check out our bike size guide in the following link.
What's your cancellation policy for bike tours?
If you need to cancel or change your bike tour to unexpected circumstances, our cancellation policy follows below:
- Bike tour cancellation requested 120 days before tour:
100% of the value payed is refunded;
- Bike tour cancellation requested between 119 to 90 days:
60% of the value payed is refunded;
- Bike tour cancellation requested between 89 to 30 days:
50% of the value payed is refunded;
- Bike tour cancellation requested 29 days, or less, before the tour: