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Portugal - The Algarve Coastal Cycle

Portugal - The Algarve Coastal Cycle

Degree of difficulty - A

We have put together a comprehensive cycling package to enable you to get the most out of the new Algarve Coastal Cycle Route called Ecovia do Litoral.

The Ecovia do litoral is a new dedicated cycle route in Portugal that links Cabo de S. Vicente (Sagres) in the west to Vila Real de S. Antonio on the Spanish border.   This new cycle route combines trails in nature protection areas with linking stretches on traffic calmed or car-free routes. With a total of 240 km, the Ecovia do Litoral runs across 12 Algarve municipalities and is designed to provide you with four moderately challenging days of cycling.

The tour starts with a transfer from Faro airport to Vila Real de San Antonio. This is a quaint old town on the edge of the Guadiana river just inside the Portuguese side of the boarder with Spain.   Following a well marked route accompanied by route notes,  you head west passing through unspoilt coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages.   The route also takes in the more well known resorts of Albufeira and Praia do Rocha.  The final day of the tour takes you through some dramatic and interesting scenery and on to the southern most point of Europe, Cabo de S.Vincente.  You have a chance to explore the nearby town of Sagres with its ancient fort and sights of historical interest, before we collect you and bring you back to the town of Boliqueime for a final night on the tour.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers

Day 1 – Arrival at Faro Airport
Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will collect you and equip you with your bicycle for the tour. Then we will transport you and your bicycles over to Vila Real de Santo António for your first night.

Day 2 – Villa Real to Tavira 31km/214m elevation gain
Following a well marked route, with supplied maps, you will cycle west towards Tavira, a charming old fishing town that has been around since Roman times, your destination for this day’s cycling.

Day 3 – Tavira to Olhão 31 km/182m elevation gain
Today’s ride continues west towards Olhão and passes through unspoilt coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages. Your destination in Olhão is a charming little hotel set right in the heart of the old fishing town, renowned for its moorish style architecture.

Day 4 – Olhão to Villamoura 40km/270m elevation gain
Your third day on the Algarve Coastal Cycle Route takes you through the regional centre of Faro and onwards past the prestigious golf resorts and the seafront at Quarteira, to your overnight stay in Vilamoura, with its marina full of luxury yachts and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Day 5 – Villamoura to Praia da Rocha 55km/494m elevation gain
Another interesting day’s cycling through the popular resort of Albufeira and inland through the traditional old town of Lagoa, then on to Portimão and Praia da Rocha. Here you will stay in a charming hotel next to the old fort on the sea front.

Day 6 – Praia da Rocha to Praia de Luz 39km/353m elevation gain
Today you head through the fishing village of Alvor, towards bustling Lagos, a likely stop-over for lunch. From here you leave town along the old coastal road towards the popular coastal resort of Praia da Luz. There are lots of cafés and shops along the promenade and often market stalls and artists displaying their work, so it’s worth getting here in time to explore.

Day 7 – Praia da Luz to Cabo de Sao Vincent 39km/570 elevation gain
Your final day of the cycling tour takes you through some dramatic and interesting scenery and on to the southernmost point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente. The nearby town of Sagres with its ancient fort and sights of historical interest, provide plenty of opportunities to explore. We collect you and return you to a quaint hotel, set in a quiet square in the heart of the old market town of Loulé. Loulé is an explorer’s haven, with its narrow cobbled streets leading off the central Avenida, tiny shops and hidden away bars and restaurants.

Day 8 – Departure
After breakfast, we will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.


January, February,                          €880 per person sharing
Prices for March                             €900 per person sharing
Prices for April                                €1000 per person sharing
Prices for May & October               €1055 per person sharing
Prices for June                                €1115 per person sharing
Prices for July                                 €1235 per person sharing
Prices for August                            €1315 per person sharing
Prices for September                      €1235 per person sharing
Prices for November & December  €895 per person sharing 

Single occupancy and solo tour on request.

Tour Includes

- 7 Overnight in hotel/apartment type
- All breakfasts
- Maps and route details
- Cycle hire
- Luggage transfers
- Phone helpline
- Airport transfers from/to Faro airport

Self Guided Tour Information


Below are impressions of accommodation we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day 1 VRSA Hotel Apolo Day 1 VRSA Hotel Apolo1 Day 1 VRSA Hotel Apolo2


Day 2 Tavira Residencial Mares Day 2 Tavira Residencial Mares1 Day 2 Tavira Residencial Mares2


Day 3 Olhao Real Marina Day 3 Olhao Real Marina1 Day 3 Olhao Real Marina2


Day 4 Vilamoura Dom pedro Golf Day 4 Vilamoura Dom pedro Golf1 Day 4 Vilamoura Dom pedro Golf2


Day 5 Praia da Rocha Vila Lido Day 5 Praia da Rocha Vila Lido1 Day 5 Praia da Rocha Vila Lido2


Day 6 Praia da Lux Belavista Day 6 Praia da Lux Belavista1 Day 6 Praia da Lux Belavista2


Day 7 Loule Jardim Day 7 Loule Jardim1 Day 7 Loule Jardim2


How to get to the start point for both tours: 

For this route fly to Faro airport and we will organise airport collection.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We loved the itinerary and the countryside. Having cycled on our own or with groups in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, we found that Portugal stands up to any other destination in terms of beauty and tranquillity. The hotels were very nice. Vila Lido in Praia da Rocha, for example, was a true haven.
Above all, we were grateful for the organization with which you attended to us as we planned the trip. To correspond with such competent professionals only builds confidence.

Karl Klotz (Algarve Tour, 2017)

We loved our cycling trip in Algarve. It was everything we wanted and more! It was so lovely to get up every morning and have the day's decisions taken care of - all we have to do was enjoy it. We have been recommending the trip and Cycling Safaris to all our friends. All the arrangements worked super smoothly - we really appreciated the extra attention to our needs. 

Christa and Thomas (Algarve Coastal self led April 2016)

We had a good trip, which we could best describe as something of an adventure holiday. A memorable holiday nonetheless, and we would certainly consider a cycling holiday again.
Lovely mix and choice of hotels, bikes very suited to the terrain, and all connections and pick up arrangements went like clockwork... The supply of cycling shirts, and water bottles, the latter essential, was very welcome.

Colm Madigan (Algarve Coast 2015)

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