Portugal Coast Tour

Overview

A great bike holiday in one of Europe’s sunniest regions and along one of its most beautiful coast:

  • Self-guided bike tour by touring bike or trekking bike. E-bikes are available in both ranges
  • 8 days / 7 nights / 6 daily tours
  • The daily tours average 45km and 500 metres of ascent
  • Total distance: 265 km
  • This tour can also be modified for children.
  • Extra days can be booked on request
  • Travel beginning is possible at any date
  • The tour leads on good, unsurfaced tracks or metalled side roads. The routes are predominantly flat to hilly. There are some steep climbs and descents on the last three days

General Itinerary

In summary, the ‘Trans-Algarve’ is 270 km of biking in 6 daily-stages from the Spanish border to the most south-westerly point of Europe, the Cabo de São Vicente lighthouse. You will experience ever changing landscape along the edge of the deep blue Atlantic by first passing beautiful, long, flat, sandy beaches and then a 60 km long nature reserve, with lagoons, waterways and sand dunes with countless water birds.

Further west the beautiful golden cliffs and small sandy bays begin. Finally, you reach the west coast where the sea crashes and foams onto sheer rocks. Yours is also a journey through the developing history of Portugal with many reminders of the time of the explorers and the early Moorish influence. You can look forward to an unforgettable cycling holiday!

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival and taxi (approx. 10 € not incl.) to your hotel in Faro. Welcome, tour information, handing over and adjusting of the bicycles.

DAY 2: Faro Vila Real de S. António by train and on to Tavira – 34 km 260 m ascent

By train to Vila Real de Santo António (incl.), then by bike along the Guadiana river to the sea. You ride through pinewoods, citrus groves and vineyards and pass Cacela Velha, a small town, full of history, with white houses and an old fort. It stands high on top of a sea cliff. Here the Ria Formosa begins, a beautiful nature reserve with 60 km of sandbanks, islands and water channels, stretching as far as Faro and further west.

The dunes provide nesting grounds for countless waterfowl. Large mussel beds alternate with salt flats from which the famous ‘Flor de Sal’ is extracted. You cycle on smooth paths to Tavira, an old town which has kept its character over many centuries. Its buildings tell the story of its historical and commercial development. You won’t want to rush away!

DAY 3: Tavira – Faro – 46 km 270 m ascent

With the Atlantic breeze in your face and on good paths you ride through the fishing village of Santa Luzia and Pedras del Rei to Fuseta. Take a break by the harbour and watch the fishermen in their brightly coloured boats! Then ride on to the large and very busy fishing port of Olhão. As you cycle in, you can stop and explore the large Visitors’ Centre. You will get to know Olhão as you explore the busy harbour and the old town with many small seafood restaurants. Next stop: Faro, capital of the Algarve. Good, well- signed cycle paths take you into the old walled town, rich in history and with many beautifully renovated buildings from the 16th and 18th centuries. You cycle through the town; on past the marina and you will reach your hotel.

DAY 4: Faro – Olhos de Água – 42 km 330 m ascent

Very soon you will be back in the Rio Formosa, nature reserve. You cycle on small paths by the sea – past lagoons with countless wading birds, groups of flamingos and storks, past smart villas, parklands and very attractive golf courses.

You reach an idyllic bay…stay a while! Afterwards you circumnavigate the marina of Vilamoura, with over 800 berths one  of the largest private marina in Portugal, cycle on the port promenade. A small bridge leads to the broad, long white sand beach of Falesia and a gentle ride alongside this beach takes you to Olhos de Água, your next bed for the night.

DAY 5: Albufeira – Portimão – 57 km 700 m ascent

You ride through Albufeira, previously a fishing village, now a busy Algarve tourist resort – and on to Galé, continuing on a long board walk through Salgados, a protected area of dunes, as far as Armação de Pêra. The beautiful chapel of ‘A Nossa Senora da Rocha’ stands on a high sea promontory and is worth a visit.

Here the coastal scenery changes: reddish cliffs falling steeply into the sea and small sandy bays make a beautiful picture. The Alfanzina lighthouse marks the beginning of the deeply indented cliff scenery, where the high waves crash and foam. You cycle along the cliffs by a blue Atlantic as far as the wide mouth of the Rio Arade delta. Very good cycle paths take you along the delta to ‘Praia da Rocha’, a beautiful beach with a backdrop of reddish-brown cliffs.

Day 6: Portimão – Burgau – 48 km 520 m ascent

First you reach the small fishing village of Alvor with its winding streets. Then on to the mouth of the Alvor delta and on down to the sea, to the largest cultivated oyster beds of the Algarve, clearly visible at low tide. You ride along the wide beach of ‘Meia Praia’ and reach Lagos.

Crossing a bridge at the imposing marina, you reach the old town, rich in history. You go along by the old town walls, the former slave market and the ‘Bandeira’ fort and then you reach the ‘Costa d’Oiro’, the most beautiful stretch of the Algarve coast with its strangely shaped golden-yellow rocks, some rising needle-like out of the sea. Then on to Praia da Luz, a quiet seaside resort with an old church and a fortress. After that, only a few pedal rotations to today’s stage end in Burgau, a small village on a beautiful sandy beach.

Day 7: Burgau – Sagres – 44 km 590 m ascent

First, it’s up to a hilltop, along close to the steep cliffs with a marvelous view of the deep blue ocean and the distant coast of Sagres. It leads further down to a secluded bay and then again, a short climb up to another hilltop with a view to the small fisher village Salema, situated by a sandy beach and backed by high cliffs. Afterwards it goes up to the village of Figueiras, and then an undulating route across a steppe-like landscape with a number of megaliths, reminders of settlements here 1,000s of years ago. You pass a small bay with a nice restaurant and come to Raposeira where Henry the Navigator once lived and built a small chapel.

You continue across a high plateau where you can really feel the salty air of the west coast and can see from afar the ‘Cabo de São Vicente’ lighthouse, the most south-westerly point of Europe. Just a short ride and you come to that very place. The lighthouse stands on cliffs high above the raging of the sea. Then you follow a lovely coastal route to Sagres, a place steeped in legend. In the 16th century the nautical college for maritime explorers was to be found here. The greatest Portuguese navigators were educated here and went on to explore the oceans of the world.

Day 8: Departure day. Transfer from your hotel to Faro airport or to another agreed destination in the Algarve (included).

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What is included

  • 7 nights in a 4-star/ 3-star hotel and typical Portuguese Pensions, double room with extended continental breakfast
  • Train travel to Vila Real do St António
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Transfer from Sagres to airport in Faro
  • 6 daily routes
  • Topographic maps at a scale of 1:33’000 with directions and elevation profile
  • Detailed tour description with useful tips and attractions
  • Personal welcome, briefing meeting and hand over of bicycles with careful checking
  • Standard equipment for each bicycle: bottle cages, lock, frame pump, repair kit, tire lever, spare tube, tools and reduction valve for petrol station pump.
  • GPS device, cyclo-computer, pedals SPD or SPD-SL, bike lights, helmet, map holder. In addition for e-bikes: battery and charger
  • 24-hour backup service including weekends and holidays

What is extra

  • Travel insurance as well as medical, disability, life, dismemberment and accidental death insurance.
  • Flight to and from trip destination
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel approx. €15
  • Dinners approx. € 25
  • Guide €150/day
  • Touring Bike, seat and front fork suspension, 21 gears, 26“ or 28“ wheels, rack: €95
  • or
  • Trekking bike, 20 or 27 gears, front fork suspension, disc brakes, 29“ wheels, rack: €110
  • or
  • E-Touring bike, 3 el. levels, 8 gears, 26“ or 29“ wheels, seat and front fork suspension, disc brakes, rack: €150
  • Upgrades, transfers, excursions, additional nights, alterations to the tours, etc.; Please contact us and we will be pleased to advise you!

Rental Information

  • You will be asked to give an identification document at handover of the equipment
  • You will be asked to leave a deposit of 50€ – 150€ depending on the rental value at delivery
  • A legal rental contract will be established for every rental
  • Our outfitter has a liability insurance
  • We offer home delivery and collection service
  • Please contact us for a rental period more than 10 days

Deposit

  • A deposit of USD 400 / CAD 500 / EURO 350 is due at time of registration and is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • Remaining amount: is due 90 days from trip departure date.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that sometimes things happen that make it impossible for you to attend the trip you’ve been looking for so here is our Cancellation and Refund policy:

  • Cancellation requested 180 days (6 months) prior to trip start date = full refund, minus non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellation requested 90-180 days (3-6 months) prior to trip start date = 50% refund, minus non-refundable deposit. This unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant or unless you find a person willing to take your registration.
  • Cancellation requested less than 90 days (3 months) prior to trip start date = no refunds given unless you find a person willing to take your registration.

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Nat’s Adventure Travels will be fully refunded. Nat’s Adventure Travels CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

Nat’s Adventure Travels reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, safety, or other unforeseen incidents.

We strongly encourage participants to purchase Travel Insurance.

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