Algarve Coast and Countryside Self-Guided Cycling

Start: Portugal Finish: Algarve

Visiting: Algarve


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1857

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Tour Overview

The western Algarve, a land away from the touristy towns of the central coast, is an area of stunning cliff tops, quiet fishermen's villages and lush green interior. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise and whilst autumn and spring bring in the huge migrations, winter sees numerous endemic bird species. Winter is more akin to springtime in the UK, meaning you can enjoy the warm temperatures and beautiful beaches of the Algarve from October right through to May.

Highlights

  • iconSuperb variety of hotels, all with pools and great regional cuisine
  • iconVisit Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe's most south-westerly point known as the 'Sacred Promontory'
  • iconBird-spotter's paradise; endemic and migratory species from Europe and North Africa
  • iconPeaceful cycle routes; contrasting coast and the lush green interior
  • iconFaro, Sagres and Lagos - beautiful coastal towns with a rich maritime history

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : ARRIVE AT FARO

Meals: breakfast

Arrive into the waterfront city of Faro. Dine out this evening (payable locally) either at the hotel or from a plethora of options available to you. *Staying at Hotel Faro. *

icon Day 2 : Faro to Sagres

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Explore the walled Old Town, marina, restaurants and bars or take a boat trip around the lagoons of the Ria Formosa National Park. Later, transfer to the wonderful coastal town of Sagres in time for dinner at the hotel. *Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira. *

icon Day 3 : SAGRES TO LAGOS

Meals: breakfast, dinner

From Sagres head inland, mostly following the Ecovia, a national cycle trail. Pass shepherds tending their flocks before meeting the coast again in time for lunch. The villages of Salema, Burgau and Luz have great sandy beaches and offer rustic restaurants with al fresco dining; grilled fresh fish with zesty lemon is a favourite dish. You end the day at Lagos and your wonderfully atmospheric 4-star hotel.*Staying at Costa d'Oiro. *

icon Day 4 : AT LAGOS

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Lagos is encircled by 14th century walls - the stone work and architecture you'll find hidden within these is a delight. Ornate churches date from the 13th century, and tangled cobbled lanes lead to new discoveries around every corner. Visit the new marina and the lively fish market (held daily), and join the locals for coffee in one of the many bars. Popular coastal walks lead to Ponte da Piedade lighthouse and from Porto de Mos to Luz, both offering outstanding sea views.*Staying at Costa d'Oiro. *

icon Day 5 : LAGOS TO PEDRALVA

Meals: breakfast, dinner

You have a choice of routes today, with both taking you along the promenade at Lagos, before heading inland to Odiaxere where you can choose a shorter option that has fewer climbs and takes you through lovely villages on winding roads, giving you a real insight into local life. The longer route takes you past the beautiful Bravura reservoir and pretty alpine-like hamlets and meadows, meeting the coast in picturesque Carrapateira. Then it's on to Pedralva, a village where each house has been restored to create individual hotel rooms. *Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva. * Optional shorter ride: Distance 42km/26.5mi.  

icon Day 6 : AT PEDRALVA

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Aldeia da Pedralva is a wonderful rural retreat and you could easily spend the day relaxing in the village. If you fancy doing more you can follow one of our routes taking you out along the cliff tops with great views of the coast, or return to Carrapateira to visit the Land and Sea Museum and have a leisurely lunch.*Staying at Aldeia da Pedralva. *

icon Day 7 : PEDRALVA TO SAGRES

Meals: breakfast

There's two options today but both routes are fairly short allowing you time to visit the lighthouse at Cabo de Sao Vicente and Sagres Fortress, built by Henry the Navigator. The longer route is on off-road tracks passing holm oak forests. Both routes give great views of the Serra de Monchique passing through Vila do Bispo, a nice lunch stop with its beautiful 17th century church. From Vila do Bispo head out across the Vicente peninsula to Cabo de Sao Vicente and the southwestern tip of Europe before following the coast road back to Sagres. *Staying at Hotel Memmo Baleeira. * Alternative ride: Distance 29km/18.5mi.  

icon Day 8 : LEAVE SAGRES

Meals: breakfast

LEAVE SAGRES

What's Included

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    Luggage transfers between hotels

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    All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals

What's Not Included

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    Single supplements

Food

All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals. The local speciality from the sea is the Barnacle Perceve, this is not taken from the bottom of boats but the bottom of submerged local cliffs, it is harvested by hand using a dangerous and traditional method, which involves one of the two collectors dangling by a rope from the top of the cliffs! They are a bit of a delicacy not too dissimilar to mussels. Away from the sea the dried hams, salamis and chourico are as good as anything that Spain or Italy can produce. The strange sounding bread sausage Alheira is very good, invented by the Portuguese Jews during the Inquisition to avoid persecution, bread and non-pork products are used. Good quality meat is also on the menu, beef and pork are of a high quality and lamb in season is superb. Vegetables are plentiful and with big harvests of almonds and oranges, fruits are in good supply alongside another local vegetable, the sweet potato. The Algarve’s other surprise is the quality of cheese; from mild to strong using cow, goat or sheep milk there is a great range of cheeses for all tastes, Queijo de Cabra do Algarve, is a particular favourite.

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Dates & Availability

Sunday May 09, 2021

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7

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$1856.71

Tuesday May 11, 2021

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7

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8

$1856.71

Thursday May 13, 2021

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7

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8

$1856.71

Saturday May 15, 2021

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8

$1856.71

Monday May 17, 2021

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8

$1856.71

Wednesday May 19, 2021

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8

$1856.71

Friday May 21, 2021

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8

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Sunday May 23, 2021

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7

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8

$1856.71