14+
Age
All Year
Dates
3 to 4 hours
Duration
Novice to Advanced
Physicality
Algarve
Destination

The ideal way to see the hidden beauty of the Algarve is by bike and we offer a wide variety of options, from easy going family tours, to more intensive biking for experienced cyclers!

(Tuesdays) Quinta do Lago – Praia de Faro Tour

The ideal way to see the hidden beauty of the Algarve is by bike and this is one of our most popular tours.

Highlights

From the luxury and glamour that is Quinta do Lago to the salt flats and the local charm of the Praia de Faro. This is a fantastic healthy way to spend a morning. We will cycle at a pace to suit you, mainly along quiet roads and dirt tracks, and we have bikes and helmets available. All you need to do is turn up and pedal.

You and your bikes will be transported to the exclusive residential estate of Quinta do Lago, from where we set off for a morning of gentle cycling. Skirting the edge of the award-winning golf course, with views across the lagoon to the dunes and Atlantic ocean beyond, it is not long before we enter the famous Ria Formosa National Park. This is a UNESCO heritage site situated on low lying coastline amidst a maze of lagoons, channels, salt marshes and islands. It is home to an abundant array of wildlife and over 30,000 birds stop off here on their journey from Europe to East Africa. You can often spot kingfishers, hoopoes, bee-eaters, egrets, blue magpies and many other species.

Cycling through pine woodland, surrounded by freshwater lakes and salt marshes, we come across some fish salting tanks, which date back to Roman times. Then we continue along the salt marshes, admiring the vegetation and hopefully spotting the odd turtle basking in the sun, before reaching the salt pans which are a thriving local industry.

Continuing our journey, we find ourselves at the back of Faro Airport which, surprisingly, opens up to more beautiful scenery, and is home to the University Marine Project. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the hills that provide a backdrop to the Algarve and, if you’re lucky, you will be treated to the sight of flamingos as they land on the freshwater lakes just next to the cycling track. So keep your cameras handy!

From here we cross over to the Praia de Faro (Faro Beach). This is a large strip of land which is joined by a single lane bridge and is host to a plethora of authentic Portuguese cafes and fish restaurants. On the far side is a long sweep of beautiful sand, whilst on the nearside is a more sheltered lagoon. This is where the locals from Faro come to sunbathe and is bustling throughout the summer months. It is also home to many traditional fishermen’s cottages which are accessed by a boardwalk. We stop for a coffee here and you can treat yourself to a homemade Pastel de Nata (local cake) or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice from locally grown fruit.

Suitably refreshed, we head back along the dyke towards Quinta do Lago. This is a popular walking and jogging route and provides another chance to enjoy the inland and coastal views and spot more wildlife and dune vegetation. We take a slight detour through the immaculate, landscaped residential estate – where the rich and famous holiday – before arriving back at the lake and transportation back to your hotel and a well-earned rest or dip in the pool.

Price €50 per person
Availability Tuesdays
Duration 3-4hr
Level of experience This tour is appropriate for novice/intermediate riders.
Included Quality bike and equipment hire
Cycling mainly on dirt tracks and traffic -calmed roads
Collection from your accommodation in the central Algarve region (Albufeira)Cafe stop in Praia do Faro
Insurance.
Not included Water and sun cream, which we recommend that you bring along.
Meeting place  Albufeira

(Thursdays) Moncarapacho – Tavira Tour

This is a stunning tour which gives you the opportunity to see a little of the ‘real’, unspoilt Eastern Algarve.

Highlights

We start in the unhurried horticultural town of Moncarapacho, with cobbled streets, traditional houses and a pink, arabic-style police station! We head out through the cultivated fields along a dirt track to join quiet, largely traffic free roads. Passing through sleepy Algarvean villages and scenic countryside, where time seems to have stood still, it is hard to believe we are still in the heart of Portugal’s most popular tourist destination.

We climb steadily into a stunning area of pine covered hills and valleys abundant with orange trees (which form a natural barrier to the all too common summer fires in this area). We then follow the path of the river as it winds its way through the hills along tree-shaded roads and down into Tavira, one of the prettiest towns on the Algarve coast. Tavira is home to a castle, an old Roman bridge and a wealth of traditional architectural styles; it’s the perfect spot for a well earned café break, next to the band stand, where music is often played in the summer months.

After a coffee and a cake (optional!), we leave Tavira by another dirt track which keeps us away from the main road. This is a lovely shortcut to the beautiful village of Santa Luzia, famous for its Octopus fishing . We pass through Pedras del Rei, where we may spot the little train that takes sunbathers to the expansive beach of Barril and the old tuna fishing village.

From here we join the Ecovia Litoral (a dedicated cycling path that spans across the Algarve from East to West). We are now in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a UNESCO heritage site situated on low lying coastline amidst a maze of lagoons, channels, salt marshes and islands. It is home to an abundant array of wildlife and over 30,000 birds stop off here on their journey from Europe to East Africa. You can often

spot kingfishers, hoopoes, bee-eaters, egrets, blue magpies and many other species. The views across the salt flats, (where salt is still cultivated using traditional methods), are simply breathtaking. It is a gentle, flat ride along the coast and we can enjoy the cooling sea breeze coming from the Atlantic ocean.

Finally, we head inland again, along quiet country lanes and take a shortcut along a dirt track back into Moncarapacho and our starting point.

This is a ride of approximately 41kms, but we take it at an easy pace and, though there is a gentle climb during the first half of the route, the remainder is mostly downhill and flat. The terrain is easy to negotiate, so it is suitable for most riders. It lasts for approximately 4 hours (including cafe break and water stops).

Price €50 per person
Availability Thursdays
Duration 4hrs
Level of Experience Intermediate
Included Quality bike and equipment hire
Cycling mainly on a mixture of dirt tracks and traffic-calmed roads Collection from your accommodation in the central Algarve region Cafe stop in Tavira
Insurance.
Not included Water and sun screen, which we recommend that you bring along.
Meeting place Albufeira

(Fridays) Albufeira Coast and Country Tour

There is a lot more to the Albufeira region than meets the eye and this is a tour of many contrasts.

Highlights

This tour starts at Ribeira Parque (the old bus station) in Albufeira old town. We are soon into quiet, unspoilt countryside, passing Sir Cliff Richard’s famous vineyards in Guia, and along pleasant country lanes to the coast.

Passing by the Salgados Lagoon, we should see a variety of birdlife and maybe a turtle or two swimming in the lakes. Our ride here is along specially constructed boardwalks, which makes for easy cycling. With the high rise resort of Armação de Pera in the background to the west, and the traditional old town of Pera nearby, we continue east through the golf resort of Salgados, finding more cyclable boardwalks as we continue east along the coast with lovely views down to some great beaches.

As the coast gets rockier we stay a little inland away from the cliff edge and then cruise down to the colourful new marina on the edge of Albufeira . Through the Marina and onwards up a small hill, we can now see the spectacular main beach of Albufeira. Carefully navigating a few narrow cobbled streets of the old Town, we are soon back at our starting point by the old bus station.

Price €50 per person
Availability Fridays
Duration 3-4hr
Level of experience Intermediate riders.
Included Quality bike and equipment hire,
Cycling mainly on a mixture of dirt tracks and quiet roadsCollection from your accommodation in the central Algarve region

Cafe stop by the beach

Insurance.

Not included Water and sun cream, which we recommend that you bring along.
Meeting place  Albufeira

Highlights

It’s an ideal tour for fit and competent mountain bikers who want to go that bit further. We head out to the so-called Barrocal area, where there is an abundance of technical trails and we can tackle as many hills as we want. Our regular 40 km tour has a bit of both, but there are many options to extend or adapt this interesting and challenging ride.

Starting in Albufeira we head North to the villages of Ferreiras and Cerro d’Ouro, where we soon encounter the Quarteira river valley. The valley’s southern location and steep hill sides protect it from forest fires and agriculture, preserving its lush vegetation which can be fully enjoyed as we cruise along the single tracks on both sides of the river.

This route treats us to a few surprises, too, such as an old Roman bridge, still pretty much intact, and Paderne’s castle from Moorish times. The hill top castle is a classic example of the Moorish Taipa building method using the local clay, but bikers may be more interested in the climb to get there or, even better, the technical descent to the river and Paderne itself for a well-earned break.

North of Paderne, one arm of the Quarteira river is known as the Algibre coming in from the hills around the market town of Loulé. This region makes for great biking with extensive single tracks, surrounded by nature, that can only accessed by enthusiastic bikers and the occasional farmer or hiker.

As we eventually make our way back to Albufeira, the western loop to Aldeia dos Matos and Tunes includes some surprising rocky trails through orange grooves and pine forests, as well as the last hill climbs of the day, which will leave us feeling satisfied with our efforts!

Price €50 per person
Availability Wednesdays
Duration 4 hours
Level of experience Intermediate and Advanced
Included Quality bike and equipment hire

Cycling mainly on a mixture of dirt tracks and quiet roads

Collection from your accommodation in the central Algarve region

Cafe stop by the beach

Insurance.

Not included Water, sun cream and energy gel/bar, which we recommend that you bring along.
Meeting point Albufeira

This tour starts in the traditional old village of Paderne, a well know centre for hiking and Biking, with many trails available. Heading out of the village, we are soon onto some quiet trails passing by vineyards and varied agricultural land where time appears to have stood still for years . There are many orange and lemon groves in this area and we can cycle past many of these, taking in the scent of the orange blossom as we pass by . Cycling mainly on tracks or the occasional quiet road , this are is so peaceful its unlikely that we will meet much traffic along the way .

Our cafe destination on this ride is the quaint hillside village of Alte and there will be a few hills on the way there, but worth it for the views back to the coast or beyond . A coffee and Pastel de Nata ( Portuguese custard tart )  awaits in Alte and we will have the time to cycle around the village a little and visit the Fontes where the stream is dammed in summer to create a local swimming pool .

Heading back in the direction of Paderne we have some climbing to do to reach the abandoned village of Rocha Amarela , abandoned in the late 1960s with the introduction of tourism into the Algarve, many of the previous inhabitants gave up on their rural existence and sought work and money in the tourism industry on the coast . Many of the houses in the village remain intact, though without regular care they are starting to deteriorate and fall apart. The village is in a very tranquil setting near the top of the hill and gives some insight into the rural lifestyle of a bygone era. The ride down offers some splendid views as well as some challenging tracks, before we meander our way back to the starting point back in the village of Paderne .

This tour offers some of the most scenic and varied landscapes in the Algarve and is a tour that can be enjoyed by all intermediate and more advanced bikers alike

Price
€50 per person
Availability Thursdays
Level of experience Intermediate and Advanced
Included Quality mountain bike and equipment hire

Collection and transfer back to accommodation in the Central Algarve

Cafe stop in Alte

Insurance

Not included
  • water and sun cream which we recommend that you bring along
Meeting point Albufeira

Highlights

We start close to the centre of Alcantarilha, a small village of Moorish origin, set on a hill with the remains of a 17thcentury castle and a church with a rather gruesome chapel of bones!

We are soon onto quiet dirt tracks (the more serious bikers amongst you will enjoy these, though they are perfectly navigable for those less experienced), cycling past vineyards and the recently developed Amendoeira golf course. After crossing the railway line we head up and over some hills, along dirt tracks that are hidden amongst orange groves and down towards the Rio Arade amidst scenic countryside. The area north of the river is traditional algarve countryside at its unspoilt best. You will spot the traditional stone walls and the odd derelict farm along the way.

We join the flat, narrow pathway along the ‘levadas’ , traditional irrigation channels still very much in use, for several kms. Tricky at times, this is not a ride for novices, but is a fabulous way to cut across country before joining the main road into the picturesque town of Silves. Once the Moorish capital, Silves is steeped with history. It is an enchanting town on the banks of the Rio Arade and home to the best preserved castle in the Algarve. Serious riders may wish to tackle the hill up to the castle, but this is optional. We take a cafe stop along the riverside here in Silves.

Fully refreshed, we cross the old bridge and head along the river bank, with splendid scenery and we may spot the odd river boat travelling up from Portimão, before emerging from the valley for a panoramic view of the town and castle. We continue our journey along quiet roads, where the only traffic jam we are likely to encounter is a herd of goats and sheep! After a while, we turn into an ancient dirt track that skirts one of the few rice fields in the Algarve, also home to all kinds of wildlife, including storks. Finally we pass through the sleepy village of Fontes da Matosa before arriving back to our starting point in Alcantarilha.

This is a ride of approximately 41kms, which is ideal for those who want to get stuck in to some decent mountain bike riding on rough single paths and along little used dirt tracks. We can adapt the pace to suit you, but it is most suitable for reasonably fit and capable riders.

Price €50 per person
Availability Thursdays
Level of experience Intermediate
Included Quality bike and equipment hire

Cycling mainly on a mixture of dirt tracks and traffic-calmed roads

Collection from your accommodation in the central Algarve region

Cafe stop in Silves

Insurance.

Not included Water and sun screen, which we recommend that you bring.
Meeting point Albufeira

 

 

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