Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.
This cycling holiday is like a banquet for your senses as you experience the breathtaking landscapes of East Algarve. Inland, it is possible to meander for miles through enchanted valleys, hear birdsong, see few people and find peace. The coastal strip is where the ocean is tamed by the sand islands, salt pans and azure lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where flamingos and water birds abound.
Cycling in East Algarve Group tour
A week of fun and adventure, with both surfaced cycle tracks and quiet lanes. There is a mixture of flat and gently undulating terrain suitable for everyone.
We’ll be based in Monte Gordo, a popular resort town situated on one of the finest beaches of Portugal, stretching for miles in either direction with fine sands and clear crystal waters. The town has excellent tourist facilities, including great bars and cafés and many varied restaurants.
Our program includes 6 wonderful rides through the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the Nature Reserve of Castro Marim, through the Marismas da Isla Cristina and on the lush interior of the Algarve.
Day 1 – Arrival at Faro Airport
Transfer to Monte Gordo.
Montegordo fishing boats
Day 2 – Algarve: Santa Rita
Today we cycle from the hotel through intricate, quiet lanes meandering through the verdant countryside.
Our route will take us to the typical Algarve village of Santa Rita where we can take a break in the local café.
We then continue on picturesque lanes to finish in the lovely town of Tavira. Our route will take us directly to the train station, however the town is well worth exploring.
The ride is on quiet tarmac lanes. There is a ford to cross before the village of Fonte Salgada which may present problems at times of heavy rain (if necessary can be avoided) but is usually perfectly ok with a firm concrete base & little water.
In Tavira we take the local train back to Monte Gordo along with our bicycles.
Monte Gordo pine woods
Day 3 – Spain: Ayamonte and Isla Cristina
Cycle on designated cycleway to Vila Real S. Antonio, where the river Guadiana meets the sea. We’ll take our bikes across on the ferry to the Spanish town of Ayamonte.
We then cycle east through the salt pans of Ayamonte which for centuries have been producing salt & shell fish and now are a haven for birdlife.
We will tour the bustling small town of Isla Cristina before returning to Ayamonte and ferrying back to Portugal.
Much of the way is on designated cycle ways.
Quiet path along Ria Formosa
Day 4 – Algarve: Tavira Ecovia
A charming route, running along the coast and the Ria Formosa on the coastal ecovia. En route we will visit the quintessential coastal village of Cacela Velha with its Moorish influenced architecture. We pass through Cabanas where cafés line the attractive waterfront. We finish again in Tavira, one of the most unspoilt towns in the Algarve. There will be time to stroll around & enjoy this lovely town.
Our route takes us to the train station where we can train back to Monte Gordo with our bicycles.
Ecovia in the East Algarve
Day 5 – Spain: Ayamonte & Isla Canela
Cycle through pine woodland on quiet, well surfaced, tracks to Vila Real S. António, where the river Guadiana meets the sea.
We’ll take our bikes across on the ferry to the Spanish town of Ayamonte.
We then cycle south to the resort area of Isla Canela and the Isla Del Moral, a more local fishing village.
We will then return to Ayamonte and ferry back to Portugal.
Vila Real Marina – Across the border from Vila Real is Spain
Day 6 – Algarve: Castro Marim Nature Reserve
A local circuit centred on the local Nature Reserve, visiting the headquarters and information on the banks of the river Guadiana and the salt works of Castro Marim around which an abundance of birds have made their home.
We also visit the attractive and historic small town of Castro Marim dominated by its ancient castle and more recent fortifications guarding the river & giving great views over the surrounding countryside.
Castro Marim saltpans
Day 7 – Algarve: Ribeira Seca
A circuit into the verdant inland hills passing through tiny, sleepy hamlets, all on good and quiet tarmac lanes. A glimpse into the rural countryside of the Algarve rarely seen by most visitors.
Monte Gordo pine woods
Day 8 – Departure
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