Algarve, A coastline tours – Self Guided
From Odeceixe to Vila Real the Santo António, visiting beaches, fortresses and getting a sense of Algarve, his hidden gems and people, not forgetting food and incredible sights.
Arrival at Faro or Lisbon airport and transfer to Odeceixe.
If you arrive early we suggest a visit to the historic centre of Faro before the transfer to Odeceixe (if you flew to Faro).
Arrival to Odeceixe in time for a beer at the little square, and maybe to visit the windmill.
Also possible to use your bike to ride to the beach, classified as one of the seven wonder beaches of Portugal.
Accommodation at nice guesthouse in village centre.
The Wild Beaches
Cycling from Odeceixe to Aljezur.
Cycle along the river until the gorgeous beach of Odeceixe. Enjoy the stunning views and the rock formations near the beach.
Then we go through farmland with some green cornfields that contrast with the yellow grass in the warm seasons and reach another wild beach.
A nice café will be a perfect place for a stop, enjoying a cool drink and a light lunch while watching the surf schools in action.
Have a swim and then cycle to the village of Aljezur, one of the last ones to be conquered to the moors.
The local artist shop and gallery deserve a visit, as well as the local museums. If you want to do some extra kms, it is possible to ride to another beach or along a beautiful farmland valley.
Base kms: 32
Total ascent: 350 mts
Terrain: Secondary roads with no traffic at all. Some dirt tracks. One more adventurous descent where some people may prefer to walk, but very short and easy to walk (300m).
Optional extra kms: 4 + 20 (to ride to the extra beach)
From Impressive Cliffs to Charming Valleys
Cycling from Aljezur to Pedralva.
Start by conquering the Castle of Aljezur, enjoying the beautiful views over the village and its neat and tidy vegetable gardens.
Then cycle to the coast again, visiting a fortress with stunning views over the cliffs. The perfect defence setting! From here we can see the “needle rock”, an imposing rock standing in the middle of the ocean.
We go inland again and start our dirt track adventure. First between eucalyptus, later between the wild endemic bushes and finally along a gorgeous little lake and along a valley. Completely wild, surprising and breathtaking.
Cycle to Bordeira, a lovely hamlet with a Manueline style church, and then ride along another enchanting valley until Carrapateira. Here you will be stunned by the incredible views and rough coast line. Cycle for a few kms along the cliffs. Take time to stop and enjoy.
The fisherman’s museum is a visit not to be missed, with fantastic pictures of the man hanging from rocks to catch the famous local delicacy “percebes”. Learn about the lives of the people from the region that risk their lives to catch the best fish for your meal!
Riding along another green valley we reach tonight’s accommodation, a lovely hamlet where half of the houses were carefully recovered for tourism.
Base kms: 44
Total ascent: 650 mts
Terrain: Difficult start with some steep climbs, always on asphalt. Then dirt tracks, most of them flat or down. One technical descent (400m) where some people may prefer to walk.
Optional extra kms: 4 with 150 mts ascent
Infant D. Henrique and the Sea Discoveries
Cycling from Pedralva to Sagres.
Leave Pedralva through a dirt road along the valley.
Pass just under some modern wind farms and reach the sanctuary of Guadalupe. Here learn about the interesting life of Infant D. Henrique, the sea discoveries prince. After cycle through a couple of lovely villages to reach the wild coast again.
Have a swim at the beach and then cycle to the Cape of S. Vicente, the most SW point of Europe. From there on, only the sea discoveries and the adventures of the sea sailing!
Stop for a swim again at a fantastic beach surrounded by huge cliffs. We feel small!!!!
After visiting the Fortress of Sagres we continue to our very nice hotel with gorgeous views over the cliffs and the fortress.
Base kms: 41
Total ascent: 500 mts
Terrain: Good dirt tracks, mostly flat, with a couple of short climbs. Steep climb on asphalt to come back from the beach where we do our lunch (guided trip only).
Optional extra kms: 4
Beach Roller Coaster!
Cycling from Sagres to Lagos.
Today the route goes along the south coastline, in and out to wild beaches. Stop several times for swims and drinks. Enjoy!
The ocean here is warmer than in the west coast, the waters are more tranquil. The cliffs change colour, from the black schist to the orange sandstone. The villages are bigger, more touristic, with many cafés, restaurants and shopping opportunities. We pass a couple of fortresses with fantastic views, and go up and down on narrow secondary roads.
The last kilometres will be on an amazing trek along the cliffs from where we can see beautiful rock islands in which erosion formed arches, caves and different shapes. Lagos is a lively coastal city with charming architecture. Visit the local museum, the beautiful church and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Base kms: 43
Total ascent: 720 mts
Level: medium but continuous!
Terrain: Start with flat dirt track with some rocks to challenge our senses. This is a real dirt track! Steep valley passage to be done walking by everyone. Steep down and steep up, too technical to ride. (but what a gorgeous views!!!). Then asphalt roller coaster, always steep up and down but always short. Maximum 80 meters each time. In the end optional flat cliff dirt
track or asphalt.
The Charming Villages
Cycling from Lagos to Tavira.
The day starts with a 9:30 am transfer from Lagos to Olhão. Arriving to your destination, unload the bikes and cycle to a little village famous for its pottery.
It’s a quiet and charming place. Then cycle back to the coast and have a drink by the lagoon of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa.
Cycle along this lagoon and stop to enjoy the quietness and watch the bird life. It’s usual to see fisherman catching clams and razors in low tide and boats arriving from a fishing day in high tide.
Tavira is probably the prettiest village of the Algarve. Its architecture is charming, the atmosphere relaxing. Save time to explore. Here it’s a good place to buy some arts and crafts, at the local association.
Base kms: 30
Total Ascent: 220 mts
Terrain: Flat asphalt most of the way. Very few dirt tracks.
The Local Economy
Cycling from Tavira to Vila Real de Santo António.
From Tavira we cycle along the Natural Park again, passing several beach and golf resorts that make the wonders of tourists and golfers. Beaches here are busy and lively. To reach then you either walk over a wood board over the river or take a little charming train or a local boat.
Between mainland and the beach there is always the lagoon. Visit the charming Cacela-a-Velha and the views over the lagoon and then cycle inland to Castro Marim.
On the way we will visit a biological farm and learn about the fig and carob trees, and the local produces that are made from their fruits. In this farm the motto is “waste nothing”, andeverything the trees give us is used.
After we visit the salines and learn about this local production. It is time to cycle to our final destination, Vila Real de Santo António, where the second language is the Spanish! All restaurants have the menus in Spanish as this is the main tourism
market. After all, Spain it’s just across the river!
Base kms: 37
Total Ascent: 250 mts
Terrain: Flat asphalt most of the way. Very few dirt tracks.
Optional extra kms: 13
Transfer to Faro airport
On Van guided tours the guide will be the driver. He/she will guide you from a distance. The car will be near enough so that you can see it on the junctions. The guide will stop at important or interesting places to give history explanations or tell a story. Some people call this a supported tour, though in our case it is more than that because you are actually
On Guided tours groups are accompanied by one or two cycling guides, besides a guide who takes the support car, prepares the picnics and transports your luggage. Lunches are picnic type with traditional foods from the area where we are cycling. Some times we also use local restaurants.
In dinners arranged by us and you can be sure you will try the best gastronomy as we choose restaurants well known by us for its good traditional food. No «touristy» places included!
On van guided or guided cycling tours you can expect full service from your guides. They will do their best to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
Our guides are all Portuguese and know our region very well. They are very service minded and most of them have been working with us for many years. They are bikers themselves and love to go cycling on their holidays, so they know what you expect from them!
7 nights of accommodation with breakfast in twin room
train ticket from Lagos to Olhão
personal accident and third party insurance
Price per person/package as from 740,00€*
- Arrival and Departure transfer
- Insurance for bikes (doesn’t exist in Portugal)
- Travel insurance
- Our cancelation insurance
This project was born with the partnership of Domitur as a Destination Managment Company, Birdland as Birwatching specialist tour guide and the historical Aldeia da Pedralva a rural village that overcame from the ruins and became a tourism project by rebuilding more than 30 houses.
The intention of this partnership was to develop a new project that can offer birdwatching tours on the best moments of the year for individuals or group tourists. Anyone from anypart of the world can book these tours. Free of hassles and complicated processes for booking.
With the expertise of each partner, that knows Algarve in the several dimensions we created specifc iteneraries for birding tours.
The dates are set and you are more than welcome to join us!
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