Bike and E-Bike cycling holidays are a whole new concept in holidaying in the Algarve. Instead of renting a car, why not rent a bike, or an E-Bike that takes the strain out of all those windy uphills? It’s eco-friendly, healthy, exhilarating – and gets the most out of the Algarve landscape!
The Algarve has become one of the premier holiday destinations in Portugal and Europe. In addition to the wonderful climate and various beautiful beaches with breath taking views, you will also find fascinating countrysides full of beautiful scenery and attractions, such as the orange groves, Moorish castles, picturesque fishing villages and ancient valleys. Cycling by e-bike is one of the best ways to view the coastal areas of the Algarve and also excellent for exploring. Albufeira is a wel known tourist town with an old centre and small beaches and a lot of bars and shops. The hotel is a bit out side Albufeira on a beautiful cliff. Quarteira is a tourist resort on the Atlantic Ocean with a fabulous boulevard and a beautiful sandy beach. A perfect place and a great starting point for your cycling holiday.
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Albufeira 8 days cycling holiday
Late afternoon / early evening, arrival at the Faro airport. Destination Albufeira.
Tuesday Route 1. Hotel – Guia – Albufeira 29 km
Introduction route across peaceful paths, to get familiarised with the e-bike, and the direct surroundings. After gathering much information during the morning briefing, perhaps it isn’t a good idea to get started with a long trip right away. On this peaceful route, you can first learn to master the e-bike. A visit to the village Guia is only an introduction to the Algarve surroundings, which you shall soon see a lot of. Before returning to Hotel Maritur, the route will take you past the coastal place of Albuferia, which is actually the basis of your bike holiday. Because it is so uniquely situated, Albuferia is a very popular touristic place, but has managed to maintain its charm, despite so many visitors.
Take your time during your first visit. It shall probably not be your last visit during this week.
Wednesday Route 2. Alvor – Hotel 44 km
A big part of the wonderful Algarve coastline can be seen when following the bike route Ecovia do Litoral. Today, you have the possibility of seeing the west side, because in the morning we will be taking you to the picturesque fishers village Alvor, after which you will have the whole day to bike the route back to Albuferia, alongside the coastal places Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Lagoa and Armação de Pêra.
Alvor is situated at the so-called Ria van Alvor; a sheltered estuary of the rivers of Torre, Farelo and Odiáxere, before they flow into the sea. These are fertile grounds that house many species of waterfowl, crustacean and shellfish, and is an interesting place for fishers, nature-lovers and kite-surfers.
Upon arrival in Alvor, it is recommended that you leave the bikes at the fish auction, so you can have a nice walk through the quaint town, for example up to the church way on top. Before you get back onto the bike, you can have an extensive look at Ria from the various terraces.
Thursday Route 3. Hotel – Alte 64 km or Route 3a. Hotel – Paderne 41 km
The valley of the Alte and Algibre river is a true bike attraction with quiet roads, so you can admire the Algarve farmer life. The route runs from Albuferia northwards through the villages Ferreiras, Tunes and Ribeira de Alte. Alte is also known as the most typical village of Algarve. It is certainly worth a visit, and a good resting place where you can charge your batteries.
This route has many flat little bike roads passing through almond, olive, fig, carob and orange gardens. Tourism seems to be and endless road here. The way back passes through Paderne; an outstanding place for lunch and coffee in one of the typical cafes. Should there be any time left, then a walk (10 km) down the path alongside the wonderful winding river Quarteira to Moorse castle is certainly recommended.
Friday Route 4. Hotel – Porches 38 km
After laying down some long routes today, there is finally time to take it easy. You could spend a day without the bike by staying at the hotel, at the beach, or take a luxury excursion, to enjoy another side of Algarve.
For those who prefer to take the bike, we suggest taking the route to the village Porches. It is a short route across peaceful roads, and on the way back you will go through Armação de Pêra with its lively art boulevard. Porches is a nice old centre, and it is the centre for ceramic crafts. A visit to one of the ceramic galleries is certain worth it.
Saturday Route 5. Loulé – Hotel 34 km
In order to prevent going in circles around the Albufeira area, today we’ll go by transport to the city of Loulé, after which you can go back to Albufeira with the e-bike. The route is easy to read from the gps screen, and since there are no route crossings, you only need to go westwards, direction Albufeira. Saturday is a suitable day to visit Loulé, because that is when the colourful weekly ‘gypsy market’ takes place. The route to go back to Albufeira leaves the town at this market. The starting point is however in the charming centre of Loulé at the famous market building in front of the daytime market and characteristic town hall. The daytime market is really worth visiting; one gets a true impression of Algarve, its people, smells, colours, and local products such as cheese, ham and chouriço, honey, olive, fig, almond and carob. You can test this at the market, but also in every café or pastelaria. After all, you will need some energy to bike back to Albufeira. Your e-bike isn’t going to run up the steep hills on its own.
Sunday Route 6. Hotel – Silves 62 km or Route 6a. Hotel – Fonte Louzeiro 42 km
The last day to enjoy Algarve on your e-bike takes you across the rural area. This route takes you through countless orange gardens, till you arrive at the place called Silves, which was the main city of ‘Al Gharb al Andalus’ in the Moorse period. The Moorse castle is still in good condition, and you can certainly visit it. The wonderful old centre has nice terraces at the town hall (camâra municipal), and at the Roman bridge at river Arade. The route is straightforward till just before Silves. Due to the local one way traffic, it is better to enter the town from the northern direction, and to exit it from the south. So, coming from north, at first you see the route on your left side, and after visiting Silves, you arrive at the same junction, where you take a right, going direction east, through orange-land and through villages Fonte Louzeiro, Chaminé en Algoz.
Towards the end of the morning, or at the beginning of the afternoon, off you go to the airport, taking the flight back home, as you wave your e-bike and Algarve goodbye.
Quarteira 8 days cycling holiday
The Algarve has become one of the premier holiday destinations in Portugal and Europe. In addition to the wonderful climate and various beautiful beaches with breath taking views, you will also find fascinating countrysides full of beautiful scenery and attractions, such as the orange groves, Moorish castles, picturesque fishing villages and ancient valleys. Cycling by e-bike is one of the best ways to view the coastal areas and also excellent for exploring. Quarteira is a tourist resort on the Atlantic Ocean with a fabulous boulevard and a beautiful sandy beach. A perfect place and a great starting point for your cycling holiday.
Wednesday – Arrival at Faro airport. Transfer to Quarteira .
Thursday Route 1. Vilamoura – 28 km
E -bike briefing including explanation of routes and GPS followed by a cycle ride to the Vilamoura Marina returning along the beach to the hotel .
Friday Route 2. Estoi 44 km
Rural route through the quiet old towns to the ruins of Milreu and you also have the option to visit the Palace of Estoi with it’s renowned classical baroque design.
Saturday Route 3. Loulé 27 km
Visit to the Moorish style daily fruit, vegetable and fish market which also includes other regional products. Saturday also host’s the well known gypsy market which attracts people from all over the Algarve to Loule
Sunday Route 4. Praia de Faro 38 km
Bike ride to Faro Island and along it’s beach with a tour to the RIA Formosa Natural Park famous for it’s fabulous salt lakes and interesting wildlife such as exotic birds, flamingos and turtles
Monday Route 5. Fuseta 51 km
Transfer to Fuseta, a town considered the ceramic heart of the Algarve, proceeding to the port town of Olhão renowned for it’s fish and shellfish sold at the famous fish market . Return through the beautiful old town of Faro and back to your hotel
Tuesday Route 6. Fonte de Boliqueime 47 km
A rural route on a quiet bike-friendly road through the center of the Algarve continuing to the Fonte de Boliqueime, a well originating the town’s name and a busier part of the route. Here you will find a good place to drink a nice Portuguese coffee. This town center is well worth a visit with its characteristic church right in the middle of the village square .
Wednesday – Transfer to Airport for Departure