To get the most out of our bike rental we planned some bicycle routes that guides you through some of Algarve’s must-see highlights. Below you can find a selection of some of the bicycle routes.
Route 1: Loulé
Length: 33.7 km Duration: 4 hours Loulé is one of the oldest towns in the Algarve and fulfills a central function in the surrounding areas. Originally Loulé was named ” al-‘Ulya” – a Moorish stronghold. In 1249 the city was recaptured by Paia Peres Correia, grandmaster of the Order of Santiago. In 1280, the town of Loule and the castle was given to the Order of Santiago by King Dionysius of Portugal. The market place still exudes an oriental atmosphere. You can find many craft businesses in Loulé that make leather, pottery and large copper kettles . The castle (Castelo de Loulé), probably built by the Muslims, was rebuilt after the Ottoman conquest in 1249. The tower of the church Igreja São Clemente was once the minaret of the mosque.
Route 2: Tavira
Length: 79 km Duration: 5 hours Tavira is a unique experience, mainly because of all its Historical background and untouched archaeologic traces managed to keep it one of the most characteristic cities in representing the Algarve region. Discover the Island of Tavira Because this is the most popular and important beach in the Tavira council we dedicated a whole page to it where you can find everything about Tavira Island. From camping facilities to boat schedules, you will also find there a link to the tide schedules, very handy when it comes to planning at what time you want to hit the beach. São Brás de Alportel, in common with much of the Algarve, was a settlement in Roman times and later inhabited by the Moors. It was the birthplace of Moorish poet Ibne Ammar in the 12th century. It was also a popular retreat for the bishops of the Algarve – somewhere for them to escape from the heat of the city during the hot summer months and during the 17th century an Episcopal palace was built for their use.(This has seen several changes of use over the years and is no longer in use by the bishops.) Originally the wealth of the town was from cork production – it was the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal – and in 1914 it was made a municipality due to the economic importance of the area. Unfortunately, over the years, the cork production industry has moved to the centre and north of Portugal, leaving São Brás more reliant on tourism and crafts.
Route 3: Almancil
Length: 10 km Duration: 1 hour Almancil is a town in the civil parish of Loulé. With average land prices of €5000 per square meter, this Portugese region is one of the regions with the highest property prices. The church of São Lourenço in the east of the village is an example of Algarvian Architecture, covered with 18th-century ceramic tiles on the inside.