Algarviana Route - Guided

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  • Guided
  • Experienced*** (3/4)
  • Bike Journey
  • MTB or E-MTB
  • 8 days
  • aprox. 60 Km / 37,28 Miles
  • Yes
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8 Days
7 Nights
5 Riding days

Total Distance

Total of climbing
7.500 mt

Total of descents
7.500 mt


The Algarviana Route, starting in Alcoutim and ending in the Cape Saint Vicent, is a route of more than 300 kilometers, which crosses the rural Algarve and immerses itself in the nature of the region. The path is thought to have originated from an old Mozarabic religious trail, traveled in the Middle Ages by pilgrims from the Alentejo and the interior of the Algarve, towards the promontory of Sagres, where the relics of Saint Vicent were found.
This is not an easy journey and requires physical preparation because in total there are more than 7000 meters of elevation gain in just 6 days.
Along the way, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the landscape of the interior of the Algarve, composed of plants, rockrose, flowers, trees and shrubs such as arbutus, cork and carob trees.
In the towns and villages where the route passes through, friendly and welcoming populations keep the traditions of the rural world alive and transform what the land gives them into delicacies - arbutus brandy, liqueurs, honey, cheese or sausages are some of the products you can try.
The Algarve is much more than just "Sun and Beach" and the Algarviana route proves it!


- Journey along the Algarve's inland countryside;
- Cycling from the border with Spain to Cape St Vicente, the southwestern-most point of continental Europe;
- Immersion in the wild nature and hidden inland villages of the “real” Algarve;
- Diversity of trails and landscapes;
- Demanding and challenging courses;
- Taking a refreshing dip in the azure Atlantic Ocean.


Day 1 - Arrival in the Algarve and Alcoutim
Upon arrival at Faro Airport, you will be met by a member of Bikesul who, after a brief introduction, will transfer you to Alcoutim, a small village located on the banks of the Guadiana River, natural border between Portugal and Spain. Once an important commercial point when the river was used as a means of transport for the entry and exit of goods and products, Alcoutim is nowadays a quiet town with enormous historical, cultural and natural wealth. If you have some time, we recommend a walk through the castle and the area by the river.
Accommodation in Alcoutim.

Day 2 - From the Guadiana through the "Serra de Tavira" (63 km/39 mi, 1570 m/5150 ft elevation)
The first stage connects Alcoutim to the small town of Vaqueiros. This section begins with a relatively easy part and it will become more demanding, developing initially along the Guadiana River, along a flat path, at low altitude, during which you can appreciate the beauty of the valley. The landscape is also dominated especially by large fields of rainfed orchards (almond, fig and olive). After passing through the village of Cortes Pereiras, head west to enter the mountain range.
Accommodation in Vaqueiros.

Day 3 - "Serra do Caldeirão" (62 km/38.5 mi, 1900 m/6233 ft elevation)
On this day you will cycle through the "Serra do Caldeirão", characterized by its steep climbs and descents, which make this one of the most demanding days in technical and physical terms.
Always in constant up and down, with slopes that exceed 15 and 20%, the passage through the typical villages of Cachopo, Castelão, Parises and Barranco do Velho stands out, as well as the magnificent panoramic views along the route. Your physical condition will be put to the test on this day, but the natural beauty of the Algarve will leave you speechless!
Accommodation in Salir.

Day 4 - Along the Barrocal (60 km/37.3 mi, 1000 m/3280 ft elevation)
Leaving Salir, you will continue your journey in a different and less demanding setting. Passing by Rocha da Pena through the town of Benafim, you will arrive at the typical village of Alte which deserves special attention for its beauty and genuineness, havig a natural waterspring, museums and even a bike café!
Proceeding the ride along the inland, you will pass through the nice village of São Bartolomeu de Messines to later find the dam of Funcho. After you ride along the lake you will finally arrive in Silves, the first capital of Algarve, boasting a majestic medieval castle on the top.
Accommodation in Silves.

Day 5 - "Serra de Silves"and Picota (45 km/28 mi, 1800 m/5905 ft elevation)
Although not very extensive, this is the most phisically demanding day, when facing the Serra de Silves. Passing the Odelouca dam, there follows the hardest climb of this stage, the ascent to Picota! Despite the difficulty, the stunning panoramic views over the countryside and the sea will make up for the effort. The descent to Monchique is relatively technical and the trail a little winding.
On this day, however, you can opt for a softer stage following the Odelouca dam straight to Caldas de Monchique, which will allow you to arrive earlier and, eventually, relax in the hotel spa.
Accommodation in Caldas de Monchique.

Day 6 - Foia - Monchique's Mountain Range (73 km/45 mi, 1645 m/5413 ft elevation)
This sector connects Monchique to Praia da Luz, on the coast, being the longest stage of this tour, starting with a long and difficult climb to the highest peak of the Algarve, Fóia, with over 900 meters of altitude. Then follows a long descent through Marmelete that will take you to the Bravura dam.
The final part is along the beautifull countryside landscape of Lagos region, passing through small villages of the wild western Algarve such as Bensafrim and Barão de São João.
Accommodation in Praia da Luz.

Day 7 - The Costa Vicentina and the Atlantic Ocean (59.5 km/37 mi, 730 m/2395 ft elevation)
On this last day of activity you will have the opportunity to cycle along the coast with stunning views over the ocean, until you reach the small town of Burgau. Riding towards the inland, the landscape becomes wilder, with large pine forests.
The arrival at Cape Saint Vicent, the most southwestern point of Europe, will undoubtedly be a remarkable moment! There you can visit the lighthouse and the fort that are located on a cliff.
Accommodation in Sagres.

Day 8: Departure
After a relaxing and tasty breakfast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is time to pack and say "adeus".
Transfers to the airport will be arranged but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with a few recommendations.

What's Included

- 7 nights accommodation on Half Board basis; (drinks not included) in typical countryside boutique inns, manor houses and seaside hotels;
- Transfer from Faro airport to Alcoutim upor your arrival;
- Briefing;
- KTM Macina Kapoho E-MTB Bike rental;
- Helmet, lock and saddle bag with an extra inner tube and a mini pump;
- Luggage transfer between hotels;
- Daily Picnick lunch box with a club sandwich (tuna or chicken), water, juice, fruit and a sweet;
- Bikesul dedicated App with navigation options;
- Bikesul exclusive water bottle offer;
- Nutrition and Hydration Kit;
- Bikesul cycling jersey gift;
- Personal Accidents and liability Insurance;
- Last day transfer from Sagres to Faro (airport or train station).

Not Included:
- Flights;
- Lunches;
- Beverages;
- Extra equipment non-specified as included;
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the program;
- Personal expenses;
- Travel Insurance;

- Side and handlebar bags;
- Extra-nights (under availability).

Route map

Bike Rental

This tour includes:

KTM Macina Team 293 E-Bike

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance:

Our tours include Personal Accidents and Liability Insurance only while riding. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen.  We strongly recommend that you take out a policy for your travel which covers delayed baggage, medical repatriation and other areas.

We recommend WorldNomads, whose policies are specially designed for bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour is a "living thing", being influenced by multiple factors such as weather conditions, group riding abilities and trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers  and will be continually assessing these factors making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best experience possible.

Price List

Low season: NOV - MAR:
Mid season: ABRIL - JUN & OCTOBER:
High season: JULY - SEPT:


Your safety and pleasure on this event are of paramount importance to us. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the routes we choose are safe, enjoyable, challenging but still within each rider’s ability. All routes are carefully evaluated for their safety and we avoid hazards and traffic as much as is practicably possible. We expect every rider to attend the daily briefings to familiarise themselves with each day’s route.


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