Cycling Across the Algarve


Code: ALGARVE001
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  • Road
  • Guided or Self-Guided
  • Sportive** (2/4)
  • Family
  • Road Cycling
  • 7 days
  • aprox. 80 Km / 49,71 Miles
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7 Days
6 Nights
5 Stages

Total Distance
420 km

Total climbing
5,870 m

Total descent
5,900 m

Description

The authentic Algarve Tour!
Discover the genuine Algarve with a trip that takes you to the most typical, beautiful and outstanding scenery of the Algarve. Most of the roads you will ride in are part of the official course of the "Volta ao Algarve" Pro Race. Test yourself in high quality tarmac roads with sweeping views over the algarve’s fauna and flora. From East to West, ride in coastal areas, ride along the Guadiana river, ride in inland areas and ride through many traditional villages along the way. Alcoutim, Monchique and Sagres, are just some of the places that you will have the opportunity to visit while you have fun on the bike!
Come with us and discover “Europe’s most famous secret”, the Algarve!

Highlights

- Tavira;
- Guadiana river;
- Alcoutim;
- Serra do Caldeirão;
- Alte;
- Fóia;
- Vicentine Coast;
- Cape Saint Vicent;
- Sagres;

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal and to the Algarve (22 km/13 miles, 199 m/652 ft elevation gain)
As soon as you arrive at Faro airport, a Bikesul staff member will welcome you and drive you to the historical village of Estói, where you will be staying for the first night.
The “Pousada de Faro” is a rococo palace built in 1840 with a terraced garden, featuring original elements that will make you feel like royalty.
There, we’ll start our adventure in this picturesque village that preserves many vestiges of the roman and moorish occupancy. After a delicious lunch is time to set up your bike and equipment and go for a short test ride to the village of São Brás de Alportel. Then, cycle back to the hotel to rest and enjoy the hotel’s spa and pool.
Accommodation in Estoi, Faro.



Day 2: Tavira and Monte Gordo (75 km/47 mi, 950 m/3116 ft elevation gain)
Are you ready for the first “serious” cycling day? Today’s ride is a constant up and down through beautiful valleys until you get to the marvelous and historical city of Tavira. Take some time to relax by the Gilão river and take some pictures in the roman bridge located in the city center.
Then, ride up inland where you will enjoy the panoramic view over the coast and Ria Formosa. Before you get to Vila Real de Santo António you will pass by the medieval village of Castro Marim, with a fort that was used to protect the border between Portugal and Spain.
The end of today’s ride is in Monte Gordo, situated on one of the finest beaches of the Algarve. During the summer Monte Gordo has a buzzing atmosphere!
Accommodation in Monte Gordo.



Day 3: Guadiana River / Alcoutim (83 km/52 mi, 1388 m/4553 ft elevation gain)
Heading north, is time to ride alongside the Guadiana River, throughout amazing tarmac roads with barely no traffic. Slowly climbing to Azinhal and Alta Mora you will ride between the Beliche and Odeleite dams.
After that, a challenging climb with degree’s around 20% will be the goal! When reaching the top, you’ll see how the marvelous Guadiana divides Portugal and Spain.
Then, easily roll along the river to the traditional village of Alcoutim, which was a smuggling port between Portugal and Spain for many years.
Take the time to visit the castle and if possible, take the small boat to visit Sanlúcar, on the spanish side.
Accommodation in Alcoutim.



Day 4: From the river to inland areas (95 km/59 mi, 1500 m/4921 ft elevation gain)
On this day you will be able to ride in the quiet and peaceful roads of the Algarve interior. Passing through remote and low populated villages, enjoy the scent of the trees along the road and the amazing views over green hills and valleys.
When arriving in Alte, and after checking in, explore this small but enchanted village by going to the beautiful fountain of “Fonte Grande”, a natural water pool that is also a picnic area.
Accommodation in Alte.



Day 5: From Alte to Caldas de Monchique (95 km/59 mi, 1500 m/4921 ft elevation gain)
Leaving this incredible village behind, the journey continues west, towards Fóia.
Rolling along the EN124 you will pass by Silves, the first capital of the Algarve! A beautiful city with lots of history and an outstanding castle!
After that, the most challenging part of this tour will come when we start ascending to Monchique and Fóia, the highest peak of the Algarve, over 900m of altitude. There, you can contemplate the amazing 360º view over the western Algarve.
This day will end at Caldas de Monchique, a thermal site on the slopes of Serra de Monchique, where you will be able to relax in the Spa and recover some strengths.
Accommodation in Caldas de Monchique.



Day 6 - Aljezur and Sagres (90 km/55 mi, 950 m/3116 ft elevation gain)
The tour continues up and down the mountain through enthusiastic roads with an amazing view over Monchique’s mountain range. After that, comes the village of Aljezur, famous for growing sweet potatoes.
Rolling down the Vicentin coast and the natural reserve, the next destination will be Cape Saint Vincent, the most southwestern point of Europe. There you will be able to visit the lighthouse and the small fort located over a cliff. Just 7km ahead, comes Sagres, an ancient fisherman's village and the final destination of this tour.
After the check-in, take the opportunity to visit the village, the fortress and the fishing harbor.
Accommodation in Sagres.



Day 7: Returning home
After a relaxing and tasty breakfast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it’s time to pack and say goodbye. 
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.



 

Included

- 6 nights accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis (Half-Board basis available upon request);
- Transfer from and to the airport;
- Luggage transfer between hotels;
- Briefing and travel road book;
- BikeSul App with navigation function or GPS device with pre loaded courses;
- KTM Revelator 105;
- Saddle bag with an extra inner tube, levers, mini pump;
- Helmet;
- Bikesul exclusive water bottle offer;
- Bikesul jersey offer;
- Personal Accidents and liability Insurance;
- Nutrition and Hydration Kit;

Not Included:
- Flights;
- Lunches;
- Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package;
- Extra equipment non-specified as included;
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the program;
- Personal expenses;
- Travel Insurance;

Extras:
- Side and handlebar bags;
- Bike Upgrade;
- Extra-nights (under availability);

Route

General Map and Elevation Profile


Map - Day 2 - Stage 1


Map - Diay 3 - Stage 2


Map - Day 4 - Stage 3


Map - Day 5 - Stage 4


Map - Day 6 - Stage 5

Bike Rental

This Tour includes:
KTM Revelator 3500 Shimano 105 11s (Carbon)

Available for upgrade:
KTM Revelator 4000 Shimano Ultegra 11s (Carbon)


KTM Revelator Ultegra Di2 11s (Carbon)

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.

Safety and Responsibility

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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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