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Tavira & Lagos Cycling Week


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  • Guided or Self-Guided
  • Sportive** (2/4)
  • Leisure Center Based
  • Road Cycling
  • 8 days
  • aprox. 95 Km / 59,03 Miles
  • Yes
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8 Days
7 Nights
5 Stages

Total Distance
560 km

Total Climbing
4,500m

Total Descent
4,500m

Description

This tour is an excellent opportunity to get to know the Algarve on two wheels. Tavira and Lagos are two of the largest and most important cities in the south of Portugal, preserving several of their cultural and historical features. Tavira is located in the east 30km from the Spanish border and Lagos is located in the west region just over 20km from Cape Saint Vicent.
In this package, we propose a stay of 4 days in Tavira and 4 days in Lagos, enough to cover the eastern and western roads of the Algarve. The plan is to do 5 days of activity, with 1 recovery / rest day in between.
Alcoutim, Monchique and Sagres, are some of the other places that you will have the opportunity to visit, which will undoutbtedly enrich your experience on this tour. 
We have no doubt you will be fascinated by the cities, the castles, the fortresses and the natural landscape, from the hills to the coast.
We are certain you will fall in love with the Algarve!

 

Highlights

- Tavira;
- Alcoutim;
- Lagos;
- Monchique and Fóia;
- Sagres;
- The Lighthouse in Cape Saint Vicent;
- White sandy beaches;
 

Program

Day 1: Welcome to the Algarve
Upon arriving in Faro, a member of the Bikesul staff will warmly welcome you, providing detailed information about the region and the Tour. Then, the transfer will take you directly to the hotel in Tavira. After the check-in, take the opportunity to explore the city and the area along the Gilão River.
Accommodation in Tavira.

Day 2: The Guadiana River and Alcoutim (110kms/69mi - 1200m/3940ft elevation gain- Level 3)
On the first day of cycling, you will cover the entire Lower Guadiana region, with superb panoramic views over the mountains, the Odeleite and Beliche dams and the Guadiana river, a natural border between Portugal and Spain.
The goal is to reach Alcoutim, a small village on the bank of the Guadiana River, which was a smuggling port between Portugal and Spain for many years.
Then comes the hardest part of this first day when entering the mountain roads, however, the return to the hotel will be made more downhill, with a magnificent view of the coast and the sea.
Accommodation in Tavira.

Day 3: Conquering the "Serra" (80kms/ 50mi - 980m/3215ft elevation gain- Level 3)
On this day, a large part of the "Serra de Tavira" will be covered. A demanding route, through low traffic roads, where you can enjoy the peaceful and green landscape of the Algarve's interior. This route will pass through small towns in the mountains, such as Umbrias de Camacho, Alcaria do Cume and Malhada do Judeu, which preserve the authenticity of the times when the countryside was lived.
Accommodation in Tavira.

Day 4: Recovery Day and visit to the city of Tavira (45kms/28.5mi - 250m/825ft elevation gain - Level 1)
A day to recover your energies by taking a soft ride, without any difficulties, along the coast. Thus, you can enjoy the company of the Ria Formosa, a natural reserve, protected due to its enormous biodiversity. However, if you prefer, you can choose to stay and visit the city of Tavira and its cultural resources. In addition, you can enjoy the white sandy, golden beaches of Tavira's Island, Santa Luzia or Cabanas.
Accommodation in Tavira.

Day 5: Crossing the Algarve - From Tavira to Lagos (140kms/87.5mi - 1300m/4265ft elevation gain - Level 2)
This will be the longest day on the bike, which will take you to cycle along the roads of the Algarve barrocal, that local cyclists ride all the time, passing through villages like Salir, Alte, São Bartolomeu de Messines and Silves.
With Tavira behind, you will cross the central area of ​​the Algarve towards the city of Lagos, in the western Algarve. Bikesul will be responsible for transporting your luggage to the new hotel in Lagos, where you will be staying for the second half of your vacation.
Accommodation in Lagos.

Day 6: The Costa Vicentina (90kms/56.25mi - 950m/3200ft elevation gain - Level 2)
Leaving Lagos, the first part of this day will be done along the coast passing by the famous towns of Praia da Luz and Burgau. Towards the village of Sagres and the Cape Saint Vicent, you can visit the fortress, and the lighthouse on top of a cliff. Here, the landscape is characterized by extensive fields of undergrowth and small shrubs, which extend in all directions. You will be fascinated by the views over the cliffs that collapse into the sea and the force of the waves that crash against them.
From Vila do Bispo, go north through the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, passing through the towns of Carrapateira, Bordeira and Monte Ruivo, before returning towards Lagos.
Accommodation in Lagos.

Day 7: Serra de Monchique and Conquest of Fóia (100kms/60mi - 1350m/4455ft elevation gain- Level 3)
A physically demanding day that will take you to the highest point in the Algarve, Fóia, at an altitude of 904m.
The first half will almost always be uphill passing the Barragem da Bravura towards Marmelete, then bypassing Fóia already in the heart of the Serra de Monchique. The ascent to the top will be made by a rural road through the North access. After reaching the top and contemplating the 360º view over the western Algarve, it will be time to go down the main road to Monchique. Then follow to Casais to descend to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
Accommodation in Lagos.

Day 8: Departure
If you have some time left, you can stroll through the historic city of Lagos,  which is closely linked to the Portuguese Discoveries period.
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 of accommodation Bed & Breakfast (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;
  • Extra-nights (under availability);
  • Bike Upgrade;

Route Map

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

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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