Eurovelo 1 - Algarve Coastline

Code: ecovia1
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  • Novice
  • Leisure
  • Beginner-friendly
  • 7 days
  • aprox. 41 Km / 25,48 Miles
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The Ecovia do Litoral, connects Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres on a journey where we can discover the magnificent places of great beauty and tranquility in the bustling Algarve, the southern coast. This route integrates the EuroVelo1, the Route of the Atlantic Coast, that runs down from the North of Scandinavia to Sagres, and is the longest of the 14 routes of EuroVelo, with some of 9,100 kilometers. The Ecovia is implemented using existing bike paths and roads of low traffic, as well as paths of clay and which lead us to the magnificent landscapes along the Algarve coast.
Along the route, we will experience the most beautiful postcards of the Algarve, where we can marvel at the majestic cliffs that provide a breathtaking view of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Come with us to discover the Algarve’s coastline through the most stunning trails split 5 stages full of marks from its history, as the Arabic past or its connections to the discovery times of the xv century.


  • St. Vincent Cape
  • Vicentina Coast biodiversity
  • Cycle along some of the most famous beaches and cliffs of the Algarve
  • Typical fisherman’s villages
  • Ria Formosa Nature Park
  • Nature Reserve of Castro Marim
  • Temperate climate with ocean breeze
  • Mediterranean traditional cuisine


 Day 1 – Arrival at Faro airport and transfer to Sagres village, located on the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the caravel in the XV Century and discovered new worlds.
The transfer to Sagres leave at 3pm. If you arrive in other airport or place, or if you prefer the transfer at other time please contact us.
The travel to Sagres takes approx. 1h. Upon your arrival at the hotel the Bikesul staff will make a brief introduction and briefing of your travel and will give you all the necessary support documentation.

Day 2 - Sagres - Lagos 45kms / 28mi
After a delicious and relaxing breakfast with a glorious view over the sea start this day stage towards north to Vila do Bispo, village where the famous conquer Vasco da Gama lived. It is one the few places in the Algarve where the wild nature blended with the historic and cultural heritage remains intact. Cycling southern toward the coastline again you will pass small traditional villages as Figueira, Burgau and Aldeia da Luz, through the narrow roads in the small and very typical country side villages that you’ll pass and their distinctive architecture and painting – white washed houses with bands of color around the windows and doors. Just before you arrive in Lagos don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Ponta da Piedade, of the Algarve famous postcards.

Day 3 - Lagos - Galé 60kms / 37.5mi
If you enjoyed the city of Lagos, one of the most preserved traditional cities of the Algarve, you will definitely be amazed about what’s to come! In this day you start cycling close to the golden sand beach of Meia Praia and then along the Alvor bay to reach the famous Praia da Rocha. Then you briefly enter in Portimão city following the Arade river. Crossing to the other side of the river you will find Ferragudo an ancient small fishing village full of histories to tell. Take some time to taste the fresh fish or seafood just catch early in the morning before you proceed. Just a few miles away you will pass by Lagoa, land of wine and traditions. Cycling towards the coastline again you will pass by Senhora da Rocha, another famous postcard of the region.

Day 4 – Galé - Faro - 55kms / 38mi
Start the day with panoramic views over the Albufeira touristic city and it’s passionate coast. In this stage you will cycle along the central area of the Algarve and will be noticeable how the landscape changes as you pass from the barlavento to the sotavento area of the Algarve. The cliffs are replaced by extensive sand beaches as you get to Vilamoura. As Albufeira this is a famous summer destination and passing by the Marina you will clearly understand why it is..
Just beside Vilamoura you will find Quarteira, not so exquisite but it has a long lovely boardwalk by the sea. Don’t miss the local typical fish market every morning.
Proceeding along the coastline it’s time to pass by the most luxurious area of the Algarve, Vale do Logo and then Quinta do Lago. Arriving the lake you will meet your “new travel partner “, the Ria Formosa. In an amazing scenery, you will keep riding until you arrive in Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Once in Faro, the capital of the Algarve, ride around the charming cobblestone streets and see the Arc da Vila.

Day 5 - Faro - Tavira - 47kms / 29mi
Leaving Faro you´ll cycle through the unspoiled coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages to your next destination, Tavira. As you ride the natural park of Ria Formosa and its wonderful colors, discover why it was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal with its abundant wildlife. Last stop of the day is Tavira, a town sometimes called the 'Venice of the Algarve' after its location that straddles the River Gilão. Rich in history, you will find Roman bridges, Renaissance churches, and historical monuments.
Overnight at Tavira.

Day 6 - Tavira - Vila Real de Santo António (Monte Gordo) - 47kms / 29mi
The last cycling day will be special! An outstanding scenery with a lovely natural beauty but also with an impressive cultural and historical heritage. Leaving the city of Tavira by the salt production fields in the Ria Formosa you will pass by a small traditional village called Cabanas de Tavira. Then you will arrive at most stunning place of this travel, Cacela Velha. An historical place located over one of the world’s most beautiful beach.
Proceeding your ride you will pass by the villages of Manta Rota and Altura, very popular in summertime before you ride north to the Castro Marim nature reserve. Cycle along the beauty scenery and then arrive in Vila Real de Santo António where the Guadiana river is the natural boarder between Portugal and Spain. Just 2 miles away and again by the sea you will arrive at your final destination Monte Gordo.

Day 7 – Departure
After your breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the Algarve.
The transfer* by van will be made to the Faro Airport at 10h00.
*If you pretend to departure from a different Airport or with a different schedule,
please contact us

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in bed & breakfast (half board basis available upon request);
  • Airport transfers on 1st and departure day;
  • Luggage transfer between hotels;
  • Briefing and travel road book;
  • App bikesul with navigation function or Gps device with pre loaded courses;
  • Bicycle Kross Trans 7.0 rental equipped with signaling lights, racks and:
  • Saddle bag with extra inner tube, levers, mini pump;
  • Helmet;
  • Bikesul exclusive water bottle offer.

Not Included:
  • Flights from and to Faro;
  • Lunches;
  • Drinks at dinner;
  • Extra equipment non-specified as included
  • Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the program.

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