What to expect
Follow the Ecovia do Litoral cycle path from the Algarve’s Spanish border to the rocky headland of Cape St Vincent, Portugal’s most southerly point. Discover authentic towns and villages, free from the trappings of tourism – visit the beautiful Roman town of Tavira, where churches outnumber hotels, and the crumbling fishing port of Olhao, where the laidback lifestyle sets the pace for the rest of the trip.
Cycle along stunning coastal stretches and traffic-free routes, riding past nature reserves and stopping off for ice-creams. Get a taste of typical Algarve holidays when you ride into popular beach resorts, visit a luxury marina and skirt past green golf courses. Sculpted cliffs and fine beaches make laidback Sagres an appealing place to finish – don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to stay longer.
At a glance
- Quaint fishing villages and authentic towns
- Green golf courses, luxury marinas and popular beach resorts
- Laidback lifestyles and fine sands in Sagres
- Leisurely cycling along an established coastal cycle path
Arrive in Faro
Touch down in the Algarve capital of Faro and take a transfer to your accommodation in Vila Real de San Antonio (transfer included).
Vila Real - Tavira
19 miles (31 km)
Follow a well-marked route to the colourful streets of Tavira, a charming fishing town which dates back to Roman times. Quite possibly the Algarve’s prettiest town, churches outnumber hotels in Tavira and you’ll really get a feel for the authentic Algarve here.
Tavira - Olhão
19 miles (31 km)
Ride west past unspoiled coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages to reach Olhão, the Algarve's largest fishing port renowned for it's moorish style architecture. Enjoy a dinner of local specialities in the charming old town.
Olhão - Vilamoura
25 miles (40 km)
Cycle past prestigious golf resorts and the seafront at Quarteira to the holiday spot of Vilamoura and it's marina full of luxury yachts.
Vilamoura - Praia da Rocha
34 miles (55 km)
Tour through the popular resort of Albufeira before pedalling inland through the traditional old town of Lagoa. Visit the Algarve’s second biggest town of Portimão, famous for its sardines, and spend the night in the neighbouring beach resort of Praia da Rocha in a charming hotel next to the old fort on the seafront.
Praia da Rocha - Praia da Luz
24 miles (39 km)
Head through the fishing village of Alvor to the historic walled town of Lagos for lunch before continuing along the coastal road to the popular resort of Praia da Luz. Spend time exploring the local market stalls and shops and cafes along the promenade.
Praia da Luz - Loulé
24 miles (39 km)
Cycle through dramatic scenery to Europe's most southerly point, the headland of Cape St Vincent. Head to the nearby town of Sagres, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy it's historical sights and ancient fort, before being picked up for your transfer to Loulé, a pretty market town with narrow cobbled streets, tiny shops and hidden bars. Spend the night in a quaint boutique hotel set in a quiet square in the heart of Loulé.
Depart from Loulé
Take a transfer from Loulé back to Faro airport (included) or extend your holiday in Portugal.
Please note that although the route notes and maps for this tour are very detailed, careful attention to the directions is required (as with any tour that does not follow a major cycle route).
3* & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3* & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The majority of the hotels have an outdoor swimming pool.
- 7 nights in 3* and 4* hotels
- The majority of the hotels have an outdoor swimming pool
- Breakfast included
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- Seven nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and Breakfast
- Hybrid bike with 24 gears, pannier and helmet
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks and device available on request)
- Return transfers from Faro airport
- Local contact number for assistance
Single rooms and solo travellers - please enquire
Triple rooms available on request - please enquire
Reductions for 3 or more customers - please enquire
Bike hire included
Hybrid bike with 24 gears included.
Pannier, map holder, water bottle and holder, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost.
Helmets can also be provided at no additional charge - please advise at time of booking if required.
How to Get There
Fly to Faro
You will be collected from Faro airport and transferred to Vila Real de San Antonio.
Take a transfer from Loulé back to Faro airport (included)
Fly from Faro
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A fantastic 6 days of cycling with good quality bikes, and an excellent selection of hotels. Highly recommended.Elizabeth Weston, UK, December 2018
The self-guided bike trip from Vila Real to Cape St Vincent covers a wide spectrum of terrain, countryside, towns, and beaches. Distances covered each day are very doable and on the whole the hills are not too arduous...Wildflowers were prolific during our mid May week and I think the choice of towns where we were accommodated was well planned.Vivienn Collins, UK, May 2018