Eastern Algarve Short Break

Hotel & Bike 4 nights

VISITING: Portugal

Why we love this tour

"The Eastern end of the Algarve is known for its wide sandy beaches, pine forests and coastal lagoons. I loved the traditional fishing town of Tavira and the sand bars and islands of the Rio Formosa Natural Park."

Pretty seaside villages and charming towns

Less developed areas of the Algarve

Wonderful coastal cycling and rides through the countryside

Moderate cycling distances that can be shortened by taking a train

Easy to Moderate
Departs any day
Runs all year
Fly to
Good for
Coasts and Islands, Short Breaks

Cycle the eastern end of Portugal’s famous Algarve region on a short break, riding a loop from the market town of Loulé to the Spanish border and back. Your rides will take in the best of the region, including traditional towns, castles and valleys laden with orange trees. This part of the Algarve is less busy than the central Algarve, with mostly quiet roads and relatively flat terrain that is great for cycling.

Tavira, your destination on day one, is one of the most charming towns along the Algarve coast, with a castle, pretty cobbled streets and a relaxed atmosphere that harks back to the Algarve of days-gone-by. By day two, you’ll be riding inland along the Gilão river through beautiful countryside, stopping for a coffee as you pedal towards the border towns of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, before cycling back along the coast to Tavira. Your final day sees you ride to quaint seaside villages, through the Ria Formosa Natural Park UNESCO heritage site with incredible views across the salt flats. Your tour ends in Olhão, a pretty town with Moorish style architecture.


3, 4 & 5 Star Hotels

We use a pool of 3, 4 & 5 star 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. 

Four nights in 3, 4 & 5 star hotels

Breakfast included

Luggage transfer

Secure bike storage

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What's included

Price includes

Four nights accommodation in 3, 4 & 5 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

Price excludes


Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

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 add at time of booking if required.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 24 gears


E-bike upgrade


Other Extras


Helmet hire



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Full financial protection

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Faro, where you will be collected from Faro airport and transferred to your hotel in Loulé. 

How do I get back?

To fly from Faro, take a transfer from Olhão back to Faro airport (included). 

What is an ‘Easy to Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Some days will be flat, other days will have some modest hills. Easy to Moderate cycling holidays are suitable for most ages and degrees of fitness. We recommend that you have some previous cycling experience.

We are always on hand to offer advice, as we have cycled this tour please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

What is the average temperature on this tour?


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