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Bike Tours in the West of the Algarve

Overview:

  • Self-guided bike tour by touring bike or mountain bike. E-bikes are available in both ranges
  • Start of the daily routes from the hotel or holiday resort
  • Distance per daily route approx. 40 km
  • 8 days/ 7 nights/ 6 days cycling
  • It is possible to book one or more additional nights at the beginning or at the end of the tour
  • Start dates: every day is possible
  • Cycle for a week or more through the Algarve - a landscape of rich variety awaits you. You will discover traditional towns and villages, countless historical treasures and cultural gems. The routes are predominantly flat to hilly, some steep climbs and descents, mostly on good natural tracks or paved side roads.

Detailed holiday and bike tour description


Day 1

Arrival and you take a taxi to your hotel (approx. 40€). In the evening LisaBikes will greet you at the hotel, the bicycles will be handed over and adjusted, afterwards we make a trip orientation.

Tour 1blue - 41 km

The bike tour starts from your hotel in Silves , along the beautiful river landscape of the Rio Arade, which is a breeding haven for water birds and flamingos here. After the village Odelouca you cross the river and the tour continues on nature roads through the fertile area of Barrocal. The tour passes through orange - and vegetable plantations, small villages and golf courses.
Then, you reach the coastal area packed with buildings and the entrance to Portimão will be achieved. Through narrow streets in the old port area, the route leads again to the river Arade, which at this point flows into the sea. Along the estuary and the new port you can enjoy a good developed bicycle path to the beach of Portimão, Praia da Rocha. The beach is located below an ancient castle and a promenade with many shops and numerous restaurants. After then the tour leads back to the river, where you pedal along the river reaching the imposing old bridge through which you get to the other side of the river.
Always near the river Arade you ride through the small town of Estombar, above the river which leads you towards Silves, with a good view at the wide river valley. On a slope to the river, are the largest karst springs in the Algarve located, named as " Sitio da Fontes " with a small leisure park. After a few miles on dirt roads, the tour leads down towards the river. Along the riverbank, partly through dense bushes, you reach the outskirts of Silves and drive over the historic old Roman bridge, directly to your hotel.

Tour 2 violet – 38km

Today's tour leads you in northern direction into the hilly landscape of the Serra . You are riding on a good natural trail, uphill and downhill, through a varied landscape untill you reach the dam of the water-reservoir Odelouca. The “Ponto da Miradora“ viewpoint , where there is also a picnic place, offers fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding hills of the Serra. Afterwards the tour continues downhill towards Odelouca. If you have reached Odelouca, drive past the winery Quinta do Francês and if you feel like and have the time, you can visit the estate and possibly taste some wines. After, you ride along the river Arade until you are back to Silves .

Tour 3red - 41 km

Today's start begins directly behind the hotel with a short climb on a dirt road which leads through dense trees and bushes. Subsequently, the route leads through the fertile field of Barrocal with many Vineyards . On side roads you ride through hamlets and pine forests to the coast, the lighthouse complex of Alfanzina, located directly on the cliffs . Next to the lighthouse, with a breathtaking view of the impressive cliffs, sinkholes and pinnacles lapped by the sea. Then you ride near on the coast to the small town and the bay of Benagil. If you like, you can leave your bike in the restaurant "Pescador" and take a small cliff walk , but with good shoes, in an easterly direction. After the small hike, back to the bike towards Silves , pass the small town of Porches , ride through the varied landscape of the Barrocal. Before Silves you reach again the river Arade where you ride along the shore towards the hotel.

Tour 4black - 42 km

The beginning of today's tour takes you back through the rural area of Barrocal directly to the coast, past orange groves, small villages, beautiful golf courses, and finally reach the village of Armação de Pêra. Then drive through the town, which originally was a small former fishing village, but today is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Algarve. On the western outskirts is on a ledge, high above the ocean, the quaint little chapel " A Nossa Senhora da Rocha ”. Then the ride leads around the lagoon and dunes of Salgados and reach the beautiful sandy beaches, which drag towards to the east. The tour takes you on board’s paths along the beach until you reach Guia, passing the village Alcantarilha towards Silves and finally back to your hotel.

Tour 5green - 43km

Today the tour begins again to the north in the direction of the reservoir of Funcho and Arade. First, the tour leads you along the Rio Arade and then through the hilly Serra , uphill and downhill until you reach the reservoir of Funcho. Next you ride along the shore of the dam, on a good but winding dirt road, the vegetation is lush, as Medronho - , ginster- and cistus bushes. At the end you reach the dam, which you cross and after a short descent you reach the Arade reservoir. You ride again along the shore of the reservoir to the dam. After crossing the dam go downhill through a fertile plain, marked by large orange groves and after a few kilometers you will reach Silves again.

Day 8

Return journey, you will take a taxi from your hotel to the airport Faro (approx. 50€).