Discover the 'Real Algarve' at your own pace on two wheels, weather you want to tackle the dirt tracks along the coastline routes, climb the hilly terrain or just ride the vast open roads. The Algarve offers all sorts of challenges for riders of all levels. The region also hosts many off and on road events during the year, for keen cycling fanatics.
With a coastline length of approximately 155km and the highest point at Foia, 902m above sea level the combination of attributes makes the Algarve a great destination for cycling. There is an abundance of bike tours and guides to take you on daily adventures or push yourself on self-guided experiences.
Luz to Sagres via Pedralva
Start the cycle from either our Luz villa or Espiche Townhouses, this route takes you inland to Odiaxere. Where the shorter route has less ascents, it allows you to take in the local scenery as you wind through the villages. However the elongated route takes you past pretty hamlets, meadows and the beautiful Bravuda reservoir, meeting the coast in Carrapateira and onto the village of Pedralva. From there are two fairly short routes onto Sagres, both past the lighthouse at Cabo Sao Vicente and Sagres Fortress. The longer route offers on and off road tracks passing rich holm oak forest, both trails give great views of the Sierra de Monchique as you pass through Vila do Bispo. Then head out across the Vicenente peninsula to Cabo Sao Vicente, from here follow the coast road back to Sagres. Looking for a refuel before the cycle back, there are plently of restaurants/beach bars with local dishes and refreshing drinks or take a dip in the blue sea. Head inland to begin the journey back, along the Ecovia weaving through the coastal villages of Salema, Burgau and on to Luz.
Monchique to Foia
Start from the village of Monchique, the ascent is 8.5km long to Foia and over this distance, you will climb 427m. After this short but testing climb to the top, you are greeted with breath-taking panoramic views along the Algarve coast.
Foia to Luz (Downhill)
Route 1: Off Road Downhill - An exhilarating ride down a variety of trails, tarmac roads, single/double tracks and wide paths, the perfect challenge for experencied mountain bike riders.
Route 2: Nature Downhill - If you prefer a more family orientate ride on quiet tarred roads or have never experienced mountain biking before and want to enjoy the scenic route at your leisure.
On both routes there are a few uphill sections but can be tackled by the notive and the pro rider alike. The 35km trail will take you down through enchanting Eucalyptus forests, lush green fields, passing rustic farmhouses and follow the winding trial through small villages all the way back to Luz where many bars will have a cool refreshemnt waiting for you.
If you are looking for a real cycle challenge try the Ecovia do Litoral, from East to West coast of the Algarve. Once you have reached the West coast why not unwind in our luxury villa in Luz or retreat to our townhouses in Espiche.
Ecovia do Litoral
Part of the EuroVelo European Atlantic Coast Route, connecting Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish boarder to the most western point in Sagres, stretching 241km along the Algarve's southern coastline. Along the Ecovia do Litoral you pass through cities, towns and unspoilt areas of nature beauty, such as the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Perfect route for walkers and cyclists as a majority of the route is only for non-motorised vehicles.
March to June and September to November are great months to explore the Algarve on two wheels as you miss the masses of families, the temperture is cooler and you can enjoy the quieter roads.
For bike hire in the Western Algarve Megasport and Lagos Bike Rent are two companies to contact for bike rental and guided tours. With lots of bike models to choose from, accessories needed for any cycle route and they deliver anywhere in the Western Algarve.