The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal. It is a region blessed with glorious sandy beaches, picturesque fishing towns and a glorious climate, all of which combine to create the perfect holiday destination. The Algarve is wonderfully varied; there are pristine beaches for families, water theme parks for thrill-seekers, buzzing nightlife for partying or historic towns for a cultural trip. Along with the vibrant towns, there is over 200km of stunning coastline, a mountainous interior and tranquil nature, all to discover.
A holiday spent cycle touring in the Algarve is a truly unique way of discovering the region. Come and combine a sporting activity with the discovery of the natural world, people and culture of the Algarve. You will find various programmes on offer in the Algarve that combine cycle tourism with other activities such as nature tourism, cultural tourism, slow tourism, wine tourism and others. Whether you want to spend your entire holiday discovering the Algarve’s secrets by bicycle, or simply want to do some short cycle trips around your holiday base, there are plenty of surprises in store for you.
Discover the safe, modern cycle routes in the Algarve, which belong to the European network of transnational cycle routes (EuroVelo). You can also explore the cycle routes in a number of the Algarve’s municipalities, including Silves, Lagoa, Faro, Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António.
Ride along the Algarve Ecovia and cover the entire 214-kilometre-long coastline. Cross and explore 12 of the Algarve’s municipalities.
Start at Cape St Vincent in Sagres and finish in Vila Real de Santo António at the mouth of the River Guadiana, next to ferry dock and opposite the whitewashed houses of the Spanish town of Ayamonte. Could there be any better way to discover the Algarve’s coast?
There are three routes on the Algarve Ecovia that are definitely worth exploring: Lagoa, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.
The Lagoa Route covers a distance of 19.3 km. It starts at the road bridge over the River Arade and finishes in Armação de Pera. This is a mixed route which takes you through built-up areas and countryside.
The Tavira Route is 23.9 km long and takes you alongside the Ria Formosa Nature Park, or the Tavira Canal, to be more precise.
The busiest of the three is the Vila Real de Santo António Route. It is 13.5 km long and marks the end of the Coastal Ecovia.
You can also cycle along the Rota Vicentina or the Via Algarviana, both of which offer many sections suitable for cyclists.