Alcantarilha to Silves
The ideal way to see the hidden beauty of the Algarve is by bike and this is one of our popular tours. Starting close to the centre of Alcantarilha, We are soon onto quiet dirt tracks cycling past vineyards and the newly developed Amendoeira golf course. After crossing the railway line we head up and over some hills and down towards the Rio Arade amidst scenic countryside. The area north of the river is traditional Algarve countryside at its unspoilt best.
We follow the narrow pathway along an irrigation channel for several kms. Tricky at times, this is not a ride for novices, but is a fabulous way to cut across country before joining the main road into Silves, where a café stop along the riverside awaits. Serious riders may wish to tackle the hill up to the castle, but this is optional.
Fully refreshed, we cross the old bridge and head along the river bank, emerging from the valley for a panoramic view of the town and castle. Continuing along quiet roads, we turn into an ancient dirt track that skirts one of the few rice fields in the Algarve, also home to all kinds of wildlife, including storks. Finally we pass through the sleepy village of Fontes da Matosa before arriving back.
This tour is appropriate for reasonably fit and competent riders, capable of riding c. 40 km, with a few gentle hills - nothing too strenuous.
The tour will last around 3 to 4 hours.
We run regular tours every Thursday from 9.30 am.
Price of 45 € pp includes: Transfers from accommodation in central Algarve region, 3 hour guided cycling tour, insurance, bike & helmet hire. You just need to bring water, appropriate clothing and sun screen on hot days!
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