E-bike holiday in the heart of Algarve

A 7 night, 1 centre holiday to explore the Algarve enjoying the healthy and ecological comfort of a bicycle with electronic pedal assistence.

Based at a practical location on the stunning coast right outside Albufeira in central Algarve, you will be provided with a new route every day to discover actively and comfortably another corner of one of Europe's best kept secrets. A variety of sunny bike rides not only to pass through small fishing villages and view pretty beaches, but also to observe rural scenery and visit charming towns in the interior. The week will be short to get to know about Algarvean flora and fauna, the traditional ways of life and taste from a wide range of gastronomical treats.

PROGRAMME

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from Faro airport to your holiday accommodation.

Day 2: Briefing at your accommodation. Delivery of your E-bike and explanations how to use the bike, presentation of the daily cycle routes, instructions how to use the gps navigation system. Cycle route Albufeira - Paderne, 45 km Time to go out and get used to your bike on the quiet roads from Albufeira to Paderne and back. Paderne is a small Algarvean village overviewed by the remains of a castle dating back to Moorish times. This castle is one the 5 symbolised in the Portuguese national flag. The e-bike route takes you up to the castle with beautiful views over the Quarteira river valley and Roman bridge. 

Day 3: Cycle route Albufeira - Silves, 60 km. A cycling route in the Algarvean country side, passing innumerous orange grooves until town of Silves, capital of Al Gharb in Moorish times. The Moorish castle is well preserved and worth a visit. The pretty old centre has many terrace to rest and relax near the classic town hall and along the river side of Rio Arade.

Day 4: Transfer to Odiáxere. Cycle route Ecovia do litoral Odiáxere - Albufeira, 70 km. A large part from the impressive Algarvean coast line can be observed by following the coastal cycling route called Ecovia do litoral, which runs along the entire southern coast. In the morning we bring you and your e-bike to the typical village of Odiáxere from where you can start cycling and take all day to return to Albufeira. Along the route scenery changes constantly  in between limestone cliffs, wonderful beaches interesting towns as Alvor, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Lagoa and Armação de Pêra.

Day 5: Interior cycle route Albufeira - Alte, 55 km. The Algibre river valley is truly a treat for cyclists with very quiet small roads to comfortably contemplate Algarvean rural life and scenery. The picturesque town of Alte is certainly worth a visit and a good location to recharge batteries.

Day 6: Transfer to Olhão. Cycle route Ecovia do Litoral Olhão - Albufeira, 50 km. On this day we take you east on the Ecovia do litoral for you to cycle back from Olhão. You are not to start cycling before an obrigatory visit to the lively daily market on the banks of Ria Formosa natural park. Considdered the Algarvean centre for sea food and fish the Olhão market paints a wonderful picture of this traditional industry and its people. The route will enter the natural park several times and pass by the old centre of Faro, Quarteira waterfront and Vilamoura marina before entering Albufeira at the coastal pine tree area of Falésia and Açoteias. 

Day 7: Cycle route Albufeira - Loulé, 70 km. The last chance to enjoy Algarve by e-bike can be be used by visiting the well known markets from Loulé. In one of Algarve's most charming towns on Saturdays, one can visit the folcloric 'gypsy' market as well as the daily market halls in the centre of town. The road to and from Loulé passes a variety of smaller villages and hilltops with constantly changing views over coastal and interior landscapes that we hope you will never forget.

Day 8: Transfer from your holiday accommodation back to Faro airport 

YOUR E-BIKE

  • Battery autonomy up to 50 kms
  • High quality Dutch make Infineum bicycle
  • 250 watt quiet engine, 36V 9Ah battery
  • Resistant tyres, anti-flats liquid
  • On road technical assistence
  • Including pannier bag and battery charger
  • Also to be used without electric assistance

ACCOMMODATION

Your holiday home this week is a comfortable fully equipped studio apartment in a well reputaded 3 star resort wonderfully situated in between Albufeira and the fishing village of Olhos d'Agua. Within the resort all your daily necessities are available. For some good restaurants and entertainment Olhos d'Agua and old town Albufeira are a 10 minute e-bike ride away and by taxi even less.

  

PRICES

  • January - March: 495 €
  • April: 588 €
  • May: 645 €
  • June: 823 €
  • July: 956 €
  • August: 1103 €
  • September: 730 €
  • October: 645 €
  • November - December: 495 euro

INCLUDED

  • 7 nights in fully equipped studio apartment based on occupation by 2 persons
  • 7 breakfast buffets
  • 6 day use of high quality Infineum e-bike
  • Programme with 6 e-bike routes and option to change for longer or shorter routes
  • 6 day use of GPS device for route navigation
  • Detailed cycle map of Algarve, scale 1:100.000
  • Transfers from and back to the airport and to the starting point of 2 bike rides
  • CO2 emission offset from all transfers into projects for sustainable energy in developping countries

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel arrangements to Portugal
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal accident insurance, which we strongly recommend you take out

Bookings & inquiries: toursandtracks@mail.telepac.pt

In cooperation with Martin's e-bikes