Algarve coastal cycle route - Ecovia do litoral

The Ecovia do litoral is a dedicated cycle route in Portugal that links Cape St. Vincent (Sagres) in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border. This cycle route combines trails in protected areas with linking stretches on traffic calmed or car free routes. With a total of 214 km, the Ecovia do litoral runs across 12 Algarve municipalities.

Ecovia itinerary: 7 nights and 6 days cycling 

Day 1: Arrival at Faro Airport

We will collect you from Faro airport and equip you with your bicycle for the tour. Then we will transport you and your bicycles over to Vila Real de Santo António for your first night. Here you will stay in a modern and comfortable hotel situated right in the centre of Vila Real de San António. Vila Real San António is a quaint old town on the edge of the Guadiana river just inside the Portuguese side of the border with Spain. Your accommodation here is on a bed and breakfast basis, though there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Day 2: Vila Real to Tavira

Following a well marked route, with supplied maps, you will cycle west towards Tavira a charming old fishing town that has been around since Roman times, your destination for this days cycling. Todays routes passes through a variety of scenic countryside and also some interesting coastal towns including Monte Gordo, Cacela Velha and Cabanas. Your hotel in Tavira lies on the riverside and is conveniently located for exploring the town on foot or by bike.

Day 3: Tavira to Olhão

Today's ride continues west towards Olhao and passes through unspoilt coastal countryside and quaint fishing villages. Your destination in Olhão is a charming little hotel set right in the heart of the old fishing town, renowned for its moorish style architecture. The marina, the fish and vegetable markets and restaurants serving traditional Portuguese cuisine and sea food are only a few minutes walk away on the sea front.

Day 4: Olhão to Boliqueime

Your third day on the Algarve coastal cycle route takes you through the regional centre of Faro and onwards past the prestigious golf resorts and the marina at Vilamoura to the overnight stay at the Hotel São Sebastião in the traditional algarvean village of Boliqueime. There are a couple of excellent restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and many more a short taxi ride away.

Day 5: Boliqueime to Praia da Rocha

Another interesting days cycling through the popular resort of Albufeira and inland through the traditional old town of Lagoa, then on to Portimão and Praia do Rocha. Here you will stay in a charming hotel next to the old fort on the sea front. The hotel offers commanding views of the marina and the wonderful beach and is ideally located to enable you to explore the surrounding area.

Day 6: Praia da Rocha to Salema

Today you cycle towards Lagos, a likely stop-over for lunch and a little exploration! Continuing on through the well known coastal resort of Praia da Luz and then onto the quieter Burgau and then your destination for today, the quaint little fishing village of Salema. A beautiful beach and a hotel right by the waterfront awaits you after this enjoyable days cycling .

Day 7: Cape St Vincent

Your final day of the cycling tour takes you through some dramatic and interesting scenery and on to the southern most point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente. The nearby town of Sagres with its ancient fort and sights of historical interest, provide plenty of opportunities to explore. We collect you later in the day and return to Boliqueime for your last night before your journey home.

PRICES

  • January - March: 685 €
  • April - May: 705 € 
  • June: 785 €
  • July: 875 €
  • August: 885 €
  • September: 785 €
  • October: 705 €
  • November - December: 685 €

Note: The above prices are per person , based upon two people sharing a twin/double room and include the following:

  • Cycle hire and all equipment
  • Hotel/apartment accommodation along the cycle route
  • Route assistance where necessary
  • Airport transfers

This tour is designed and priced as a 'self guided, carry your own luggage' holiday as this is how we can provide best value for money for our clients.

If you have a large group that prefers to have the services of a dedicated guide and also a support vehicle, or perhaps a luggage transfer service, this can be provided at the following rates:

  • Tour guide: 100 € per day cycling
  • Support vehicle: 100 € per day
  • Luggage transfer: 210 €

These service option prices are per group of clients travelling at the same time. The optional luggage transfer service charges only apply for groups who choose not to have the support vehicle. If you choose to have the support vehicle, then the luggage will be transferred on the support vehicle at no extra cost.

Bookings and inquiries: toursandtracks@mail.telepac.pt

In cooperation with Activity Algarve