Portugal cycling vacations, self guided

“Choose one of two self-guided cycling routes across the Alentéjo and Algarve regions of southern Portugal and experience six leisurely days in the saddle at no more than 60kms per day.”


Route one: Terra de Caldas | Loulé | Alte | Silves | Caldas de Monchique | Aljezur | Costa Vicentina Natural Park | Route two: Baixo-Alentéjo | Parque Natural da Ria Formosa | Sapal de Castro Marim | Alcoutim | Mertóla | Sérpa | San Lúcar in Spain | Both routes possible by electric bike |

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Departure information

This cycling vacation in Portugal can be arranged at any time to suit your requirements although we do not recommend trips in August due to high temperatures

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Portugal cycling vacations, self guided

Cycling is an ideal way to explore the countryside without damaging the environment. Through our range of Portugal cycling vacations we support the following Portuguese National Parks: Reserva Natural do Sapal, Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana.

On our Portugal cycling vacations we encourage guests to visit their information & exhibition centres, keep to the recommended paths, take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.

We always use local services and accommodation such as small hotels and wherever possible “turismo no espaço rural” which offer rural accommodation run by local families. On these Portugal cycling vacations we work exclusively with small local businesses and use locally owned restaurants. In this way we help to conserve a rural lifestyle and contribute to the overall sustainable development of the region.

We encourage our guests to be environmentally aware and act in a proper, responsible manner at all times. Information, tips and recommendations on the life and customs of the local people are given to all clients on the Portugal cycling vacations.

As much as we can our office recycles waste and we use recycled products whenever possible.

Reviews of Portugal cycling vacations, self guided

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2017 by

Arriving in Carrapateria, the beaches were beautiful!! All the rides had wonderful scenery, lovely small towns to explore and the rides were challenging yet fun and gave us a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by

Everything was great. The accommodation and the recommendations for restaurants was outstanding. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2016 by

The whole cycling trip was memorable as we got to see the real Algarve with its variety of landscapes - from mountains inland to the west and south coast - often away from the tourist hot spots. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2016 by

Excellent trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2015 by

Cycling through the countryside is a wonderful way to reduce your environmental impact while at the same time maximizing your experience with local flora and fauna. Everyone we encountered was so friendly and helpful. We found the directions to be explicit and easy to follow and appreciated the many routes that took us off the beaten path. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2014 by

Very good. I would, and already have, recommended Responsible Travel to people. Knowing that having a very enjoyable experience supports local communities makes it so much better. Thanks once again. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2014 by

We had a great time. All six of us enjoyed the rides, and think the perspective we enjoyed from the seat of a bike was special. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2014 by

The whole week was very memorable as it was so varied. Burt has put a lot of thought into this vacation and has made it very personal. We really liked the various options of rides that were given for each of the days (pending fitness, weather, mood etc... Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2013 by

Top notch...Cycling through orange groves in the sunshine and stopping to feast on big juicy oranges was the most memorable part.... Fantastic scents from the forests of warm eucalyptus will always remind us of Portugal. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2012 by

The range of beautiful places that you visit - cycling through gorgeous countryside with orange trees all along the way, stunning beaches, pretty villages, interesting towns and bright blue skies every day. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2012 by

We enjoyed the riding through the hills and the extra trip out to the lighthouse and westernmost part of Portugal. Terrific! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2012 by

The best part of the trip was following the route maps through the beautiful Portugal countryside. We had a chance to explore areas we would never have found on our own!. Wonderful trip in all aspects! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2012 by

Cycling through the beautiful countryside of Portugal and spending it with 5 awesome friends was the most memorable part of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2011 by

10 out of 10. Bert was incredibly detailed, set up a great cycling route, gave great, detailed advice regarding accommodation, each area we visited, restaurants and was efficient and friendly in dealing with all enquiries. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2010 by

4.5 Stars---Bert knows what he's doing and understands the concept of mixing a bicycle trip with the opportunity to explore Southern Portugal --Have Fun...The trip was a pure and delightful adventure - The route was challenging in places and yet it was balanced overall. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2010 by

The most memorable part of the vacation were cycling through beautiful countryside with the roads to ourselves Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2010 by

The Portuguese Countryside is breathtaking and the scenery from a bike was wonderful. It was such a privilege to see this side of the country.... of the beaten track and generally unseen by the tourist. Absolutely loved the challenge of riding each day in the hills. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2010 by

What we found most memorable was the sense of history to be found in the ancient, cobblestoned, fortified old towns. So much of the tour was through beautiful, pastoral countryside, with cork trees, olive groves, wild flowers and sweet-smelling citrus blossoms. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2009 by

One of the best ideas I've ever had!! It is evident that Bert is very concerned with the safety, well being, and satisfaction of his clients. I would highly recommend this vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2009 by

Superb. Bert's organisation made everything work smoothly. You would certainly not find such thoughtfulness and individual attention in a larger outfit. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2009 by

Most memorable? Eating barbecued sardines with new potatoes and salad at an unsophisticated cafe miles from anywhere as the waitress told us that the potatoes and lettuce had come from her garden. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2008 by

The routes were excellent, directions were detailed and easy to follow so no fear of getting lost, and the people we met along the way were great. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2008 by

Virtually every mile of the carefully chosen, completely safe Algarve biking route offered scenic pleasure - from countless orange, lemon and olive groves early in the week, to mountain vistas and dramatic seacoast rides later in the week, with brilliant spring flowers lining every mile each day. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2007 by

The highlight was cycling from Carrapateira to Lagos, beautiful beaches and orange trees. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2006 by

The vacation was great - the organization of the biking was impeccable, and the lodging was well chosen and very pleasant. The best part was traveling beautiful scenic roads with essentially no traffic. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2006 by

Experiencing the tranquillity of the Portuguese countryside was so refreshing – I recharged my batteries. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2006 by

The most memorable part of our cycling trip was definitely discovering the seaside town of Carrapateira. Staying with such friendly hosts and sleeping at night with the sound of crashing waves was just beautiful. Read full review

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