1 independent reviews for Algarve self guided cycling tour

Reviews for Algarve self guided cycling tour


review 18 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Each and every day held it's own memorable moment. The beauty of remote, empty beaches, the fragrant miles of orange groves, incredible views from empty castles, the grueling but worthwhile slog up to Monchique, followed by the exhilarating descent....it was all good!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you know the difference between the routes. One is mostly coastal and the day's distances and climbs are short. The other includes inland detours and mountains, and the distances are greater. The coastal route is suitable for anyone, while the route that includes inland hills is better suited for folks who have done some riding. Also, you are given a GPS as well as cue sheets. Use both, as the cue sheets are occasionally difficult to decipher, but the GPS can get overwhelmed and have to be rebooted. Keep your GPS charged--I took advantage of lunch stops to "top it up". Don't be afraid to detour, and don't get frustrated if you get lost. It was almost always possible to use the map or ask directions from a local to get yourself back on course, and interacting with locals is always part of the fun. If you choose the route that includes Monchique, stop for lunch either in Monchique or the restaurant just before the turn to your lodging, as they have no restaurant (or bar) at the hotel-which is beautiful, by the way - and it's about 1KM to walk back for lunch and/or dinner.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In the sense that money spent in (mostly) locally-owned lodging and restaurants was involved, yes. But, I'll confess that I felt guilty having my luggage transported between overnights. It wasn't my original plan, but I had logistical issues that prevented me from using panniers-only.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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