Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided

“Seven day, tailor made, hotel to hotel cycling vacation, taking an east to west route along the Algarve coast, but pedalling through inland rural idylls too. With luggage transferred.”


Silves | Alte | Monte de Cima | Foothills of Monchique Mountains | Quiet Algarve beaches | Alvor Estuary | Lagos

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at any time to suit your requirements although we do not recommend trips in August due to high temperatures
Our top tip:
Many of the accommodations provide dinner. But good to have cash, as most don’t have card facilities.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Moderate, averaging 40 km/day.
Small rural hotels with pools.
Accommodation, luggage & airport transfers, back up service. Note: bike hire extra.
Breakfasts included. Portugal is a hugely underrated foodie destination - you won't go hungry.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

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 centers, 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.

30 Reviews of Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020 by

Lovely vacation exploring the less visited parts of inland Algarve and the west coast Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by

The fun of biking in Portugal and the beautiful and unspoilt countryside were memorable Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by

This vacation met and surpassed our expectations. It was successful on all levels. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2019 by

The trip allowed us to get away from the more touristic areas and experience 'real' Portugal. This included coming across a village celebration in a large picnic area by the road we were traveling on where there was music, dancing and food. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by

4**** Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the detail oriented instructions to get from one village to another, challenging climbs rewarded by descents. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2018 by

This was one of the most memorable vacations we have ever taken. We had a fantastic time, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an active vacation, and who loves to explore new places. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2018 by

Perfectly organized trip, from the route, to the bikes, the recommendations, all was good! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2017 by

Cycling through fantastic countryside on quiet roads, orange groves, hill passes, really getting a chance to take it all in. The accommodation was also superb! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2017 by

Cycling through quiet villages and back roads. Lovely places to stay especially Casa do Palmeiro. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by

The highlight was the first day of our cycling experience. Meeting Bert our host and having him explain our itinerary and routes. Getting on our bikes for the first time. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2017 by

The 50k ride down from Monchique to the coast was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2017 by

Arriving at our hotels, particularly the really rural ones, although they were all good. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2017 by

Probably Duas Quintas outside Silves was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

Great vacation if your looking for a good mix of cycling, relaxing and sight seeing of some of Portugal's untouched areas. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2016 by

Beautiful memories. I can only recommend this tour. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by

It was fantastic and would recommend it. June was a great month as the weather was stable and sunny everyday. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2016 by

The west coast is breath taking and feels unspoilt. I would really recommend this vacation, it is so well co-ordinated to appeal to lots of different tastes. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2016 by

Great, very well organized, good maps, well-considered route. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2016 by

Arriving in Lagos, a beautiful town on a lovely sunny day. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2015 by

It was all just wonderful. Great weather, great food, great scenery, great accommodation. The organising of it was first class. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2015 by

Having the opportunity to cycle through the beautiful countryside and villages and looking forward to our next accommodation in spectacular locations. The first place we stayed in Querenca was a great start to the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 May 2015 by

10 out of 10. We could not fault any part of the vacation. The rides were routed through beautiful landscapes, visiting interesting villages and all felt very safe. The accommodation was clean, friendly and in wonderful locations. The personal service provided was great which meant that the vacation met our needs perfectly without any worry at all. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2015 by

Do it! it's great fun and a wonderful sense of achievement reaching the destination. The organiser was always available although thankfully we didn't need him as his instructions were spot on. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2014 by

Fantastic! Recommend it to everyone from 8 to 80 years old who love to bike Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2014 by

Enjoying the wonderful countryside at our own pace and the accommodation were the best parts of the vacation. We were expecting rustic, what we got were luxurious idylls, perfect to recharge our batteries after the time on the road. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2014 by

Fantastic! I have already recommended it to friends. We loved the freedom of doing a self- guided trip as a couple in the beautiful countryside. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2013 by

On a scale of one to ten I'd say eleven....The route that Bert had chosen for us was wonderful. We rode our bikes through Olive groves, orange groves, down dirt roads and through small towns and bigger towns. The variety was wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2013 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was staying in the small casa's, tucked away from the main tourist area's. They were absolutely delightful, and we were so well looked after by the owners Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2013 by

Excellent. bikes perfect, directions easy to understand. Hotel and restaurant suggests selected with care. Thanks! Read full review

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