Traditional fishing villages, a dramatic rocky coastline interspersed with unspoilt sandy beaches, historic sights and a backdrop of the forested mountains of Monchique and Caldeirão are all features of Portugal's western Algarve. Away from the busy centres, there are quiet roads and trails ideal for cycling and exploring the pretty landscapes in the Cape St Vincent National Park where, for the most part, our trip is focused. En route there is ample opportunity to swim in the azure coastal waters, sample delicious seafood for which the area is renowned and take in the many sights including the historic town of Lagos. Staying in comfortable atmospheric hotels ensures this holiday delivers an ideal balance of activity and relaxation.
DAY 1 Arrive Faro Airport, transfer to Caldas de Monchique DAY 2 Cycle through the foothills of Picota and return to Caldas de Monchique with views to the coast (32km) DAY 3 Cycle west to the picturesque Ribeira de Seixe valley (40 or 58km) DAY 4 Circular cycle from Odeceixe to the cliff tops and the stunning beach at Odeceixe with a chance to visit the small cliff top nature reserve at Esteveira (26km) DAY 5 Transfer south then cycle along the Pontal headland to the fishing port of Sagres (47km) DAY 6 To Salema via lovely beaches and Montes des Amantes famous for its standing stones (24km) DAY 7 Cycle along the coast and through the countryside to the old coastal town of Lagos, overnight Lagos (35km) DAY 8 Transfer to airport, trip concludes
Daily (except Jul & Aug and between 24 Dec & 3 Jan)
High season is from Apr to Jun and Sep and a supplement applies.
*7 breakfasts *7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *transfer to and from Faro airport or arrival point in the Algarve *luggage transfer *bike rental, including helmet and pannier *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline