The eastern Algarve coast is dominated by the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a distinctive lagoon with offshore islands and beautiful beaches. This vast wetland reserve is a haven for wildlife and for birds of countless variety.
From the Spanish border at Vila Real de Santo António, the route follows the Ecovia cycle path along the coast, passing beach resorts before entering the Ria Formosa Park. The beautiful old village of Cacela Velha is an obvious stop, perched high above the lagoon with wonderful views.The old town of Tavira with its lovely riverside setting, narrow streets and history dating back to Roman times is your first stop.
Continuing along the Ecovia, through saltpans, and wetland scenery, you arrive in the fishing town of Olhão for a 2 night stay. On your free day you can venture out to one of the offshore islands on a boat trip (not included).
From Olhão an optional transfer to Praia de Faro is recommended to avoid the busy traffic around Faro. Praia de Faro is a fascinating, unspoilt former fishing settlement where a ramshackle collection of fishermen's houses is strung out just behind the enormous beach. This contrasts with the next section of the route which passes through the exclusive residences and smart, manicured golf courses of Quinta do Lago. Tonight you stay in the traditional beach resort of Quarteira.
The final section of the route takes you through the modern resort of Vilamoura, past Albufeira, and then through the nature reserve of Salgados with its extensive marshland and flamingos. Your final two nights are spent in Armacão do Pêra, an attractive resort with a large beach. Here you can just relax on your final day or take a ride further west to enjoy more of the beautiful Algarve coastline.
This tour will show you a different side to the Algarve, not usually revealed in mainstream holiday brochures.
- Vila Real de Santo António
- Armacão do Pêra
- 8 Days
- Flat (mostly)
- More Options:
- Electric Bike
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- GBP 779
Tour Distance & Dates
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Bed & Breakfast
Bike hire, airport transfers (Faro),maps and route notes.
E-Bike Rental: £89