Best of the Algarve
There are few locations in all of Europe that are more popular with holidaymakers than sunny Portugal.
One of the oldest nation-states in the world, Portugal is responsible for influencing both Spanish and European culture as a whole over the centuries. But while Portugal is super-popular with those seeking a sun, sea, and sand type of holiday, did you know it’s also an incredible location for a cycling holiday, too?
What nicer way to travel along the interesting coastline and through the picturesque Portuguese countryside than on two wheels? Take our Best of the Algarve cycling holiday, which showcases the diverse landscapes and allows you to experience all the highlights of this region.
You’ll begin in the fascinating town of Vila Real de Santo António on the shores of the Guadiana River. Steeped in history, this laid-back town is the perfect place to begin your adventure as you enjoy the local delicacies and perhaps a glass of wine from one of the many cafes in the gorgeous central square.
Several unique coastal towns dot your route, such as Mote Gordo with its large promenade and huge sandy beach, the small white village of Caçela Velha which provides stunning views of the Lagoon, Manta Rota with its untouched beach and the fishing village of Cabanas.
Head through the Idyllic countryside through hills, farm land and villages where you’ll discover historic churches such as the São Lourenço Church, which boasts detailed-painted tiles. Look out for the quaint, narrow cobbled streets filled with shops and restaurants in the lively old market town of Loulé before making your way over the hills to Alte.
The Algarve is a region rich in history, not least in Silves on the banks of the Rio Arade. Pause your journey here and enjoy a bit to eat as you soak up the culture of this city that was once the Moorish capital before continuing through beautiful landscapes along the Rio Arade.
Stunning landscapes full of wildflowers, jagged cliffs and beautiful countryside provide awe-inspiring views as you travel along the, sometimes, hilly terrain and with a total cycling distance of around 220km this isn’t an easy ride but is so worth the effort you’ll put in.
Freewheel Holidays is proud to be able to show you some of the hidden gems the Algarve has to offer. Quality hotels await you in places such as the coastal resort of Praia da Rocha, Olhão which is close to the regional capital of Faro, Sagres with its breath-taking fortress. From Sagres you can even head to Cape St Vincent, the southernmost point of Portugal, if you’re feeling up to the 12km round trip.
The contrasting views of countryside and coast are what makes this trip so interesting and diverse. Your final destination is Monchique in the Serra de Monchique where you can climb up to the highest peak in the Algarve or opt to rest with a spa treatment in the thermal baths you’ll find here.
There is so much to see and do in this popular destination, you won’t want to leave!
Book now and get ready for the Algarve cycling holiday of a lifetime!