Self Guided – Historical Algarve, from West to East

Intermediate level, 2 people

Moorish CastleThis GREAT VALUE 7 night holiday begins by the sea in Lagos once the home of Henry the Navigator and close to the Alvor estuary. From here you travel eastwards, passing though a landscape that owes a great deal to the inventiveness of the Moors during their occupation.

Your next stop is the town of Silves, the old Moorish capital of Portugal where their magnificent red sandstone castle has been restored and recent excavations have exposed other evidence of their advance society such as the steam rooms and baths.

From here you travel north east to the village of Alte (considered by many guide books to be the prettiest in the Algarve). Then your journey takes you past the impressive Rocha da Pena escarpment where the Moors used to hide from the Knights Templar before turning south to the town of Loule which was occupied by the Romans and Moors. Continuing eastwards you cycle to the charming town of Tavira for a 2 night stay on the coast opposite the Ria Formosa Nature reserve before ending your week in Faro.

The route uses quiet country roads and good tracks, we only use main roads when there is no other option and for only short distances, there are only a few short climbs.

Included in this holiday
• 7 nights in small 3 – 4 stars hotel (or equivalent) in a twin / double room with breakfast
• transfer from Faro airport or arrival point in the Algarve to Lagos
• luggage transfers
• Bike rental, a cross trail bike with mixed tyres suitable for both asphalt and good dirt tracks, helmet, pump, repair kit, large (3l) waterproof handlebar bag, lock and water holder. E – bikes are available for an additional cost.
• route notes and maps

Not included
• flights
• holiday insurance
• 7 lunches
• 7 dinners

Cost per person and dates
October – March : 600.00 euro
April – June and September: 660.00 euro

Single room supplement: 130.00 euro

Single transport supplement if only one person travelling: 140.00 euro

Itinerary
Day 1 – arrival in the Algarve and transfer to Lagos. Overnight Lagos

Day 2 – today you begin your journey eastwards to the town of Silves passing on your way the Alvor estuary where at low tide locals collect clams and then through the beautiful Odelouca river valley, 48km. Overnight Silves. (All on surfaced roads with a few gentle climbs.)

Day 3 – a ride through the heart of the Algarve passing orange groves, almond and fig orchards and then onto the Arade Barragem a spectacular dam with a wonderful lake. From here you continue eastwards to the beautiful village of Alte, 38km. Overnight Alte. (Mainly surfaced roads and a few very good tracks with only one real climb.)

Day 4 – today you pass around the impressive Rocha da Pena escarpment before travelling south to visit the old town of Salir. From here the most fabulous views accompany you on your journey to the town of Loule, 38km. Overnight Loule. (Mainly surfaced roads with some good tracks and one good climb).

Day 5 – your journey today takes you through the old town of Sao Bras through wonderful scenery before dropping down to the old fishing port of Cabanhas de Tavira, where you stay at a beautiful guesthouse overlooking the river and the Rio Formosa Nature Reserve, 49km. Overnight Cabanhas (All quiet surfaced roads except around Tavira town, no real climbs).

Day 6 – you spend a second night at Cabanhas which gives you the option of following the Ecovia cycle track to the Spanish border (36km round trip) or visiting the historical town of Tavira (7km away). Overnight Cabanhas.

Day 7 – the last day and you follow the Ecovia cycle track along the coast, passing through the old fishing port of Olhao before reaching Faro and the end of an amazing week, 45km. Overnight Faro.

Day 8 – sadly it is time to leave us.

This holiday can start on any day of the week to suit your personal travel arrangements.

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