Algarve Beach and Mountain Bike Holiday
If a dedicated cycling holiday is out of reach for you, why not combine your family holiday and enjoy a few days fully supported bike package for the cyclist in the family. Whilst the family enjoy a morning around the hotel pool or beach, you can get on the bike and sample some of the best routes that the Algarve has to offer and be back in time to join them for lunch or later afternoon.
We have included 3 x of the best rides in the Albuferia area for you to enjoy right from your hotel door, including bike hire and we've even included an experienced guide, so you don't have to worry about anything.
We have included a selection of the best accommodation below that will cater for your every needs as a cyclist or family. If you have a particular hotel in mind, tell us and we will include the hotel of your family choice, subject to availability and price adjustments. Mollydoo has access to most of the hotels in the area and will we price match, subject to our price match conditions.
Whilst The Algarve is one of the most popular family beach destinations, just off the beautiful sandy beaches of Albuferia is some undiscovered tracks and tarmac just waiting to be explored. Beautiful coastal paths, rolling hills in the spectacular countryside and off-beaten tracks are just some of the cycling attractions on offer.
So if you are planning your next family beach holiday to Portugal and one of you is a keen cyclist, why not enjoy one of our beach and bike holidays and get the best of both worlds!
- Return Flights
- 7 nights 4* half board accommodation
- Airport to hotel private return transfers
*Above price is per person and is based on min 4 x people (2 Adults + 2 Children) includes Cycling Package for 1 adult)
*Book this package today for just £149 deposit per person! (Low deposits on selected dates only)
Available Dates: All Year
- Level: Moderate
- Days Riding: 3
- Duration: 3-4 Hrs
- Total Distance: 100-120Km
- Altitude Gain: Minimal
- Maximum Group: N/A
*A short transfer maybe required to start some rides (30 min or less)
- 3 x Guided tours
- 3 x Days MTB hire
- Free Cycling jersey (1 adult)
- Transport to start of ride
- Water and nutritional bars/gels
- Cycling Helmet
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance (can be purchased)
- Cycling shoes and apparel
- Flight hold luggage (can be purchased)
- Meals outside of the hotel arrangements
After a short 40 min transfer from Faro airport, you will arrive at the your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will be able to start enjoying the many benefits the hotel has to offer. Your first ride starts on a Monday, giving you time to settle into your hotel and enjoy family time!
Our MTB rides take place every day so you can choose which 3 x days you want to ride. A good example would be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this way it spreads the rides out across your week so your focus is your family holiday. The rides will be in the morning and you should get back early afternoon lunch time. This gives plenty of time to spend with the family as part of your beach & bike holiday.
Relax around the hotel pool, visit the beach and many attractions around the resort of Albufeira. This is your time and you decide what you want to do for the week, but if you would like some help on what to do, excursions or places to visit, we are here to help.
Don't forget, if you have a particular resort or hotel in mind, let us know and we can build the package with you in mind.
Your Choice of Accommodation
One of our recommended hotels
Balaia Golf Village is located 500 m from a sandy beach. The closest cities to the hotel are Armacao De Pera (16 km) and Vilamoura (17 km). To make your stay more comfortable a lobby, a reception, a hairdresser and a kiosk are available. A playground and an entertainment program for children are available. For guests who wish to be mobile, bicycle rental can be arranged. The staff in this hotel speaks English. 6 swimming pools are available. The hotel is within easy reach of bus stops, disco and bars and restaurants. Distance from the hotel to: airport FAO (35 km). Vehicles may be parked in the parking lot.
For convenience the following services are offered: wake-up service and a safe. Internet access is provided at internet terminals and at wifi-hotspots. This family friendly hotel offers child animation to ensure a comfortable stay for parents as well as young guests. Reception hours: 24h Service.
The breakfast type is Buffet.
Sport and Leisure:
At Balaia Golf Village recreational amenities include massages. Guests who wish to be active on holiday can enjoy activities such as exercise in the fitness room.
Additional fees may apply for certain facilities, amenities or activities.
- 24 Hour Reception
- Childrens Pool
- Indoor Pool
- Internet Access
- Tea & Coffee Facilities
* Some of the hotel facilities listed may require a fee that has to be paid at the hotel
** Air conditioning if listed as a facility may consist of a fan which has to be hired or A/C might be only available in common areas. Please check description for full details or contact us to get more info.
*** If parking is available it may be on site or off road parking and might be payable to the hotel and not included in the rate
Ride 1:Quinta do Lago – Praia de Faro
Distance: 25-35Km, Duration: 3-4 Hrs
From the luxury and glamour that is Quinta do Lago to the salt flats and the local charm of the Praia de Faro. This is a fantastic healthy way to spend a morning. We will cycle at a pace to suit you, mainly along quiet roads and dirt tracks.
This morning ride is packed full of surprises which delivers a varied array of landscapes, including beautiful views of the Atlantic coast and the backdrop of hills of the Algarve. We cycle through the spectacular Ria Formosa National Park, a UNESCO heritage site found lying low on the Algarve coastline. Take in the scenery of the fresh water lakes and as we pass by Faro beach, where the many Portuguese cafes and fish restaurants are found, this is where we stop so you can treat yourself to some homemade Pastel de Nata (local cake) or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice from locally grown fruit.
Ride 2: Albufeira to Algibre trails
Distance: 40 Km, Duration: 4 Hrs
This is an ideal tour for fit and competent mountain bikers who want to go that bit further. We head out to the so-called Barrocal area, where there is an abundance of technical trails and we can tackle as many hills as we want.
Starting in Albufeira we head North to the villages of Ferreiras and Cerro d’Ouro, where we soon encounter the Quarteira river valley. The valley’s southern location and steep hill sides protect it from forest fires and agriculture, preserving its lush vegetation which can be fully enjoyed as we cruise along the single tracks on both sides of the river.
This route treats us to a few surprises, too, such as an old Roman bridge, still pretty much intact, and Paderne’s castle from Moorish times. The hill top castle is a classic example of the Moorish Taipa building method using the local clay, but bikers may be more interested in the climb to get there or, even better, the technical descent to the river and Paderne itself for a well-earned break.
North of Paderne, one arm of the Quarteira river is known as the Algibre coming in from the hills around the market town of Loulé. This region makes for great biking with extensive single tracks, surrounded by nature, that can only accessed by enthusiastic bikers and the occasional farmer or hiker.
As we eventually make our way back to Albufeira, the western loop to Aldeia dos Matos and Tunes includes some surprising rocky trails through orange grooves and pine forests, as well as the last hill climbs of the day, which will leave us feeling satisfied with our efforts!
Ride 3: Albufeira – Coast & Country
Distance: 35 Km, Duration: 3-4 Hrs
This tour starts at Ribeira Parque (the old bus station) in Albufeira old town. We are soon into quiet, unspoilt countryside, passing Sir Cliff Richard’s famous vineyards in Guia, and along pleasant country lanes to the coast.
Passing by the Salgados Lagoon, we should see a variety of birdlife and maybe a turtle or two swimming in the lakes. Our ride here is along specially constructed boardwalks, which makes for easy cycling. With the high rise resort of Armação de Pera in the background to the west, and the traditional old town of Pera nearby, we continue east through the golf resort of Salgados, finding more cycle friendly boardwalks as we continue east along the coast with lovely views down to some great beaches.
As the coast gets rockier we stay a little inland away from the cliff edge and then cruise down to the colourful new marina on the edge of Albufeira . Through the Marina and onwards up a small hill, we can now see the spectacular main beach of Albufeira. Carefully navigating a few narrow cobbled streets of the old Town, we are soon back at our starting point by the old bus station.