Algarve Beach and Road Bike Holiday
- Three of the best road bike routes around Albuferia included with spectacualr views of the coastline
- Fully guided, door to door service, including bike rental
- Hotel, including pool and beach
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 road bike 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! Or upgrade this package to include the rest of the family and we will tailor the routes to suit all...
- 7 nights 4* Accommodation (half board)
- Private Return Airport Transfers
- 3 x Guided Tours
- 3 x Days Road Hire
- Mollydoo Cycling Jersey (1 adult)
- Transport to Start
- Water and Nutritional Bars/Gels
- Cycling Helmet
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance
- Flights (We can arrange)
- Meals outside of the hotel arrangements
This package includes a stay at the 4* Eden Resort, Albufeira, Half Board. If you would like to switch to one of our other hotels, please let us know when enquiring.
Ride Itinerary & Useful Info
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 Road bike 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.
Ride 1: Paderne Valley
Distance: 60-80 Km, Altitude Gain: 500M, Duration: 3-4 Hrs
We start our 3 day tour with a warm up ride which has been specifically designed for a mixture of abilities. There are few hills and most of the roads are traffic-free and smooth under wheel. But if you want to push yourself just that little bit harder, you can simply up the pace.
Depending on your preference and ability, we can start the tour from central Albufeira (and this will provide an extra challenge as you climb a couple of small hills out of town). Alternatively, we can transfer you to the quaint old town of Paderne, avoiding that first hill.
Paderne is set in a lush green valley, making for a very pleasant start to your ride. It is also the gateway to an expansive and peaceful rural landscape that is punctuated by sleepy villages and working farms. It’s a far cry from the bustling tourist destinations that hug the coast.
Our coffee stop is in the small working town of Algoz, at a fabulous local café that prepares some of the best Tosta Mistas (toasted cheese and ham sandwiches) in the area. Or you can sample some of their freshly made cakes; you will certainly have earned it after forty-odd kms of steady cycling.
Back on the road we take a shortcut through the smallest of villages and, as we skirt the edge of Paderne, with its orange orchards and nurseries, we join a long, straight road, perfect for a quick sprint before we reach the end of the ride. (if you have opted for the longer ride, you still have around 10km to go, but it’s mostly downhill back to Albufeira, so you can still end with a sprint!).
We will be back in plenty of time for you to chill by your hotel pool or visit one of the many fine beaches for which the Algarve is renowned.
Ride 2: Central Algarve
Distance: 80 Km, Altitude Gain: 1,350M, Duration: 3-4 Hrs
We can tailor this tour to suit varying cycling fitnesses and abilities and, wherever we go, we can promise some stunning scenery. From the dramatic cliffs along the coast to the hilltop villages and sweeping farmland, you will soon be away from the hustle and bustle of ‘tourist town’ and can lose yourself in the peace and tranquillity as you freewheel along quiet country roads and through sleepy hamlets.
There is plenty to challenge the keen cyclist, as we sample sections of the professional Tour of the Algarve circuit, including ascents to some of the highest points in the Algarve. It is well worth it for the panoramic views and the thrill of the downhill return journey.
Equally, if a leisurely pace through the rural landscape that forms the backbone of this agricultural region is more to your taste, you will not be disappointed. You will see parts of the ‘real Algarve’ that most people never see and you can enjoy the local hospitality in family run cafes that seem to be lost in time.
Ride 3: Monchique Mountain challenge
We start the ride in Alcantarilha or Silves, both of which are situated a little above sea level, making for a serious climb accumulating around 1600 m. d+ over a distance of 110 kms. But our efforts are more than rewarded by the changing scenery as we climb away from the tourist trail; from the orange groves in the Odelouca river valley, the eucalyptus plantations and traditional cork oak and chestnut forests to the huge granite blocks exclusive to the hillsides of Picota and Foía as a former volcanic area.
After passing through the mountain towns of Alferce and Monchique we tackle Foia from the northern side, which guarantees minimal traffic and superb mountain scenery with views stretching miles to the North and East.
With the climb under our belt there’s an obligatory and rewarding water/coffee stop at the Foía summit. Don’t forget your cameras! Whilst on a clear day you can see a vast area of the Algarve, right down to the south coast and the Atlantic ocean, the elevated situation can bring with it other challenges such as fog and low cloud cover.
Starting the descent can be a cool affair.
But as we cruise down the smooth tarmac of the southern slope the warmth of the sun soon returns and it makes for a very comfortable ride back towards the coast, in the knowledge that we have made it to the roof of the Algarve by bike!
Depending on flight times you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to Faro airport via a private transfer. We will confirm the time of pick up once flights are booked.