total: 217km (135mi)
73% asphalt + 27% dirt-roads & bike lanes
level 2 (2.4)
daily average: 43km (27mi)
Arrival – Welcome at Faro or Lisbon. Transfer to Sagres (1h30 drive). Briefing about your cycling tour in Portugal.
The Wild Algarve Coast
The bicycle tour of today is more or less flat, until the midle of the way, at km 26. Here, the first climb appears. It is not too long (less than 1km long), but it is steep (7% grade). After this several ups and downs appear, always steep, but shorter than the first one. The second “big” climb of the day is at km 38. Again, the climb is not long (500m), but it is the steepest climb of the whole bike tour, with 10% of grade average, and some meters with 16% of grade! After this point you only find some smooth and fairly climbs until the end. 🙂 Just before the end of your cycling day go behind the Lighthouse, and enjoy the great view over the rock formations! 😉
level 3 (2.7)
The Famous Beaches in the West of the Algarve
The south-west coast of the Algarve has many cliffs so, the ways and roads are almost ups and downs. On the bike ride of today you will find many small sections of climbs very steep, but they are always very short climbs. The granny gear of your bicycle will be your best friend :D! The first half of the day is very beautiful. You will ride on the cliffs, on dirt-roads. So, be carefull! Just before you get to the hotel you will find a bike lane on the street. Ride on it. Pay attention to the people that cross that bike lane all the time! 😉
total: 45km (28mi)
level 3 (2.7)
The Wild Flamingos Near the Sea
Today is the shortest day of the whole bicycle tour. The day is very diverse, with some beautiful and scnenic views to the beach areas. Some short climbs here and there, some dirt-roads or asphalted roads here and there, and also some walkways complete your cycling day. You are biking to the center of the Algarve, so maybe you will find much more traffic on the way.
total: 38km (24mi)
level 2 (2.2)
The Most Known City in the Algarve and the Golf Courses
You are in Albufeira, the most known and tourist city in the Algarve, and you will ride to Faro, the capital of Algarve region. Again, you are in the middle of this region so, please pay attention to the people and to the traffic ;). Again, the day is not difficult and it is very diverse in terms of environment. The way is on asphalt, on dirt-roads and on bike-lanes.
level 2 (2.4)
The Birds and the Ria Formosa Natural Park
Today is the easiest day of the whole bicycle tour, and it is almost flat :). After you leave the city of Faro, you will meet the quietness on the road again :). You will ride on a preserved and protected area with big tanks to collect the salt, that we call “salinas”. You will bike on asphalted roads, on dirt-roads and bike-lanes.
level 2 (2.0)
Departure – After breakfast transfer to Faro airport (1-hour drive) or to Lisbon airport (3-hour drive).