Cycling in the Algarve | A Dream Destination

Glorious Algarve! The Algarve is one of the world’s top destinations for cyclists of all ages from beginners to seasoned professionals. If you are fortunate enough to live there or you are planning to take up residence or wish to visit the Algarve on a cycling holiday, this part of the world is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine per year, unmatched beauty, delicious food (did we mention wine?), accommodation to suit all pockets and friendly people. The Algarve like the rest of Portugal is quite safe to cycle. A dream destination to enjoy in any season.

The Algarve does not have cycle lanes that can compete with those in Valencia nor with bike lanes in cities and towns throughout the Netherlands – what the Algarve offers is breathtaking cycling and walking trails along its pristine coastline and countryside. Besides cycling and walking trails, the Algarve offers activities to suit residents and visitors alike, some of the top golf courses in Europe, water sports and theme parks.

Cycling in the Algarve

And whilst you are enjoying your cycling what about a round of golf? Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations. The country’s warm, sunny Algarve region alone counts for more than 40 golf courses, many of them world-famous championship layouts.

Do you follow a healthy Mediterranean diet? The Algarve wine region provides a wonderful gastronomic experience for all who visit and live there. Because of its location along the coast, fresh seafood is present on every menu. The freshest of seafood is usually accompanied by fruits and vegetables perfectly ripened by the sun. In summary… take a trip to the Algarve for unparalleled good time.

Maurice Bardot

The Parisian who loves the Algarve.

J’adore faire du vélo autour de Tavira pour une raison principale : on est très rapidement hors de la ville, on pédale au milieu des salines en empruntant des chemins de terre avec presque personne à part les oiseaux et les flamants roses. A la fin, juste avant de revenir, on a une vue superbe sur l’océan et l’embouchure de la rivière (Rio Gilão). Plus à l’intérieur des terres, il y a de nombreuses petites routes peu fréquentées et des chemins de terre, certains ayant l’attribution de “pistes cyclables” où l’on se retrouve très vite dans la nature profonde.

I love cycling around Tavira for one main reason: You are very quick out of the city, cycling in the middle of the salines using the dirt bicycle tracks with almost nobody there but the birds and flamingos and at the end, just before cycling back, you have a beautiful view of the ocean and the river mouth (Rio Gilão). A little further from the ocean, there are many small roads and dirt bicycle tracks where you quickly find yourself surrounded by nature.

Please look at the pictures taken during one of my recent cycling sessions.

Maurice Bardot, Tavira, Algarve

Photos courtesy of Maurice Bardot – click on image to enlarge and view in a carousel:

Rui Francisco

The Algarve is Paradise on Earth!

Ciclismo no Algarve – Do Mar à Serra:

O ciclismo no Algarve é um desporto de excelência num destino privilegiado. Junto ao mar ou na serra podemos praticar o ciclismo, temos estradas junto às praias com uma paisagem deslumbrante ou podemos ir mais para o interior e até subir à montanha mais alta do Algarve, Monchique e o seu pico, o alto da Fóia.

Do mar à serra no Algarve pratica-se o ciclismo com uma temperatura amena e um ambiente de qualidade todo o ano. Tanto para ciclistas amadores ou para ciclistas de um nível mais elevado, a diversão é uma garantia.

Cycling in the Algarve – From the Sea to the Mountain:

Cycling in the Algarve is a sport of excellence in a privileged destination. By the sea or in the mountains we can practice cycling, we have roads along the beaches with a stunning landscape or we can go further inland and even climb the highest mountain in the Algarve, Monchique and its peak, the top of Fóia.

From the sea to the mountains in the Algarve, cycling is practiced with a mild temperature and a quality environment all year round. Whether for amateur cyclists or for cyclists of a higher level, fun is guaranteed.

Rui Francisco
” Reacto1973 “, Armação de Pêra, Algarve
Cycling in the Algarve-Rui Francisco

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Photos courtesy of Rui Francisco – click on image to enlarge and view in a carousel:

Must Have Apps for Cyclists

If you reside in the Algarve or if you are planning a cycling holiday there these Apps are a must have for cyclists, runners, walkers, rowers, canoeists, etc…

Both apps are more than excellent!! Everyone is on Strava.

Bicycle Renting Stores in the Algarve

The number of quality bike stores in the Algarve is mesmerizing… Some good bike shops to rent a bike from include:

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The Algarve is the ultimate destination to explore on two wheels.

The MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2022

Michelin recently presented the new selection of restaurants from the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal. 2 of the 5 Portuguese restaurants distinguished with one MICHELIN Star for their cuisine are in the Algarve viz. Al Sud (Lagos) and A Ver Tavira (Tavira).

Cycling, Golf and a Dip?

Thank you

I would like to express my gratitude to Maurice Bardot and to Rui Francisco for their contribution to this article. Enjoyed your write-up gentlemen and the photos are more than amazing. Merci bien, muito obrigado, much appreciated.

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