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The EuroVelo 1 in the Algarve

The EuroVelo 1 in the Algarve

The Portuguese section of the EuroVelo 1 starts in Vila Real de Santo António, on the Avenida da República, to be more precise. From there, 288 kilometres lie within the bounds of the Algarve.

The route between Vila Real de Santo António and Sagres is also part of the Ecovia do Litoral, a cycle route that covers a distance of 214 kilometres and takes you through 12 municipalities along the Algarve’s southern coastline. The proximity to the coast and the stunning views over the region’s countless beaches, as well as the huge variety of historical monuments along the way, are just some of the attractions of this route created for cycling enthusiasts.

The Ecovia do Litoral mostly takes you along cycle routes, dirt tracks and paved roads with little motor vehicle traffic, as well as some sections of the busy EN125 road. The type of surface varies along the way, with some sectors being smooth and easy to ride on, while others require greater care and attention. Approaching the “Barlavento” (as the western Algarve is known), the terrain becomes rougher and the hills steeper, requiring cyclists to put in a bit more effort.

The section of the Atlantic Coast Route that coincides with the Ecovia do Litoral ends at Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St Vincent) in Sagres. The EuroVelo 1 then heads northwards through Aljezur until it crosses over from the Algarve into the Alentejo region at Odeceixe.

Section Vila Real de Santo António - Tavira

Section Vila Real de ...

The vast sandy beaches are the highlight of this mostly flat section of the route. Explore some of the popular summer holiday spots such as Monte ...

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Section Tavira - Faro

Section Tavira - Faro

An easy itinerary that links the historic city of Tavira to the Algarve’s capital, Faro. The highlights of this section are the ...

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Section Faro - Albufeira

Section Faro - Albufeira

The vast sandy beaches and the Ria Formosa give way to reddish cliffs. Although fairly easy, the route is a bit trickier here because of the ...

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Section Albufeira - Lagos

Section Albufeira - Lagos

This section takes you through the central area of the Algarve with its huge diversity of natural beauty and buildings. Along the way, you will ...

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Section Lagos - Sagres

Section Lagos - Sagres

This is a more physically demanding section because of the terrain. The surrounding landscape is distinctive, largely due to the influence of the ...

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Section Sagres - Odeceixe

Section Sagres - Odeceixe

As you say goodbye to the Algarve’s southern coast, and after contemplating Cape St Vincent at the far south-western tip of Europe, pedal ...

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EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route

EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route

Pedalling along the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route is an experience that promises to be an everlasting memory for all those who decide to do it.

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