Conditions in the Algarve are perfect for all types of cycling all year round. This guide contains details of 20 cycling routes for tourists, designed especially to give cycling enthusiasts a more active way to explore the region.
The routes take you along country and municipal roads, and dirt or compacted gravel tracks, so they are not technically difficult and are suitable for touring or trekking bikes and for outings.
Circular routes, where you start and finish in the same place, were created across all of the Algarve’s municipalities, to give you the chance to visit various places of interest in each municipality.
These routes were then used as the basis for a point-to-point route that takes you from one end of the region to the other through the transitional “barrocal” area between the coastline and the uplands. Starting in Vila Real de Santo António (at the same place where the EuroVelo/ Algarve Ecovia route begins) and ending in Aljezur, it covers a distance of 222 km and serves as a complement to the already existing routes, namely the EuroVelo 1 or Algarve Coastal Ecovia, the Vicentine Route, the Via Algarviana and the GR22 (these last two being geared more towards mountain biking).
Four different difficulty levels were established for these routes – easy, intermediate, difficult and very difficult – based on the physical exertion needed for each one depending on its length and metres climbed.
Level 1: Easy
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Difficult
Level 4: Very difficult
As you cycle these routes you will have the chance to become acquainted with little towns and villages across the Algarve. These are places that have managed to preserve their traditions and customs, where you can see at first hand all of their cultural, historical and natural riches and, above all, meet the friendly folk who live there.
Enjoy your rides!