From Lake Annecy French Alps to Algarve Portugal, the snow has started to fall on the Alps in early September whilst the sun shines brightly in Praia du Rocha in October…Welcome to the perfect Portugal bike ride this Autumn/Winter in Europe’s must see cycling destination!
A gentle undulating ride amongst this natural beauty, setting out from Portimao the sun shimmers on the River Arade over the fishing village of Ferragudo, it’s not long before you feel the warmth on your back and the north wind in your face and you’re reminded that you are on a Portugal bike ride in Autumn, its brilliant!
Easily distracted by nature, storks perched on their nests above, roads lined with fig and almond trees everywhere, purple wildflowers make the landscape so inviting! The quietness is deafening, only the sound of lovely birds chirping, the silence without traffic only heightens the focus on the road ahead, the legs thanking you every pedal stroke of the way!
The road begins to wind up, the air a little fresher, the landscape changes to forest, the smell of fresh washing blowing in the breeze. Passing homes of the Serra Monchique, women in their aprons sweeping their footpaths, we share a ‘Bon Dia’ it’s a pleasant distraction amongst the white washed stone villages set into this challenging mountain. Delightful smells from traditional restaurants wake the appetite, hidden amongst the blanket of cork trees; the mountain is a natural beauty and a enjoyable focus when cycling in the Algarve.
This Portugal bike ride is everything; challenging, achievable, delightfully entertaining you’ll feel like you steeped back in time for just a brief moment. Continue this delight with the twisting roads that following the contours of this scenic ledge, the panoramic views are immense, breathtaking, shiny, bright you can see all the way to ‘Morocco’!
You feel on top of the world, surrounded by a roller coaster of land waiting for the next perfect October day bike ride in Portugal. Time to enjoy a break with a ‘café + pastel du nata’ (Portuguese Tart) whilst the world wakes up to a new day, the ocean is inviting, silky smooth sand with waves gently rolling in…another perfect Autumn day in Southern Portugal – make your next cycling experience a bike ride adventure in the ‘Alluring Algarve’!