Stunning Atlantic Coast to Mountains Bike Tour

Start your day with a full buffet breakfast overlooking the stunning Atlantic coastline of Portugal and the big blue sky; this must be one of the most invigorating views to begin your day of cycling in Portugal.
Heading out of the town of Portimao with your guide pedaling by your side, it’s not long before we are on the quiet network of roads ideal for cycling, in fact you will feel an instant escape and sense of calm and tranquility. The pace and route each day are tailored for you and the group and designed with all the skills and knowledge of a local cyclist, that experience that is unique and can only be found on all the Practice Bicycle Bike Tours.
Whether you are admiring this ever changing coastline or the splendor of the interior and Serra Monchique mountains Portugal is calm and peaceful a rare place to enjoy in today’s ever complicated world.
The Practice Bicycle team have a world of cycling experience available to you, allowing each ride to be perfectly paced so you can appreciate the scenery, take some photos and experience your perfect cycling vacation. No adventures on the Atlantic Coast to Mountains bike tour would be complete without our included lunch stop of traditional Portuguese food on route each day unique in more ways than one!

Relax in the Evening
After your day exploring by bike you will arrive back at your accommodation around mid-afternoon giving you plenty of time to relax, recharge and take a drink whilst enjoying the spectacular sunsets over the most south-westerly point of Europe. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and admire the beautiful sands of the Algarve beaches before a leisurely dinner in one of the many great restaurants before a night cap over the Atlantic Ocean.

Looking for more of a cycling training challenge?

Look at the Portugal training camps, with its quality cycling routes for the semi competitive cyclist in the Algarve sun!

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Signature Bike Trip

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Challenging – 60 km – 80 km/day

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Gold: 4* Marina Resort Accommodation,
$2683 per person
Silver: 3* Hotel Accommodation,
$2516 per person
Bronze: Rides Only, no Accommodation,
$2068 per person

Or make it custom, from $2816 per person

Location

Portimao, Portugal

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October -May

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Size

2 to 8 people

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Single room – $500
Bike hire – $400
Half board – $240
Non-cycling partner – $2312

Non-cycling partner?

That's ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

The perfect tour packages for the non-cycling partner to join the cyclist at a break to the warmth and tranquility of Portugal. With your preference to be less energetic then enjoy the daily sights and delights from the comfort of the support vehicle. Portugal has many fabulous secrets from its famous Porches Pottery to the best Oranges in the world! Amazing beaches for the perfect stroll and traditional whitewashed villages to be explored. Spa treatments of the Ocean and Mountains, Shopping favorites Cotton, Linen, Leather products handbags and shoes, Wine tasting and Great local Restaurant lunch spots together.
Share the most famous secret of Europe, the Atlantic coast and the mountains of the Sierra Monchique …come and relax in Portugal!

The week we spent in the Algarve with Practice Bicycle Tours, Paul and Bridget was an unforgettable adventure. Riding through the Algarve is a treasure you must all experience. The different scenery around every corner is amazing from the storks nests to the little farmers market gardens right up to the beautiful ocean views. The ride up to Aljezur was the most challenging yet most rewarding and this whole experience will be one we will never forget. As hosts to non cyclists they were second to none. The sightseeing, the coffee stops with the Pastel de Natas and the amazing lunches where we joined our partners eating fresh seafood., the black beer and the jugs of sangria, we will long remember.
Testimonial by R&M Mogridge & C&P Tovo – Australia
R&M Mogridge & C&P Tovo – Australia

Departure Dates

We run our Atlantic Coast to Mountains bike tour between October and May. Below are all our scheduled small-group departures, to enquire about joining our tours, click the “Enquire Now” button next to the tour date.

2019
  • 09 December — 15 December Enquire
2020
  • 11 January — 17 January Enquire
  • 02 March — 08 March Book Now Enquire
  • 27 April — 03 May Book Now Enquire

Looking for specific dates?

If you want to travel on different dates, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a custom Atlantic Coast to Mountains, Portugal cycling holiday.

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Itinerary

Look what’s in store on your Atlantic Coast to Mountains bike tour, enquire above to reserve your place.
Arrival Day in the Algarve – ‘Arade River’
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 30km/18mi
Ascent 175m/575ft
ARRIVAL TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Faro Airport Pick Up, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day and visit Carvoeiro & Ferragudo
Welcome to Portugal and your Algarve Bike Trip – Coast to the Mountains bike tour. Your private transfer will collect you from Faro Airport (Portugal) with team here to assist you with your Portimao accommodation check-in.
This afternoon with the sun shining and the ocean glistening a short welcome ride of ‘Rocha Praia Mar’ will remove all the effects of your travels and immerse you into Portugal lifestyle and the best hidden cycling destination in Europe. Amazing beaches and sculptured cliffs with the endless blue of the Atlantic Ocean are the backdrop of your ride. Following the water, the river Arade takes us inland with our visit to the quiet fishing village of Ferragudo this area was once a major sardine fishing and canning factory is now a wonderful promenade by bike.

Highlights:
 Hidden cove of Praia Carvoeiro with golden beaches
 Algar Seco stunning Cliff formation
 Traditional Portuguese Seafood Welcome Drinks & Dinner

Salema Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 80km/50mi
Ascent 700m/2300ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch on the Atlantic Coast
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Visit the town of Lagos and be charmed by Salema the jewel of Portugal’s Algarve
Enjoy your Portugal bike trip coast to mountains with your ride to one of our favorite hidden beaches at Salema as we follow the contours of this ever-changing coastline. The diversity of riding in every direction is a Practice Bicycle Tours philosophy and this undulating ride takes us West from Portimao in the direction of Sagres, the most south-westerly point in Europe. This coastal ride route highlights why the stunning Algarve is picture perfect with the marina resort town of Lagos our stop for a café break, this really is a secret cycling destination for great bike riding in the south of Portugal.
Portugal bike trips daily adventures includes an array of local lunch stops on route, your Salema ride as the perfect restaurant lunch on the Atlantic coast, blue skies, blue ocean, golden beaches and great tastes of the sunny Algarve, cycling at its very best.

Highlights:
 Town of Lagos typical Algarvian coastal resort
 Secret hidden beaches of Salema and crystal Atlantic waters
 Dramatic views of the Atlantic coast of limestone rocks

Alto do Foia Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 70km/43mi
Ascent 1000m/3300ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch with a view
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Escape to the mountains and discover picturesque peaceful Monchique
This is the big challenge ride of your Coast to Mountains Portugal bike trip, with this great opportunity to reach the highest point in the Algarve at the summit of Foia (900m). It’s a great day of climbing with its steady gradient, spectacular views and café break halfway in the mountain village of Monchique. The coffee and local baked cakes are worth the pedaling and sometimes a second cake can challenge the effort to continue to the top.
With flat roads to start the day and the legs well-tuned from your previous rides it’s the perfect start to this Serra Monchique cycling day, accompanied by chirping wildlife among this natural landscape only adds to the pleasure. The Monchique mountain range is the major source of water for the Algarve, with streams passing over ancient rock formations there is so much grabbing at your attention you’ll sometimes forget that your climbing during this escape to the mountains.
This area of Portugal was formed by the hard working farmers with generations of difficult toil built into the terraces and farmed to this very day, as you would expect hearty meals are part of everyday life in the Serra. Your cycling efforts deserve equal pleasure with a typical Monchique dish for lunch with an amazing roof top view of the Atlantic Coast in the distance.

Highlights:
 Stunning Panoramic views to the coast
 Alto do Foia (900m) Top of the Algarve
 Traditional Serra Monchique Mountain Lunch

Praia do Monte Clerigo Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 60km/37mi
Ascent 600m/2000ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch at the Atlantic Ocean
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Discover the secret paradise of Portugal’s Atlantic Coast
From one Atlantic Coast to the other with today’s ride as we cross this amazing country from the south coast to the west coast, not forgetting to stop for a coffee break and a pastel da nata. This traditional Portuguese tart will keep the legs turning until lunch time!
Continuing our ride over the small climb of Espinhaco da Cao and passing the giant wind turbines only adds to the contrast of cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. Descending towards the Moorish town of Aljezur with its small castle – ‘castello’ perched on the hilltop we can almost sense the sea; with one final effort the endless spectacle of the Atlantic Coast awaits you.
The secret paradise yet to be discovered in Portugal is Monte Clerigo, picture postcard this is a great little spot for lunch and don’t forget to bring your swim wear if you want to put your toe in the full force of the Atlantic Ocean!
Tonight, enjoy a leisurely walk along the front of Praia da Rocha and watch the sun set over the headland

Highlights:
 Breathtaking views of the Western Atlantic Coast of Portugal
 Lunch on the beach – Praia da Monte Clerigo
 Bathe among the rock pools and golden sands

SB Messines Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 75km/47mi
Ascent 600m/2000ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Portuguese Institution Lunch
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Share the interior landscape explore the cobbled streets of Silves
Enjoy the variety of today’s undulating terrain as we head east to explore the contrasting landscape of the Algarve and discover why Portugal his known as Europe’s hidden secret!
It’s not long before we see the magnificent Silves castle towering in the distance; the town of Silves was once the capital of the Algarve region and is a popular café spot for Practice Bicycle. This route continues among some of the finest tasting oranges’ in the world, with the green trees covered in an abundance of orange it’s wonderful scenery for great cycling.
Heading towards the coast it’s a Portuguese institution for today’s lunch time menu of Chicken Piri Piri. It’s not considered typical cycling food, although no visit to Portugal would be complete without a taste!

Highlights:
 Landscape of Citrus Trees
 Barragem do Arade (Reservoir) amazing vistas in all directions
 A definite must eat Portugals Frango Piri Piri (Spicy Chicken)

Marmelete Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 80km/50mi
Ascent 850m/2800ft
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch on the Mountain
NON-CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day on Serra Monchique.
This Coast to Mountains bike tour is full of amazing sites and why we specialize in quality bike tours with a difference. The Marmalette bike tour route explores the interior, with one of the many scenic climbs on offer a complete day of Coast to Mountains bike riding today.
Nature is certainly everywhere as quiet roads free of traffic are sandwiched between small production vineyard’s and the green gold orange fields, wonderful contrasts of color under a perfect blue sky. With a variety of roads waiting to be challenged up to the Serra Monchique mountain range during your cycling vacation, enjoy todays climb at your own pace.
Its great terrain for cycling, as you wind between the cork trees with panoramic views back to the Atlantic coast, once at the top the opportunities are endless with many kilometers of twisting road along the shelf of the Serra Monchique mountain.
Get your breath back and take advantage of the stunning views before we enjoy the pleasures of lunch together before descending back towards the coast.

Highlights:
 Stunning views of the colorful tapestry of the Algarve below
 20km of twisting panoramic roads of pure pedaling pleasure
 Culinary delights of these hills fabulous flavours of Assadura (Grilled slices of Iberian black pig)

Departure Day from the Algarve
Departure Day from the Algarve
DEPARTURE TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Hotel – Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer

This morning is your departure day from the Algarve and your support team will assist you with your onward travels with your midday transfer to Faro Airport.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing great riding with you again soon ‘Tchau” from PRACTICE BICYCLE.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are new to the bike, cycling the stunning Atlantic Coast to Mountains is amazing!
Each cycling route during this Portugal cycling vacation has been designed for bike riders looking for a challenge with routes of 60 – 80km, at the perfect pace to explore this great cycling terrain and enjoy the very best of the South of Portugal.

The destination for your Portugal bike trip is the town of  Portimao in the ‘Alluring Algarve’.
The closest airport is Faro Airport (Portugal) situated in the south of Portugal and serviced by many low cost European airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2.com.
Shuttle transfer services operate between the airport and Praia da Rocha.

For international guests arriving in Lisbon (Portugal) you have a choice of connecting flights to Faro Airport or alternatively public transport train or coach service to Portimao, in addition amazing value car rental companies are also available with all of these options allow for a 3hr travel time.

It is also possible to fly to Faro Airport (Portugal) via the following locations Lisbon (Portugal), Frankfurt (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), London Gatwick (UK), Oslo (Norway), Amsterdam (Holland), Geneva (Switzerland)

This trip is designed for the regular cyclist with rides of 80km/50mi each day, if your looking for shorter rides to enjoy in Portugal our Natural Algarve bike trip has rides of 50km/31mi each day.

If you are looking for a great week of challenging rides to improve your cycling including professional coaching advice during your cycling vacation, then consider our Algarve training camps.

We have a choice of accommodation packages to suit all budgets and tastes when you relax off the bike with your Atlantic Coast to the Mountains Bike Tour.

From handpicked 4* accommodation, the Tivoli Marina Portimao Resort. These are quality studios within a nautical complex on the River Arade and a short 400m walk to the Beach and Restaurants.
Alternatively 3* Hotel Globo Portimao accommodation in the center of Portimao, close to shops and restaurants.

Portugal and the Algarve is the perfect cycling escape, with your days spent discovering from the coast to the mountains.

When not on the bike relax and chill like a local, with a well deserved drink or a swim in the incredible Ocean.  For those with a little more energy to spare there is something for everyone when visiting the Algarve: Portimao Museum the history of fishing, Amazing beaches for the perfect stroll, Shopping of course with some of the best value quality Cotton and Linen, Leather products handbags and shoes.  Great local Restaurants offering all choices of tastes including local beer and wine!

Absolutely! If you have organised your own stay in the Algarve, choose our Rides Only package with no accommodation or additional services to enjoy great cycling in the Algarve.
Each day join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient meeting point in the town of Portimao, just like you would for a ride back home.  Fully escorted and supported on the coast to mountains cycling itinerary including restaurant lunch each day.

The Atlantic Coast to Mountains itinerary is an amazing choice of bike routes of 60 – 80km each day exploring the perfect cycling roads, free of traffic that is Europe’s secret cycling destination.
Practice Bicycle has developed 70+ routes in Algarve for cyclists of all levels take a look at the detailed itinerary above for your Portugal cycling vacation..

As a Non Cycling guest you experience all the sights on offer of the alluring Algarve at a less energetic pace from the comfort of the support vehicle.
Our local support team will share with you culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at regular intervals including restaurant lunch stops together.

Atlantic Coast to Mountains Bike Trip includes:

  • 6 nights Quality Hotel Accommodation
  • 6 buffet breakfasts overlooking the River Arade
  • Welcome drinks & dinner in one of Portugal’s specialty Restaurants
  • 5 restaurant lunches on route each day
  • Transfers from Faro International Airport (Portugal) to your accommodation midday tour arrival / departure days
  • 6 superb 60-80km fully guided rides tailored for your enjoyment throughout the week
  • Spectacular routes including the shimmering Atlantic coastline, interior and mountains
  • Highly experienced professional cycling guide who knows the local spots
  • Vehicle Support & ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & bike food for each ride
  • Complimentary Natural Algarve Bike Tour welcome pack.
  • Unique experience, lots of fun, memories of a lifetime!

Atlantic Coast to Mountains Bike Trip Highlights:

  • Hidden cove of Praia Carvoeiro with golden beaches
  • Algar Seco stunning Cliff formation
  • Secret hidden beaches of Salema and crystal Atlantic waters
  • Dramatic views of the Atlantic coast of limestone rocks
  • Highest point in the Algarve – Foia 902m
  • Breathtaking views of the Western Atlantic Coast of Portugal
  • Bathe among the rock pools and golden sands
  • A definite must eat Portugal’s Frango Piri Piri (Spicy Chicken)
  • The citrus grove a sea of orange and green simply stunning
  • Barragem do Arade (Reservoir) amazing vistas in all directions
  • Stunning views of the colorful tapestry of the Algarve below
  • 20km of twisting panoramic roads of pure pedaling pleasure
  • Culinary delights of these hills fabulous flavors of Assadura (Grilled slices of Iberian black pig)